Have you ever tried to explain to an old-fashioned therapist or doctor how energy psychology (EP) can permanently remove the effects of a significant traumatic incident in a single session, only to have them deride you or EP for such an outlandish claim? Let me suggest a different way to respond to them.
Two days ago my wife had hip replacement surgery. Guess how long the entire procedure took? One hour! They made a 3-4 inch incision (that’s all), moved the muscles out of the way (they no longer cut them); disconnected the leg from the hip, cleaned out the old socket, glued in the new socket, and sawed off the ball on end of the leg bone. They then drilled a hole down into the leg, put in the new ball and put everything back together. During this process they couldn’t cut any arteries or nerves, and the leg had to be the exact same length. In my wife’s case they purposefully lengthened her leg 1/8 inch to correct for the fact that her right leg was shorter than the left. She went into surgery at 8:30am, and the doctor came out to see me at 9:30am. That’s one hour – the length of a single therapy session. Two days later, she is walking around and is home!!
Why am I telling you this story? When doctors/healers have the proper tools and the proper techniques they can repair damage more thoroughly and rapidly than what was possible only a few years before. Consider energy psychology versus prolonged exposure (PE) for treating trauma. PE is like the old hip replacement technique, where they cut the muscles and the healing was painful and long. EP is the new approach that allows us to go into the mind and make corrections without creating all that damage. The entire treatment can be blindingly fast, because we are using a better approach. And by the way, the surgeons and anesthesiologists were very sensitive to the idea of preventing pain from reaching the brain. They understood that pain begets more pain.
So the next time someone scoffs at you for saying that EP can resolve trauma in as little as a single session, just ask them if they know how long it takes to do hip replacement surgery from beginning to end. Then tell them, “If the surgeon is good and doing the latest approaches it takes one hour, beginning to end”. Pause and let it sink in. Then say, “It really is incredible what modern medicine can do with the new approaches they have these days.” Then pause and say in a slightly slower voice, “ I know it sounds incredible compared to the old-fashioned way of working with trauma. but energy psychology is the new approach of modern psychotherapy, and with proper training we actually can resolve a traumatic memory in the same time it takes to replace a hip.”
By the way, in both hip replacement surgery and using energy psychology for trauma, the patient still needs to do some rehab after the “surgery”.
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
Author, Tools for Transforming Trauma
ACEP Executive Director
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