Spiritual Energetic Psychotherapy

Spiritual Energetic Psychotherapy™ (SEP) was 20 years in the making. The first step was studying Clinical Psychology (MA in 1976). As any new therapist will tell you, a Master's degree allows you to enter the world as one insecure clinician. Back in 1976 there were no requirements for licensure. You were on your own.

Prayer Brings Healing

After six years at Catholic Charities in Houston working in a number of areas, especially with pregnant teens and their families, I became the staff therapist at a large Catholic parish. During this time I learned to integrate prayer in the therapeutic process. The first phase was praying with people at the end of each session. I then used visualization and inner healing prayer. Those who incorporated prayer into their therapy got well more quickly than those who did not.

While at the parish I began a weekly 12-Step program for people who wanted a 12-Step meeting with a greater focus on spirituality. That group, the Monday Night Miracles, led to my next position working in an in-patient and out-patient treatment program for alcohol and drug addicts. I led a group called Step Spirit. The purpose of the group was to help the individual connect with his or her spiritual nature. My involvement in this group led to the writing and publication of the book "Step Spirit: The Twelve Steps as a Spiritual Program."

The Discovery that Prayer and Energy Work Are the Same

With the spiritual now incorporated in my therapeutic style, I was introduced to energy work through Healing Touch™. As I practiced the various Healing Touch™ techniques, I discovered that people shared more easily about what was happening to them during an energy session.

Somehow the blocks to their recovery were dissolving while I did the energy work. As I learned more about the power of energy modalities, I realized that the blocks to therapy were caused by congested energy blocking the person's energy field.

These blockages were the result of thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions. The energy from the various events coalesced in a part of the individual's energy field forming a blockage, much like a dam blocks the flow of water. When the blockage was removed, healing was facilitated.

Doctorate in Mind-Body Psychology

While studying for my doctorate in Mind/Body Psychology at The Union Institute and University, I studied an innovative form of hypnotherapy from The WellnessInstitute Seattle. I incorporated what I learned about the altered state into my healing work.

As I wrote the various papers for the courses I had developed for my doctoral program, I realized they described the process I used for therapy.

The result was my dissertation, a case study of a Spiritual Energetic Psychotherapy (SEP) client using the work of Caroline Myss, Ph.D., as a springboard for evaluation and discussion. The process of writing my dissertation completed my integration of psychotherapy, spirituality, energy work and hypnotherapy.

Learning, Growth and Development Continues

I'm always looking for faster and more efficient ways to assist people in their healing. Through prayer and meditation I continue growing and developing as an individual and as a therapist. Since then I've added The BodyTalk System and PSYCH-K™. Now, to answer some general questions:

What causes energy blockages?

The blockages are congested energies that get stuck in the energy field. The energies of thoughts, belief systems (i.e., I'm not good enough), feelings (i.e., fear, anxiety) and events (trauma) were not released by the individual and are stuck in the body. You are empowered to release the blocked energy. Usually, the release is well on its way when you become aware of the source of the congested energy.

Can I release the energy without having to live through everything again?

Yes. SEP works with the energy of the event. It is usually not necessary to relive the events. You may know the nature of the energy (i.e., fear, anxiety, shame) but not the causative event. Other times you will know both the nature of the energy and the event. If you do recall the trauma, you will not need to relive it to release the energy.

Do the energy blockages come from just this lifetime?

No, blockages can be the result of something that happened many lifetimes ago. When this is the case an image of another time will often come as you focuses on the blocked energy.

How do you know if past-life experiences are real?

I don't. The "memories" may simply be a metaphor for something you have experienced. The important thing is for the energy to be released. Whether you believes it is a "real" event or a metaphor does not matter.

What else can cause energy blockages?

There are times when blockages are caused by spirits needing to be returned to God or Spirit. There are three types. 1. Those who lost their way after they left their bodies (death). 2. Those still living but have sent part of their energy to be with someone. This happens when someone is so concerned about another that their energies or spirit go to that person. 3. The final group are those who never had bodies and believe that they can never return to God.

Is it dangerous to release spirits?

I've not had a major problem as long as everyone stays in their heart. Love is the most powerful force in the world. Even spirits who believe they are evil are affected by Love. In fact, many are afraid of Love. They have been taught to fear Love. The process I use is gentle. I takes steps to be sure every spirit is escorted by one or more angels to the Light. Some need to go to a place of learning for a time, but all can return to the unconditional love from which we were all created.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

You may contact me at Cathy@OdysseyToWholeness.com