A Different and Effective Method of Helping Clients with Trauma
At the Transforming Trauma: Energy Psychotherapy workshop on 25th February we were introduced to a way of bringing together traditional talking therapy and some of the techniques of energy psychology to alleviate distress and suffering.
Trauma was defined as any event which continues to evoke difficult feelings and/or physical symptoms. The emphasis was on there being no divide between mind and body, and that the body’s energy system can ‘know’ more accurately than the conscious mind what is at the root of an individual’s disturbance.
The seminar leaders, Sandra Figgess and Heather Redington presented case material to illustrate how energy techniques could be used in a psychotherapeutic process. We had the opportunity to try out some of these for ourselves, including muscle testing (kinesiology), a method for making enquiries of the energy system. As well as being fun to try, this also produced some interesting results: when responding to a particular enquiry, my conscious mind and my body response seemed to be at odds. As a psychodynamic therapist I am aware of the conflict between conscious and unconscious intention, so it was intriguing to see it demonstrated by the body. In energy psychotherapy this can be used to provide a working hypothesis on how to proceed.
Another point of cross over between psychoanalytic ideas and energy psychology was looked at in ‘reversals’, the issues that prevent a person achieving the desired change/healing. In energy psychology these are named and worked on using Emotional Freedom Technique. In psychoanalytic therapy they are referred to as resistances, and the work of therapy is often about bringing them into consciousness, where they are less likely to drive behaviour and prevent change.
It was a very thought-provoking workshop that has stimulated my interest in this area.
By Hannah Cowan (delegate), March 2017
For anyone wishing to pursue this method further, there will be a five day foundation course in Oxford in June and July 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01865 515156. Or visit www.energypsychotherapyworks.co.uk
Comments from participants:
“Most interesting and thought-provoking”
“v nice venue, v professional, safe and respectful. V much valued the experiential elements”
“the trainers are excellent, clarifying as and when needed. I loved the experience of energy psychotherapy. Thank you”
“a very engaging day – contemplating an expansion of my practice and the possibility of integrating it”
“very supportive and valuable”
“extremely thought- and feeling-provoking”
“well presented – simplistic enough to stay conscious, complicated enough to know one couldn’t practise it without lots more training”
11 feedback forms gave the following average results:
1) overall assessment of event: 4.5 out of 5
2) speakers : 4.55 out of 5
3) value for money : 4.45 out of 5
By Wendy Bramham, March 2017