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NET vs. Counseling/Psychological Therapy

In the realm of mental health and wellness, a variety of therapeutic approaches exist to address the complex interplay between mind and body. NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) stands out as a unique modality that, while addressing emotional health, is distinct from traditional counseling and psychological therapy. Understanding these differences can help you determine which approach is best suited for your needs.

How NET Differs from Counseling/Psychological Therapy

1. Focus and Approach:

  • NET: NET focuses on the connection between emotional stress and physical health. It seeks to release trapped emotional energy that may be contributing to physical ailments, using techniques like muscle testing, spinal manipulation, and acupressure.

  • Counseling and Psychological Therapy: These forms of therapy primarily focus on addressing mental and emotional issues through talk therapy. They aim to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, offering strategies to cope with and resolve psychological challenges.

2. Methodology:

  • NET: The methodology of NET is highly physical and involves identifying stress responses through muscle testing. The practitioner may perform spinal adjustments or apply acupressure to specific points to release emotional blockages.

  • Counseling and Psychological Therapy: These therapies involve verbal communication and cognitive techniques. Therapists use methods like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, and other talk-based approaches to address psychological issues.

3. Therapeutic Goals:

  • NET: The primary goal of NET is to alleviate physical symptoms by resolving underlying emotional stress. It aims to restore the body's natural balance and promote holistic well-being.

  • Counseling and Psychological Therapy: These therapies aim to improve mental health by addressing emotional and cognitive aspects of psychological issues. Goals include reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders, and improving overall emotional resilience.

4. Practitioner Training:

  • NET: Practitioners of NET are often chiropractors, acupuncturists, or other healthcare professionals trained in applied kinesiology and the specific techniques of NET. They undergo specialized training to perform muscle testing and other NET interventions.

  • Counseling and Psychological Therapy: Therapists and counselors typically hold degrees in psychology, counseling, social work, or related fields. They are trained in various psychological theories and therapeutic techniques, often requiring licensure and certification in their respective areas.

5. Session Structure:

  • NET: NET sessions involve physical assessments and interventions. A typical session includes muscle testing to identify NECs, emotional recall, and physical techniques to release emotional stress.

  • Counseling and Psychological Therapy: These sessions are structured around verbal communication. A typical session involves discussing issues, exploring emotions, and developing coping strategies through dialogue.


While NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) and traditional counseling or psychological therapy both aim to improve emotional health, they do so through distinctly different methods. NET focuses on the physical manifestations of emotional stress and uses physical techniques to address these issues. In contrast, counseling and psychological therapy use talk-based methods to explore and resolve psychological problems.

Understanding these differences can help you make informed decisions about your mental and physical health care. Whether you choose NET, counseling, or a combination of both, recognizing the unique benefits of each approach can lead to a more holistic and effective path to well-being. If you're curious about how NET can complement your current health practices, consider consulting with an NET practitioner to explore its potential benefits.


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