Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that are useful in understanding the Identity oriented Psychotrauma Theory (IoPT) and the Intention Method of the therapy I offer:
Who are the representatives?
In a group setting, representatives are the people from the group that a client chooses to represent words from their Sentence of Intention. Sometimes people who are new to this therapy book themselves onto a group workshop as a resource participant as an introduction to the approach and to benefit from the working sessions taking place during the workshop.
In a group workshop, it is the client who chooses the representatives when they are working on their issue. When you are asked by the client to resonate with their word, it is your choice if you accept. As a representative you are like an echo- echoing back to the client the feelings, thoughts and sensations that you tune into whilst representing their word.
Being a representative you are providing information to the client and also, uncannily, you sometimes realise something for yourself as a result of being a representative, which relates to your own self development or an issue you are considering. So, primarily you are a resource for the client and also many representatives report that they personally get something valuable out of the representative experience.
What does the therapist actually do?
Because of the training a therapist undertakes to be able to offer this therapy, firstly the therapist makes sure that the setting is conducive to the work to be undertaken. This would include the contracting with the client and representatives (if in a group setting). The therapist then attends to the dynamics that are unfolding in the session, and as the unfolding continues may ask questions relating to what is being experienced and/or offer observations. In 1:1 sessions the therapist may represent words in the client’s Intention, offering feedback from this representative position. Floor markers are also used in 1:1 sessions.
What happens after the session?
In a group workshop, when a client’s work has concluded, the client will thank each representative for participating in their session as each one ‘de-roles’. Generally, the session is not de-briefed or discussed by the group and the therapist will probably ask if the client would like some quiet time for reflection before proceeding with the next client’s session. In a one-to-one setting after the work in the session has come to a conclusion the therapist will ensure that any next steps are clarified which relate to the self insights/discoveries.
Is this type of therapy a stand-alone approach or can it be combined with other approaches?
This type of therapy can be used as a stand-alone approach when working with problematic issues, or can be part of work that uses other modalities. Sometimes if a client is working with another therapist they might be accompanied to a Personal Session by their other therapist, or the client and therapist come together to a group workshop. This enables continuity and integration to be created with their ongoing therapeutic work.
How confidential is the process?
In a one-to-one session the contract of confidentiality is discussed by the therapist at the first session. If a client were to invite another therapist to a one-to-one session, then all three would agree the basis on which they would work together in the session. Usually, this would mean both therapists being representatives at some point in the work. If the therapist accompanies a client to a Group Workshop session the therapist becomes a member of the group like anyone else.
In group sessions a contracting conversation is the first conversation that takes place. This allows everyone the opportunity to ‘sign up’ to the contract with each other in a real and meaningful way. The main focus of this contracting is about Confidentiality and Self Responsibility.