Emotional Transformation Therapy

Emotional Transformation Therapy

Traditionally the treatment for internal struggles (expressed as a variety of mental health and addiction issues) was long term talk therapy. While this approach can be helpful in some ways, it can be ineffective for some of the more troubling aspects of an individual's presenting problem. One of the reasons for this is that early and/or traumatic memory is often stored ineffectively in the more primitive areas of the brain. Talk therapy is engaging the more advanced parts of the brain which work in logic and abstract thinking. This advanced part cannot communicate with the primitive part. This is what we see with someone who describes feeling this way: "I know in my mind what you are saying is true, but I cannot seem to believe it."

is trained in ETT and uses all four tools in her practice, when appropriate, to enhance the therapeutic process for her clients. If you are interested in learning more about ETT and/or scheduling an appointment, please call 1(800)789-7703 or (817)584-5399 or go to the Contact Us page.

What is ETT? What can ETT do for me?


Emotional Transformation Therapy refers to the use of a light and color tools to more directly access areas of the brain related to specific unresolved memories and emotional struggles. One of these tools is a light device that projects rhythmic colored light into the person’s eyes while he or she is seated in front of the machine. During the light stimulation process, the facilitator helps the person explore emotional conflicts, stresses, old emotional wounds, and emotional blocks which may be interfering with the person’s progress in the areas of mind, body or spirit. The facilitator then assists the person with neutralizing or releasing those difficulties . ETT is also very helpful with neutralizing self-limiting emotions, such as anger, fear, guilt, shame and unresolved loss. For a complete discussion of the uses of ETT, please refer to the following sections which consist of excerpts from a longer report written by Steven Vazquez, Ph.D., the originator of ETT.

ETT: The Power of Light and Color

There have been many new discoveries in medicine and psychology in the last decade, but there may be none more exciting than the use of brain-based therapies. While mainstream talk therapy and medications have been mainstays in treatment, over time, more and more people are seeking natural remedies, alternative approaches, and ways to solve suffering that have lasting effects. For those who are looking for an answer that goes deep and works quickly to see results, ETT may be the preferred method of healing.

Imagine an approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit that has the following characteristics:

  • Natural
  • Quick
  • Effective
  • Cost-efficient
  • Can change negative emotional states
  • Can resolve emotional blocks
  • Can bring forth insights and creativity
  • Can facilitate personal transformation by accelerating mental, emotional, physical and spiritual change.

Dr. Steven Vazquez originated ETT in 1991. After observing hundreds of people who were exposed to rhythmic colored light, he developed a comprehensive system to maximize the effects of light and color. This system has undergone several major advances in the last twelve years.

Light: The Ultimate Catalyst

In most cases, light stimulation is not a separate method in itself, but instead is used to deepen or speed up improvement in a variety of personal transformation methods. Just as a psychotherapist or a chiropractor may use music to enhance his work, so too can light stimulation be used to help achieve goals. Therefore, it can be part of many personal growth procedures.

What is the Light Box Experience Like?

The human response to light and color has a broad range of reactions. The process works by simply seating the person about 18 to 24 inches in front of the device that flashes light into the eyes. While this is occurring, a facilitator guides the verbal interaction. The person receiving the light stimulation benefits most if he or she is honest and willing to participate fully. Depending upon the objective and the responsiveness of the individual, the session can bring forth everything from deep crying to absolute peacefulness. Sessions can provoke previously forgotten memories or completely eliminate unpleasant emotions. Part of the success is due to the skill of the facilitator, part of it is due to the efforts of the recipient, and much is enhanced by the light stimulation.


How Does it Work?

Brainwave Patterns and the Power of the Mind

Each time a nerve cell gives off an impulse it also gives off a tiny electromagnetic wave. There are billions of nerve cells that comprise the brain, and at any given time, different ones are firing, depending upon what the brain is doing. When large numbers of nerve cells give off waves, they create cumulative patterns which can be measured. These “brainwave patterns” are associated with specific states of awareness or conscious- ness. Specific brainwave patterns are known to occur with dream states, normal waking state, deep states of relaxation, etc. Various brainwave patterns may occur in different parts of the brain. Strobic light strongly influences these patterns. Brainwave patterns roughly correspond to different personal experiences of our thoughts and feelings. Most of the time people go to healthcare professionals because they are in emotional or physical states that they want to change. If a facilitator could change brainwave states easily, it could assist enormously with helping people change their unpleasant experiences and ongoing emotional and physical states.

The Magic of Entrainment

In 1665, Christina Huygens of the Netherlends first noticed that when two pendulum clocks were put next to each other over a period of time, their rhythms aligned. He initially referred to this as mutual phase interlocking, but it was later referred to as entrainment. When one tuning fork brings forth a similar vibration in another, it is called resonance. It was later found that living things like plants, animals, and even humans resonate or entrain with each other. For instance, when two women work around each other on a daily basis, their menstrual cycles often align with each other. We now know that non-living things, such as a musical beat or a strobic light, can entrain human brainwave rhythms. There are several devices which capitalize on this concept.

The Secret of Metamorphosis:

Disentrainment

For some purposes, it is important to entrain brainwave patterns, while for other purposes, it is equally important to break up a brainwave pattern. This ability to interrupt a brainwave pattern is helpful when a person is entrenched in an unpleasant state. Examples are when emotional blocks, unwanted thoughts, negative behaviors, or unwanted habit patterns need to be disrupted. This is accomplished by first entraining the brainwave rhythms, and then using a variety of techniques to disrupt the self-limiting pattern and create healthier ones. Most of these procedures use a facilitator who is trained to help create these changes.

Turning on the Brain: Photic Driving

In the 1930’s, Dr. W.G. Walter placed electrodes on the skull of a person while he emitted a strobic light into the person’s eyes. He found that the brainwave rhythm changed to match the rate of the strobe light. Then it was found that light emitted into the eyes also stimulated the entire brain! About 80% of all sensory stimulation to humans is visual in nature. When light enters the eyes, it follows three direct routes: one to the visual cortex of the brain that allows us to see, another to the hypothalamus, and a third to the brainstem. What this means is that light stimulation into the eyes either directly or indirectly affects virtually all significant areas of the brain, and ultimately affects the biochemistry of the entire body! The use of different colors (wavelengths) of light has different effects on the brain and the body. The ETT system uses these colors to achieve specific changes in mental or physical experiences. It is now known that light stimulation also increases serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin is the most widespread neurotransmitter in the brain which is known to affect moods. Of course, the amount of brightness, length of time, and other factors also play a role in how light will impact the human body.

The Mystery of Color Unveiled

It has long been known that specific colors bring forth certain moods and corresponding thoughts. For example, red is well-known to be related to moods of passion or anger. There are many theories about the meanings of colors, but these viewpoints often do not agree with each other. There may be two reasons for the meanings of color. The first reason may be that we develop an association with a color through the experiences we have, such as the mental conditioning of linking the stopping of a car with a red light. Through assocation people could develop completely different meanings of colors depending upon their experiences. In this way, any color could be learned to be related to any experience. A second reason for the meaning of color is that there may be a universal human response to colors. These are called “inherent meanings.” Dr. Steven Vazquez discovered inherent meanings to colors after exposing hundreds of people to a wide variety of colored lights and listening to both the content of what they said and the moods that occurred. These deeper or inherent meanings usually arose after the associated ones. Since there can be so many different reactions to colors, Dr. Vazquez developed an assessment procedure to identify each individual’s profile based on his reactions to eleven colors. This profile can be used to custom-tailor procedures so that each person will receive optimum benefit.

The Incredible Impact of Color on States of Consciousness

Color has a tendency to bring forth specific states of consciousness. The term “state of consciousness” refers to a subjective awareness that includes thoughts, moods and physical experiences. For example, a person has distinct state of consciousness during aspects of having sex, laughing, or crying. When this tendency to bring forth specific states of consciousness through the use of color is combined with rhythmic light stimulation, 8

forth specific states of consciousness through the use of color is combined with rhythmic light stimulation, it helps to pin-point the experiences optimal for making a psychological or physical change. There has been scientific research in the fields of architectural design, stage lighting, and psychology on how color affects state of consciousness.


The Transformative Power of Human Compassion

Entrainment and color assist in focusing the mind for therapeutic purposes, but interactive guidance by a skilled facilitator may be the most important component for getting the desired results. Technology alone is limited in its ability to help people, because only a human facilitator can provide compassion, understanding, and discernment when adjustments are needed. Research by Dr. James Pennebacker demonstrated that when people confide their deepest secrets, not only do they improve emotionally, but their health improves in numerous measurable ways. Therefore, when a facilitator can help a person talk about his/her issues, progress is greatly enhanced.

Attachment Theory


What Types of Devices are used?

As of February 2004, all practitioners have been trained to use a type of light box designed especially for ETT. These devices have been selected for their precision, durability, and quality. The have a range of strobic rates from 1 to 60 cycles per second and can be controlled to a tenth of a second. They emit eleven basic colors (with hundreds of specific colors based on the Red/Green/Blue spectrum ratios), plus white. The brightness is 40 watts and is adjustable on a continuum. There are many light and color devices on the market. While some of them are basically entrainment devices only, and one is basically a disentrainment device, most of them only emit one color. Most engineers of these devices attempt to have the subject achieve tranquility or progress without the use of a human facilitator, which Dr. Vazquez believes severely limits the possibilities for improvement. Therefore, he developed ETT, a method which makes use of a facilitator.


What can ETT be used for?

ETT can be used in conjunction with so many personal transformation methods that the limitations are not yet known. Some of the best known uses of ETT are:

  • Resolving emotional blocks and conflicts
  • Transforming self-limiting emotions, such as anger, guilt, shame and unresolved grief
  • Relieving anxiety disorders, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Healing from emotional trauma and abuse
  • Accelerating recovery from physical injuries
  • Resolving weight problems and eating disorders
  • Mood enhancement
  • Stress reduction
  • Forgiveness
  • Sleep enhancement
  • Development of extraordinary capabilities: work, arts, sports, etc.
  • Spiritual awakening and resolution of spiritual conflicts


What are the Risks?

Generally speaking the risks are low because ETT is natural and uses a light source that is no brighter than a 40 watt bulb. In addition, ETT can only bring forth states of consciousness which already exist in a person, but may be outside of his or her awareness. This means that emotions could come forth during the healing process or that unpleasant physical states may temporarily emerge in the process of resolving an issue. Other than those events, the only concern might be the chance of an extremely rare seizure disorder that occurs primarily in the presence of a flashing light (even in this situation, a facilitator may utilize the other tools used in ETT). The facilitator should go over a list of possibilities for caution, and should offer the client the opportunity to sign an informed consent form explaining these risks. Just like any procedure, ETT could possibly be misused. As long as humans operate processes, they are subject to error.


The Current State of ETT

As of February 2004, there have been at least 600 people trained in ETT. While most of these people are in the United States, there are people trained to use it in at least six other countries. Although thousands of people have received this approach, it is still considered experimental because scientific evidence continues to be accumulated to verify its effectiveness. There is clearly an excitement spreading the more that people see its effects! Its use may be particularly valuable when other methods have failed, and it provides an alternative for hope.


Adapted from: Daniel B. Lippmann, L.C.S.W.

The brain holds the keys to effective therapy.

This approach is one of the techniques known as brain-based therapies. These therapies (i.e.. EMDR, Brainspotting) have been part of a strong movement in psychology and counseling to incorporate the understanding of the brain to improve therapeutic outcomes.


ETT Research


In addition to the information found on the ETT Research page, there are also research trials ongoing. While this particular set of techniques is still accumulating empirical support, the particular aspects of it are found in other accepted methodologies. Use of light has been deemed effective in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder for years. The eye movements are incurring increased support for efficacy as EMDR gains further understanding from neurologists.

History of the development of ETT

Contact us with any questions about eating and behavioral health issues. You or someone you know may be in need of outpatient or residential eating disorder treatment.

Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC-Intern - WISE Therapist

Casey Voorhies RD, LD - WISE Dietitian

Do you have a problem?

1. Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?

2. Do you make yourself sick (or use laxatives/exercise) if you feel uncomfortably full?

3. Do you currently suffer with or suffered in the past with eating issues?

4. Do you ever eat in secret?

5. Does your weight affect how you feel about yourself?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are not satisfied with your current eating patterns, contact us for more information.

Emotional Transformation Therapy

How do YOU define a healthy lifestyle?

Traditionally the treatment for internal struggles (expressed as a variety of mental health and addiction issues) was long term talk therapy.  While this approach can be helpful in some ways, it can be ineffective for some of the more troubling aspects of an individual's presenting problem.  One of the reasons for this is that early and/or traumatic memory is often stored ineffectively in the more primitive areas of the brain.  Talk therapy is engaging the more advanced parts of the brain which work in logic and abstract thinking.  This advanced part cannot communicate with the primitive part.  This is what we see with someone who describes feeling this way: "I know in my mind what you are saying is true, but I cannot seem to believe it."

Jennifer Pereira, LPC-Intern, RD, CSCS is trained in ETT and uses all four tools in her practice, when appropriate, to enhance the therapeutic process for her clients.  If you are interested in learning more about ETT and/or scheduling an appointment, please call 1(800)789-7703 or (817)584-5399 or go to the Contact Us page.

What is ETT?  What can ETT do for me?


Emotional Transformation Therapy refers to the use of a light and color tools to more directly access areas of the brain related to specific unresolved memories and emotional struggles.  One of these tools is a light device that projects rhythmic colored light into the person’s eyes while he or she is seated in front of the machine. During the light stimulation process, the facilitator helps the person explore emotional conflicts, stresses, old emotional wounds, and emotional blocks which may be interfering with the person’s progress in the areas of mind, body or spirit. The facilitator then assists the person with neutralizing or releasing those difficulties. ETT is also very helpful with neutralizing self-limiting emotions, such as anger, fear, guilt, shame and unresolved loss. For a complete discussion of the uses of ETT, please refer to the following sections which consist of excerpts from a longer report written by Steven Vazquez, Ph.D., the originator of ETT.

ETT: The Power of Light and Color

There have been many new discoveries in medicine and psychology in the last decade, but there may be none more exciting than the use of brain-based therapies.  While mainstream talk therapy and medications have been mainstays in treatment, over time, more and more people are seeking natural remedies, alternative approaches, and ways to solve suffering that have lasting effects. For those who are looking for an answer that goes deep and works quickly to see results, ETT may be the preferred method of healing.

Imagine an approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit that has the following characteristics:

  • Natural
  • Quick
  • Effective
  • Cost-efficient
  • Can change negative emotional states
  • Can resolve emotional blocks
  • Can bring forth insights and creativity
  • Can facilitate personal transformation by accelerating mental, emotional, physical and spiritual change.

Dr. Steven Vazquez originated ETT in 1991. After observing hundreds of people who were exposed to rhythmic colored light, he developed a comprehensive system to maximize the effects of light and color. This system has undergone several major advances in the last twelve years.

Light: The Ultimate Catalyst

In most cases, light stimulation is not a separate method in itself, but instead is used to deepen or speed up improvement in a variety of personal transformation methods. Just as a psychotherapist or a chiropractor may use music to enhance his work, so too can light stimulation be used to help achieve goals. Therefore, it can be part of many personal growth procedures.

What is the Light Box Experience Like?

The human response to light and color has a broad range of reactions. The process works by simply seating the person about 18 to 24 inches in front of the device that flashes light into the eyes. While this is occurring, a facilitator guides the verbal interaction. The person receiving the light stimulation benefits most if he or she is honest and willing to participate fully. Depending upon the objective and the responsiveness of the individual, the session can bring forth everything from deep crying to absolute peacefulness. Sessions can provoke previously forgotten memories or completely eliminate unpleasant emotions. Part of the success is due to the skill of the facilitator, part of it is due to the efforts of the recipient, and much is enhanced by the light stimulation.


How Does it Work?

Brainwave Patterns and the Power of the Mind

Each time a nerve cell gives off an impulse it also gives off a tiny electromagnetic wave. There are billions of nerve cells that comprise the brain, and at any given time, different ones are firing, depending upon what the brain is doing. When large numbers of nerve cells give off waves, they create cumulative patterns which can be measured. These “brainwave patterns” are associated with specific states of awareness or conscious- ness. Specific brainwave patterns are known to occur with dream states, normal waking state, deep states of relaxation, etc. Various brainwave patterns may occur in different parts of the brain. Strobic light strongly influences these patterns. Brainwave patterns roughly correspond to different personal experiences of our thoughts and feelings. Most of the time people go to healthcare professionals because they are in emotional or physical states that they want to change. If a facilitator could change brainwave states easily, it could assist enormously with helping people change their unpleasant experiences and ongoing emotional and physical states.

The Magic of Entrainment

In 1665, Christina Huygens of the Netherlends first noticed that when two pendulum clocks were put next to each other over a period of time, their rhythms aligned. He initially referred to this as mutual phase interlocking, but it was later referred to as entrainment. When one tuning fork brings forth a similar vibration in another, it is called resonance. It was later found that living things like plants, animals, and even humans resonate or entrain with each other. For instance, when two women work around each other on a daily basis, their menstrual cycles often align with each other. We now know that non-living things, such as a musical beat or a strobic light, can entrain human brainwave rhythms. There are several devices which capitalize on this concept. 

The Secret of Metamorphosis:

Disentrainment

For some purposes, it is important to entrain brainwave patterns, while for other purposes, it is equally important to break up a brainwave pattern. This ability to interrupt a brainwave pattern is helpful when a person is entrenched in an unpleasant state. Examples are when emotional blocks, unwanted thoughts, negative behaviors, or unwanted habit patterns need to be disrupted. This is accomplished by first entraining the brainwave rhythms, and then using a variety of techniques to disrupt the self-limiting pattern and create healthier ones. Most of these procedures use a facilitator who is trained to help create these changes.

Turning on the Brain: Photic Driving

In the 1930’s, Dr. W.G. Walter placed electrodes on the skull of a person while he emitted a strobic light into the person’s eyes. He found that the brainwave rhythm changed to match the rate of the strobe light. Then it was found that light emitted into the eyes also stimulated the entire brain! About 80% of all sensory stimulation to humans is visual in nature. When light enters the eyes, it follows three direct routes: one to the visual cortex of the brain that allows us to see, another to the hypothalamus, and a third to the brainstem. What this means is that light stimulation into the eyes either directly or indirectly affects virtually all significant areas of the brain, and ultimately affects the biochemistry of the entire body! The use of different colors (wavelengths) of light has different effects on the brain and the body. The ETT system uses these colors to achieve specific changes in mental or physical experiences. It is now known that light stimulation also increases serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin is the most widespread neurotransmitter in the brain which is known to affect moods. Of course, the amount of brightness, length of time, and other factors also play a role in how light will impact the human body.

The Mystery of Color Unveiled

It has long been known that specific colors bring forth certain moods and corresponding thoughts. For example, red is well-known to be related to moods of passion or anger. There are many theories about the meanings of colors, but these viewpoints often do not agree with each other. There may be two reasons for the meanings of color. The first reason may be that we develop an association with a color through the experiences we have, such as the mental conditioning of linking the stopping of a car with a red light. Through assocation people could develop completely different meanings of colors depending upon their experiences. In this way, any color could be learned to be related to any experience. A second reason for the meaning of color is that there may be a universal human response to colors. These are called “inherent meanings.” Dr. Steven Vazquez discovered inherent meanings to colors after exposing hundreds of people to a wide variety of colored lights and listening to both the content of what they said and the moods that occurred. These deeper or inherent meanings usually arose after the associated ones. Since there can be so many different reactions to colors, Dr. Vazquez developed an assessment procedure to identify each individual’s profile based on his reactions to eleven colors. This profile can be used to custom-tailor procedures so that each person will receive optimum benefit.

The Incredible Impact of Color on States of Consciousness

Color has a tendency to bring forth specific states of consciousness. The term “state of consciousness” refers to a subjective awareness that includes thoughts, moods and physical experiences. For example, a person has distinct state of consciousness during aspects of having sex, laughing, or crying. When this tendency to bring forth specific states of consciousness through the use of color is combined with rhythmic light stimulation, 8

forth specific states of consciousness through the use of color is combined with rhythmic light stimulation, it helps to pin-point the experiences optimal for making a psychological or physical change. There has been scientific research in the fields of architectural design, stage lighting, and psychology on how color affects state of consciousness.


The Transformative Power of Human Compassion

Entrainment and color assist in focusing the mind for therapeutic purposes, but interactive guidance by a skilled facilitator may be the most important component for getting the desired results. Technology alone is limited in its ability to help people, because only a human facilitator can provide compassion, understanding, and discernment when adjustments are needed. Research by Dr. James Pennebacker demonstrated that when people confide their deepest secrets, not only do they improve emotionally, but their health improves in numerous measurable ways. Therefore, when a facilitator can help a person talk about his/her issues, progress is greatly enhanced.

Attachment Theory


What Types of Devices are used?

As of February 2004, all practitioners have been trained to use a type of light box designed especially for ETT. These devices have been selected for their precision, durability, and quality. The have a range of strobic rates from 1 to 60 cycles per second and can be controlled to a tenth of a second. They emit eleven basic colors (with hundreds of specific colors based on the Red/Green/Blue spectrum ratios), plus white. The brightness is 40 watts and is adjustable on a continuum. There are many light and color devices on the market. While some of them are basically entrainment devices only, and one is basically a disentrainment device, most of them only emit one color. Most engineers of these devices attempt to have the subject achieve tranquility or progress without the use of a human facilitator, which Dr. Vazquez believes severely limits the possibilities for improvement. Therefore, he developed ETT, a method which makes use of a facilitator.


What can ETT be used for?

ETT can be used in conjunction with so many personal transformation methods that the limitations are not yet known. Some of the best known uses of ETT are:

  • Resolving emotional blocks and conflicts
  • Transforming self-limiting emotions, such as anger, guilt, shame and unresolved grief
  • Relieving anxiety disorders, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Healing from emotional trauma and abuse
  • Accelerating recovery from physical injuries
  • Resolving weight problems and eating disorders
  • Mood enhancement
  • Stress reduction
  • Forgiveness
  • Sleep enhancement
  • Development of extraordinary capabilities: work, arts, sports, etc.
  • Spiritual awakening and resolution of spiritual conflicts


What are the Risks?

Generally speaking the risks are low because ETT is natural and uses a light source that is no brighter than a 40 watt bulb. In addition, ETT can only bring forth states of consciousness which already exist in a person, but may be outside of his or her awareness. This means that emotions could come forth during the healing process or that unpleasant physical states may temporarily emerge in the process of resolving an issue. Other than those events, the only concern might be the chance of an extremely rare seizure disorder that occurs primarily in the presence of a flashing light (even in this situation, a facilitator may utilize the other tools used in ETT). The facilitator should go over a list of possibilities for caution, and should offer the client the opportunity to sign an informed consent form explaining these risks. Just like any procedure, ETT could possibly be misused. As long as humans operate processes, they are subject to error.


The Current State of ETT

As of February 2004, there have been at least 600 people trained in ETT. While most of these people are in the United States, there are people trained to use it in at least six other countries. Although thousands of people have received this approach, it is still considered experimental because scientific evidence continues to be accumulated to verify its effectiveness. There is clearly an excitement spreading the more that people see its effects! Its use may be particularly valuable when other methods have failed, and it provides an alternative for hope.


Adapted from:  Daniel B. Lippmann, L.C.S.W. 

The brain holds the keys to effective therapy.

This approach is one of the techniques known as brain-based therapies.  These therapies (i.e.. EMDR, Brainspotting) have been part of a strong movement in psychology and counseling to incorporate the understanding of the brain to improve therapeutic outcomes.


ETT Research


In addition to the information found on the ETT Research page, there are also research trials ongoing.  While this particular set of techniques is still accumulating empirical support, the particular aspects of it are found in other accepted methodologies.  Use of light has been deemed effective in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder for years.  The eye movements are incurring increased support for efficacy as EMDR gains further understanding from neurologists.  

History of the development of ETT

Contact us with any questions about eating and behavioral health issues. You or someone you know may be in need of outpatient or residential eating disorder treatment.

Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC - WISE Therapist & Dietitian

Do you have a problem?

1. Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?

2. Do you make yourself sick (or use laxatives/exercise) if you feel uncomfortably full?

3. Do you currently suffer with or suffered in the past with eating issues?

4. Do you ever eat in secret?

5. Does your weight affect how you feel about yourself?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are not satisfied with your current eating patterns, contact us for more information.