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Note of caution





A note of caution

for those considering therapy using energy psychology







Practitioners of energy psychology tend to be enthusiastic about this modality, understandably so since it often brings about considerable relief of stress and favourable therapeutic results. Many of us find that, when used with skill, the work can be faster and deeper than is normally achieved with purely talk-based therapies. However, there can sometimes be a tendency for claims and  hopes (implied or explicit) to stretch somewhat beyond their legitimate limits. Energy psychology is not a cure for all disease, nor a panacea for all of life's problems! There is a need for common sense and ordinary attention to evidence and science. The following points should be considered.





*Energy psychology began with the work of chiropractor George Goodheart in the 1960s. Although his own work did not contain much that was explicitly psychological, he provided the groundwork that led to later development by psychiatrist John Diamond beginning in the 1970s (to the present), followed by the emergence of clinical psychologist Roger Callahan's Thought Field Therapy (around 1979/80), and the establishment of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology in 1998. Many practitioners have contributed to this emerging field - including clinical psychologists Fred Gallo, Greg Nicosia, David Gruder, John Hartung, MIchael Galvin and John Diepold, acupuncturist Tapas Fleming, and Jungian psychotherapist Asha Clinton, to name just a few.


**A useful counterbalance to undue optimism and its resulting distortions of perception is Barbara Ehrenreich's Smile or Die. How Positive Thinking Fooled America & The World [Granta 2009]