Regular therapy can take a long time. Energy Psychology allows psychologists and their patients to make substantial gains in a short amount of time.
How It Works
Energy Psychology takes an integrative approach to counselling, by combining the bio-electric insights of traditional medicines, with the best of contemporary psychological practice. This innovative approach combines cognitive interventions, trauma management, as well as the study of meridians, chakras and biofields to create a customized treatment plan that takes into account the balance and wellness of the entire body.
Over the last 30 years, many professionals in the healing fields of psychology, social work, psychiatry, theology, marital and family therapy, nursing, bodywork, nutrition, and traditional western and traditional Chinese medicines, have become aware of, and uncomfortable with the current mind/body split prevalent in our western human healing approaches. Because of this, they have begun to take a more holistic approach to wellness, with Energy Psychology becoming one these new areas of focus.
This field has grown rapidly, in part due to the arrival of Managed Care models in our society, those seeking lower costs, shorter psychotherapy modalities, as well as the demonstrated success of these treatment modalities by properly trained practitioners. Scientific research methodologies have now expanded in the field, confirming the value of these approaches in psychotherapy.
Having begun training, under qualified supervision in 1999, I am now competent to practice Energy Psychology, judging when this treatment approach is appropriate, or how this might be best combined with more traditional psychotherapy methods.
So, What is “Tapping”?
“Tapping” is the common name for stimulation of the body’s “energy meridians”, those places on the body that are extra sensitive to pressure stimulation by gentle “tapping”. This tapping creates an effect on two small, specialized pea-sized glands in our brain, called the amygdala. (These energy centres, or “meridians” have been known for 4000+ years in Chinese medicine’s Acupuncture.)
So why would one tap these points? The amygdala’s purpose is to keep us as safe as possible. If anything has happened to cause us emotional or physical pain in the past, the amygdala’s job is to watch out for anything like this happening again; so, it constantly monitors our surroundings via our senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) and when any such “stimulus” is noticed, the amygdala instantaneously produces the stress hormone cortisol directly into the “old/reptilian/survival brain”, immediately causing us to be ready to protect ourselves. We get ready to fight, flight, and/or freeze. (Thinking, or obsessing about some unresolved emotional event that hurt us, or just “worrying about day-to-day, or stressful events” also stimulates the amygdala in this same manner.)
The “neocortex”, which controls our modern brain’s higher functions, is oftentimes temporarily “hijacked” by an excited amygdala. So, even when wanting to be “at peace”, this desire won’t get us into this state of “being less anxious”. We also don’t learn easily when we are in this anxious state, plus our body’s various natural health systems are compromised, i.e. our autoimmune system; lack of proper sleep; acid stomach and poor digestion; not being fully present in our core student, work, marital, and family relationships; physical chest, muscular and/or skeletal pain; and various phobias, to name just a few examples.
Many people report “being anxious”, as far back as they have memory, and they may not know why. Others know they are “anxious” as result of some traumatic life experience they can recall, and continue to be “uptight, can’t relax, can’t sleep, can’t concentrate”. (Some people think prescriptive drugs are the only answer to these hurtful, unresolved emotional and/or physical ailments, or they self-medicate with addictions, in an attempt to handle these oftentimes painful challenges.)
By encouraging an anxious person to “bring back into memory” what is unresolved, or what they are worrying about, while “tapping” on the energy meridians, the amygdala stops producing cortisol, the individual relaxes, the highly competent “neocortex” is able to function again, and the “event(s)” or issue(s) are oftentimes meaningfully settled.
Energy Psychology is the name for this treatment process of “tapping”. It has been my strongest, most effective treatment option for the last 10 years, especially effective with general anxiety, PTSD symptoms, or any emotionally challenging life adjustment. I make it available here in Brandon in face-to-face sessions, or using internet Skype for geographically distant clients.
The Science behind Energy Psychology’s “Tapping”
The Stress Test Study That Shocked the Researchers
A study performed by Dr. Dawson Church, PhD and Dr. David Feinstein, PhD measured cortisol levels before and after treatment in the year 2012.
83 participants were divided into 3 groups: the first group received an hour of Tapping; the second group received an hour of psychotherapy (“talk” therapy); the third group (the control group) received no treatment.
The researchers measured cortisol levels before and after the treatment. Cortisol was measured because it is known as the “stress hormone” of the body. As stress levels go up, cortisol levels go up as well.
When the researchers were measuring the cortisol levels of the Tapping group after treatment, they thought they had a problem.
The levels had dropped so significantly in such a short period of time that they thought there must be something wrong with the equipment.
They kept recalibrating their equipment and retesting until they finally came to the conclusion that there was, in fact nothing wrong with their equipment, but rather that the Tapping worked!
Results: The first group (Tapping) demonstrated a 24% decrease in cortisol levels; the second and third groups showed no change in cortisol levels.
The Reality: Psychotherapy alone relieves stress, but over a long period of time. The immediate benefits of psychotherapy don’t register in your body, where excessive amounts of the “stress hormone” cortisol still run rampant, putting your health at risk.
Study Findings: Tapping balances activity between the sympathetic and parasympathetic regions of your brain, producing “a natural emotional state”, the gold standard of health and wellness.
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