The Intention Method of therapy from IoPT can be used to explore troublesome symptoms like: general anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias, sexual difficulties, insomnia, and personality disorders. Other issues such as bereavement/loss, abuse, addiction and dysfunctional relationships can also be the focus of sessions using this therapy.

Q&A with Alexandra


Q. Why do people turn to therapy?

A. Many years of research has shown us that from early life (including in utero) individuals can experience an emotional trauma when they experience their environment to be emotionally overwhelming. This can be created by other people and outside situations. People also experience an emotional trauma reaction when they feel under threat, or believe they are under threat, from a person or situation. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), whether remembered explicitly or not, create imprints in the nervous system that can be triggered in later life. For example, an emotional trauma reaction can be triggered in some people if they think their marriage is breaking up, or they feel under extreme pressure at work and are emotionally overwhelmed. This can then make them feel unduly anxious or depressed, and they use therapy to help them get back on track again.

Q. So can anyone experience an emotional trauma reaction?

A. Yes, particularly when an external situation or person seems to shatter our belief systems about our self worth and sense of self; or when our acceptance by others is in question; or our emotional and physical safety is in jeopardy. This can be very distressing for some people, and can unconsciously trigger a reaction linked to a trauma imprint that was created in earlier life. If the emotional trauma reaction is ignored, it can turn into a chronic psychological condition that is very debilitating and affects the quality of life.

Q. So what kinds of situation can cause a trauma reaction?

A. Starting in our early life, all sorts of situation and environments can induce an emotional trauma reaction, and a trauma imprint is created. This includes the environment of the womb before we are born. Later in life a trauma imprint can be re-triggered by situations like workplace or domestic bullying/abuse, work or family stress, births, marriages and deaths, and general parenthood. These are just some examples, together of course with other distressing experiences like road and other types of accident, assault, hospitalisation and/or long term chronic illnesses.  Circumstances can arise in our lives in the here and now that are very disturbing and confusing and are linked to our past experiences, whether we explicitly remember them or not. This is why people come to Intention Therapy, they find transformational breakthroughs that they integrate into their lives and make a real and positive difference.

Q. How does a trauma reaction show up?

A. There are many ways in which an emotional trauma reaction can show up in someone’s life- here are just a few examples:

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentration

  • Violence toward people/things 

  • Depression/extreme prolonged anxiety    

  • Regular strong negative feelings

  • Wanting to withdraw/get away from people   

  • Crying unexpectedly/long periods of crying 

  • Binging on alcohol/recreational drugs     

  • Sexual difficulties   

  • Unable to function in family/social/employment settings

  • Irritability over several weeks  

  • Dark thoughts or thoughts of self harm

  • Unexpected outbursts of anger

  • Deep and prolonged feelings of guilt/shame

  • Irrational fears/debilitating phobias

  • Issues with eating and/or food

  • Extreme high or low mood

  • Reckless or destructive behaviour

  • Exaggerated negative beliefs about yourself or others

Origins of this Identity Oriented Therapy


As a research psychologist, Professor Franz Ruppert investigated how events in a person’s biography and history affect their psychology and physiology. 


He realised that when emotionally traumatic or unpleasant things happen to people, their psyche has a way of helping them survive the event by ‘splitting off’ from their consciousness the traumatic feelings, thoughts and sensations. This ‘splitting off’ process is an automatic internal response known as dissociation.


Professor Ruppert realised that distressing experiences leave an ‘imprint’ in the person’s psychological make-up (the mind) and also their body. The imprint can be subtle or intense and can become manifest in many ways which are unique to that individual. These manifestations can be physical conditions, distressing emotions, psychological disorders and dysfunctional relationships (the effect of the imprint can be seen in the relationships’ with others).


Professor Ruppert discovered that when he combined his theories on emotional trauma and distress with the numerous breakthroughs in neuroscience, he had a very powerful, safe and effective way to support his clients to find resolutions to their debilitating issues. 


His theories are know as Identity oriented Psychotrauma Theory (IoPT) and the method of therapy that comes from his theories is Intention Therapy. This therapy focuses on the unconscious and sometimes previously unknown psychological structures that contribute to a person’s issue. You might like to read this