Frequently asked questions
What is QEC and why is it so effective?
QEC is the culmination of a lifetime of searching for the best ways to heal. Combining cutting edge neuroscience with the principles of Gestalt Psychotherapy, QEC adopts the practices that have been proven to work. No pharmaceutical medications. No need to refine your meditation skills or sit with a therapist for years.
It’s a unique and clinically-usable approach that works rapidly to change long-held limiting beliefs and heal past trauma, using the most powerful part of our brain. If we are able to heal the root cause of our issues effectively - at the subconscious level of mind - only then do we experience lasting results.
If you would like to learn more, we’ve shared an article about the benefits of working with the subconscious mind, and how our past impacts our present day reality.
Why was QEC created?
QEC was created by Dr Melanie Salmon, a medical practitioner and Gestalt therapist, who became frustrated when many of her patients were getting sicker within mainstream work. She left both General Practice in the UK, and her Gestalt private practice, to “find another way.”
QEC is the result of this lifetime of work and her search to find another way that does work. The full story can be read in her book of the same name “There Has To Be Another Way” available here.
Why is it called QEC?
QEC is short for Quantum Energy Coaching. The first part of the name stems from the process by which we create our reality, every second of every day, as explained by the laws of quantum physics. And, having emerged from two decades of Gestalt psychotherapy, QEC is partly a coaching modality in the way our practitioners work with you on the issues you face. Finally, everything is energy. Energy connects one thing to everything else and so it is fitting that the word acts as the bridge to connect the quantum and coaching concepts.
How is QEC different from other talk therapies?
Traditional talk therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy work by exploring the environment factors (past and present) that could be causing your unhappiness. By unpacking these negative experiences, the hope is that a new level of awareness around the issue might be reached - a new way of seeing things that can bring about healing and closure. This process can take a long time - perhaps even years - for someone to make substantial shifts in thinking and behaviour, for the simple reason that the process engages the conscious part of the mind.
QEC works deeper, with the powerful ‘supercomputer’ that is the subconscious mind. It is here that we store our deepest beliefs, the ones that shape who we are and how we believe the world to be. Working with the subconscious allows for changes that are much more rapid and lasting. Using the neuroplasticity of the brain, QEC ‘rewires’ our neural pathways, freeing us from the limitations of our past.
How do I find a QEC practitioner?
There are two ways to find a practitioner. If you sign up for one of our 5-week healing programmes, you will be paired with an experienced practitioner and will begin your journey there. You can also head over to our find a practitioner page and search through our global list of certified practitioners. The nature of QEC makes it particularly effective online - meaning you can see a practitioner anywhere in the world, via zoom.
How many sessions of QEC do I need?
QEC usually begins with four sessions and a review on the fourth session. The number required is based on individual needs.Because we are working at the subconscious level of mind the work is much faster and is not long term. However, some people may require longer than four sessions.
What does a QEC session look like?
A QEC session is, on average, 90 minutes long. The sessions begins by exploring the issues needing to be resolved. This is done using Gestalt exploration and dialogue and takes about half the time. Once the issues are clarified, the session moves on to the QEC technique where the client and therapist together create sentences to install for change. The session then moves onto the installation part where these sentences are installed by breathing in a certain way, sitting in a cross-over ´whole brain´ position and accessing a feeling of gratitude. This allows for a very rapid brain wave to occur with which the sentences are installed. The installation takes only about 20 - 30 seconds and results in new wiring in the brain. The client is awake and consciously participating all the way through.
Can I do QEC with Dr Salmon?
If you would specifically like to see Dr Salmon, please contact Anima (Dr Salmon’s PA). You will receive an indication of when and if it is possible to see Dr Salmon. If her schedule renders her unavailable, she will refer you to one of her experienced practitioners.
What countries and languages is QEC available in?
We now have practitioners in over 25 countries. If you would like to see a practitioner that speaks your language, simply filter your search results by language on our find a practitioner page.
I would like to become a QEC practitioner - where do I start?
How exciting! If you haven’t already, we’d recommend that you begin to see a QEC practitioner to experience it and familiarise yourself with the modality. There are great videos that you can watch on our YouTube page that explain more about the modality and how it works. Once you feel ready, feel free to sign up to one of our 21-week practitioner trainings that happen throughout the year.
How can QEC help me?
QEC is a practical tool that can help us to become the person we would truly like to be, reaching our full potential. It is particularly effective in helping to ‘clear the baggage’ from our past, which often manifests in repeated, unwanted behaviour patterns that impact ourselves and others. Much of the cutting edge work being done by Dr Salmon is in the area of past trauma and it’s here that QEC is particularly effective. However, there is no limit to the ways in which QEC can help. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, grief, phobias or fear, QEC can help. It is also a powerful way to improve relationships and remove ‘blocks’ to performance, both in the workplace and in sport.
Do you have to believe QEC for it to work?
No, you don’t. However, if you try to approach your QEC sessions with an open mind and a willingness to embrace something that’s a little different, it will transform your experience. QEC bypasses the conscious mind, working deep at the level of the subconscious. Most people report feeling different after one session but the real proof of success is in experiencing the positive changes in your life that follow.
Does the process involve hypnosis or an altered state of consciousness?
Definitely not. You remain totally conscious and in full control at all times. QEC does not involve any form of hypnosis, meditation or mantra.
Clients report rapid, lasting changes. How can a life-long problem or habit simply disappear in a few short sessions?
The ‘speed’ with which QEC operates can be assigned to the fact that QEC uses the ‘supercomputer’ of the subconscious mind and the plasticity of the brain to create new neural pathways. Under the right conditions we can change the way we think and feel about something - fundamentally changing how we experience it and therefore, act in the moment.
How would I know that my long-held beliefs have been changed?
Quite simply, you’ll think and feel differently about the problem. In fact, it helps to keep a record of the issues that you work through with your practitioner because revisiting the list at a later date might surprise you. Looking back, many people report find it hard to remember ever having suffered with those issues.
Some QEC Practitioners who see clients in-person may use kinesiology as a method of ´testing´ and validating the belief-change process. However this is not standard practice.
I don´t have any “issues” as such but I feel that I’m not reaching my full potential. Can QEC help?
Fundamentally, ‘blocks’ to performance or creativity are self-imposed limitations. Most often, this is completely out of our conscious awareness. QEC is very effective in identifying the causes of our limitation - why we aren’t operating from a place of ‘flow’, at full capacity - and changing our thinking to align closer to our conscious goals. Whatever your performance goals in life - QEC is a simple, powerful tool to help you achieve them.
Does QEC have any negative side-effects?
There are no physical or emotional side effects from QEC, with the exception that some people report feeling tired after a particularly big session. Rest and good hydration allow the changes to integrate.
Listen to Dr Melanie Salmon speak more about this topic: Is QEC safe?
Is there an age restriction for QEC?
QEC is only done, at this time, with people 16 and over. Dr Salmon currently works only with parents and family systems. If there are problems in children under 16 years of age, it is recommended that you contact Dr Salmon directly to discuss what can be done.