|Posted by Ellen Gray on May 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM|
Although this is my very first experience with a blog, I am hoping it will be a powerful tool to communicate with my clients between sessions and with others who do not have access to in-office training, but are nevertheless interested in learning about and participating in the healing process through energy methods.
I want to give you a little background about my path to energy healing, as you might be surprised to find me pursuing these methodologies, given my very traditional academic and clinical career experiences (I will not detail my professional biographical information here, but if you are interested, see the page about my credentials in this website entitled Ellen Gray, PhD). Relevant to this discussion, however, is that through the years my thematic interest has been child maltreatment; my methodological mix has been direct clinical service,teaching, research and consulting; and my clinical specialty has been psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, particularly for conditions and disorders that arise from childhood trauma (as nearly all do). I also developed a personal interest along the way in brain conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder, and have treated many patients for the traumatic effects of this largely misunderstood brain "difference."
I have had great success in learning about and teaching about the link between early traumatizing events and current disabling conditions, and helping clients understand the connection and then break the habits of mind and behavioral addictions that are making their lives shallow and painful. But talk therapy takes a great deal of time and is minimally effective for some conditions. A person can recognize their patterns, know where these patterns came from, and see the ways in which they are "shooting themselves in the foot" by holding onto these patterns, but still be unable to change because of that "feeling" they get in certain situations that is so subtle, yet so unpleasant that they will avoid it at all costs. I have come to believe that feeling is a blockage of the subtle energy that we all have flowing through our bodies. It is like a knot or a tangle, and because it is not supposed to be there, it feels bad. It is the bad feeling we have when we remember something embarassing, or cruel, or something we regret. These energy knots do often dissipate with therapy, but in a "top down," and therefore somewhat inefficient way. Through these traditional modalities, the mind affects the brain, which down the line impacts the energy flow. Energy therapies operate in a more "bottom up" fashion, clearing the energy directly, making unnecessary the compensatory thoughts and behaviors that have developed.
Relaxation and mindfulness training are very important adjuncts to psychotherapeutic work, and I have come to recommend such practices to all my clients. I will keep readers informed as to my assessment of the latest and best aids for achieving a relaxed, mindful state. There are many good books, tapes and classes available these days, and no one should have to remain in a wound-up, Type A state of consciousness if they desire peace of mind and total health.
So I have added these energetic and technological techniques and resources to my repertoire of services. As I discover new articles or products that I believe are helpful to my clients I will add them to the Resources page of the website (see page links to the right). Many of these will be helpful even to people who do not visit my office, but the best results are likely to come from visiting me for training in one or more of the energy methods and using one or two products such as an audio CD or biofeedback video system at home to augment the practice of the techniques. In time I expect to add off-site counseling and therapies through telephone, webcam and other telemental health technologies. I am excited about working in these new ways and look forward to the people I will meet in the process. Please check this blog often and the other website pages as well. I will try to make sure your time is well spent.