Diploma in Energy Therapy

“A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.” – Maryam Nasnaa

Over the last decade, psychotherapy has come to align itself more strongly with the notion of energy healing (Mollon, 2008). This course supports students’ development through embodied exploration of subtle energies, discovering how to perceive and activate energy for therapeutic use, and learning to direct energy for self-healing and for relational work with others.


This is the first year of a two-year training in Energy Therapy leading to Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) accreditation.


The course is accredited by the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists.


The course is in-person only and comprises nine weekends and a three-day retreat, equal to 21 days or 150 contact hours.


The first year can be taken as a stand-alone Diploma if desired, while the second year Advanced Diploma builds on these foundations and provides the student with a route to accreditation.


The Course Director is Dr Marcus Sorensen.

Programme dates & modules 2022/23

10 – 11 September 2022

Ways of Sensing Energy and Modes of Energy Usage

  • Meeting the group and gathering pre-existing knowledge and experiences of energy therapy and healing forms: energy therapy is an ancient modality with different nomenclatures and approaches. There is no universal “right” way – one emerges from the individual after exploring one or more frameworks
  • Defining the epistemological approach of the training:
    • Shu Ha Ri: Japanese concept for acquiring mastery: learn the form, push the boundaries, transcend the model entirely
    • Build up own experiential repertoire of perception, interpretation and application to form personal paradigm for healing.
  • Discussing modalities of sensing: haptic, intuitive, emotional, visual, auditory (rarely: gustatory and olfactory)
  • Exercise in energy sensing
  • Exercise in self-activation
  • Exercise in basic modes of energy usage: sense & flow
  • Set homework for January class: in pairs / triads, identify and present a chosen healer archetype (e.g. wounded healer; shaman; priest/ess; doctor/nurse; spiritual medium; caregiver; warrior, etc.)
8 – 9 October 2022

Meeting the Inner Healer and the Other

  • Identifying and removing blocks to one’s own Inner Healer
    • What is an Inner Healer? (homeostasis, hope, empathy, and sensitivity to suffering, etc.)
    • How and why do we compromise or reduce the connection to our Inner Healer? (we fear our own light, we don’t want to fail, we want to be acceptable like others, we have disconnected from our own goodness, we fear the healer shadow, etc.)
  • Discussing energy therapy ethics: requirement for high personal integrity and honesty to avoid imagination overriding externally verified perception
  • Exercise in energy hygiene
  • Exercise in different energy modes: pause, pump, pull
  • Exercise in energy healing
5 – 6 November 2022

Boundaries & Dynamic Energy Responses

  • Exploring right use of touch and addressing “love as healing”: it is not based on sexual transference and does not condone touch, incl. hugging, without permission
  • Discovering our personal energy response tendencies: withdrawing, merging, blocking, etc.
  • Exercise on the approach to the client
  • Exercise in energy healing
3 – 4 December 2022

Refining Pattern Recognition

  • Neuroscience of interoception: embodied emotion and cognition
  • Neuroscience of pattern recognition: deciphering what was previously white noise, and associating signals with meaning that can be put to use in energy therapy
  • Discussing what equipment, paraphernalia, or other external setting, if any, feels helpful to support energy therapy
  • Exercise in self-healing
7 – 8 January 2023

Blending the Inner Healer into Professional Life

  • Group presentations on healer archetypes
  • Discussing how the learning so far can be applied in professional life, and what else would be useful to incorporate
  • Exercise in enlivened presence in talking therapy
  • Exercise in standing energy healing
  • Exercise in being the blessing (similar to Jewish Tikkun practice)
4 – 5 February 2023

Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Psychotherapy)

  • Exploring specific client presentations in which energy therapy could be supportive, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, borderline, etc.
  • Exercises in appropriate energy modes and boundary settings 
  • Set homework for May class: in triads, identify and present an energy therapy system (e.g. Theta healing, Shamanic healing, Brennan Healing Science, Reiki, Healing Touch, etc.) which must include an overview of the origins of the practice, the framework used (e.g. cosmic pillars, four dimensions, nadis, five elements) and a sample of typical interventions
4 – 5 March 2023

Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Physical Issues)

  • Discussing how many physical issues may be related to underlying emotional ones, and exploring specific client presentations that energy therapy could be used for:
    • auto-immune conditions (eczema, allergies)
    • endocrine dysregulation (adrenal fatigue, menstrual issues)
    • reproductive or sexual problems (ED, vaginismus, fertility)
    • other specific conditions as suggested by students
  • Exercises in appropriate energy modes and boundary settings
1 – 2 April 2023

Working with Allied Professions

  • Interfacing with other physical and psychological healthcare professionals and institutions
    • Energy therapy in hospitals and hospices in the UK
    • Worldwide examples of tribal or holistic healers incorporated into healthcare systems (Aboriginal healers in Australia, etc.)
  • Exploring how to make space for holism: medicine / psychotherapy working together with holistic approaches that include energy therapy
  • Pushing the boundaries: providing energy fieldwork for gene-tech companies, businesses, etc.
  • Exercise in providing explanation of energy therapy
  • Exercise in being part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Exercise in delivering energy therapy in a clinical or hospital setting 
6 – 7 May 2023

Creativity in Energy Therapy

  • Group presentations on different energy therapy modalities
  • Exploring how creativity encourages and enhances the flow of energy (life force)
  • Incorporating a sense of fun and adventure into the unknown when providing energy therapy
  • Exercises in unstructured creation (Shu Ha Ri revisited)
  • Exercises in playful energy therapy
2 – 4 June 2023

Three-Day Retreat: Inward and Outward

  • Developing wider knowing through the use of divination practices as a tool of discovery beyond realm of conscious self
    • Exercises in a range of divination practices
    • Creation of personal divination set made of natural and scavenged items
  • Supervised healing exchanges to fulfil competency requirement
  • Graduation ceremony


Lunch and snacks are included – travel and accommodation to be planned at own expense

Need more information?

Applications are invited from counsellors, therapists, psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, medical professionals with a holistic approach, coaches, and spiritual advisers. We expect you to have secure grounding in the principles of therapy, including self-reflection and working with transference, as during the training you will hold talking therapy style practice sessions with your peers, where subtle energy approaches are introduced and explored.

Therefore, you need to be comfortable with:

a) holding a session with a client with a view to facilitating exploration of and work on a presenting issue (e.g. emotional, physical, cognitive, or spiritual)
b) understanding ethics involved with holding a position of power vis-a-vis a client
c) staying aware of transference / countertransference and projection that may arise and using self-reflection to work effectively with this
d) undertaking personal therapy or extra supervision, if recommended by the teacher, to support any personal issues that are brought about by the training’s depth and breadth and to ensure suitable progress with the skills


This training will give you an additional skill set, allowing for energy therapy to be used to complement your existing practice or as a standalone modality.


This is an in-person training.

Weekends 1 – 9
These will take place at the gorgeous Gunnersbury Park in London.

Gunnerbury Park

The final 3-day retreat will take place at:
The Pines Calyx in St Margaret’s Bay, Kent.

Pines Calyx

Applicants are required to complete the application form. This will be followed by a video or telephone interview. 

The cost for the nine weekends is £2,800.

This can be paid in one lump sum, or in monthly instalments. A non-refundable deposit of £200 is payable on acceptance of a place on the programme, plus 10 instalments of £260 a month.

A limited number of bursaries are available. When asking for a bursary, please explain the reasons in your application.

In addition to your course fees, you will need to pay for travel, accommodation if you’re staying at the retreat venue, and any extra food and drink, outside of that provided by us.

A Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Energy healing will be awarded to students who:

  • Actively participate in class, measured against a list of competencies
  • Successfully complete two research and presentation tasks in small groups
  • Demonstrate energy therapy skills acquired, evaluated in a 30-minute treatment session

There will likely be fully clothed physical contact with other students in class. Your permission will be sought, and you may ask for it to stop at any time. You will never be asked to work alone with another person without other people present.

You will need to arrange for the following, at your own expense:

  • Travel, accommodation and food (lunch and snacks provided at 3-day retreat)
  • Reading materialPracticalti

The course is run in collaboration with the Interfulgent Institute.