Energy Psychology methods work with acupressure points and related energy centres on the body, whilst at the same time attending to the thoughts and emotions in the person’s mind. This calms both body and mind – and is thus often very helpful for states of stress, anxiety, physical and emotional pain, and many other forms of recurrent mental or physical discomfort. The effect is usually rapid. Such methods can be particularly helpful for those who find that ‘talking therapies’ alone do not bring about the desired change.
The therapeutic work can be enhanced by the use of muscle signalling, using methods derived from kinesiology – whereby the practitioner presses lightly on the client’s wrist whilst relevant thoughts and experiences are brought to mind. This method also guides the practitioner in instructing the client on where to tap or press their acupressure points. Apart from this light touch on the wrist, there is no physical contact between client and practitioner – the client is guided to tap or press their own energy centres.
Although these methods are currently considered ‘alternative’, there is a surprising amount of growing research to support their use. A summary can be found here.
Phil Mollon PhD is, in background, a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and clinical psychologist. He worked in the NHS for 37 years. Widely known as a writer and teacher, he is the author of 11 professional books. Dr Mollon has always searched for better ways to help his patients – and many years ago became dissatisfied with what could be achieved through purely talk-based therapies. During the 1990s, he became a practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which was a new approach to traumatic stress that made use of non-verbal modes of relief (eye movements) – and he wrote the first British book on this subject. This led him to study further ways of working with the body and mind together. Since 2000, his passion has been energy psychology, based on his realisation that all of the traumas, anxieties, and conflicts in the mind are also manifest as patterns in the body’s subtle energy system, of meridians and related centres. His book Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy, is regarded as a leading text in the field.
Please note that Phil Mollon is not medically qualified. His doctorate is his PhD, awarded by Brunel University for his original research in psychotherapy whilst working at the Tavistock Clinic. Dr Mollon is a member of the Board of Directors of the international Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, which is the leading professional body for this work.