Energy Psychology and EMDR
Energy psychology has its origins in Oriental medicine, and has been practiced in many different forms, including acupuncture, acupressure, touch therapy, thought field therapy (TFT), emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and meridian-tapping techniques.
Traditional psychotherapy uses the power of speech to transform emotions. By talking about our feelings, we may come to a better understanding of ourselves, and learn new ways to respond to old stimuli. For clients with PTSD, anxiety, phobias or addictions, traditional psychotherapy can be supplemented by energy psychology techniques to help release emotional blocks and promote healing.
Energy psychology is based on the belief that painful physical and emotional and spiritual symptoms are the result of a disruption in the energy system. Correcting the disruption restores the body's balance and natural ability to heal itself.
Meridian tapping involves repeating a "neutralizing" affirmation while rubbing the "sore spot" (on the upper right or left chest) or tapping the "karate chop point" on the outside of either hand, and specific points on the face and body.
For a client with an eating disorder, a typical affirmation might be, "Even though I have this eating disorder, I deeply and completely accept myself." If the client has significant trauma, the therapist may walk her through the traumatic event one step at a time, tapping to relieve the anxiety in the moment until she's ready to move on to the next step.
The goal of EMDR is to help clients release the negative feelings and behaviors associated with past traumatic experiences.
The goal of EMDR, or or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is to help clients resolve trauma by removing the negative associations with past traumatic experiences. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement, or tactile stimulation to repeatedly activate the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that may be "trapped" in the nervous system.
During a typical EMDR session, the therapist will direct a patient to follow the rythmic movements of the therapist's hand. While the eyes move back and forth, tracking the hand movement, the client will first be directed to concentrate on a particular negative feeling, as well as feelings that are positive and evoke happiness. The client will be asked to rate his or her feelings about negative images to gauge the therapy's effectiveness. The sessions continue until the client is desensitized to previously negative stimuli.