How Energy Therapy Changed My Life

From a therapists office to becoming a practitioner

Kayla Douglas
Jan 15 · 4 min read
Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash

I was 22 years old and I dragged myself into a new waiting room with my very own insurance card from my first full-time job. I took the clipboard to start filling out the paperwork and an unassuming man came to call me back for my first therapy session since I finished college.

He sat me down and told me, “You have two options. We can do talk therapy, which from the looks of your papers you have been doing well over 10 years and are very familiar with, or we can try something totally new and weird and unorthodox.”

Needless to say, I had some questions, but he promised me I would only pay my $20 copay regardless and if I responded well to the alternative therapy, I would likely only need a few months of treatment instead of the rest of my life. I thought he was crazy.

We did some funky stuff, like repeating phrases about how I love myself, tapping on various body parts, using a pendulum to ask my subconscious questions, and even running a magnet down my spine. I don’t think there is one name for the type of therapy this was, but now I consider it all energy therapy.

At the end of the session, I had to admit I felt lighter, but I wasn’t ready to believe the weight wouldn’t come back.

When I arrived at my second session, I could feel the pep in my step and it kind of disturbed me. When I left the office the second time, my feet barely felt as if they were touching the ground. I was floating on air and the therapist told me he didn’t expect to see me again.

I was floored. I went out and bought the books he showed me that he used in his therapy. I bought a pendulum. I started researching energy therapy like crazy. But the more days that passed without feeling any signs of depression, the less I wanted to think about it. I forgot about it all.

I wish I could tell you that was the end, and I never felt sad ever again. But it wasn’t that simple. I don’t know when exactly I started to drag my feet again. I had packed up and moved to Spain with my partner, and I felt I should be happy, but something was missing. I made a new friend that introduced me to reiki.

She was an amazing reiki practitioner and after my first session, I was hooked. I hadn’t felt so grounded and relaxed since the weeks after leaving my therapist's office. The problem was, my friend would be leaving in a few weeks. I had to find a way to keep getting reiki.

That led me to my first reiki course. It was an all-day event on a Saturday, and it was in Spanish. I didn’t have the language proficiency, but the instructor assured me that she would help me after the course if I had any doubts.

I didn’t, I was a natural. I picked up the energy like it was my own and reiki became a part of my life. It isn’t something that I dabble in from time to time, it's part of who I am. I have access to this calming peaceful energy at all times, when I’m feeling anxious or sad, or unable to sleep I just open myself up to the reiki energy and let go.

But even with reiki, there was a period where I wasn’t opening up to it so frequently. I was feeling stuck.

I was working at a primary school in a tiny town in the south of Spain and I saw the science teacher tapping on a kid's head. It felt vaguely familiar but it wasn’t until I spoke with him that I realized it was the same type of thing I had done when I had my first energy therapy encounter years before. I knew I still had books about it back in the US, but since I was in Spain, I took to the internet to learn more.

Soon I was enrolled in a course online learning more than I ever thought possible about how combining Western Psychology with Eastern medicine could produce amazing results. I began using tapping for everything. I used it for headaches like the science teacher was doing at school. I used it for flexibility in my yoga practice, for building confidence running, for clearing up my itchy scalp and skin rashes. It seemed to work on everything!

Tapping is another name for the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This is an alternative treatment for both physical pain and emotional distress. It operates on the belief that you have control to create a balance in your energy system using this simple and empowering tapping sequence. My favorite resource for information on Tapping is

Using energy therapy may seem strange or unorthodox, but there is really nothing to lose. It's an empowering way to take control of your emotional state and use your own power to heal.

Since then I have continued to train in modern psychology and other modalities that help me take control of my life. Now I’m in a position to empower others to regulate their emotions and have a better handle on their mental health.

I’m so grateful for the day I walked into that therapist’s office and had my mind opened to the world of energy therapy. What would it take for you to try it out yourself?

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Kayla Douglas

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Life Coach, author, lifelong learner, travel enthusiast, narcolepsy advocate, living in Myanmar, she/her

Invisible Illness

We don't talk enough about mental health.

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