The Intention Method of therapy from IoPT can be used to explore troublesome symptoms like: general anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias, sexual difficulties, insomnia, and personality disorders. Other issues such as bereavement/loss, abuse, addiction and dysfunctional relationships can also be the focus of sessions using this therapy.
Q&A with Alexandra:
Q. Why do people turn to therapy?
A. Many years of research has shown us that from early life (including in utero) individuals can experience an emotional trauma when they experience their environment to be emotionally overwhelming. This can be created by other people and outside situations. People also experience an emotional trauma reaction when they feel under threat, or believe they are under threat, from a person or situation. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), whether remembered explicitly or not, create imprints in the nervous system that can be triggered in later life. For example, an emotional trauma reaction can be triggered in some people if they think their marriage is breaking up, or they feel under extreme pressure at work and are emotionally overwhelmed. This can then make them feel unduly anxious or depressed, and they use therapy to help them get back on track again.
Q. So can anyone experience an emotional trauma reaction?
A. Yes, particularly when an external situation or person seems to shatter our belief systems about our self worth and sense of self; or when our acceptance by others is in question; or our emotional and physical safety is in jeopardy. This can be very distressing for some people, and can unconsciously trigger a reaction linked to a trauma imprint that was created in earlier life. If the emotional trauma reaction is ignored, it can turn into a chronic psychological condition that is very debilitating and affects the quality of life.
Q. So what kinds of situation can cause a trauma reaction?
A. Starting in our early life, all sorts of situation and environments can induce an emotional trauma reaction, and a trauma imprint is created. This includes the environment of the womb before we are born. Later in life a trauma imprint can be re-triggered by situations like workplace or domestic bullying/abuse, work or family stress, births, marriages and deaths, and general parenthood. These are just some examples, together of course with other distressing experiences like road and other types of accident, assault, hospitalisation and/or long term chronic illnesses. Circumstances can arise in our lives in the here and now that are very disturbing and confusing and are linked to our past experiences, whether we explicitly remember them or not. This is why people come to Intention Therapy, they find transformational breakthroughs that they integrate into their lives and make a real and positive difference.
Q. How does a trauma reaction show up?
A. There are many ways in which an emotional trauma reaction can show up in someone’s life- here are just a few examples:
|*Difficulty sleeping or concentration||*Irritability over several weeks|
|*Violence toward people/things||*Dark thoughts or thoughts of self harm|
|*Depression/extreme prolonged anxiety||*Unexpected outbursts of anger|
|*Regular strong negative feelings||*Deep and prolonged feelings of guilt/shame|
|*Wanting to withdraw/get away from people||*Irrational fears/debilitating phobias|
|*Crying unexpectedly/long periods of crying||*Issues with eating and/or food|
|*Binging on alcohol/recreational drugs||*Extreme high or low mood|
|*Sexual difficulties||*Reckless or destructive behaviour|
|*Unable to function in family/social/employment settings||*Exaggerated negative beliefs about yourself or others|
Origins of this Identity Oriented Therapy
As a research psychologist, Professor Franz Ruppert investigated how events in a person’s biography and history affect their psychology and physiology. He realised that when emotionally traumatic or unpleasant things happen to people, their psyche has a way of helping them survive the event by ‘splitting off’ from their consciousness the traumatic feelings, thoughts and sensations. This ‘splitting off’ process is an automatic internal response known as dissociation. Professor Ruppert realised that distressing experiences leave an ‘imprint’ in the person’s psychological make-up (the mind) and also their body. The imprint can be subtle or intense and can become manifest in many ways which are unique to that individual. These manifestations can be physical conditions, distressing emotions, psychological disorders and dysfunctional relationships (the effect of the imprint can be seen in the relationships’ with others). Professor Ruppert discovered that when he combined his theories on emotional trauma and distress with the numerous breakthroughs in neuroscience, he had a very powerful, safe and effective way to support his clients to find resolutions to their debilitating issues. His theories are know as Identity oriented Psychotrauma Theory (IoPT) and the method of therapy that comes from his theories is Intention Therapy This therapy focuses on the unconscious and sometimes previously unknown psychological structures that contribute to a person’s issue. You might like to read this
Individual sessions will be in a private and welcoming setting. When I first start to work with my clients I explain how the body and mind work together, and how overpowering and debilitating feelings and symptoms develop. This helps my clients to better understand what’s happening with them personally, and it is an important step to the positive change process that clients experience.
During sessions a client will explore specific aspects of what they are experiencing, and take a step by step approach toward the recovery they are seeking. Some clients work on specific traumatic events in their life, some on specific and difficult emotions. Others have focused on their insomnia, eating disorders, sexual difficulties, obsessive behaviour or troublesome relationships, including their couple. Health issues can also be worked on in a session. In fact, anything where a client is wanting a better or improved situation through their own self development. As sessions progress clients encounter some of the underlying dynamics of their issue or condition, which is likely to be unconscious trauma imprints in the mind and body. Clients use a Statement of Intention, which is formulated at the start of each session, and this acts as the focus for the session.
“Everything for a client’s healing is already within the client” Dr Prof Franz Ruppert 2015
The pace of the session is determined by what is emerging. We may pause the session so a client can make meaning of what has emerged, and then resume. As a person-centred therapist my role is to facilitate the therapy process and maintain an environment where a client can get the most out of their session. The self-encounter that the client experiences is of their inner self, and is likely to provide insights about themselves they may never have considered. As part of the session we might discuss these so that the client can make some meaning, and take the insights forward productively.
An individual session enables a client to move at a pace and rhythm that suits their preference in terms of personal change, and the contract for individual sessions is open-ended and is determined by the client. To enable the integration and healing process to take place, rather than weekly sessions we are likely to meet every 3-4 weeks.
If before booking a first session you would like a confidential no-obligation phone conversation, please call on +44 (0)7768 116476 or to book a session email me
I also work with couples and parents, so please contact me if you would like to discuss a specific issue.
Group Workshops for Personal work
The main locations for group sessions are London and Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire), however other locations can be arranged please call +44 (0)1494 713562 to discuss. In a group session the client formulates a Statement of Intention about the issue they wish to work on. The Statement of Intention is about what the client would like to achieve in their session. The client may also choose to give some biography to their issue, however this is not necessary. The client chooses the first word from their Intention that they wish to work with, and invites a member of the group to represent that word. Instead of the floor markers used in an individual session, the client chooses people from the group to represent other specific words from their sentence. In this way a relational ‘picture’ is created using the representatives, which provides the client with an encounter of their inner self. The representatives are living resources, and as part of the session they will attend to ‘what’s going on for them’. Predominantly, the focus is on their awareness of their relationship with other representatives, and the feelings and sensations that happen with them. Sometimes representatives have insights or thoughts which might occur to them, and these too are shared with the client as useful information to work with. In this way the client is enabled to get a real ‘in the moment’ experience about what is happening, as they encounter the unconscious dynamics of their issue. Many clients have said it is amazing what accurate information representatives give relating to their particular situation, and that it is a very real and pragmatic way to work. To book your place please click here
Coaching Sessions for Work Issues
Coaching Sessions take place in a private one-to-one setting. When clients are experiencing problematic and/or recurring issues in their ‘world of work’ which are unhelpful, then they embark upon a series of Coaching Sessions. Using the Intention Method, and with the Organisation/Company as the context, clients get to explore their issue using a Statement of Intention and floor markers to represent the words within their statement. Coaching sessions are totally focused on the inner world of the client and like any coaching relationship, sessions is totally confidential, so enabling the client to explore freely the situations and connections that seem entangled and unproductive. The topics clients might bring to a coaching session include team, peer, boss and customer/supplier relationships; collaboration with others; communication and interpersonal difficulties.
Group Supervision Sessions
Supervision is a vital part of continuous professional development for professionals like Therapists, Counsellors, Medical and Clinical Staff, Social Workers, Teachers and Coaches. Using The Intention Method of IoPT in group supervision, frees the professionals from distraction and enables them to focus and investigate themselves. Issues such as the dynamics of a relationship with a client, the interactions with other professionals or professional institutions, the impact on the professional of protocols, and procedures and Professional Identity itself can be focused on in group supervision sessions. This approach to supervision provides a source of deep self development and illuminates new and important self- insights that the individual can take forward and use in a practical way.
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Being a representative
In group sessions representatives are key resources and are members of the group. If you are interested to join a group session as a participant, so you can experience the benefits of this approach for yourself, please see the FAQ page. To book a place on any of the upcoming workshops or seminars please click here or to make a general enquiry please click here.