Over 100 research studies, review articles, and meta-analyses have been published in unprofessional, peer-reviewed journals.
- 43 randomized controlled trials
- 39 outcome studies
- 98% of the above 82 studies show positive results
- 3 meta-analyses
- 4 systematic reviews
- Hundreds of case studies
- 2 more meta-analyses studies are in press and will be published in 2016. They analyze a series of studies documenting the efficacy of EFT for anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
- Earlier in 2016, TFT (Thought Field Therapy) was validated by NREPP (the National Repertory of Evidence-Based Practices and Procedures, a division of SAMHSA in the US) as an evidence-based treatment.
EFT (Emotion Freedom Techniques) is currently under review by NREPP in the US and by NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) in the U.K. We expect to receive the results of their reviews soon.
There are over 400 identified forms of psychotherapy, most of which have little or no research to validate them. Energy psychology is both evidence-based and in the top 10% in terms of research for psychotherapy modalities.
Comprehensive Energy Psychology (CEP)
Energy psychology (EP) is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). These systems and processes exist, and interact, within individuals and between people. They are also influenced by cultural and environmental factors.
Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are seen, and treated, as bio-energetic patterns within a mind-body-energy system. The mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive within this mind-body-energy system, which involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioral-emotional patterns.
EP applications incorporate natural energetic components into the treatment process that include, but are not limited to, meridians, chakras, biofields, and bio-electrical and electromagnetic activity of the body, the nervous system, and the heart. EP practitioners often combine cognitive and physical interventions with activation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems. Some practitioners focus on the way in which thought and intention are expressed in the bioenergy system and explore the therapeutic value of precise use of language and congruent intention. EP approaches adapt and integrate easily into most psychotherapy models, healthcare orientations, and models of performance enhancement. EP approaches are often exceedingly rapid, have little to no adverse effects, are usually experienced as self-empowering by clients and patients, and are easily amenable to self-help protocols.
In the clinical world, EP models have been beneficially applied to the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, stress, psychophysiological issues, and self-sabotaging behaviors by a broad range of healthcare providers, to regulate affect and promote emotional and physical health. Treatment results have been shown to be enduring and relatively rapid. There are currently over 60 research studies, including multiple Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) published in professional and refereed journals, confirming the treatment value of EP. Taken as a body of knowledge, these findings suggest that EP meets the criteria for evidenced-based treatment.
In the coaching and performance world, EP models have been beneficially applied in many areas of performance enhancement including sports, education, business, and lifestyle issues related to weight management, relationships, and finance.EFT
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “Meridian Tapping,” is a form of mind-body energy work, combining ancient Chinese acupressure with modern psychology, involving the use of tapping on successive acupressure points along the head and upper torso to relieve emotional congestion or stuck “chi.”
This technique is easy and painless to learn and use, and can be applied successfully for numerous issues, including phobias, anxiety, panic attacks, poor self-esteem, depression, grief & loss, pain, as well as many others.
EFT, best known through the work of Gary Craig, who founded and coined the term, has many roots in other traditions, including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. More recently, Nick Ortner, from The Tapping Solution, has used tapping successfully to help victims of Sandy Hook, Project Light: Rwanda, and veterans, among others.
During a typical EFT session, you and your therapist will focus on a specific issue, belief, feeling, or thought, while you tap on endpoints of the body’s energy meridians along your head and upper torso. While individual results vary, it is not uncommon to find relief from your symptoms within one session.
For a comprehensive list of studies on Energy Psychology visit energypsych.org/research.
We, at OptimalLife Wellness Center, are excited and pleased to be able to offer this innovative and user-friendly technique to both our English and Spanish-speaking clients. Located in Bellevue with easy access from Kirkland & Redmond.