The additional dimension that energy psychology provides to psychotherapy is that conflicts and traumas active within the person are encoded as information within the body’s energy system.* By showing clients where and how to place their hands on the energy centres (Chakras) and channels (Meridians) of the body in combination with talking and insight, the pain in the conflicts and traumas may often be healed.
This way of working has opened the door to being able to help in ways that may assist sooner than with more traditional talk therapy. The benefits we and our clients have received are strong enough for us to offer the work confidently. The methods of energy therapy are wonderful, gentle and effective, and are very helpful to many clients.
Of course, like all new developments this work is experimental and always to some degree unique to each person. It is also true to say that all psychotherapeutic work has always been experimental.
As practitioners we hold responsiblity for working hard to keep ourselves well informed about and trained in new developments, researching their effectiveness in an always evolving profession to find ways which will help our clients. Sometimes we understand why some methods work, other times we are confident that methods do work without knowing why; this is the state of theory and practice in many disciplines.
We have been trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and TFT (Thought Field Therapy). We have particularly learned from, and valued Phil Mollon who taught us Psychoanalytic Energy Therapy and Asha Clinton who taught us Advanced Integrative Therapy.
Practioners may be interested in the training in these methods, Converging Streams. See Events page.
FURTHER THINKING ABOUT ENERGY THERAPY
* There is a sound theoretical and scientific basis to this if you are interested. See Phil Mollon’s The simplest essence of energy psychology.
Phil Mollon’s Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy Karnac Books 2008 Chapters 13 onwards give a coherent review of the importance of electromagnetic fields of biological systems as highly effective communicators. He quotes Lakhovsky “… that health is nothing but a state of electromagnetic equilibrium of body cells, while diseases and death represent just the opposite – a broken energetic balance” (Yurkovsky 2003)
“Increasingly it appears that the body-brain-mind system generates an information-transmitting electromagnetic field that contains information and has important regulatory functions. The field provides information that is detectable by a external observer (frequency changes) and it can be influenced by energy therapeutic procedures, which in turn bring about changes within the body-brain-energy system.”
“The possibility of entraining the electromagnetic fields of biological systems into healthy frequency provides obvious partial answers to the question of how it is that healer’s hands that do emit measurable electromagnetic fields [Oschman 2000], have a therapeutic effect.” This is not specific to healer’s hands, all hands emit measurable electromagnetic fields from the palms and fingertips, and it these that clients are taught to use on themselves.
Our experience is that the methods of energy psychology have been of substantial benefit to many of our clients. Because what is achieved can seem remarkable there has been a tendency for excitement and in some cases exaggeration of what can be achieved. Phil Mollon’s paper Ethics – The Heart and Shadow of Energy Psychology speaks to this. It can be found at:-http://www.philmollon.co.uk/Ethics—heart-and-shadow.html