Learn this amazing technique and broaden your abilities as a Resource Therapist
When I was invited to attend the Foundation training in Resource Therapy, I was a bit curious to find out what is Resource therapy? I have studied Ego state therapy and I am a Gestalt therapist and Hypnotherapist, so why do I need to explore yet another modality? So I followed my intuition and did the training.
When I heard of some of the amazing shifts that clients had experienced I was intrigued even further. My trainer talked about clients who have been able to overcome things like phobias, addictions, fears, anxiety, all in 1-4 sessions.
Really? Well – then I experienced how powerful this therapy is. I have done a lot of therapy and healing work over the years. Particularly as a Gestalt therapist working with parts and polarities, so I was fairly familiar with working with the different personality or parts of us.
Expanding on these parts a bit more, let’s use the metaphor of a bus and in that bus we have all of the different parts of us – the happy, sad, depressed, angry, responsible, anxious parts etc and how one part can metaphorically get into the driver’s seat and take over.
Let me share my first experience
My first experience of Resource therapy was a class exercise – working in pairs we had to vivify and explore what the energy was like for the fun part of us and give that part a voice. I surprised myself that I had trouble accessing this fun part as she had been overshadowed by ‘responsible’ and ‘worker’ part. This simple exercise in group built awareness for me that my ‘responsible’ part was in the driver’s seat and ‘fun’ was under the back seat. In fact the only time she came out was when I was away on holidays. So through a process of parts negotiation – giving each part a name and a voice, I was able to gain integration and to acknowledge both parts and how they can in fact work together.
Aligning this to the neuroplasticity of the brain. My ‘work hard, be responsible’ part was like a well entrenched neural pathway – well really like the M1 with a great groove cemented in place with early childhood messages such as ‘if you start something you need to finish it’ and ‘if you do something you have to do it well’ and ‘don’t be silly’ etc. By exploring ‘Fun’, giving her a voice and negotiating with ‘responsible’ I visualised a new path being formed at the side of the M1 – like a goats track. I am happy to say that because of this process, my goats track is now like my M1. Of course ‘Responsible part is still there and has a role but no longer takes over to the detriment of my health and wellbeing.
Now I was intrigued, if I could gain that much awareness from something so seemingly simple as exploring my fun part, imagine if I explored my suppressed anger or frustration – where might that go to? Well I did explore this in the more advanced training and was able to do some healing work around something that happened to me which was pre verbal where I felt fearful and frozen. Throughout the process of bridging back, I felt safe, fully supported and was able to find my voice (which is something a child cannot do) and build on my own internal resources as a way of supporting myself. I felt amazingly free and powerful after the session.
Be trained in Resource Therapy
I have now completed the Advanced Clinical Resource Therapy training and I am now a registered trainer in Resource Therapy. I am passionate about this therapy and I have had so many positive shifts from my own clients. Some examples of the shifts are overcoming gambling addiction, overcoming fear of stepping up and being seen, overeating/emotional eating, phobias. After the sessions, every client has fed back that they had no idea of what just happened but ‘wow’. I have beautiful testimonials of how they feel more aware, more integrated, more able to support themselves, feel healed and transformed.
Resource therapy may not be for everybody and that’s ok. I don’t use it on every client, but generally if they are willing to try something different, they have a go and it works.
Resource therapy was developed by Dr Gordon Emmerson. It looks at our parts or ‘states’ as internal resources. Often because of situations which are out of your control, one state will take over – perhaps as a way of keeping you safe, but it brings with it some unwanted behaviours or emotions, such as numbing, rage, addictions etc. RT gives this part a voice by bridging back to the initial event, goes through a process of expression, removal and relief and then builds on internal resources so your client can self support and self regulate in a healthy way. Very powerful.
For more information on the process, please visit http://www.resourcetherapyinternational.com/
Book into my next training session
If you would like to learn more about Resource therapy and add this powerful therapy to your tool box, I am running the Foundation training on the 11th and 12th February 2017 – click here to book online.
This training is recognised as continuing Professional Development (CPD). 14 hours of professional development can be registered with AHA, CAPA and PACFA.