The History of Energy Psychotherapy in the UK

According to Phil Mollon, historically, the development of Energy Psychotherapy in the UK holds a unique place internationally, not least because all the practitioners have a foundational clinical training prior to learning energy psychology methods:

“ During the second decade of this century several practitioners, who had studied and explored a range of modalities of energy psychology, began to teach these to psychotherapists from a variety of backgrounds – under the term ‘Converging Streams’, a name reflecting the generic nature of the work, drawing upon many streams of knowledge from both energy modalities and psychotherapy.

 

In the UK there are distinct cultures of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, and counselling that are all somewhat different, not only from each other but from psychological therapies in the USA. Until the development of British energy psychotherapy teachings, the available trainings in energy psychology were delivered either by American practitioners whose trainings and professional cultures were quite different from those in the UK, or by people who had no psychotherapeutic training other than the particular energy modality, and who often had limited knowledge of psychopathology.

 

As a result, the early trainings in energy psychology modalities, particularly those available in the UK, were not fit for use by psychotherapists without modifications. Teaching the basis of a technique might be simple enough, but developing the skills to use it in a clinically informed way, with attention to boundaries, matters of transference and countertransference, emotional attunement, and a capacity for self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-reflection is quite a different process.

 

A further consideration was that the origin of the various EP modalities in the USA meant that their marketing was infused by the American commercial culture of brands and business competition – contrasting markedly with the psychotherapeutic culture in Britain (influenced by the dominance of the NHS and its cultural value).  . .”

In the Confer Energy Psychotherapy Diploma, Phil Mollon outlines the underlying approach to training where the teaching of energy psychotherapy:

The Energy Psychotherapy Network embraces these ideas and also welcomes the incorporation of a wide range of EP modalities. Once therapists have undertaken a generic EP training, such as provided by Confer, they may wish to deepen their study by exploring other EP modalities that might be available.