Resource Therapy was developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson combining his knowledge of psychology, advanced ego state therapy and his life work.
Resource Therapy very much aligns with Gestalt Therapy insomuch as it is based on the individual being made up of different parts and works towards integration of these parts. In Resource Therapy, these parts are called our Resources. We all have many inner Resources available to support us.
Often you will 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 —-. An example of this might be the part that wants to move forward and be motivated and there is another part that cannot be bothered.
The Pixar movie, ‘Inside Out’ is a very clever movie which gives us 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, often due to life circumstances, one part, perhaps being the fearful or anxious part, gets into the driver’s seat and takes over.
Resource therapy allows you to work with your client with that unwanted part (example, fear or anxiety) and support that part by bringing awareness onto the fact that part longer needs to hold onto whatever caused it to initially feel that way.
This is a very empowering process for your client, as they can negotiate a more useful role for that part as well as bringing into awareness other underutilised parts that can be supportive, for example, the more trusting or calm part.
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
Resource Therapy is a powerful, safe, direct and effective form of therapy which can support your client to resolve behavioural issues in a fraction of the time compared most other therapies.
The recent Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out”