The treatments I use that are included in this group are treatments such as Emotion Freedom Technique, Emotion Codes, Healing Touch, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, SomatoEmotional Release, QiGong, Visualization and Meditation.
Each of these intentionally utilizes one of the human energy systems -such as the meridian system, the belief system, the chakra system or the aura system – during treatment.
Why Use the Energy System for Healing and Growth?
Many traditional therapies have utilized the power of speech to transform emotions. Through talking about one’s feelings, experiences and struggles, one is often able to come to a better understanding of oneself, develop new ways of viewing things, and begin to consider new alternatives. However, discussion alone does not have the power to significantly change one’s innermost world.
The techniques and approach I use add one more unique therapeutic dimension. By correcting a disruption in the energy system, these techniques can bring complete balance within a disturbed internal pattern and virtually “re-wire” the inner world.
“Re-Wiring” the Inner World
From the point of view of this holistic approach, painful physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms are the result of a disruption in the energy system. When the disruption is corrected, symptoms will be replaced by healthy functioning. For instance, a phobic response to spiders would be replaced by a calm response to spiders. All aspects of the phobic response would be normalized. Therefore, physical sensations of distress (such as tense muscles, racing heart, lumps in the throat or sensations in the pit of the stomach) are alleviated.
Disturbed thought processes (such distorted perceptions and catastrophic expectations) are normalized. Negative emotions (fear, panic, anger, helplessness, confusion, etc.) are replaced by inner peace. Unhelpful behavioral tendencies (fight or flight or freeze or freak-out responses, for example) are corrected. All of this can be achieved using the natural resources of the body’s energetic system.
After correcting problems energetically, clients report common experiences. They say things like the following:
• “It doesn’t bother me anymore – I can’t feel it.”
• “I can’t quite find it – it seems very distant now.”
• “I see it, but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with me.”
• “I feel calm.”
• “I don’t care about it anymore – it’s just not important.”
• “I’m not afraid anymore; I feel good.”
• “I don’t feel that way now.”
These changes often happen within only a few minutes of treatment, and yet the inner transformation is often profound and enduring. There is a large generalization effect of treatment – meaning that the treatment of one issue often causes resolution in many other issues (a real bonus!).
Holistic Energy Healing techniques can be used to treat a large array of distressing symptoms including the following types of problems and more:
• worries, fears, anxieties and phobias
• painful memories, grief and traumatic experiences
• stress, burnout, exhaustion
• anger, rage, resentment, irritability
• moodiness, sadness, depression
• insecurity, low self-worth
• relationship difficulties
• performance issues
• limiting beliefs
How is This Approach Used in Therapy?
The techniques I practice and teach are used as a particular treatment within therapy. I am not necessarily “technique-oriented” but rather “client-oriented.” After discussing the issues, I select the appropriate therapeutic intervention depending upon my client’s moment to moment needs.
Depending upon the situation, I may choose any one of a multitude of interventions, from empathic listening to hypnosis and everything in between. Energy Healing techniques are only one of the possible ways to help a client work through an issue – therefore they are simply tools that are utilized within the context of a good therapy session.
Like all other holistic interventions, energy healing techniques do not work with every single client. However, clinical experience shows that most people can benefit from a holistic energy healing approach!!