Individual psychotherapy is considered to have developed in three great waves: psychoanalysis; behavioral approaches; humanistic, experiential psychotherapy; and cognitive therapies). The emergence of brief psychotherapies that include a somatic component, are now being considered psychotherapy’s 4th wave (e.g. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
There are three features that distinguish Energy Psychology as a 4th Wave therapy. It is a true mind-body approach in that it includes direct interventions at the level of the body; it changes brain activity very rapidly; and it has special advantages in quickly and permanently shifting outdated emotional learnings.
These three qualities come together to make Energy Psychology unusually rapid and effective in relation to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wave therapies. Emotional Freedom Techniques for example, results in changes in the brain, DNA expression, hormone production, brain waves and blood flow, and is it remarkable swift.
The latest research and science behind the somatic components of Energy Psychology (EFT Tapping) can be watched in my TEDx talk – Is Therapy Facing a Revolution?
and also in my latest book The Science Behind Tapping – Hay House (or any great bookstore).