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    IJHC May 2018 Table of Contents

    Editorial Musings
    Filling Big Gaps in Counseling and Psychotherapy
    By Daniel Benor, MD, ABIHM, IJHC Editor-in-Chief

    Research
    Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as a Constructivist Psychotherapeutic Approach: Epistemological Reflections from a Qualitative Experiential Study
    By Mahima Kalla, PhD

    Wholistic Approaches
    Black swans and quotation marks: Is “energy” real?
    By Eric Leskowitz, MD

    Variations on the Theme of Healing
    Pain, the Unwanted Gift
    By Bernie Siegel, MD

    Book Reviews
    Bernie S. Siegel. (2009). 365 Prescriptions for the Soul: Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love.
    Romanyshyn, Robert. (1999). The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation.
    Zukav, Gary. (2011). Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power.

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    Filling Big Gaps in Counseling and Psychotherapy

    Abstract

    Western society has come to take for granted the availability of counseling and psychotherapy, along with urgent care for mental health emergencies and long-term care for the more serious problems. In many other countries around the world, however, even the basic services may be severely limited. Even in the US, which has modestly good services, there are serious gaps for minorities and those who cannot afford to pay privately for services. Innovative new initiatives to fill some of these gaps are being developed in the US and Africa. This article discusses mental health needs, available services, and new initiatives to help fill these gaps.

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    Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as a Constructivist Psychotherapeutic Approach: Epistemological Reflections from a Qualitative Experiential Study

    Abstract

    This article presents the first theoretical and methodological analysis of the practice of a contemporary psychotherapeutic technique called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), to be discussed in academic literature. This analysis has emerged from an epistemological reflection on a qualitative research study that explored users’ experiences of EFT for deepening physical chronic disease healthcare. This study was underpinned by a biopsychosocial view of health, and a personhood approach to healthcare. In establishing the methodological framework for this study, the researcher analyzed the EFT therapeutic approach against the principles of constructivist psychotherapeutic approaches. The analysis suggested that the EFT practice borrows at least four key facets of constructivist psychotherapeutic approaches, namely: ‘exploration and resolution of early life issues’, ‘construction of new meanings’, ‘client as a change agent’, and ‘outlook towards emotions’. Each of these facets is explored in this article, in light of some participant case examples from the study. The analysis presented in this article may assist the conceptualization and design of future qualitative and mixed-methods research studies involving EFT.

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    Black Swans and Quotation Marks: Is Energy Real?

    Abstract:
    Paradigm shifts often require a “black swan” event in order to reach a tipping point. This article describes several ways in which the materialist paradigm of medicine has been approaching such an inflection point, one that would require acceptance of the existence of such intangible factors as “energy” and consciousness. Interventions like yoga, meditation and acupuncture derive from vitalist traditions, but many, if not most, of their clinical effects can be explained without invoking those factors. However, the phenomenon of post-amputation phantom limbs is not readily reducible to the materialist, brain-based paradigm of neuroscience. Several aspects of phantoms are discussed, as well as the related phenomenon of the phantom leaf effect, wherein an electromagnetic field surrounding the cut-off tip of a leaf has been imaged via Kirlian photography. Its relevance to human phantom limbs, and to an energy-based model of human beings, is discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

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    Pain, the Unwanted Gift

    At workshops I frequently ask people if they would like to be free of all pain, both; emotional and physical. However, I tell those who sign up for what they think will be a gift to take my phone number with them so when they experience the problems associated with feeling no pain they can call and cancel the supposed gift… Mondays we have more heart attacks, suicides, strokes and illnesses. Perhaps if we responded to our feelings and changed our lives or attitudes Mondays would not threaten our health. I experience pain but I do not suffer. To me pain is a necessity, if I am going to define myself and my life, but suffering is an option… When you use your pain to become a more complete human being. the what previously felt like a curse turns into a blessing…

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    Book Reviews

    Bernie S. Siegel. (2009). 365 Prescriptions for the Soul: Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love.

    Romanyshyn, Robert. (1999). The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation.

    Zukav, Gary. (2011). Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power. HarperOne.

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