Resource Therapy and Hypnotherapy
Resource Therapy, formally known as (Ego State Therapy) is a powerful and brief therapy based on the premise that personality is composed of separate parts, rather than being a whole. These parts (which everyone has) are called ego states. The therapist works directly with the states that can best benefit from change, rather than merely working with an intellectual, talkative state.
We are each made up of a number of different states; each has its own feeling of power, weakness, emotion, logic, or other personal traits. When we say, "Part of me wants to," we are talking about an ego state. When we say, "I feel at peace with myself on this issue," we are talking about our ego states agreeing, not having an internal struggle. Our various states help to make our lives rich, productive, and enjoyable. A state harbouring pain can cause unrest and unwanted emotional reactions.
(Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).
The goals of the Resource Therapy are:
1) To locate ego states harbouring pain, trauma, anger, or frustration and facilitate expression, release, comfort, and empowerment (It is unresolved states that come out and make us feel out of control. They are our internal tender spots),
2) To facilitate functional communication among ego states (the statement "I hate myself when I am like that" indicates two states lacking in proper communication)
3) To help clients learn their ego states so that the states may be better used to the clients' benefit (e.g., allowing the client to, at one time, be open to enjoy emotional experiences and, at another time, be assertive to feel expressed when challenged).
Where did our ego states come from and do we all have the same ones?
We are not born with our different parts or ego states. We make them as we live. Our ego states are formed when we do something over and over again. This ‘over and over again’ learning creates a physical neural pathway in the brain that has its own level of emotion, abilities, and experience of living.
By repeating actions over and over again the brain will grow and connect in such a way that will create a physical neural pathway that is an ego state. We will switch into an ego state when a need for that state occurs, or when an injured part is reminded of the injury it may come out in an attempt to gain some resolution. That is why a bad feeling can come over us all at once.
Our brains are composed of cells, called neurons. We are born with millions of neurons. We can lose them through injury and aging. Thankfully, we have a lot, and the ones we have can be trained, and retrained. Our brains can grow. We can grow new neurons and we can grow new connections between our neurons.
An interesting thing is that our brains grow according to stimulation. When mice were raised in an active environment their brains grew bigger than mice grown in a passive environment. Like muscles, brains grow bigger with use.
Each of us has our own distinctive set of ego states that we have trained. No one else will have ego states that exactly match our own, but they may have some ego states that are very similar to some of ours.
We have developed a successful method of hypnotherapy using a blend of Resource Therapy with hypnotherapy and this can help with:
• Anxiety, panic attacks and psychosomatic pain.
• Work performance, feeling blocked or blocking yourself.
• Emotional problematic patterns or issues.
• Personality traits that cause discomfort or harm.
• Inner-conflict resolution.
• Some health challenges.
This article comes from the book “Ego State Therapy” by Dr Gordon Emmerson.
Lorna and John Jackson have both completed the Diploma course in Ego State Therapy under the supervision of Dr Gordon Emmerson Ph.D. who is the ultimate authority on ego-state therapy.
Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne, he has authored two books: Ego State Therapy and Advanced Therapeutic Techniques and Interventions...
*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.