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Dynamic Energetic Healing®
It’s no secret that millions of Americans suffer from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, panic attacks, and widespread PTSD.
DEH™ is a unique energy-based psychotherapy model.
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While pharmaceutical companies get rich, and talk therapy rehashes old trauma, Dynamic Energetic Healing® provides a powerful alternative approach that gets right down to the energetic roots.
WHAT IS Dynamic Energetic Healing®? Dynamic Energetic Healing® is an innovative therapy alternative for people frustrated with the over-prescription of anti-depressants and countless hours of talk therapy, combining contemporary psychology with ancient spiritual wisdom.
WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF DEH™? DEH™ is a unique energy-based psychotherapy model that powerfully blends energy psychology, core shamanism, and process-oriented psychology. DEH appears to completely release and eliminate old trauma and its associated symptoms. [For a complete description of this model and theoretical underpinnings, see Part 1 of Howard’s new book Dynamic Energetic Healing®.]
JUST HOW POWERFUL IS Dynamic Energetic Healing®? Although I cannot guarantee the outcome of someone using DEH, I would like to share a couple of examples of how DEH has helped clients. Check out Larry’s story! After two weeks of suffering from debilitating panic attacks related to his fear of an upcoming medical procedure and missing two weeks of work, Larry desperately scheduled a DEH™ session to resolve his unstable condition. Through the course of one treatment, the DEH™ model revealed that Larry had a “psychoenergetic reversal” about his healing intention, and was also being negatively effected by a “supernatural intrusion”.
Using Dynamic Energetic Healing®, both of these conditions were quickly and completely eliminated! To Larry’s delight, he was happily back to work the next day without any lingering fear or anxiety! [For more details about Larry’s case history, see Case History #1 in Howard’s book, Dynamic Energetic Healing®.]
JUST HOW DEEP DOES DEH™ GO? Since childhood, Sarah felt persistent despair and hopelessness from the post-traumatic stress of her childhood abuse. She also described often feeling completely helpless, a common symptom of PTSD.
By identifying the energetic origin, DEH™ interventions enabled Sarah to gently and completely release painful past-life unconscious memories from her energetic field. According to Sarah, something shifted dramatically as she described “a feeling of something breaking, and the realization that I don’t have to be afraid anymore.” This was a complete transformation! [For a complete summary of Sarah’s case history, see Case History #11 in Howard’s book, Dynamic Energetic Healing®.]
WHAT ELSE CAN DEH™ HEAL? Dynamic Energetic Healing® has shown to be successful in addressing depression, addictions and other emotional disorders (compulsive overeating, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks) as well as the emotional/mental underpinnings of physical illness and the spiritual issues that surface in midlife.
WHAT DOES THE BOOK ADDRESS? In the book entitled Dynamic Energetic Healing®: Integrating Core Shamanic Practices with Energy Psychology Applications and Processwork Principles, Howard discusses the origins of DEH™, provides an outline of the DEH™ model including the various interventions and a protocol for how to use them. His book also includes 17 illuminating case histories that profoundly demonstrate the transformative power of Dynamic Energetic Healing®.
WHAT DO OTHER AUTHORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DEH™? Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., and author of The Quantum Mind and Healing: How to Listen and Respond to Your Body’s Symptoms, says: “In his Dynamic Energetic Healing® theory and methods, Howard Brockman creatively bridges shamanism and body oriented psychological healing practices to create new methods to heal trauma and help integrate body, mind, and spirit. This book is easily read and very practical for both therapists and clients.”
Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth, says: “Howard Brockman provides a wealth of information, creatively synthesizing ancient spiritual healing practices with modern psychotherapy to create a holistic approach to healing. This book contains powerful healing!”
DOES DEH™ INTEGRATE INTO EXISTING HEALING PRACTICES? Absolutely! Dynamic Energetic Healing® can be easily integrated by healing practitioners and healthcare professionals from any of the following disciplines including: psychiatry; psychotherapy; process-oriented psychology; marriage and family counseling; social work; hypnotherapy; energy psychology; NLP; shamanic practices; nursing; naturopathic medicine; chiropractic; Reiki; Therapeutic Touch and many more. Although non-licensed health care professionals would be precluded from using DEH to treat physical and/or mental health disorders because of licensing laws, DEH can be integrated into a life coaching, personal development, wellness consulting, athletic performance, and/or other type of alternative practice.
CAN I LEARN Dynamic Energetic Healing®? YES! Howard teaches ongoing DEH™ trainings that complement the existing healing practices of practitioners from virtually any healing modality. To check out the schedule of upcoming trainings or to browse the class syllabus, see the training section of this website and find out when you can start learning Dynamic Energetic Healing®!
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT DEH™? A variety of opportunities exist to hear a presentation on Dynamic Energetic Healing® near you or on a local radio station. For a list of these opportunities, please check Howard’s schedule of upcoming events. If you don’t see an event scheduled near you, feel free to contact Howard with your questions or request to schedule a presentation in your area. For more information about Howard Brockman please refer to his bio page.
Essential Self-Care for Caregivers
The new book by Howard Brockman LCSW, DCEP, entitled Essential Self-Care for Caregivers and Helpers: Preserve Your Health, Maintain Your Well-Being and Create Effective Boundaries
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Hazards and challenges to helping
Since all emotions are contagious, caregivers are at risk of becoming infected by the suffering or the emotional pain of the person they’re close to or attending to frequently. We “catch” other people’s emotional energy in a way that’s similar to how we catch their cold germs. A meaningful question is why?
Over the years, trauma researchers have identified four primary hazards that frequently affect caregivers and helpers.
Burnout happens when an individual becomes physically and emotionally exhausted from attending to the needs of others. Feelings of hopelessness and apathy begin to prevail.
Vicarious trauma occurs when someone just witnesses or hears a description of someone else’s traumatic experience. Being around someone who describes terrible abuse can cause vicarious trauma.
Secondary trauma happens to individuals who are simply in proximity to someone who is experiencing or has already experienced trauma. A person can become affected by secondary trauma when he or she is living with a spouse who has lost their job and becomes deeply depressed by their inability to find new employment.
Compassion fatigue is essentially synonymous with secondary traumatization.
Those who suffer from compassion fatigue experience numerous symptoms, including hopelessness, anhedonia (decreased ability to experience pleasure), ongoing stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude that can lead to feelings of professional insufficiency or inadequacy.
Unfortunately, the very real challenges of caring for and helping others are often overlooked or minimized. However, the larger therapeutic community acknowledges that these are the four primary risks that helpers and caregivers are vulnerable to. In addition, although it is not usually mentioned by the larger therapeutic community, I have included another type of risk, which I call psychotoxic contamination. This term refers to caregivers “catching” or becoming infected by the negative energy of the person they are caring for. These intrusive energies can at times be very difficult to release.
Keep in mind that these terms and descriptions are often used interchangeably – they all describe what happens when individuals are around other people who are suffering and in pain.
Who is a Caregiver?
I wrote Essential Self-Care for Caregivers and Helpers for anyone who finds themself in a helping or caregiving role. Do you fit into this category?
Our society recognizes many people as being professional helpers or caregivers. As you will see below, they include a wide diversity of professions, including the following:
- Massage therapists, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, naturopaths and chiropractors support people by directly addressing their physical pain and bodily imbalances.
- Social services workers, including social workers, child welfare workers, legal aid lawyers, and employees of government organizations, help people obtain food stamps and housing and help them navigate the bureaucracies of the social safety net.
- Psychologists, hospice workers, counselors and psychotherapists, pastors, rabbis and ministers support the emotional and spiritual needs of their clients.
But millions of other people in our society could become or are nonprofessional helpers or caregivers:
- Many of the over seventy-eight million baby boomers in the United States now find themselves attending to the needs of their aging parents. With better healthcare technology and pharmaceutical drugs, Americans are living longer than ever before. This challenging reality is growing, as there is one American turning sixty years old every ten seconds!
- Homeless shelters, food banks and other community organizations are staffed primarily by volunteers.
- Parents of children who have disabilities (physical, mental or cognitive), or of teenagers who have drug problems, also fall into this category.
While the specifics of what each category of professional and nonprofessional helper does are unique, and while helpers have different training and expertise (or, in the baby boomer example, lack of any specific training), they do share a fundamental commonality – inherent in their role is intense human contact driven by extraordinary need. Therefore, although this book focuses on those who help for a living, our discussion of the challenges faced by caregivers and suggestions for how to meet these challenges are equally relevant to nonprofessional helpers.
Baby boomers in the millions!
If you are one of the many millions of baby boomers who are taking care of an aging parent, you will find this book as helpful and relevant as those who make their living supporting and helping others. In fact, as a nonprofessional caregiver who has been recruited by your family to help an ailing parent, you will find this book especially useful. You may be least prepared to consciously consider issues of secondary traumatization or compassion fatigue, and in some ways you are especially prone to the potential hazards of helping. The old, persistent dynamics and relational patterns of your family tend to generate internal conflict and resentments for you and the parent you are caring for. It’s often very difficult to continually attend to someone from the place of heartfelt compassion if you feel you have been neglected, unsupported, criticized or abused by that person. These family dynamics create even greater challenges to establish and maintain proper energetic boundaries when dealing with an abusive or critical parent. Maintaining your health and well-being under these circumstances becomes particularly challenging.
I address these issues and others in Essential Self-Care for Caregivers and Helpers. It is my hope that by reading this book, you will more consciously continue to support others and, at the same time, become more successful in taking care of yourself.
All helpers are “high-intensity relaters” (HI-Rs)
I have coined the term high-intensity relater to designate helpers or caregivers – both professional and nonprofessional – who work in focused and sustained interpersonal helping contexts. I am a professional high-intensity relater – my currency is relationship and I am paid to help. There are millions of professional high-intensity relaters just like me – our vocation is helping others in all kinds of ways.
There are also millions of nonprofessional high-intensity relaters in America today. To reiterate the point made above, in many ways the experiences of a professional helper (such as a domestic relations mediator who is exposed to the psychotoxic anger of two acrimonious spouses) are fundamentally the same as the experiences of the parents of the teenager who is struggling with drug addiction. Although these situations are completely different, the mediator and the parents are all high-intensity relaters. They all ask themselves, “How can I help?”
What distinguishes high-intensity relaters from others is the degree to which they are engaged in the interpersonal context. While it may seem more apparent to you that a social worker doing home healthcare visits certainly qualifies as a high-intensity relater, so too does the pastor who counsels bereaved family members after a death, listening compassionately to their story about that person’s life in order to speak to the congregation about the deceased during the memorial service to follow. The lawyer who negotiates custody and visitation agreements between separating spouses is very much a high-intensity relater, but her colleague in the same law firm who spends all her days in the law library researching contracts for established precedents is not – she is not regularly engaged in the interpersonal context with clients. Similarly, clinical psychologists who spend their time engaged with clients all the time are high-intensity relaters, but psychologists who spend most of their time in an academic research setting are not.
Some people are involuntary high-intensity relaters
For most of us, even though we may be dedicated to and feel fulfilled in our role as a caregiver, there comes a point when our threshold for attending to another begins to collapse. The reality is that unless you are consciously and regularly working on a self-care regimen, you may gradually become less enthusiastic and more resentful toward the people you are trying to help. This is true for all professional and nonprofessional caregivers, whether they chose to be in their role voluntarily or were “drafted” by family circumstances or other factors.
The “helper personality”
While the ability to relate empathically to others is an inherent human quality, those who choose to be helpers tend to relate to others in a way that sets them apart. Other theorists and I believe that this is explained by the existence of a unique helper personality. Sometimes called the Nurturer, as in the Enneagram point number Two, the helper personality is enormously empathic and sensitive, a quality that psychologist Elaine Aron has called the Highly Sensitive Person or HSP, a neural trait her research has determined is in 15-20% of the population, or about 50 million Americans.
Traits common to HSPs include an awareness of subtleties in their environment, a quicker than normal startle response and a tendency to withdraw from outer stimuli such as bright lights, strong smells and loud noises. Like introverts, HSPs tend to have a rich and complex interior life that predisposes them to be deeply affected by other people’s moods. This trait is similar to Dr. Howard Gardner’s description of intrapersonal intelligence in that HSPs tend to be unusually internally oriented and thus very sensitive to their own moods and inner perceptions. As a result, they are highly attuned to the moods and feeling states of others; thus, being empathic to what other people are experiencing comes quite naturally to them.
The risks of being highly empathic
Individuals who identify with one or more of the character traits or predispositions inherent in these descriptions of the helper personality generally have a heightened sensitivity to their environment and other people. They are also more likely than others to take in and absorb the vibes (energy) they feel emanating from the people around them.
As I describe in Dynamic Energetic Healing®, highly empathic people are described as frequently having very poor energetic boundaries. These individuals also have an energetic tendency to somaticize – that is, to unconsciously process all of this stress-filled information through their physical bodies.
But there is hope!
All high-intensity relaters can learn to use intentional and effective strategies to protect themselves when in the role of caregiver. Chapters 5 through 12 of this book outline a wide variety of actions and strategies that you can implement to take better care of yourself – to protect yourself more effectively from the negative energy you are potentially absorbing from the people around you. As you’ll see, the most important elements in many of these strategies are the need to acknowledge what’s true about yourself and to accept your own degree of sensitivity. Learning how to establish energetic boundaries with challenging individuals is absolutely essential, as well as learning to say NO to people and orient to your own needs.
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Sample the first two chapters of Howard Brockman’s new book, Essential Self-Care for Caregivers. This is a FREE eBook you can download right now!