Energy Psychotherapy: the foundations
Energy Psychotherapy is an integration of Energy Psychology methods into psychotherapeutic practice.
Psychotherapists who use Energy Psychology methods are deeply rooted in their existing professional learning and experience as psychotherapists, counsellors, art therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, medically trained doctors. In addition, they train extensively in a number of Energy Psychology modalities and through these learn further skills which they incorporate into their practice.
Practitioners in UK have benefited enormously from trainings in Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) developed by Jungian psychotherapist Asha Clinton and and in Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy (PEP) developed by Phil Mollon, a pioneer in the field in the UK. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst who has developed and is still developing his own methodologies from his own clinical experience and many energy modalities. Others draw on Dynamic Energetic Healing (DEH), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine methods
The four specific skills drawn from Energy Psychology are
1. The use of ‘muscle-testing’, sometimes known as ‘energy-testing’ is derived from Applied Kinesiology, and used in many Energy Psychology methods (not all) to make enquiries of the energy system.
2. An understanding and attention regarding resistances to, and fears of change Energy Psychotherapists have an understanding of reversals and objections to change which are the energetic equivalent of psychodynamic resistances in which we can resist growth and sabotage ourselves. For example we can have core beliefs about recovery and healing overall such as I’ll never recover or I’m too bad to be helped. We can have underlying conflicts about a specific issue such as It’s not safe to get over this problem, I’ll lose my identity if I get over this problem or It won’t benefit me to get over this problem. We can have resistances to getting completely over a problem, so we hang on to part of it. In the same way that trauma is thought of as held in the energy system, it is hypothesised in Energy Psychology that reversals, too, are held in the energy system, as well as in our body and mind and can be addressed there, using simple methods.
3. Finding the focus of treatment, the words to use, the ‘thought field’
4. Use of an energy intervention. Once objections are cleared and the focus found, energy psychology methods are then used by the Energy Psychotherapist who will typically instruct the client to hold or tap meridian or chakra points. Energy centres such as chakras and meridians are understood to contain information and memories. These simply taught methods in which the client taps or holds these energy centres and channels may clear and heal traumas, blocks, reversals and dis-organised states, enabling insight and healing for the client.
Bringing these four skills together into psychotherapy creates methods that may enable the therapeutic change to be accelerated and deepened. Sometimes greater degrees of disturbance may be accessed and helped more effectively.
When we introduce Energy psychology techniques into our therapeutic practices we find ourselves moving into a new paradigm in which intention and thought can effect material changes. We find here a new resonance with ancient spiritual teachings and many discover a new openness to the trans-personal. Paradoxically this then has a resonance with modern Quantum physics. As Bruce Lipton says “it has been discovered that physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating … The universe is one indivisible dynamic whole in which energy and matter are so deeply entangled it is impossible to consider them as independent elements.”