Further Skills and Supporting Therapies

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for Addiction
  • 5-Point Auricular Acupuncture
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy


EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

EFT or Tapping is sometimes referred to as acupuncture without needles or psychological acupressure. It is a valid treatment for physical and emotional disharmony. Similar to acupuncture it focuses upon meridian points to restore the bodies energy flow, which according to the developer of EFT, Gary Craig, the disruption of energy flow is the main cause of physical and emotional disharmony. EFT can be used to treat both physical and emotional illness. Much research has proved the effectiveness in the management of PTSD, anxiety and has been used to treat dependency.

Five Point Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture is offered as part of the drug and alcohol treatment option, as part of a herbal treatment programme or as a stand alone treatment. I work alongside acupuncturists trained in full body acupuncture as the combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture can be an effective combination to address a number of health concerns.

Auricular Acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the outer ear; fine acupuncture needles are inserted into five points. From the perspective of Chinese medicine these five pints relate to the organs in the rest of the body and can be used to treat a number of health conditions. The technique was developed by Dr Nagier in the 1950s and first trailed in the use of acute drug withdrawal in the 1970s.

These five points work together to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings and induce feelings of relaxation and mental and physical well being. You do not need to be withdrawing from drugs or alcohol to benefit from treatment. Below is a summary of the points and their actions.


This point has strong analgesic actions and relaxes internal organs. The point can relieve pain related to ulcers and stomach spasms and useful to address excessive sweating and vomiting.


This point has sedative, analgesic and anti-allergic effects. It is used to treat agitation, anxiety, sleep disturbance and panic attacks.


This point strengthens the kidneys and nourishes bone marrow. It is beneficial in the treatment of backache, fatigue, lethargy, poor memory and fear.


This point cleanses the liver and aids detoxification,  brightening the eyes. It is useful for the treatment of tremors, lethargy, hyper sensitivity and hallucinations.


This point relates to the respiratory system and skin diseases. It is also useful for managing night sweats and spontaneous sweating. It can relieve itchy skin and aid in unresolved grief.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a directive and client-centered counselling approach which helps you explore your feelings about changing a behaviour, be that substance use, eating disorders or any other behaviour that causes you harm. We can often feel ambivalent about change as behaviours, although harmful, can serve a useful purpose for individuals. This practical and empathetic counselling helps you explore ambivalence and raise motivation for change, identifying strategies that will most effective for you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is ‘talking therapy’ which helps you examine how your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs affect your feelings and therefore your behaviour and health. Whilst I trained in CBT for the treatment of dependency and use the technique in interventions to address drug and alcohol use, I also utilise the therapy in general consultations to help patients change unhelpful thoughts which maybe contributing to their disharmony.

Brief Solution Focused Therapy

Brief Solution Focused Therapy has an emphasis on finding direct solutions to a problem or issue with an emphasis upon setting and achieving identified goals. It does not seek to analyse the cause of the problem, but focuses upon the individuals ability to resolve a problem using their own resources. With appropriate support, coaching and questioning, solutions can be found to resolve problems. Again, I use this technique within substance misuse treatment, but equally utilise the technique in general practice.

I combine these interventions to provide specialist support for drug and alcohol dependency. Please visit here for more details.



Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practised in China and the Far East for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined to give a detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques; the focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of well being.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

Carole Bishop – Acupuncturist

I graduated from The Northern College of Acupuncture in York 21 years ago and have been practicing acupuncture since. During my career as an acupuncturist I have developed 2 areas of specialism: addiction, in all its forms, and fertility treatment for men and women. I have undertaken additional studies in these areas including a Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies, seminars in acupuncture and fertility and I am a member of the national Acupuncture Fertility Network.

I’m really looking forward to using acupuncture alongside Medical Herbalism as I believe this joined up approach will offer the highest standard of treatment.

To view other acupuncturists details that I work alongside with please click on the following links:

Alex Humphries

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