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A Breakthrough In The Understanding Of

How Emotional Trauma Is Stored In The Body-Mind

Leads To A Breakthrough In Emotional Healing

Appearing on EnergyPsychology.US

By Jay Kantor, Ph.D
Healer-Therapist, Ridgewood, NJ
EFTNJ.Com, 201-461-7347

Copyright Jay Kantor 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Fred Gallo is a clinical psychologist who works in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. He's been in private practice since 1977, and also conducts psychological testing and serves on staff of a local hospital.  Fred has utilized both traditional and recent approaches to psychotherapy, including cognitive therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing).  Fred, who I interviewed at the Third Annual International Energy Psychology Conference, sponsored by the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, is a major supporter and author in the new field of Energy Psychology, a term he coined.  Dr. Gallo has written three books on the topic, including Energy Psychology, Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods, and Energy Tapping.

      A revolution in the way we understand how emotional distress is stored and maintained in the body-mind may be leading us into a radical change in the way we practice psychotherapy and a radical change in the efficacy of psychological treatment and our expectations for overcoming damaging life experiences.

      The primary assumption which underlies the energy psychology approach to treating emotional distress is, "The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."  The energy system being referred to in this article is the meridian system, as found in Chinese medicine.  The meridian system -- subtle energy channels which connect and influence the functioning of bodily organs -- has been used effectively for thousands of years to treat physical conditions (diseases) through therapies such as acupuncture and shiatsu massage.  Various approaches to mind-body healing, including relieving physical and emotional stress through methods such as Jin Shin Do and Jin Shin Jyitsu, also work by affecting the flow of energy in the meridians.

      If a disruption in the energy system causes negative emotions, then correcting the disruption should eliminate the negative emotions.  A disruption in the energy flow through the meridian system can be corrected through stimulating the flow by physically "tapping" on the surface of the body on places known as acupoints, places on the body through which the meridian energy can be affected.

      In fact, hundreds if not thousands of psychological practitioners have already been able to validate this approach, and a multiplicity of energy psychology methods are now emerging, with names like Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Be Set Free Fast (BSFF), Energy Diagnostic And Treatment Methods (EDxTM), and many others.

      Energy psychology techniques have been used to treat a wide variety physical and emotional disturbances, including phobias and fears, grief, addictions, physical pain, diseases such as lupus and colitis, sexual abuse, guilt, conditions such as asthma and constipation, and post traumatic stress disorder.  Dramatic and rapid alleviation of post traumatic stress disorder has been documented by Gary Craig, the developer of EFT, for Vietnam veterans, who had not responded to any other previously available therapy.

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