9th Annual Energy Psychology Research Symposium
May 2, 2019 | Albuquerque, NM
Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: November 18, 2019
The State of Energy Psychology Research
https://www.energypsych.org/page/Research_Landing (Updated January 2018)
While energy psychology as a field is still relatively young, its evidence base continues to grow in both quantity and quality. As of January 2018 over 100 research studies, meta-analyses and review articles have been published on EP methods in peer-reviewed journals.
These modalities have been researched by more than 200 investigators in over 12 countries.
Over fifty randomized controlled trials have documented efficacy for these methods.
Four recent meta-analyses (a systematic review and analysis of individual studies) have also been completed. Three of these have demonstrated large average effect sizes, and the fourth demonstrated a moderate effect size for these methods.
The results of these studies have been published in more than 15 different peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology. While questions about mechanism remain - specifically how these techniques work - a robust and growing body of research continues to document their efficacy.
NREPP, The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices in the U.S., a division of SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has reviewed the research on TFT (Thought Field Therapy, the original EP modality), and found it to be effective for treating symptoms of post traumatic stress.
The next frontier of EP research involves exploring the mechanisms of action of these modalities and investigating concurrent physiological changes using such tools as gene chips, qEEG and fMRI scans, and neurotransmitter assays.
"The discussion of mechanisms of treatment is interesting, especially since we don't really know how any psychotherapy works. Theoretically, each method has its formulation, but underlying physical mechanisms are harder to discern. And when an explanation of mechanism of functioning is discovered, it just gives rise to questions about the next lower level of analysis. Therefore it is remarkable that physiological mechanisms are already being discovered for energy psychology, even though it is younger and stranger than more established methods….”
(An anonymous APA reviewer, in his review of David Feinstein’s article, "Acupoint Stimulation in Treating Psychological Disorders: Evidence of Efficacy,” published in the Review of General Psychology, 2012.)