Counselling and
stress management
in Southampton

Gestalt Acu-balancing

My holistic approach to using Energy Psychology

This combines body-based stress management methods as an optional part of counselling. What's in the name?


I love being a Gestalt counsellor. You can read about the principles and other key factors that guide and inform this holistic and creative approach to therapy on the counselling page. So, if you're interested in the 'Acu-balancing' elements, please remember that exactly how and when we'll use these ingredients will depend on what emerges while we're 'doing some therapeutic cooking' using a Gestalt counselling recipe book.


This pays homage to you mindfully touching or tapping various acupressure points on your face, arms and torso while tuning into an important issue. Extensive research shows that modern acupoint-based methods (formal terms include energy psychology and cognitive somatic practices) can effectively treat PTSD (trauma), anxiety, depression and much more. Switching on an acupoint can calm down vital parts of the brain that process sensory and emotional information. This is a great example of how brain and body are profoundly woven together.


This celebrates the Five Elements model from Traditional Chinese Medicine which I've been fascinated with and intrigued by since training in Touch for Health in the 1990s. Both the Five Elements and the Gestalt approach view life as energy systems forever moving in and out of balance. We can use metaphors linked to these approaches to help clarify what's causing stuckness and emotional pain and open up balancing possibilities to help things flow in more life-affirming directions.

'We are seeking to help people live more fully in the moment, appreciating the dynamic dance of life and the flow of energy and creativity.'
Dr John Thie

What's involved

This is offered as an optional stress management method which can include:

Try some Acu-based stress management techniques

This video by acupressure trainer Michael Gach shows how holding two acupressure points (the first is below your wrist and the second is in the centre of your breastbone) while breathing slowly and deeply may help you feel calmer and more balanced. You can also explore other stress management self-acupressure points on his site.

This video by Clinical and Health Psychologist Peta Stapleton takes you through a general Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) procedure to reduce stress. Here's a core technique summary. If you like being talked through the process, you may like Tap with Brad (Free) and The Tapping Solution (App).