How Mickel Therapy Works

Mickel Therapy

Mickel Therapy is a new leading edge treatment for the conditions
of :
– M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Fibromyalgia
– I.B.S.
– Anxiety
– Depression
– Stress-related illness
– All conditions which at their source have an emotional origin.
The treatment is Mickel Therapy, and has been developed by Dr David Mickel, a General Practitioner based in Elgin in Scotland.
The treatment is based on the premise that these conditions have their origin in emotional health and that although they may present as a physical illness, and/or as a psychological condition, they are in fact the manifestation of an overactive hypothalamus gland. It is not understanding this which gives rise to great confusion for sufferers, their carers, and members of the medical profession who have responsibility for the implementation of care.
Mickel Therapy takes the view that the cause of the overactive hypothalamus is stress in the personal environment of the sufferer. A traumatic event or situation has its effect, causing the natural “fight or flight” response in the body.
The hypothalamus, being part of the body’s unconscious nature and therefore not recognised as a concern, continues to respond to life’s everyday stresses in the same way, causing the body to be in a constant state of “Fight or Flight” in response to levels of cortisol being produced, as though the sufferer is living under a constant threat in their personal environment.
Events that are to be expected in life are responded to as if they were life-threatening, and the hypothalamus reacts as if on “high alert”, producing chemicals causing the body to be in an overstressed state physically. The immune system is reduced in its capacity to cope, resulting in repeated episodes of viral infection, or it may manifest a heightened response with all the new stressful information, resulting in auto-immune states of ill-health. This will not stop until the causes of the symptoms are addressed, requiring the sufferer to play an active part in their own recovery process. Without this conscious intervention symptoms will persist and may worsen over time.
This results in a physical and mental system that is stressed and unhappy, and a life out of balance with its own true nature.
What then tends to happen is that sufferers, fearful of a negative response to their unhappy stressed state from others, “bottle up” their true feelings, suppressing their authentic emotional response, until an opportunity arises in which these suppressed emotions find their release. The tragedy for some is that they may never seek release from their emotional symptoms, and this may be overwhelming for some sufferers.
Sometimes this release is expressed in the form of violence or anti –social behaviour, and may have further negative effects within a relationship, in families, or in the community. Sometimes other undesired effects may manifest such as alcoholism, eating disorders, addictions or self-harm, financial difficulty, stigma and discrimination adding further distress. These are secondary emotional effects, not being a primary physical manifestation, and from a Mickel Therapy perspective, they are the results of not having addressed the primary emotional cause of the stress in the personal environment of the individual.

“The problem is that for a culture so caught up with managing the “effects” of emotional concerns, addressing “causes” represents an uncomfortable shift away from the familiar”

Kyle Davies, Clinical Psychologist, co–founder of Mickel Therapy


Mickel Therapy addresses the primary emotions arising in the mid-brain, before thought , which are a response to the cause of symptoms, and helps the client to interpret these, translate them and make the appropriate response for them in their environment. When acted upon, this means that symptoms are no longer produced and the result is optimum health.
Following the Mickel hypothesis, 77% of 4000 people who have been treated with the therapy have gone on to full recovery, and have testified to this.
See :
for testimony as to my own practice of Mickel Therapy, and book reviews.
for the testimony of clients of other practitioners globally.



Our hope is that a more collaborative approach to care may be possible working alongside health professionals and complementary therapists, in co-operation and recognition of our understanding of an emerging new approach to health in the 21st century, meeting the challenges that this brings and the opportunities that are opening up to us. For example, in some areas of the country Conscious Medicine Circles are being set up between those practising inside and outside the NHS, which break down the usual “them and us” barriers to care, and resistance to service user involvement.

“These Circles help to build bridges between conventional medicine and complementary medicine about core assumptions at the basis of the emergent new medicine – such as seeing some physical symptoms as reflecting emotional issues, & energy-consciousness as the basis of reality”.

Gill Edwards

Clinical Psychologist & author of “Conscious Medicine”

If you would like to find out more about Mickel Therapy and how it works I would be happy to hear from you. I can be contacted at this email address
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