Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the representatives or 'resonators'?

In a group setting, representatives (or resonators) are the people from the group that a client chooses to connect with elements from their Sentence of Intention. Sometimes people who are new to this therapy book themselves onto a group workshop as a resource participant as an introduction to the approach and to benefit from the working sessions taking place during the workshop. In a group workshop, it is the client who chooses the resonators when they are working on their issue. When you are asked by the client to resonate with a particular elemnt of their sentance, it is your choice if you accept. As a resonator you are like an echo- echoing back to the client the feelings, thoughts and sensations that you tune into whilst resonating with their element. An 'element' is either a single word or several words a cleint has grouped togeher to form an 'element'. By being a resonator you are providing information to the client and also, uncannily, you sometimes realise something for yourself as a result of being a resonator, which relates to your own self development or an issue you are considering. So, primarily you are a resource for the client and also many resonators report that they personally get something valuable out of the resonating experience. Everyone has thecapability to resonate- it in an innate part of being human!

What does the therapist actually do?

Because of the training a therapist undertakes to be able to offer this therapy, firstly the therapist makes sure that the setting is conducive to the work to be undertaken. This would include contracting with the client and resonators (if in a group setting), and include the set up with the client when working either face-to-face or on-line. The therapist then attends to the dynamics that are unfolding in the session, and as the unfolding continues may ask questions relating to what is being experienced and/or offer observations. In 1:1 sessions, at the request of the cleint, the therapist may resonate elements in the client’s Intention, offering feedback from this resonance position. Floor markers are used as resources in face-to-face 1:1 sessions; the Zoom platform is used for on-line sessions.

What happens after the session?

In a group workshop, when a client’s work has concluded, the client will thank each resonator for participating in their session as each one ‘de-roles’. Generally, the session is not de-briefed or discussed by the group and the therapist will probably ask if the client would like some quiet time for reflection before proceeding with the next client’s session. In a one-to-one setting after the work in the session has come to a conclusion the therapist will ensure that any next steps are clarified which relate to the self insights/discoveries.

How confidential is the process?

In a one-to-one session the contract of confidentiality is discussed with the client at the first session. There is a section dedicated to confidentiality in the Therapy Agreement that the client signs before sessions take place. In a group workshop, the group as a whole contract about confidentiality before the workshop starts. This is the first conversation that takes place. This allows everyone the opportunity to ‘sign up’ to the contract with each other in a real and meaningful way. The main focus of this contracting is about Confidentiality and Self Responsibility. In the same way, if the workshop is being hosted on Zoom, each participant is sent a statement about confidentiality and self responsibility before they recieve the link to join the workshop. So everyone signs up to confidentiality. To ensure security and privacy the zoom room is 'locked' when the workshop is taking place, thus ensuring no-one except the participants can enter the workshop 'space'

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that are useful in understanding the Identity Oriented Psychotrauma Theory (IoPT) and the Intention Method of the therapy I offer: