About Energy Psychology and Energy Healing
Both of these practices are based on the premise that everything vibrates with energy–-that everything is energy, which takes different forms. This premise includes the concept that, because everything is energy, everything is connected. In this state of connection, all energetic forms affect, and are affected by, each other.
In Energy Psychology (EP) and Energy Healing, the practitioner focuses on the state of the Human Energy Field (HEF), the human vibrational matrix.
The HEF includes:
- the biofield (often referred to as the aura), which is comprised of Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Etheric layers
- the chakras, which are powerful energy centers associated with the body
- the energy meridians, which are specific lines throughout the body through which chi (aka life force, prana) travels. Acupuncturists use needles to stimulate certain points along these lines, but the general energy practitioner teaches the client how to stimulate the meridian points via tapping or light massage with the fingertips.
The energy practitioner may use a variety of interventions to rebalance the components of the HEF, permitting optimal functioning for the client.
Energy Psychology (EP)
EP is a family of evidence-supported practices that combine cognitive approaches with energetic interventions to facilitate rapid, positive change and optimal psychotherapeutic outcomes.
EP is used by practitioners to treat and relieve suffering from emotional challenges such as trauma, phobias, addictions and compulsions, anxiety, depression, limiting beliefs, personality disorders, and stress. It is also used to maximize human performance in business, sports, and the arts. EP is helpful in supporting the healthy development and well-being of individuals and groups.
Energy Healing (aka Energy Medicine or Spiritual Healing)
Energy Medicine interventions are based on approaches that have been used by people all over the world, from a variety of cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs and practices. These approaches are now being brought into our modern culture as a complement to–not a replacement for–allopathic (aka “Western medicine”) treatments.
As today’s practice of Energy Medicine becomes more well-known and accessible, more research is being conducted to attempt to quantify its efficacy.
Energy Healing addresses the energetic states of the human being as described above (the HEF), which may affect the physical body, but it does not treat the physical body directly.
How I Use Energy Psychology and Energy Healing
In my psychotherapy practice, I may invite you to try any or all of these various techniques: Emotional Freedom Technique [EFT], aka “Tapping”; ideomotor cueing through muscle-testing or other means; visualization; breathing patterns; guided imagery; somatic awareness (scanning your own body for felt sensation); physical movement.
Except for a light touch on your wrist and shoulder or fingers during muscle-testing (with your consent, of course), all of these techniques are “hands-off.”
Occasionally, a past or present psychotherapy client or other adult requests a session with energy healing, in which there is usually touch involved. Such a session requires that a different informed consent be signed, and it is understood that I do this work under the auspices of my role as an ordained minister, not as a licensed mental health professional.
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