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Comment on “The Current Status of Energy Psychology”: Growing Evidence for Extraordinary Claims

David Feinstein doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2014.6.1.DF2 Abstract: In “The Current Status of Energy Psychology: Extraordinary Claims with Less than Ordinary Evidence,” Bakker (2013) maintains that energy psychology rests on “an unsupported and implausible theoretical basis” (p. 1). He further asserts that attempts to establish empirical support for the efficacy of energy psychology have “not been able to […]

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Critical Thinking in the Energy Therapies: Comments on Gaudiano et al. (2012)

/EPJ.2014.6.1.MS.EL.PKS.AT Mary Sise, Eric Leskowitz, Phyllis K. Stein, Anthony Tranguch Abstract: Gaudiano, Brown, and Miller (2012) report that of 149 licensed psychotherapists who respond-ed to an Internet-based survey, 42.3% said that they frequently use or are inclined to use Energy Meridian Techniques (EMTs). Gaudiano et al. portray EMTs as lacking an empirical basis and displaying […]

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Deconstructing the 6 Anti-Scientic Strategies for Denying a Highly Effective Therapy

/EPJ.2014.6.1.RS Robert Schwarz Abstract: This editorial describes a pattern of six basic interlocking and antiscientic strategies of dis-course used by writers and editors who are deeply biased against energy psychology despite evidence in favor of its efficacy. These strategies attempt to obscure their positions under a patina of objective evaluation. The level of distortion has […]

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Working With Military Service Members and Veterans: A Field Report of Obstacles and Opportunities

doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2009.1.1.ID By Ingrid Dinter Abstract The first few moments of an encounter with a veteran may be crucial in establishing a therapeutic alliance. A posture of respect and acknowledgment of their service provides a good start. Political observations should be avoided. Many service members identify with the archetypal warrior, laying down their lives to […]

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Change Is Possible: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) with Life-Sentence and Veteran Prisoners at San Quentin State Prison

doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2009.1.1.HL By Hari Lubin & Tiffany Schneider Abstract Counseling with prisoners presents unique challenges and opportunities. For the past seven years, a project called “Change Is Possible” has offered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) counseling to life sentence and war veteran inmates through the education department of San Quentin State Prison in California. Prisoners receive […]

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Energy Psychology Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress in Genocide Survivors in a Rwandan Orphanage: A Pilot Investigation

doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2009.1.1.BS By Barbara Stone, Lori Leyden, & Bert Fellows Abstract A team of four energy therapy practitioners visited Rwanda in September of 2009 to conduct trauma remediation programs with orphan genocide survivors with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The program consisted of holistic, multi-dimensional rapport-building exercises, followed by an intervention using Thought Field Therapy […]

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Energy Psychology in Rehabilitation: Origins, Clinical Applications, and Theory

doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2009.1.1.FPG By Fred P. Gallo Abstract Three forces have dominated psychology and psychological treatment at different times since the early 1900s. The first force was Freudian psychoanalysis and its offshoots that focus on unconscious psychodynamics and developmental fixations, with principal therapeutic techniques including free association, dream analysis, interpretation, and abreaction. Second came behaviorism, spearheaded […]

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Controversies in Energy Psychology

doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2009.1.1.DF By David Feinstein Abstract In the nearly three decades since tapping on acupuncture points was introduced as a method psychotherapists could use in the treatment of anxiety disorders and other emotional concerns, more than 30 variations of the approach have emerged. Collectively referred to as energy psychology (EP), reports of unusual speed, range, […]

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The Neurochemistry of Counterconditioning: Acupressure Desensitization in Psychotherapy

doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2009.1.1.JRL By James R. Lane Abstract A growing body of literature indicates that imaginal exposure, paired with acupressure, reduces mid-brain hyperarousal and counter-conditions anxiety and traumatic memories. Exposure therapies that elicit the midbrain’s anxiety reflex and then replace it with a relaxation response are said to “reciprocally inhibit” anxiety. More recent research indicates that […]

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The Effect of Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Techniques on Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2009.1.1.NS By Nilhan Sezgin & Bahar Ozcan Abstract This study investigated the effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) on test anxiety. A group of 312 high school students enrolled at a private academy were evaluated using the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI), which contains Worry and Emotionality subscales. Scores for […]

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