Alternative medicine is very popular right now. In the world of psychology there is also an alternative medicine. This is using energy healing called Energy Psychology.
Energy psychology, simply put, is a broad spectrum of psychological approaches involving the human energy system in healing.
You are already familiar with the human energy system:
- Someone enters your space and you sense their presence. They have penetrated your bio-field, your aura.
- You have a persistent craving and your doctor recommends acupuncture. The acupuncturist inserts tiny needles in certain places to unblock the “flow” of energy in your body. He or she has addressed the meridian system of subtle energy in your body.
- You place your hand in the middle of your chest as you offer condolences to a friend who has lost a love one. You are instinctively using one of your body’s energy centres or hotspots. They are part of the body’s chakra system.
The range of techniques within the field of energy psychology continues to grow. There are Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), Healing from the Body Level Up (HBLU) and Be Set Free Fast (BSFF). I have had the privilege of training with all but one of the originators of these methods.
An energy psychologist is someone who is already proficient in helping clients deal with emotional problems, but has added skills in energy psychology to his or her toolbox.
Unlike talk therapy alone, energy psychology addresses the client’s subtle energy system. Unlike other energy practices such as Qigong or Reiki, energy psychology can help treat a specific problem with laser-like precision.
What this means in practice is that if someone comes in with, for example, an anxiety problem, the probability of successful treatment is much higher when energy psychology is incorporated into treatment. In 15 years of treating Post Traumatic Stress, I have found nothing better. I use it in treating clients with addictions. Some have overcome chronic unhappiness.
Furthermore, it is not only emotional problems that energy psychology can help with, but also marital problems, job performance and spiritual healing.
Eight years ago, there was little hard scientific evidence of its effectiveness. As the research evidence has accumulated, the field is attracting more attention.
Although not yet considered mainstream, energy psychology is now practiced worldwide. Groups of psychologists are working with the American Psychological Association (APA) towards establishing energy psychology as a Division of APA. That will be the turning point.
I view energy psychology as a cutting edge movement within the field, because its methods tend to require fewer sessions, cause less distress, allow a broader scope of application, are less intrusive, and best of all, can be learned as self-help tools.
Energy psychology has proven to be the best of both worlds for my clients and me.