Ph.D., Energy Psychology, An Interview - Page 3
By Jay Kantor, Ph.D. , Ridgewood, NJ, EFTNJ.Com,
the next moment of understanding.
So, it came to me right away, what about that rape?
Could we do something about that?
What I did was I took her through the same treatment.
I really didn't know what I was doing at that time.
I had some misunderstandings.
However, even given those misunderstandings, after about
eight minutes of therapy, the trauma no longer bothered her and
never, ever bothered her again.
All kinds of changes occurred from that, not just that the
trauma didn't bother her but her concept about herself changed.
It really made
it possible to have major breakthroughs in therapy.
It isn't like we were totally done after that tapping
session -- we did more therapy after that -- but she ended up
going to graduate school, and getting a Master's degree as a
she practices as a psychotherapist.
She's no longer on lithium.
She doesn't have the drug and alcohol problem anymore and
she doesn't seem to suffer from depression.
JK: You've used the term "Tapping
define what you mean by that?
Fred Gallo: When I say "tapping," we are
tapping on acupuncture meridian points, just like in acupressure
in which the person might hold certain points and massage them.
What we're doing here is we're having people actually tap
on these points.
In the Chinese medical system, there are twelve primary
meridians and they are associated with different organs of the
body, such as the lungs, the kidneys, the liver, the heart.
The meridians are energy pathways.
The ways these are used in Chinese medicine are very much
different compared to what we are talking about with energy
psychology" is a term I coined.
There are many approaches that I felt could be subsumed
under this term, including Callahan's Thought Field Therapy or
work with the chakras -- energy centers in the body -- or work
with the aura -- the energy fields surrounding the body.
So, energy psychology can include any kind of bioenergy
associated with the human body.
It could even apply to bioenergy in animals.
What we are looking at here are bioenergies related to
human being's psychological functioning.
Here's the difference between energy psychology and, for
example, cognitive psychology: cognitive psychology specifically
related to therapy would say that whenever a person has a
psychological problem, what's really going on there is that they
are thinking in a disordered way and it is that thinking that is
the problem and should be the target of the treatment.
What we are saying here is that when a person has a
psychological problem, true, there may be disordered thinking,
emotion, and behavior -- all the things that make up the
psychological problem -- but fundamentally there is an energy
disruption that, if it can be changed, then all those other things
will change as a result.
Let's say we're dealing with a trauma.
When the person thinks about the trauma, they have a memory
of the trauma. When
they have the memory of that trauma engaged, their energy system
will be disrupted. When
they don't have the thought of the trauma engaged, the energy
system won't be disrupted.
There must be something in the thought that somehow signals
the energy system to disrupt, and we have names for that sort of
thing: it is the cause of the negative emotions.
There is an emotional signaling system in the thought field
that we can diagnose using these methods.
Sometimes people don't bother to diagnose the specific
nature of the energy disruption.
They just have a person think about something and they have
them tap all these different points.
There are different approaches to energy psychology that do
that. A lot of times
they work very well.
can diagnose specific disruptions in the energy system through the
use of manual muscle testing, which was something developed by a
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