Science & Pseudoscience Review in Mental Health

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"Power" Therapies

The following "Power" therapies are unsupported by the empirical literature and therefore the extreme claims made regarding their near miraculous effectiveness must be viewed as dubious.

The following quotes are taken from each of the procedures websites.

TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique)

"is an exciting Accelerated Information Processing technique, which has shown extraordinary promise in the treatment of traumatic stress, allergic reactions, and negative fixed emotional states. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), TAT allows information and energy to be processed by the body-mind system. According to TCM, many acupuncture meridians merge and enter the brain at specific facial points: these points are activated during the TAT treatment as the individual accesses the disturbance and/or energy stagnation. The combination of the client's attention and the activation of the acupressure points opens up the flow of held information and allows the brain to process the material adaptively. Tapas Fleming has developed TAT protocols for use in anxiety disorders, phobia, trauma, allergies and problematic relationships. TAT may be immediately integrated with almost all traditional and new power psychotherapies."

"I did a quick clearing for my 5 year-old nephew who has a problem with noise now and then. He was a premie weighing 2.6 pounds at birth and in the hospital for the first 3 months of his life. No wonder noise is a problem. He had been running around with his hands over his ears screaming ďI canít stand the noise, itís too loudĒ and crying, too. I did TAT on him and asked his body to effect a safe clearing for whatever was causing his problem with noise. After clearing for a few seconds, he was fine!! It was amazing. Sue"

Gallo Methods

"Negative Affect Erasing Method (NAEM) is a global treatment procedure that can be used to treat a range of psychological problems, and even some physical problems. This is often the first line of treatment, since it is so easily applied. When NAEM is not effective, correcting for psychological reversal, neurologic disorganization, energy toxins, or misalignment of pacing or targeting of problem aspects will often yield desired therapeutic results. When NAEM does not work, precision diagnosis is needed."

Healing Energy Light Process (HELP) "combines a number of treatment components in order to globally address the therapeutic issue or psychological problem. It incorporates some procedures from Educational Kinesiology/Brain Gym with the Negative Affect Erasing Method (NAEM), diaphragmatic breathing and an ancient yoga exercise of imaging healing light entering the body. HELP corrects for psychological reversals, neurologic disorganization, and focused the patientís intention to achieve the desired outcome. HELP can be conducted within the therapeutic session and can also be assigned to clients for self treatment between sessions. When it is not sufficiently effective, the therapist considers for precisely focused treatment with the NAEM or EDxTM."

Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods (EDxTM) "is a bioenergy causal diagnostic system, with roots in meridian therapy; Applied, Clinical and Behavioral Kinesiology; and Thought Field Therapy. EDxTM makes it possible to determine the precise energetic structure of any psychological problem and to apply efficient treatments based on this energetic diagnosis. Additionally EDxTM includes cognitive components to increase the likelihood that the therapeutic results will hold. For example, the energy system can be balanced by stimulating meridian points in concert with specific verbalizations, and an Outcome Projection Procedure (OPP) is employed at the end of treatment protocols to increase the probability that treatment effects will maintain. Further EDxTM includes a protocol for evaluating and altering negative core beliefs. EDxTM has protocols for diagnosing and correcting psychological reversal and neurologic disorganization, decreasing sensitivity to energy toxins, and removing peak performance obstacles. Emphasis is placed on precision manual muscle testing throughout. Training emphasizes assisting the examiner in developing expertise in conducting accurate manual muscle testing."

The Getting Thru Techniques

"Because of its amazing effectiveness, we have incorporated the use of EFT with the processes that we have developed and drawn from our extensive experience with Hypnotherapy, NLP, Kinesiology, Reiki, clairvoyant counseling and other holistic healing modalities. GTT enhances any healing process and helps its users to expand and grow in unimaginably powerful ways. Through our experience, we have come to regard life as a journey of self-discovery and find that there are always deeper levels of ourselves to explore. Each of us is here with lessons to learn and a purpose to fulfill. As we step forward on our journeys, we face challenges that help us to learn these lessons and grow as individuals. This in turn helps us to expand our awareness collectively as a society. From a spiritual perspective, our problems are opportunities to increase our understanding of the deeper meaning of life and our true purpose. The combination of EFT and the Getting Thru Techniques can help you to move rapidly along on this journey by releasing your fears, unresolved emotions, and all types of limitations, so you can experience a life filled with joy, love, and freedom to fulfill your heartís true desires. GTT finds its origin in the functioning of the human aura or energy field. As we learn how to sense it or see it, the energy field is like a story book that tells each of us about ourselves. We have energy centers and energetic layers around us that define all of the different aspects of our reality, from the size and shape of the physical body to our strengths and weaknesses and the unique qualities we are here to develop to fulfill our life purposes. In the parts of our lives where energy is flowing freely in the aura, things go well for us. Where energy is not flowing, there are blockages that reflect limitations we have taken on to learn about ourselves. These blockages are reflected in the meridian system, in the brain, and in the body itself. Everything is connected, so true healing must include ways to heal the entire system. The GTT processes are designed to address blockages anywhere in the energetic system and to clear them in the most natural and complete way. With the design of the energy system, blockages develop in specific ways and release in specific ways. There is an organic order to the healing process, whether you are dealing with a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual issue. When you understand and follow the energy systemís natural order for healing, the transformation is generally profound and deep. Overall, the spiritual journey involves going from a largely unconscious state to one of nearly full consciousness. In the process, the ability to give and receive love expands, along with the development of intuition and clairvoyance. All of these qualities allow those who pursue them to connect with their true purposes with increased joy, freedom, and a deep sense of fulfillment."


"is a highly focused Energy Therapy method for eliminating the negative emotional roots and self-limiting belief systems which are embedded in the subconscious mind, and which are "locked" together by specific energy circuits. These unresolved negative emotions and beliefs create and maintain psychological and physical symptoms which can result in life adjustment, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual problems, including medical, and health problems. BE SET FREE FAST is a descriptive acronym for "Behavioral & Emotional Symptom Elimination Training For Resolving Excess Emotion Fear, Anger, Sadness & Trauma." BSFF readily eliminates the same emotionally-based problems as all of the Energy Therapies. It is believed that BSFF works at deeper psychological levels than other Energy Therapies by specifically and purposefully treating the unresolved emotional roots and the belief systems which are operating automatically in the person's subconscious mind. BSFF uses only one four-step algorithm (treatment sequence) to eliminate every identified problem. Another ten-second procedure resolves unforgiveness. The simple, gentle BSFF procedure was developed and refined over the past nine years by Larry Phillip Nims, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who was trained in the "Callahan Techniques" in 1990. Dr. Nims was among the first few professionals trained by Dr. Callahan, and has been in the forefront of new developments in the Energy Therapies. BSFF directly addresses the subconscious processes that establish and trigger debilitating and dysfunctional reactions. It rapidly and gently eliminates problems, even when the person does not know what the problems are. All that is required is that the client notice a "problem" with their conscious mind. Focusing conscious attention on the problem during treatment is not required. There are typically between 700 and 1900 emotional roots to any specific problem in adults, and somewhat fewer in children. Each BSFF treatment sequence simultaneously eliminates all of these roots, collectively, for each problem. Many treatment issues may have multiple problems (sometimes called aspects) to treat, including those that are called Psychological Reversals. Psychological Reversals are treated with the same algorithm as all other problems. This allows for a seamless treatment sequence which is easy for clients to understand and to execute, and it optimizes the likelihood that clients will use the treatments on their own. Dr. Nims has further refined his BSFF methods so that they can be executed in seven to eight seconds. Initially, clients are taught a 20-30 second version. Recently he has discovered an even faster, almost instant, version of BSFF. He also uses another simple and highly efficient procedure to embed new, functional programs into the subconscious mind. Dr. Nims ... currently teaches a course in "Critical Thinking"; in the Psychology Department at Chapman University in Orange, CA where he also supervises counselor trainees."

Emotional Freedom Technique

"often provides rapid relief for emotional issues (e.g. Trauma, PTSD, Phobias, Grief, Anger, Guilt, Anxiety, Rape, Addictive Cravings, Nightmares, Abandonment, Fear of Public Speaking, Love Pain, Depression and more) and physical issues (e.g. Pain, Headaches, Asthma and more) and is easily learned through a professional videotape training course. It is available at $20 over cost and comes with a one year money back guarantee. New practitioners frequently achieve impressive results within the first few tries. In summary, I will be teaching diagnosis that, in my opinion, is unique in this field and surpasses just about everything out there. I do not consider it the ultimate ending place for all diagnosis, however. I consider it a beginning and expect that most of you will accelerate beyond these techniques and exceed my skills with them. I am opening a door here. Those who walk through it will find themselves in a Palace of Possibilities." Gary Craig (Founder of EFT).

Whole Life Healing

"is a healing protocol I created to assist healers of all kinds to handle issues (big or small) - typically in one session. WLH is a combination of hypnosis, EFT, breathwork, and muscle testing. It has a strong spiritual component which can be used or not as you see fit. My philosophy is that healing does not have to be abreactive or painful - it can be peaceful, loving, and gentle - and that is what people experience when having Whole Life Healing done to them. I also believe that healing does not have to take a long time and that as long as you have the Subconscious Mind's agreement to take care of the issue, the issue can be handled very rapidly. This includes Smoking Cessation, too! I have had marvelous, marvelous results doing WLH for Smoking Cessation. Same for Weight Control, and every other possible issue you could think of. The healer is also healed during the process of WLH because as one does the process, one follows the steps along with the client and a natural outcome of that is healing for yourself! I created my manual/cassette so that you could easily read through it/listen to it, and then start doing Whole Life Healing (confidently) the next day. I also have inserted bonus sheets which you could enclose in plastic to use during the treatments so that you have a guide to use during your sessions. I created Whole Life Healing, and I use a cheat sheet every time! Folks don't mind if you don't mind. More bonuses are EFT on a page (which you could copy and hand out to your clients), my WLH intake form (which you could copy and use with your clients), Freeing Self-Wellness Beliefs protocol and cheat sheet, and a wonderful reading list. There's a very detailed section on Muscle Testing (which includes Errol Schubot's protocol and information) and a lot of other general healing information by me and by others on our list). So, that's basically it. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to write me. I am also planning a chat room on my website where I will be teaching WLH and having discussions and maybe guest interviews. Soon. Soon. Love, Stephanie

P.S. I'm extremely excited to tell you that you can now order my Whole Life Healing Manual and companion Cassette on a secure server by credit card. There's also a fairly comprehensive explanation and some FAQs on this site, too."

The Whole Hearted Healing(tm)

technique comes from the Institute for the Study of Peak States. "Iím delighted to be able to share with you the exciting work that The Institute for the Study of Peak States (ISPS) is doing. Weíve taken a completely new approach to the field of health and healing, with results that are literally unbelievable. For those of you who have never heard of us, let me give you some background. Fifteen years ago I started working on how to permanently bring myself and others to what we all unconsciously crave, those rare but precious experiences when the world becomes an incredibly wonderful place to live; a Peak State. Seven years ago, the first major spinoff to the project was the radically effective therapy called Whole Hearted Healingô. This therapy not only helps emotional difficulties but many physical ones. Later, other spinoffs occurred in the area of schizophrenia and cancer. Recently, weíve made several major breakthroughs in the core project of bringing people into permanent Peak States. The Institute is focused on developing these breakthroughs and spinoffs into products for the public. It is also designed to facilitate training programs, support us in making new discoveries, and to attract people who share our vision. This site will be updated regularly as we make new discoveries and introduce new products." -Grant McFetridge, Founder of ISPS