A Respectful Disagreement with the APA

If you are interested in energy psychology, it is likely you know the American Psychological Association (APA) is the only professional mental health organization that has been summarily negative about EP, despite the research showing EP’s effectiveness. In a story that came out Sunday, June 24 on the website of WPRI in Rhode Island, APA spokesperson Rhea Faberman had this to say:

“Has this tapping therapy been proven effective? We don’t think so at this point,”

We respectfully disagree with Ms. Faberman. The evidence continues to mount in favor of EFT, and other forms of EP, working quite well for a variety of ailments. The evidence has become so prevalent that APA’s own Review of General Psychology is publishing an article by Dr. David Feinstein laying out the recent research into the effectiveness of energy psychology.

Using APA’s own criteria for evidence-based treatments, Dr. Feinstein found that EP worked convincingly on many conditions, including PTSD:

EP has proven effective for even the worst of traumas, such as for those who survived the genocide in Rwanda.

The 16 randomized controlled trials in this sample were critically evaluated for design quality, leading to the conclusion that they consistently demonstrated positive statistical results that far exceed chance and showed moderate to large effect sizes after relatively few treatment sessions. (Emphasis added by us.)

While the APA might feel it has a responsibility to protect the public, it also has a responsibility to inform the public of new developments in the field. They should state that while more research needs to be done, early research consistently shows EP may be helpful as a clinical tool, or they should support people who use tools of self-efficacy to help improve their lives. Instead, because of the APA’s refusal to even take small steps toward acceptance, most of the news stories done on people who have used EP successfully end like the one in Rhode Island, or this one in Boston:

The APA suggests consulting with a mental health professional before considering tapping as a form a treatment for yourself.


We think, though, that people who research EP with an open mind will be able to see that there is quite a bit of evidence that shows energy psychology works both as a tool for clinicians and as a self-help tool. Beyond the research by scholars like Dr. Feinstein, there are hundreds of anecdotal stories highlighted in news stories like this and this. As evidence keeps piling up, hopefully the APA will come around and change their stance on EP.

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