Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)

Emotional transformation therapy (ETT), developed by Dr. Stephen Vazquez, involves having a person address their negative emotions in a manner that causes these emotions to dissipate, and it results in the formation of a more positive emotional state. Transformation is defined as a swift and complete progression through an emotional condition that implies a change to a more positive, productive, and improved state. An example would be a transformation from despair to empowerment, unhappiness to joy, or trepidation to courage.

Science of Emotional Transformation Therapy

Many people who come to therapy do so out of a feeling of entrapment in unpleasant emotional states. Neural impulses to the part of the brain responsible for producing negative emotions and symptoms is targeted by specific forms of eye movement and stimulation in the ETT technique. ETT treatment includes the use of specific wavelengths of light along with interaction between the therapist and client to rapidly restore healthy emotional regulation. Light therapy has been shown to affect mood states in positive ways and has the power to create transformation. Winter depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is believed to be caused by a change in light. Discoveries in light therapy have shown that particular wavelengths of light can transform a person’s emotional state when administered properly. People who have a history of seizures must take precaution with ETT as the repeated output of light may affect their condition.

What is an ETT Session Like?

During the initial ETT session, a therapist gathers relevant information pertaining to client history and desired outcomes. A photosensitivity test is performed to clarify the individual’s unique response to color and light in order to design a therapy regimen that will work most effectively. During the therapy, a low level of light wavelengths is repeatedly emitted into the client's eyes. The light blinks rapidly to stimulate the desired level of brainwave activity for the individual. During ETT, talk therapy is conducted using guiding techniques. By receiving light therapy as well as verbal expression, the individual’s sense of awareness is maximized and the healing is seen in a shorter period of time than when using talk therapy alone. The individual maintains control throughout, but by acting on the cues of the therapist in regards to breathing, eye movement, and talking, the participant is likely to see dramatic changes in mood.

ETT Recovery Process

This form of therapy can be conducted in concentrated periods of time, effectively speeding up the recovery process. However, it can also have transforming effects if done several times a week or weekly. Once the therapist has gathered the necessary information at the initial session, the individual can work with the therapist to outline a treatment schedule. Notwithstanding any other medical issues, addictions or disorders, this treatment method works remarkably swiftly. The ultimate length of treatment will be determined by your total physical and psychological construction. If the clinician administering this form of psychotherapy is properly credentialed, most insurance companies will cover this treatment method similarly to any other behavioral treatment options.

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Last updated: 07-02-2015

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