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Energy Therapy

What is Energy Psychology?

Energy Psychology is a relatively new therapeutic method. It uses tapping on the meridians or energy points used by Chinese Medicine practitioners in acupuncture and other techniques. The client thinks about an anxiety producing event while tapping on the energy points. It is considered useful for anxiety, phobias and PTSD.

Energy psychology is a technique popularized in the 1980’s by Roger Callaghan and was called Thought Field Therapy. Gary Craig a colleague of Callaghan’s altered the approach and the term he uses is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).


Angrade and Feinstein (2003) In preliminary clinical trials involving more than 29,000 patients from 11 allied treatment centers in South America during a 14-year period, a variety of randomized, double-blind pilot studies were conducted.  In one of these, approximately 5,000 patients diagnosed at intake with an anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to an experimental group (tapping) or a control group (cognitive behavior therapy /medication). Ratings were given by independent clinicians who interviewed each patient at the close of therapy, at 1 month, at 3 months, at 6 months, and at 12 months.  The raters made a determination of complete remission of symptoms, partial remission of symptoms, or no clinical response.  The raters did not know if the patient received CBT/medication or tapping.  They knew only the initial diagnosis, the symptoms, and the severity, as judged by the intake staff.  At the close of therapy:  63% of the control group were judged as having improved; 90% of the experimental group were judged as having improved.  51% of the control group were judged as being symptom free; 76% of the experimental group were judged as symptom free. (Andrade & Feinstein, 2003)

Denise provides training and therapy sessions in EFT. Contact her for further information at 604-562-9130.

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