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Ego State Therapy

Achieve Greater Integration and Harmony

Ego State Therapy, also known as Parts Therapy, is a psychotherapeutic approach that acknowledges the presence of multiple states within an individual's psyche.


Developed by John and Helen Watkins in the 1970s, it draws from various psychological theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches. This therapy aims to explore and integrate these different ego states to promote healing and psychological well-being.

Central to Ego State Therapy is the concept of ego states, which are discrete aspects of an individual's personality that manifest as distinct thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiological responses. These ego states can vary in their level of awareness, from conscious to unconscious, and may represent different aspects of the individual's identity, such as the inner child, critical parent, or nurturing adult.

One of the key principles of Ego State Therapy is the belief that each ego state serves a protective or adaptive function, often developed in response to traumatic or challenging life events. However, these protective mechanisms may become maladaptive or limiting in adulthood, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties.

What We Offer

Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to identify and understand these ego states, often using techniques such as guided imagery, hypnosis, or role-playing. Through exploration and dialogue, the therapist will help you gain insight into the origins and functions of each ego state, as well as the interrelationships between them.

Ego State Therapy emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing internal conflicts and unresolved issues that may be rooted in past experiences. By facilitating communication and negotiation between ego states, your therapist guides you toward greater coherence, integration, and harmony within your self.

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Through Ego State Therapy, clients learn to identify and reframe negative beliefs and patterns associated with specific ego states, allowing for greater flexibility, resilience, and personal growth. By integrating and harmonizing the different aspects of the self, clients can experience profound healing and transformation, leading to a more authentic and fulfilling life.

At Bodhi, we're committed to supporting you on your path to healing and empowerment.

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