How Does IoPT Work?
The IoPT method
The method, by which we implement the insigths and objectives of the idenitity-oriented psychotrauma theory, is called Identity constellation with the Intention method.
Which means the following: A person who wants to work therapeutically on himself first of all considers his intention:
-What do I want to achieve through this work?
-What is my goal?
-What would I like to look at more closely?
-What is the next step in my therapy?
When his intention is clear, he is asked to write it on a whiteboard or a flip chart. He may reflect once again, while writing and if necessary, modify. The now for him, and for all others visible intention, is the basis for the further self-encounter process. In addition, the person who would like to work on themselvs asks persons from the group, to go into resonance with the words in his intention.
Now the process begins, in which, the one who is working on himself, can to a certain extent, obtain a deep insight into his inner being. Every word reflects an essential facet of his psyche. Often unconscious and repressed experiences, from one’s own biography, show up. This allows him, to consciously get in touch. In the event that he also has emotional contact, a sustainable change process takes place in his psyche. Trauma survival strategies can lose their credibility; healthy mental structures get more space and possibly split traumatized parts of a healthy “I” and healthy “will” are freed from inner banishment.
The intention provides, for those who work therapeutically on themselves, a safe and defined framework. The therapist supports him in his process and initiates external impulses, where healing and change processes are beneficial and relevant.
What does this mean?
To begin the process, a client formulate his intention and writes it on the flip chart. no information from the client is needed. Everything needed will show up in the process.
Then, the client’s concerns are formulated into a Sentence of Intention, which is written on a board so that (if it is in a group setting) everyone can see it throughout the process, for example: “I want to sleep through the night” or “I want to have a child” , “I want to be happy in my life”, “i want to feel my traumatized I”, “What happened to me?” etc….
Then the client chooses members in the group to go into resonance , whivh means be a “representative” of each word. If there are five words, five people are chosen. To keep the information at a level that the client can integrate, seven pluss, minus two words are enough.
The representatives are then asked to enter the central area with the client. What happens next is hard to explain if one approaches this therapy from a Newtonian (rather than a “Quantum”) perspective.
For some minutes no words are spoken, only movement, bodily expressions and non-verbal sounds.
Representatives are asked to pay close attention to their senses, focusing on the word that they are resonating .
After the non-verbal phase the information from the resonance will be shared with the client. This part of the process of sharing may have an effect on the other representatives, creating new dynamics between, which may give further insight and experiences to the client.
What has been most fascinating is that anyone can do this work. Everyone of us seems able to be a representative and to resonate the dynamics of a client when presented with a genuine Sentence of Intention.
How is this possible?
When one examines quantum physics it can be hypothesized that we are – at core – bundles of pure energy. This begins to allow for at least a partial explanation. All of us radiate vast amounts of energy, which everyone senses whether we want to admit it or not.
When Prof. Dr. Ruppert is asked for an explanation, he notes that one form of scientific methodology is observing a process that constantly emerges with the same result. IoPT has been proven to achieve constant results
Each session lasts for approximately an hour. Generally there is a moment when it is clear to everyone that the client and representatives have gone as far as is appropriate.
This is extremely important.
One of the primary tenants of IoPT is that the client move at his/her own pace. No one is pushed or manipulated.
At the end the Psychotraumatherapist and the clinet may have some exchange about the dynamics and the different parts of the client that showed up.
“All we need to process traumas is stored in our body and appears in therapy when we need it.
— Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert