ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY TECHNIQUES
Within my NLP interventions, one of the processes I use is: Energy Psychology.
So let’s address some questions:
One: Can energy psychology techniques change deep emotional patterns permanently and if so where’s the evidence?
Two: How do energy psychology techniques compare with other treatments?
Can energy psychology techniques change deep emotional patterns permanently? YES!
The research published in 2003 ‘Psychotherapy’, which is the journal of the American Psychological Association’s Psychotherapy Division, covers three areas: objective measures, biological changes and changes in the genes. The objective studies have shown that those studied have made changes in their lifestyle and or behaviour that someone other than themselves have been able to report. The biological changes (changes that have occurred in the body that can’t be faked), looked at stress chemistry, and particularly cortisol.
In one study an energy psychology tapping session was compared with a non-directive counselling session. In the tapping session, not only did the subject get better improvement in the subjective measures, but also their cortisol levels went down far more significantly than for the other group.
The third area studied was to do with the expression of the genes. Genes are very responsive to what happens in the environment which determines what they give out.
A study that was presented at ACEP in Reston, Virginia showed that one of the genes involved with PTSD actually stopped expressing itself as much after an EFT session, but not for a controlled group. Energy Psychology Techniques have been proved to have an effect on; behaviour, cortisol levels and gene expression. They conducted a dismantling study to see if tapping was really an active ingredient in the therapy. They identified all the components of the therapy and took two groups, both groups had the therapy but one group had various components removed one at a time. Components like the 9-gamut technique itself. In three different dismantling studies, they took away the tapping and replaced it with either diaphragmatic breathing or mindfulness meditation.
In both cases the tapping did better.
So, how do energy psychology techniques stand up to established treatments?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the established treatment for many disorders; PTSD, anxiety and so on. One of the first studies that was published was one working with groups that had PTSD. They had about 400 children in an orphanage in Rwanda. 188 of them were able to remember being orphaned during the genocide twelve years earlier. These children were now in their adolescence and were still at the orphanage.
They gave all 188 children a test to rate their PTSD. Before the treatment 100% of these children all had PTSD symptoms and scored very highly on the test. After treatment, it was down to 6% of the children. 94% had responded to the treatment and a year later, on follow up, only 8% still had symptoms of PTSD. What is extraordinary is that the children only had one session of treatment.
A study of 49 combat veterans in the U.S. who were suffering from PTSD, showed that before treatment they were all 100% within the governments PTSD range. After 6 sessions of treatment, only 14% were still in the PTSD range. That’s an 86% reduction after only six sessions.
So how does that compare with CBT, for treating the people with PTSD?
In one very well thought of study, 24 combat veterans who all met the government’s PTSD criteria 100% each has twelve CBT sessions for their PTSD. After treatment only 60% of them still met the criteria of PTSD. Only 40% where helped to the point where they no longer could be diagnosed with PTSD. Another study, done by the Institute of Medicine, looked at the different studies for PTSD. They singled this study out as one of their stellar studies. If you compare the results of the 6 energy psychology sessions with the 12 CBT sessions, you have;
Two groups each with 100% score for PTSD before treatment
After treatment only 14%, who’d had EFT were still having symptoms of PTSD, versus 60% of those who’d had CBT.
This suggests that when more studies are done and they really look at the all the factors, they may find that Energy Psychology Techniques are actually superior to anything else that’s being practiced at the moment.