-Been around for millennia, modern man is just catching up….
“Energy Psychology is far and away the most effective counseling treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, phobias, addictions, and many other mental health problems. Compared with traditional psychological treatment such as psychoanalysis and behavioral approaches energy psychology is much quicker and often painless. When both traditional and alternative treatment is combined the results are amazing.
Most forms of energy psychology have only been known since the mid 1980's, but they are based on firm groundwork of Eastern medicine that stretches back at least 5000 years. Acupuncture, chakras, the subtle energies, yoga, gi gong, and applied kinesiology are the theoretical underpinnings. The newer field of quantum physics and the electrical experiments of Tesla have led to a further understanding of why these counseling techniques work.” - Jef Gazley, is one of the pioneers in energy psychology and is an expert in most of these techniques.
What is Energy Psychology?
Energy Psychology provides simple methods for shifting brain patterns that lead to unwanted thoughts, feelings, and actions. Drawing from ancient healing traditions, it has been called "psychological acupuncture without the needles." The approach combines psychological techniques with tapping on acupuncture points that send signals to the brain that change dysfunctional responses. While still controversial, recent research has been establishing it as one of the most promising clinical innovations on the horizon.
Who Practices It?
Both licensed mental health professionals—such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers—and life coaches who do not treat mental disorders, have incorporated Energy Psychology into their practices.
How Does It Work with Anxiety?
Tapping on acupuncture points/ body points (along with related techniques) while an anxiety-evoking memory or thought is brought to mind sends signals to the brain that turn off the anxious response in the moment and rapidly alter the brain chemistry that maintained that response.
What Does It Do to the Brain?
Energy Psychology works by stimulating energy points on the surface of the skin which, when paired with various psychological procedures, send signals to the brain that may impact stress chemicals such as cortisol and DHEA, deactivate limbic system arousal, and rapidly alter neural pathways.
What Other Conditions Does It Help?
Variations of this strategy also appear to shift, for the person’s benefit; the brain’s coding of irrational anger, jealousy, guilt, shame, unremitting grief, compulsive behaviors, phobias, PTSD, depression, addictions, and chronic pain. “International disaster relief teams have been applying it in the aftermath of warfare, ethnic cleansing, tsunamis, and earthquakes.” The method has also been shown to promote peak performance, alter self-defeating behavioral patterns, and help in attaining personal goals.
Energy Psychology -the brain's electrochemistry can be shifted to quickly help:
Overcome Fear, Guilt, Shame, Jealousy, Anger, or Anxiety
Change Unwanted Habits and Behaviors
Enhance the Ability to Love, Succeed, and Enjoy Life.
How the Brain Processes Disturbing Experiences(For the more interested...)
“Before addressing how energy ﬁelds might be able to therapeutically impact emotions, thought, and behavior, we will ﬁrst review current under- standing of the ways the brain manages distressful experiences. Ecker, Ticic, and Hulley (2012) summarized recent ﬁndings about how the brain stores and revises emotional learning. Core beliefs and mental models formed in the presence of intense emotion during childhood or later “are locked into the brain by extraordinarily durable synapses” (p. 3) that normally persist for the remainder of the person’s life.
Neuroscience research since 2004 has, however, demonstrated that—by facilitating a speciﬁc sequence of experiences—it is possible to activate targeted emotional learnings and chemically unlock their synapses “for prompt dissolution of those retrieved learnings at their emotional and neural roots” (p. 8). Through this process of“depotentiating” (deactivating at the synaptic level) the neural pathways maintaining emotional learnings that are at the basis of psychological problems, “major, longstanding symptoms can cease [because] their very basis no longer exists” (p. 4). When synapses are temporarily unlocked during the precise set of conditions described be- low, neural pathways that sustain old emotional learnings may be altered or totally eradicated.
The key involves the way the brain ﬁrst consolidates emotionally charged experiences (translating them into memory) and may then, after such experiences have been recalled, reconsolidate them (reintegrate retrieved memories into the memory system in a way that maintains or modiﬁes the memory). Experiences become consolidated into working memory within seconds, and then into short-term memory within minutes to hours, through the synthesis of proteins that form synaptic pathways between neurons (“synaptic consolidation”), a hippocampus-mediated process. Over time they are further consolidated with other memories (“systems consolidation”), a process that involves the neocortex (Roediger, Dudai, & Fitzpatrick, 2007). Memories are formed by separate memory systems into two basic layers, implicit and explicit memories. Implicit memories do not involve conscious recall of an event. They are, rather, encoded as behavioral learnings, emotional reactions, perceptions of the outer world, and bodily sensations, as well as “generalizations across experiences, summarizing elements of lived moments into schema or mental models of events” (Siegel, 2010, p. 63). While implicit memories do not bring the earlier experience into conscious memory, they can impact current experiences without the person’s recognition of their inﬂuence. This can be useful.
The implicit memory system, in fact, plays a central role in daily functioning, from navigating one’s way through repetitive choice points without having to seek a new solution each time, to routine procedures such as tying one’s shoes or driving a car. We don’t think about the steps or where we learned them. We simply do them, with our minds free to focus on other concerns. Explicit memory involves the more familiar conscious recall of facts and events. First en- coded by the hippocampus, memories of one’s experiences subsequently become integrated as autobiographical memory at the neocortical level. Compared with the emotional or procedurallearnings in the implicit memory network, which are stored in the subcortical limbic system and right cortical hemisphere, explicit memory is more ﬂexible and gives us the factual scaffold of our understanding of the world as well as weaving a set of autobiographical puzzle piece assemblies. In other words, implicit memory provides the pieces; explicit memory assembles them into fuller pictures of the whole. (Siegel, 2010, p. 64).
But when a memory is based on trauma or other difﬁcult experiences, this integration of the implicit and explicit memory systems may not occur. Ecker et al. (2012) have explained that implicit memories of highly charged emotional events may, in fact, “underlie and generate” a large pro- portion of the symptoms people present in psychotherapy (p. 14), including symptoms that are often attributed to genetic and other factors, such as many forms of depression. They propose that the implicit memory system generates coherent mental models that “make deep sense in light of actual life experiences and are fully adaptive in how they embody the individual’s efforts to avoid harm and ensure well-being” (p. 7).
Symptoms, they feel, are best understood as emerging from mental models that reﬂect “adaptive, coherent strivings” (p. 7) from an earlier time rather than in the pathologizing terms found in much of the clinical literature. However, when these models are imposed on new circumstances, they are often limiting or harmful and may become the source of a range of psychological difﬁculties….
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