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One such organization is the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, a nonprofit that offers membership, certification, and training information, along with other resources, on its website.

Energy psychology is based on the broad theory that mental health and physical health conditions are related to altered flow and function in the body’s electrical energies and energy fields.

The idea that the body’s electricity and energy can be manipulated to produce healing and spiritual development is a root of many ancient, holistic approaches to medicine.

This mental engagement may occur through imagination or through actual participation in a feared situation.

An individual in therapy for posttraumatic stress might be asked to imagine the traumatic event experienced while simultaneously performing body tapping, for example, and an individual with a phobia of spiders might perform body tapping while being gradually exposed to a spider.

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Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding any mental health symptom or medical condition.

The process is intended to send signals to the brain to help the brain regulate the emotions associated with mental health conditions.

Physical interventions in energy psychology, such as body tapping, are meant to work in combination with the person in therapy becoming mentally engaged in the feelings, thoughts, and/or behaviors that are targets for change in therapy.

However, some researchers supporting energy psychology have failed to disclose their financial affiliations in research reports, a practice generally considered to be unethical.