‘The body keeps the score’ – Van der Kolk
Energy Psychotherapy is an integration of the myriad of exciting contemporary energy psychologies into psychotherapeutic practice. New understandings about the impact of trauma on the body, including advances in neurobiology, support working with the mind-body and energy field alongside talking psychotherapy. The gentle methods of Energy Psychotherapy facilitate deep healing by helping to clear the emotional and energetic residues of trauma at a deep bodily level, including patterns of transgenerational, attachment, pre -verbal and complex trauma. Clients experience considerable relief from their traumas through these methods.
The collaborative approach of energy psychotherapy facilitates the client’s own healing process and enables clients to use empowering self-help energy methods to cope with triggering and to regulate their affect. Preliminary positive outcome evidence for one of these approaches (EFT) has been mentioned in the updated NICE guidance for PTSD. There are many new research studies which attest to its clinical effectiveness, and it is increasingly being brought into mainstream practice via GP surgeries, the fire service, the police force and other agencies dealing with trauma.
The Essential Therapy Training’s generic clinical foundational training Energy Psychotherapy – Post Qualification Clinical Training with Certification draws on the rich traditions of different psychotherapies including Jungian, Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic, Attachment based, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Person Centred, Gestalt, Transpersonal and other therapy perspectives. This experiential depth course teaches the principles of working with the body’s subtle energy systems and energy field, providing a platform from which practitioners can go on to build and continue their integration of energy methods.
For more information about the different modalities of energy psychology, please see the tab Modalities under the section About EP.
For more detailed information about energy psychotherapy, including how-to videos, visit the Resources section.