An Investigation of Energy Psychology Approaches

Chief investigators – Dr Peta Stapleton, Associate Professor, Clinical / Health Psychologist, Bond University (Australia) and Dr Robert Schwarz, Psychologist and Executive Director of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (USA).

A fourth wave of psychological interventions has emerged in recent years with components widely focusing on mindfulness and somatic based therapeutic techniques (Stapleton, 2019). This body based therapy wave has brought us tools to inquire, and calm the busy mind, and it also has highlighted the global need for stress relief. Somatic (body based) approaches are highly effective with trauma and stress-associated symptoms because these are often experienced very physically in the body.

This study aims to explore the effectiveness of a range of these Combined Somatic and Cognitive Therapies (termed energy psychology techniques) being used worldwide by practitioners who voluntarily engage in the research program.



Overview of this Study

Participants will be practitioners using an energy psychology approach in their practice. They will self-select to the study and visit this website to download and use a package of questionnaires with participants who also consent to be involved (package will take 15-20 minutes to complete at the start of treatment, middle and end, as well as 3- and 6-months after the end of treatment).

The Expected Benefits

It is expected that different energy psychology approaches will assist people in coping with stressful events or incidents. By participating in this research (both as practitioners and participants) you will be contributing to the evidence base for Energy Psychology, helping to improve these techniques, and assist practitioners in becoming more effective for client work.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Confidentiality of your records is assured. All records will be maintained in locked files at Bond University and will be destroyed after 7 years. Data may be used in an anonymous capacity to report general results of the program in clinical settings (e.g. presented at a conference or written for a scholarly journal). You can read more in the Confidentiality tab above.

The Steps Involved

  1. Energy Psychology practitioner chooses to participate in the research – go to the Practitioner Page for consent form.
  2. Energy Psychology practitioner watches the onboarding video to be clear on the steps here
  3. Energy Psychology practitioners asks participants (clients) if they wish to participate in the research – if yes, the participant completes the first survey before they begin sessions (or immediately after first session) on the Participant page above.
  4. Participant (client) also completes the mid-session survey and final survey
  5. Energy Psychology practitioner completes their feedback on the Practitioner Page after a participant (client) completes their sessions
  6. Follow-up survey reminders at 3- and 6-months will be sent to the Energy Psychology practitioners for their clients to complete (as no identifying information is collected)
  • Psychological distress
  • General happiness
  • Well-Being
  • Perception of body states
  • General psychological symptoms
  • Childhood distress
  • Anxiety / stress
  • Depression
  • Trauma / Post traumatic stress
  • Somatic complaints (physical)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Addictive Issues (food, alcohol, drugs…)


  • No identifying information is collected from the participants (clients) – only a code is used to link data
  • Identifying information is collected from the Energy Psychology practitioners (e.g., email address) in order to stay in contact about reminder surveys
  • This research is collecting data on single modalities and thus is not appropriate if many different approaches are used within a single session. For example, if a practitioner uses a blend of energy psychology (EFT, Havening and TAT in a single session) this would not be appropriate to include. Instead we require practitioners to be using a single modality (e.g. TFT or EFT only) for a client to be included in the research.
  • It is also important that treatment overall focus on a central theme (e.g. anxiety). Although different precipitating events, traumas, aspects and triggers may be addressed as needed, the overall treatment has a single focus.

Contact Us

Further information about the study can be obtained from the Chief Investigating Officer Dr Peta Stapleton on

The ethical conduct of this research

Bond University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans. If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project please contact the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/o Bond University Office of Research Services, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia 4229, Tel: +61 7 5595 4194 Fax: +61 7 5595 1120