Resource Therapy (Advanced Ego State Therapy) aligns with Gestalt therapy insomuch as it is based on the individual being made up of different parts. Resource Therapy is a brief psychodynamic therapy which focuses on tapping into your own internal resources. You may hear people say things like ‘there is a part of me that wants to do — — – and there is another part that does not want to do — — ‘. An example of this could be the part that wants to be motivated and exercise and the other part that wants to sleep in and watch TV.
Some of the benefits you can gain from Resource Therapy are to:
- Build awareness
- Feel more integrated
- Feel more able to self support and regulate emotions
- Heal early trauma and wounds without being retraumatised.
- Feel transformed
- Feel more balanced
- Feel more connected with yourself
- Gain more acceptance of the different parts of you
The recent Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out”
Inside Out is a very clever movie and provides a lovely example of how sometimes one part can ‘take over’ and how all parts are necessary and have a role.
Using the metaphor of a bus and in that bus we have all of our different parts – the happy part, sad part, angry part, motivated part, fearful part etc. and if you can imagine that one part, perhaps being the fearful part, gets into the driver’s seat and takes over. In Resource therapy we look at why that unwanted part is there (example, fear) and support that part by bringing awareness onto the fact that the part longer needs to hold onto whatever caused it to feel that way initially. It is a very empowering process where you as the client can negotiate a more useful role for the part. As an example of this, fear can keep you gripped and frozen (possibly for good reason if you have experienced early trauma). In Resource Therapy we give ‘fear’ a voice and acknowledge its role and why it has been there, possibly as a protective mechanism. Once that state or part is supported and cared for by way of accessing other internal resources, it can continue with its role of being ‘protector’ in a more supportive way.
Resource Therapy recognises all parts of the personality and acknowledges that they all have a role to play. All parts are valuable internal resources that make us the unique individuals we are.
Resource Therapy directly addresses the personality part that needs change. It is a powerful, safe, direct and effective form of therapy which can resolve areas of concern/behavioural issues in a fraction of the time compared most other therapies. Resource Therapy can assist with issues such as: