How Energy Psychology Changes Deep Emotional Learnings
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The stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints) by tapping on them—used in conjunction with more conventional psychological interventions—has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a spectrum of psychological disorders (Benor, 2014). Known as “energy psychology” (Gallo, 1998), a variety of protocols have been developed, with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT; Craig, 2010) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT; Callahan & Callahan, 1996) being the best known and most widely practiced. Outcome investigations suggest that including the somatic elements of the approach can resolve a range of clinical symptoms with greater speed, power, and precision than psychological interventions alone (see reviews in Church, 2013; Church, Feinstein, Palmer-Hoffman, Stein, & Tranguch, 2014; Feinstein, 2012).
Special Memory Reconsolidation Issue of The Neuropsychotherapist
UNDERSTANDING MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION
Bruce Ecker corrects some of the most common misconceptions about memory reconsolidation and its application in clinical practice.
DEEP RELEASE FOR BODY AND SOUL: MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION AND THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
A vivid case study illustrating the memory reconsolidation process in action with the Alexander Technique.
Robin Ticic and Elise Kushner
PROGRESSIVE COUNTING FACILITATES MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION
Progressive counting is a recently developed trauma treatment technique that facilitates memory reconsolidation. Kymberly Lasser and Ricky Greenwald take us through the process using a case example.
Kymberly Lasser & Ricky Greenwald
HOW ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY CHANGES DEEP EMOTIONAL LEARNINGS
Energy psychology is a technique of tapping acupuncture points while exploring distressing memories. David Feinstein explains how this somatic intervention capitalises on memory reconsolidation to resolve traumatic memories
MEMORY RECONSOLIDATION IN NLP
Bruce Ecker describes how the therapeutic reconsolidation process can be utilised for consistently effective psychotherapy across a range of modalities. Here Bruce looks at a case example using neuro-linguistic programming.
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Memory reconsolidation (MR)—a foundational process with the potential, if properly understood, to consistently bring about the kind of transformational change that we look for in the lives of clients—is the subject of this book. Featured in this issue is Bruce Ecker, one of the foremost experts in applying techniques that fulfil the neurobiological requirements to achieve MR in clinical practice. In fact all of the authors in this issue are experts in their respective fields, demonstrating the unifying nature of MR in such diverse therapies as the Alexander technique, energy psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and progressive counting. Understanding the biological basis of our memory and how it can be modified is the key to effective therapeutic change, especially when emotional memories are driving unwanted symptoms. The content of this special issue has been previously published in The Neuropsychotherapist or the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy.
Hi David I just watched your ACEP lecture on how Energy Psychology creates deep emotional changes. Great to see all the research done in the area. I have to say however as a clin psych with 22 years experience in treating trauma I disagreed somewhat with your explanation. I use EMDR and exposure and EFT in my practice. You appear to imply Energy Psych creates a new association to the trauma response and this is what creates change. My learning and observation is that EMDR, exposure (not in vivo) simply allows the disjointed unprocessed memories and emotions to be properly processed and it is this proper full processing of the trauma that creates the change. In fact the only block I have observed to these therapies working is when the client is dissociative or numb or unable to access feeling perhaps due to inattention. But when they can access feeling and process fully the change naturally occurs and only when this happens does their negative belief change. You also speak of exposure being only 50 % effective – this may be the case for in vivo but the gold standard for PTSD is not in vivo but imaginal exposure though this is also a misleading term as it can mean something different. But basically asking the client to describe in detail the traumatic event and rate the emotion over and over is what exposure for PTSD involves with much higher success rates then you suggest – at least 80%. EMDR results are comparable and appear to be working at least in a similiar way i.e. allowing the client to process and feel fully the event in a more relaxed state so it can resolve naturally. Anyway I felt I had to share my thoughts as treatment for PTSD I find is so misguided in my experience. You have motivated me to explore EFT s use in PTSD so thankyou for your interesting lecture and work! Sonia