Energy Psychology (EP) is a mind-body approach to understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between bioenergy systems, neuro and electro physiological processes, and mental functions involving thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behavior. These systems and processes exist and interact within the individual and between people. They are also influenced by cultural and environmental factors.
Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are reflected in bio-energetic patterns within and around the mind-body-energy system. Since the mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive, this mind-body-energy system involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioral-emotional patterns.
The use of EP has resulted in the development of associated methods and models to treat psychological and emotional problems, facilitate health and wellbeing, and improve human performance. These models and methods are usually used within an integrative or holistic frame and include but are not limited to psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, integrative medicine, and other healing modalities.
Applications of EP
EP applications incorporate into the treatment process natural energetic components that include but are not limited to meridians, chakras, bio-fields, and bio-electrical and electromagnetic activity of the body, nervous system and heart. EP practitioners often combine cognitive and physical interventions with activation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems. Some practitioners focus upon the way in which thought and intention are expressed in the bioenergy system, and explore the therapeutic value of the precise use of language and congruent intention. EP approaches adapt and integrate easily into most psychotherapy models, healthcare orientations, and models of performance enhancement. EP approaches are often exceedingly rapid, have little to no adverse effects, are usually experienced as self-empowering by clients and patients, and are easily amenable to self-help protocols.
In the clinical world, EP models have been beneficially applied to the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, stress, psychophysiological issues, and self-sabotaging behaviors by a broad range of healthcare providers to regulate affect and promote emotional and physical health. Treatment results have been shown to be enduring and relatively rapid. There are currently over 100 research studies, including 50 randomized controlled trials published in professional and refereed journals, confirming the treatment value of EP. Taken as a body of knowledge, these findings suggest that EP meets the criteria for evidenced-based treatment.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT is a mind-body approach to healing that has been growing in popular use and scientific interest. Sometimes referred to as “tapping”, EFT combines aspects of western psychology and eastern medicine to shift the way personal energy (as thought and sensation) are experienced. Successful emotional freedom technique can rapidly relieve symptoms of disturbance, stress or anxiety. Performance oriented EFT has been shown to improve function in areas such as sports, personal growth and weight loss.
In our practice, we may facilitate EFT with clients as part of a comprehensive psychological services and goal-oriented treatment.
Noetic balancing is an energy technique for clearing the aura or energy field that surrounds and permeates the human body. Noetic means spiritual intelligence. The purpose of balancing the noetic field is to clear blocks that may have accumulated over time and that no longer serve the individuals learning and growth. A series of three balances is recommended to clear the multiple aspects of consciousness and strengthen the client’s capacity to better handle everyday stress, tension, and emotional changes, and help bring your mind, body, and emotions into a greater creative flow.
Karen Faherty has received balances from her mentors over many years and is privileged to practice on the East Coast as a certified noetic balancing practitioner.