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Energy Psychology is a collective term used to refer to a variety of mind-body approaches, energy techniques, processes, methods, and therapies that work with selected aspects of the human energy system…meridians, acupoints, radiant circuits, energy centers, and the biofield. Energy Psychology (EP) methods look at and seeks to address imbalances within the client’s energy system, as well as the energetic influence of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions on the body and are designed to enhance therapeutic outcomes for clients. The theory of EP is that the flow and balance of the body’s electromagnetic and more subtle energies are important for physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health, and for fostering well-being. EP methods are designed to facilitate whole-person health and restore balance.
In studies, EP methods have been shown to decrease anxiety and stress, reduce pain and increase feelings of balance, relaxation and calm. EP methods have several applications and not only can be used for psychological disorders but also can be use as coaching techniques.
EP is all natural, too. It’s a holistic remedy that utilizes that human body’s incredible and natural ability to self-heal and balance. Here’s a quote from ACEP home page about it:
While EP methods are still considered experimental, studies have shown that they can provide beneficial results in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, pain and more. Here’s a quick but not comprehensive list of benefits seen in studies.
EP may help to:
Although EP methods appear to have promising mental, spiritual, and physical health benefits, and there is a growing amount of academic, scientific research in the U.S. and abroad indicating that they are an effective group of methods that is evidence-supported, they have yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities. Therefore, they may be considered experimental. In addition, because EP methods are relatively new healing approaches, the extent of their effectiveness, as well as their risks and benefits, are not fully known. Please be advised that EP methods are self-regulated and they are considered alternative or complementary to the healing arts that are licensed in the United States.
The EP program curriculum is through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). ACEP offers certification for both licensed professionals and other people interested in incorporating these holistic and natural healing methods into their work and lives. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available as ACEP is an American Psychological Association (APA) Approved sponsor of continuing professional education for psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals. Here's the APA's website where ACEP is listed under Pennsylvania on the APA.org approved sponsors page.
The methods that comprise EP have been around for more forty years. There have been over 80 articles published. In the world of research, this is a limited amount of evidence. Interestingly, to quote ACEP.org Quick Facts sheet:
There are over 400 identified forms of psychotherapy, most of which have little or no research to validate them. Energy psychology is both evidence-supported and in the top 10% in terms of research for psychotherapy modalities.
That said, research continues to grow which adds to the evidence. At the present time, NREPP and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the U.K. is reviewing EFT. Stay tuned for more.
The information on this EP page comes from my direct experience with EP as well as ACEP, a non-profit organization. You can find more information about ACEP and the state of research on EP at http://www.energypsych.org and http://www.energypsych.org/research
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