WHAT IS IOPT, or Identity oriented Psycho Trauma Therapy?


What is IoPT

– Identity – oriented Psycho Trauma Therapy

Experience  identity constellations with the intention method – IoPT-  

Gabor Maté:
I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the remarkable work of Marta Thorsheim in IoPT, and to experience personally the impact of this modality.
In one session I was guided to the very core issue in my life, in a deeper way than I had experienced before.
Within one day integrating this new insight made an immediate difference in my life.
I highly recommend Marta’s seminar to everyone and especially to counselors, therapists and all those working in health care.

mail for contact: marta@iopt.no

Prof Dr Franz Ruppert is the founder of Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory and -therapy – IoPT.

Identity- oriented Psycho Trauma Therapy  (IoPT) is founded on the theories and practice developed by Professor Dr. Franz Ruppert. Over the past 27 years, and articulated in his books, six of which are available in English (the seventh on its way).

Prof. Dr. Ruppert has devoted of his time to understand the living human organism (LHO), how trauma affects the whole LHO and how to recover from the affect of trauma- to gain a healthy self and a healthy will, despite traumatication.

IoPT – Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory

Based on established theories as well as his own research and through many therapeutic sessions with clients, both in individual and group situations, he has developed the theoretical framework Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory IoPT. This framework emanates from four theoretical building blocks and one practical method:

The Human Psyche: well-being, stress and trauma

Identity and the Trauma of Identity

The Trauma of Love and the Trauma of Sexuality

The Perpetrator-Victim-Dynamic in relations

The Intention Method and the Resonance Technique

What is the central reference point for our change process?

In the past we thought it must be the family or «the system». Today we know that only we can be our own point of reference for a substantial change. Therefore, our I must be the central focus for therapy. But what is I? How does it develop? What is blocking I development? And how does trauma affect it? What is the difference between a healthy identity and identification processes do harm to us?

Free will – fiction or reality?

The focus on our own will has been widely neglected in recent years as well.The focus has often been too rapidly directly on the trauma. But for lasting and sustainable change to happen, a deliberate decision is needed. Therefore, in working with the sentence or picture of intention the will  plays an important role. And the question arises: How does our will develop? What promotes and what prevents its evolution? How do traumatic experiences influence the formation of a free human will?

Identity and free will

How does a healthy I and a free will  interact with each other, and what happens when the survival I states together with the will to survive determine our behaviour? These basic patterns have to be examined in more detail using practical examples.

Who am I in relationships?

With whom do I want a relationship with? What is the work I really like to do? The questions regarding our identity and our own will are of central importance for our everyday life. How can we live in intimate relationships and in greater social unities, in constructive forms of love and stay healthy? What can make the development of a healthy Identity so difficult or even impossible? What impact do traumatic life experiences have on this? How do the trauma of love, early trauma and perpetrator-victim dynamics form and split our identity? And what options are available to overcome the splits in our psyche?

During the training modules we will learn what the benefits are, to have a closer look deep into the structure of  our human psyche. Together we will gain new insights on how a lost healthy I can be re-established, and how we can come into emotional contact with our healthy free will to improve our own life and the life of those we are professionally dealing with.


The method by which we implement the insights and objectives of the identity-oriented Psychotraumatherapy, is called Self Encounter with the sentence or picture of intention. Which means the following: A person who wants to work therapeutically on him- or herself first  considers his/hers 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 steps in my therapy.

When the intention is clear, the client is asked to write it on a whiteboard or a flip-chart. He may reflect once again, while writing and if necessary, modify.

The intention is now for him and for all others visible and works as  the basis for the now following self-encounter process. The person who is going to work on herself selects one representative for each of the word of the sentence of intention,  and asks the person  to tune into resonance with this word. The representatives is free to resonate in silence with what comes up, every word reflects an essential part of the psyche. The client goes to whoever she choose, with no words, she resonates with this part of her. Often unconscious and repressed experiences from the biography can show up. This allows us, to consciously get in touch with it. After about 10-20 min in silence, the therapist intervenes, and a process between client and therapist starts. A process of clarification. After this the representative is free to share what they experienced when in resonance. So a sustainable change process can take place in our psyche and body.