Ron E. Masters, Kara K. Baertsch, and Jessica M. Troxel
The present case series examined the effectiveness of an integrated Energy Psychology intervention, the Phoenix Protocol, in five subjects being treated for moderate to severe anxiety. The study utilized single-subject design and convenience sampling. Participants completed the Brief Symptom Checklist–18 (BSI-18) to track symptoms throughout the study, and at 60- and 90-day follow-ups. All five participants completed the entire study, including 60- and 90-day follow-ups, and reported decreased anxiety and depression symptoms, with the greatest symptom reductions in anxiety. Four out of five subjects had trauma history. The mean T-scores for all participants prior to the intervention indicated clinical significance on the anxiety, depression, and Global Severity Index scales. Results over the course of the six-week intervention period showed that the participants’ anxiety T-scores decreased an average of 20.2 points and were below the clinical cutoff for anxiety on the BSI-18. At the 60-day follow-up, the participants’ anxiety T-scores decreased an average of another 1.4 points, and at the 90-day follow-up, the participants’ anxiety T-scores decreased an average of another 1.4 points from the 60-day follow-up, reflecting an overall decrease of 23.2 points from the start of the study, remaining below the clinical cutoff for anxiety on the BSI-18. The reduction of anxiety symptoms is a preliminary indication that the Phoenix Protocol may be an effective intervention in treating anxiety. Reduced depression symptoms indicate the Phoenix Protocol should be studied further as an effective intervention for other conditions.
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