Finding the Energy to Heal: How EMDR, Hypnosis, TFT, Imagery, and Body-Focused Therapy Can Help Restore Mindbody Health

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This ground-breaking book applies the principles of energy psychology and medicine to mindbody healing.
The focus of Eastern healing is on correcting imbalance of disharmony so that qi, the life force energy that generates harmonious transformation in the body, can flow freely again. Using vivid examples, this book explores the possibility that psychological methods can be used in a similar way to address subtle energies in mindbody systems and...

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This ground-breaking book applies the principles of energy psychology and medicine to mindbody healing.
The focus of Eastern healing is on correcting imbalance of disharmony so that qi, the life force energy that generates harmonious transformation in the body, can flow freely again. Using vivid examples, this book explores the possibility that psychological methods can be used in a similar way to address subtle energies in mindbody systems and thereby restore health.
The author has presented highly acclaimed seminars on Ericksonian and clinical hypnosis, imagery, and ego-state therapy. Here she adds EMDR, thought field therapy (TFT), and body-focused therapy to the tools that can open inner pathways to healing that have been frozen by stress, past trauma, and developmental issues. Throughout the book she emphasizes the principles of gathering and building on strengths that each client already owns, using tools that provoke energetic flow to dissolve barriers to health, and selecting strategies that utilize the powerful effects of positive expectancy.
In the first four sections, vivid, intriguing stories illustrate how EMDR, hypnosis, imagery, TFT, and body-focused therapy can be used to solve the mysteries of health crises triggered by general stresses and anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and the challenges of organic conditions such as cancer, head injury, arthritis, and cardiac disease. The final section presents three creative models for combining and integrating energy therapies to increase healing possibilities for individuals with complex health situations that do not respond to any one approach.Finding the Energy to Heal is an especially useful guide for professionals interested in cutting-edge methodology as well as for readers seeking solutions to perplexing health challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

USABP Newsletter
“[H]elpful for therapists aiming to find ways to combine therapeutic techniques in their practice and to help patients with a variety of psychological and physical maladies who are not responding to only one type of treatment.”
Phillips (a psychologist in private practice) applies the principles of energy psychology and medicine to mind-body healing. She offers examples to explore the possibility that psychological methods can be used in connection to Eastern healing to address subtle energies in mind-body systems and therapy. She discusses Ericksonian and clinical hypnosis, imagery, ego-state therapy, EMDR, field therapy, and body- focussed therapy as they apply to the treatment of stress, trauma, and developmental conflicts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703269
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,351,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., is a psychologist in Oakland, California, where she has a private practice. She is the author, with Claire Frederick, of Healing the Divided Self: Clinical and Ericksonian Hypnosis for Dissociative Disorders (Norton, 1995). She has been a recipient of the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award from the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Section I. EMDR: Moving Toward Health
Introducing EMDR 3
The Birth of EMDR 5
What Happens in EMDR? 6
How Does EMDR Achieve Change? 8
1. EMDR and Stress Symptoms 10
Insomnia 10
Overeating 17
Colitis and Eczema 24
2. Beyond Trauma: Enhancing Mindbody Health 30
Head Injury 30
Abortion 34
Benefits of EMDR 42
Section II. Hypnosis: The Power of Healing Trances
Introducing Hypnosis 47
Clinical Hypnosis 47
How Does Clinical Hypnosis Help to Create Changes? 48
Ericksonian Hypnosis 50
Hypnotic Ego-State Therapy 52
Resolving Health Symptoms with Hypnosis 53
3. Clinical Hypnosis: The Inner Healer 54
Addiction 54
Seizure Disorder 61
Chronic Pain 65
Using Hypnosis to Uncover and Resolve Past Trauma Related to Health Symptoms 69
4. Ericksonian Hypnosis: Activating Unconscious Pathways 70
Alopecia Arieta (Premature Hair Loss) 70
Rheumatoid Arthritis 73
Bulimia 75
Benefits of Ericksonian Principles 82
5. Ego-State Therapy: The Healing Presence of the Inner Family of Self 83
Migraines 83
Symptom Resolution and Personality Integration 93
Sexual Performance Problems 94
Somatic Ego States 97
Back Pain 97
Section III. Imagery: Opening Windows of the Mind
Introducing Imagery 105
The Impact of Imagery on Health 106
Structured Imagery 106
Spontaneous Imagery 108
6. Structured Imagery: Blueprints for Change 110
Hormonal Headaches 110
Colitis 111
Working with Psychological or Developmental Barriers 113
Addiction Related to Developmental Needs 114
Images of Mastery and Rehearsal 117
Blood Phobia 117
Eidetic Imagery 119
Eating Disorder 120
Guided Fantasy Images 123
Nausea Following Radiation 123
7. Fantasies, Dreams, and Other Spontaneous Gifts of the Creative Imagination 126
Menopausal Symptoms 126
Hypersensitivity 133
Section IV. Somatic Energy Therapies: Coming Home to the Body
Introducing Somatic Energy Therapies 139
Body Awareness 140
The Body and Energy Psychology 141
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) 142
Somatic Experiencing 144
Integrating Bodywork into Psychotherapy 146
8. TFT: Reversing Negative Thought Fields and Their Effects on the Body 148
Injury-Related Pain 148
Advantages of Treating Trauma with TFT 155
Addictive Urges 155
TFT in More Complex Cases 158
Fibromyalgia, Depression, and Chronic Fatigue 158
9. Giving the Body Its Due: Body-Focused Psychotherapy 166
Arthritis 166
Somatic Experiencing and Trauma 170
Hand Injury 172
Collaboration with a Bodyworker 177
Addiction Relapse 178
Using Somatic Therapy to Enhance General Health 180
The Supportive Role of Bodywork 181
Section V. Integrated Models: Addressing Complex Health Needs
Introducing Integrated Models 187
Guiding Principles for Using Energy Therapies 187
Comprehensive Change in Complex Situations 192
Three Models for Combining Energy Therapies 193
10. The Linking Model: Bridging to New Experiences of Health through EMDR and TFT 195
Brief Treatment of Multiple Health Problems 195
11. The Unconscious Learning Model: Leading with Hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing, and Imagery 206
Preparation for Surgery 206
12. The Braiding Model: Interweaving Modalities for Comprehensive Healing 217
A Mysterious Muscular Condition 217
Conclusions 228
Glossary 234
Notes 238
Appendices 251
References 264
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    A Very Complete Book, A must for all EMDR Therapists

    I strongly recommend this book to all EMDR practitioners. The chapters on EMDR are from my point of view, very encompassing complete and creative. In them the author explains concepts like Positive Image Installation, or Positive Target Image, Conflict Free Image, Resource Interweave, Ego State Therapy during EMDR without Hypnosis, Renurturing Interweaves, Developmental Learning Interweaves, concepts and procedures related to the Safe Place and Safe Place Image, Temporal Resource Interweave, and many concepts and resources which can be very useful to any EMDR Clinician. She uses and explains EMDR in a very creative way that can be very beneficial to EMDR Therapists and Clinicians. The sections on Hypnosis, TFT, Imagery, Somatic Energy Therapies, and the one of Integration of Concepts are very useful.

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