Healthy Autonomy

Association for Promoting Healthy Autonomy e.V.

Our Speakers

Last updated on January 24, 2021

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Linn Arnesen

Linn ArnesenThree Ways from Surviving to Living

- IoPT-One-to-One in 3 ways
- With therapist resonating for the client
- The client resonating themselves
- One-on-one with one external resonancegiver

A short introduction about the Intention method in one-to-one practice. Creating safety for the client, where all the participents know their role, responsibility and honor the vulnerability of the client in the deep psychological work of IoPT.

Offering one session from the audience - and with time for sharing.


Linn Arnesen 
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Birgit Assel

Birgit AsselThe upbringing of young people as a consequence of trauma

The prevailing belief worldwide is that “children” have to be brought up because they are born as “deficient beings” and upbringing makes them a full-fledged person. Upbringing turns young people into objects.

Upbringing is always psychological and or physical violence and violence is traumatizing. Upbringing only works with reward and punishment. The aim is to make "children" obedient and adapted "citizens". We are feeling the effect of “upbringing” right now in the “corona crisis”.

Upbringing is a sensitive issue and I have the thesis that Upbringing is a trauma survival strategy because the liveliness and empathy of young people puts many parents in need.

In this workshop I would like to talk to you and learn from you how you experienced your parents' upbringing? And what beliefs do you still hold about young people today?

Birgit Assel, social pedagogue and trauma therapist, co-author in the editorial volume of Franz Ruppert "Early Trauma" and author of the online magazine "Rubikon". Since 1998 I have been working in my own practice and since 2009 I have been providing training, advanced courses and supervision.
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Susanne Baldini

Susanne Baldini2020Traumatized Parents and Babys

A baby already starts absorbing its mother's feelings and moods in the womb, which is when the two start to engage in an emotional exchange. This continues after birth. If its parents are caught up with their own inner traumas and are not sufficiently present, the baby starts to exhibit unusual behavioural responses such as screaming, abdominal pain, sleeplessness and the need to be constantly breastfed.

IoPT helps parents come to terms with their own traumatic experiences, which leads to safer interaction with their baby. The parent-baby relationship and bond is strengthened and becomes more loving and more joyfu..


Susanne Baldini, Parental and adult educator, certified family therapist (IEF), IoPT trauma therapist according to Professor Franz Ruppert since 2012, continuing development courses according to Dr. Aletha Solter, Dr. Thomas Harms and Professor Karl Heinz Brisch, practice in Winterthur with work on an individual and group seminar basis, married with two adult children.

Harald Banzhaf

Harald Banzhaf

I must or I am?

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Dr. med. Harald Banzhaf, Specialist in General Medicine, Sports and Preventive Medicine, Environmental, Occupational, Social Medicine, Naturopathy and Acupuncture, Manual Medicine, Applied Kinesiology, Modern Mayr Medicine. Since 1996 office and clinic for integrative medicine and head of the medical center Zollernalb. Lecturer at the University of Tübingen. Since 2007 certified MBSR teacher. Seminars for development and healing. Initiator of the project "mindful medicine". 2-year Train-the-Trainer program in Mindful Leadership at the University of Witten-Herdecke. Since 2011 Identity-oriented constellation work and trauma therapy according to Prof. Dr. Ruppert, Munich with regular training and intervision. Trainer for healthy leadership in business and healthcare. Co-author of "Meditieren heilt" (Healing of Meditation) together with Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmidt and "Mein Körper, mein Trauma, mein Ich" (My Body, my Trauma, my I) together with Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert.
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Joachim Bauer

Joachim BauerThe Development of I and Self

Lecture on the subject of his current book: How We Become Who We Are. The emergence of the human self through resonance.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Bauer, born 1951, neuroscientist, physician and psychotherapist (trainer therapist, supervisor), specialist in internal medicine, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, appointed Professor for Life at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, visiting professor at the IPU Berlin, Director at the European School of Governance EUSG (Berlin) 
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Vivian Broughton

Vivian BroughtonIdentity, intention and I

These are primary concepts in IoPT work, and have a dynamic relationship with each other in our thinking and our practical work, and we, whether consciously or unconsciously, are always functioning within the framework of these three concepts.

The question, Who Am I?, is a profound and life-long exploratory question. As a life intention, to explore and find out who I am, we make ourselves the centre of our life. Who else should be at the centre of our life? If we make others the centre of our life, we are requiring them to answer this question for us, but no one can truly answer this question for anyone else; others who try only add to the attributions we already carry. Only I can make myself the centre of my life, and far from being a selfish and 'self-centred', narcissistic project, this is an entirely healthy and logical idea. What good am I to anyone else if I am not good to myself? How can I be truly available and loving for my children if I am not truly available and loving of myself?

The relationship within ourselves of these three concepts, identity, intention and 'I' are all we need, and we will use the practical process of the Intention Method in this workshop to explore them and their relationship to each other.


Vivian Broughton has been in practice as a psychotherapist for over 30 years, and has been a close student of Professor Ruppert since 2004. She has written three books, two on Ruppert's work, and is in the process of writing another. She lives and works in London, and travels to Istanbul, Singapore, Berlin and The Netherlands to teach and work. She also runs IoPT Supervision/Support groups for IoPT practitioners in London and Utrecht. 


Milagros Carmona

MilagrosCarmonaEncounter with My Immune System

The immune system is at the base of the physical and mental health of the human being. It is made up of a series of biological structures and processes that protect and defend us against pathogens.

Many diseases and symptoms arise when there is an imbalance in the immune system.

The current world situation assumes that there is a virus, Covid-19, that we must fight. For this, nothing like strengthening the immune system. This can be done  both ways, physically and at a deeper level relating it to our early stress and trauma experiences.

Whoever does not know oneself and does not love oneself will seek life situations where the imunity is put at risk.

The encounter with your immune system is an encounter with the deepest part of you, with the situations and early experiences that  helped creating your survival strategies.


Milagros Carmona 


Wayne Carpenter

I as a Leader

In my workshop we will explore I as a leader using IOPT.

As a leader, do you understand your own trauma biography and how this could be impacting the way you lead? Are you able to clearly understand the reality of the situation, or is this seen through your own trauma biography lens, acting and responding from the emotional triggers and survival strategies you have?

As a leader, where is your reference point in making decisions? Do you find yourself in a rollercoaster of emotions and fire fights, moving from one crisis to another, engaged in the chaotic drama of life as a leader; constantly in a battle of power, force, fear and aggression to survive and to win at any cost in getting the job done?

The important question is "What is the root cause?" and, importantly, "How can you live as a leader with less stress, more calmness and harmony?" Being able to establish an internal reference with your own I is the key if you want to see the current reality clearly, engage, connect and express the right amount of emotion/ empathy for the present moment.

To be able to delegate and trust in others, and to lead with compassion and respect. Understanding your own I as a leader is what is needed in leadership.


Wayne Carpenter


Carena Cristina Common

Carena Cristina CommonI or (still) us?

Traumas that can happen before birth prevent people from developing their own “I” identity. For the "I" formation and development, the adolescent needs the primary caregiver, the mother. If this is not available emotionally and physically, the counterpart for the” I”-development is missing. If the formation of the "I" has not been able to develop, a later healthy boundary from the mother is not possible and it remains with the symbiotically entangled WE - mother and child. The child's unfulfilled need for love, for being perceived and protected, remains an unconscious search, in further life, for love as a dominant elemental force. It prevents a real perception of healthy needs. An exit from this dependency means to start on your own healthy “I”- development. The workshop offers a self-encounter.


Carena Cristina Common; my path to becoming a trauma therapist began with sculpture and body therapy. My studies in psychology, anatomy, hypnotherapy according to Milton Erickson, osteopathy, Somatic Experiencing after Peter Levine, annual group and seminars with Michaela Huber, sex therapy with Ulrich Clemens, integration of prenatal and perinatal experiences after Ray Castellino, IoPT with Franz Ruppert, in-depth further education IoPT Trauma work with Vivian Broughton, as well as the viewing, understanding, feeling and continuous healing process by integration of my own, early started dream biography, I have paved the way to this wonderful work. I am deeply grateful for that.

I have been working for many years in my own practice in Berlin; the focus of my trauma therapy is the individual work. In parallel, I accompany groups for young adults and offer IoPT with small groups in day seminars.



Annemarie Denk

Annemarie Denk

Do I Want to Suffer or Live?

Diseases and body symptoms can take over our entire lives - so much so, that everything revolves around it. Diseases of the back and musculoskeletal system, respiratory diseases, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are, according to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztlicher Association), the most commonly treated diseases in medical practices in Germany. We hope treatments will improve our suffering and thus also our lives. But often the opposite happens: the disease becomes chronic or changes from one body symptom to another. A psychological connection is often not recognized. On the contrary, when asked about our family life, it is supposedly harmonious. A happy childhood, close family ties, pleasant memories are told. Unhappy experiences and feelings are hidden and positively covered up. Does this attitude strengthen the path to suffering? Are we in denial in order not to feel what it was really like? How we really felt?  Do we subsequently become victimized and therewith perpetrators unto ourselves? Do we thereby protect our early caregivers and hold ourselves in grief? These questions will be dealt with in the workshop in a short lecture with practical examples from practice and in a self-encounter with the Intention Method. We will explore what has hurt us so deeply that we want to suffer more by only surviving than wanting to live.


Annemarie Denk, Dipl. Soz. Päd. (FH), single, couple and family therapist, health pedagogue, medical studies, hypnotherapy. Since 1998 active in medical practices (focus: pain, stress, relaxation, unfulfilled desire for children, psycho-oncology), in the pain therapy of the Paracelsus Clinic Munich and in private practice. 2012 Advanced training in identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy with Franz Ruppert. Co-author of the book "Early Trauma" and the book "My body, my trauma, my I". Seminars and individual work. Since 2017 lecturer at the KSH Munich.
Practice in München. 


Bente Fjeldstad

Bente FjeldstadHow to live your life as a survivor of an attempted abortion?

Is it possible to take life in one’s own hands and live, not only survive - when in fact just existing has been a fight from the very beginning? When your mother’s womb and arms are a dangerous place, the survival strategies that necessarily developed can be very fierce and make your life difficult as an adolescent and adult.

In this workshop I invite you to explore with me the possibility to move from survival towards a freer way of living in good contact with your healthy parts.


Bente Fjeldstad, Traumatherapist of IoPT in Oslo – Norway. Trained with Marta Thorsheim and Prof. Franz Ruppert since 2010. Practice since 2011 in individual and group settings as well as supervision groups. Teacher at the Institute for Traumawork in Norway.


Raymond Foong

Raymond FoongWe don’t listen, I don’t matter

“We” as a family might contain a secret code of silence, with “speech restraint” that increased the inability to speak up for ourselves and therefore betraying the “I”. Loyalty to “We” including the parents or authority figures who might put us to shame when we want to ask for what matter most to us, which explained why our “I” don’t matter. So the survival experiences that show up in our daily lives for example, like poor health, lack of wealth, addiction, difficult relationships with others, could be our surviving strategies, to comply with “We”. So when I am ready to choose to focus on myself, that “I” do matter, and to contact with my traumatised emotions, I can gradually begin to regain my autonomy.


Raymond Foong, Identity Facilitator, Counsellor, Founder of System of the Heart Community, Asia. 


Christina Freund

Christina Freund

I – Forever Ashamed and Guilty for Life?

In my practice, I continually, meet people who feel fundamentally guilty: "I'm responsible for everything. I'm to blame for what has been done to me, even though I cannot help it. It is my own fault. “This fundamental guilt is a boundless and therefore merciless impulse: "I must not do anything wrong. I have to be right. I must never be guilty again." Often, this results in a deep yearning for innocence and a lifelong search for a sense of guiltlessness:" If I strive hard enough and do everything right, then ... I just have to be right. "Why is that? Why am I guilty? Why, if I obviously cannot help it? Why, if people always assure me that I'm not to blame? This is based on very early trauma experiences, in which people were disregarded and injured in their natural and healthy feelings of shame - they are deeply ashamed in their existence and identity: "I am exposed, humiliated, exhibited and ridiculed ... I am so full of shame and therefore ashamed of myself. The only thing left for me is to vanish into thin air."

My workshop initially deals with the feeling of shame, a traumatizing shame and the consequent survival mechanism of "guilt". Subsequent work on an intention illustrates these explanations on the basis of an individual case study and seeks a salutary way out of this shame-and-blame dynamic.


Christina Freund, born 1974, 1.Staatsexamen German / History (LA Gymnasium), Diploma social pedagogue with further education on trauma counseling / Trauma pedagogy (Lutz-Ulrich Besser, zptn Lower Saxony) and dream arrangement (Franz Ruppert), since 2009 seminars and individual work in own practice in Munich and since 2012 Lecturer at the KSH Munich.


Helmut Glas*

Helmut GlasIoPT and Parenthood

The question often arises: Why IoPT before pregnancy? How should this benefit my child? If the future parents have the courage to work on their own trauma biography, they will rediscover many situations in their lives which reflect their own trauma experiences. If I myself have had a traumatizing birth, but I have never been able to process it, it will very often be the case that my own trauma is reflected in the birth of my own child.

It is not possible for the mother and father to be truly present in crucial moments. The overburdening of one's own birth is so strongly activated that emotional/physical contact with one's own child may be broken off. The child then identifies with the mother's trauma feelings to maintain attached.

By allowing oneself to go through the feelings of one's own traumatic experiences, an integration of the separated parts begins. Through integration, we can now relate to our body and our psyche differently. This makes it possible to be present during the pregnancy, the birth and the healthy development of the child.

Thus, we can perceive ourselves and the child as individuals with feelings and needs. Thus, in connecting with ourselves, it is possible to stay grounded in over-demanding situations according to our own as well as the needs of the child.


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here (German only).


Helmut Glas, Munich, non-medical practitioner since 2011, application of the identity-oriented psychotrauma theory (IoPT) according to Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert in individual, group and couple settings, BBT-binding-based consulting according to K.H. Brisch, craniosacral. 


Maria Green *

Maria Green2020My Healthy Self: Intimate and Vulnerable

We are born vulnerable and seeking intimacy. However, intimacy and vulnerability has, for many clients, resulted in traumatising contact. Yet, these defenceless states of the psyche remain essential for healthy relationships throughout life. The ability to let down my guard and be truly vulnerable is what makes intimate contact possible. Until I can do this, I remain at a “safe" or Survival distance from others and from myself.

How can I as a practitioner hold a space for the fragile, furtive, fleeing child parts of the client? I must be available for safe contact with these defensive parts of their psyche. When I know my own innocence, when I have felt my own desperate vulnerability, I can. In the face of perpetrator parts, I can be a witness, alibi, champion for the wordless traumatised parts. From my healthy self - intimate and vulnerable, I endeavour to mirror and meet the attachment injuries of the client with compassion and understanding.


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here.


Maria Green was born in Cape Town and emigrated to the UK in 1995. In 2012 she attended a Franz Ruppert lecture which led onto 5 years of IoPT Practitioner Training with Vivian Broughton and Franz Ruppert. Maria offers open Group Workshops and Individual Sessions, either online or in West Sussex, as well as an annual IoPT Introductory Course at the Centre for Healthy Autonomy, London. Maria is a second-time presenter at Franz Ruppert's International Trauma Conference, Munich. Maria lives in West Sussex with her husband and their two home-educated children. She works part-time on her teenage daughter’s Regenerative Small Farm Project, raising laying chickens and beef cattle.  


Meike Hansen

Meike HansenPartnership in sexually traumatized women

An early traumatization - the trauma of identity and the trauma of love - is often followed by the traumatization of sexuality. In accompanying people in their trauma biography, we often encounter the trauma triad: not wanted, not loved, not protected. The foundation for the development of a dependent relationship pattern is laid. In early attachment trauma, sexual trauma is exacerbated. In working with clients, I have often seen that if they are sexually traumatized, they also tend to seek out specific partners, where an obvious re-enacting in the relationship, which was experienced in the initial sexual trauma, takes place. When such a relationship comes to an end and no trauma processing has taken place, the next partnership is often similar, despite the negative experiences of the previous relationship. So many women stumble from one difficult relationship to the next. The key to living a healthier relationship is working on one's own feeling of victimization. When one's own victimization has become clear and tangible, the resulting victim identity can be resolved and there is less blindness to potential perpetrators. At the beginning of my workshop, I would like to go into the co-dependent relationship pattern a little bit further and afterward I want to give the opportunity to work with the Intention Method.


Meike Hansen, music therapist (music therapy studies Vienna 1999-2003), life and social counselor, further education in IoPT with Franz Ruppert (2013). Occupational activity in the clinical area and in private practice in Vienna. Publication: Resonance Experiences in Music Therapy from the Perspective of Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy, Music Therapy Review 2018, Vol.4. 


Beate Herrmann

Beate HerrmannParents, children and IoPT

Healthy children need healthy parents. Many children suffer from ADHD, neurodermatitis, behavioural problems, and many other symptoms. They express what is going on in the family system and are often misunderstood. Parents put their children in various forms of therapy to make them "normal" again. With the help of the IoPT, it is possible for both children and their parents to approach and get closer to their traumatic life experiences, and perhaps experience for the first time, a stress-free and loving relationship.


Beate Herrmann, born 1965, certified conversation and family therapist (DGfS), training in basic psychology and non-violent communication, continuing education identity-oriented psychotrauma theory with Prof. Franz Ruppert. She has been working in private practice since 2006 with individual clients, children, adolescents and couples with the Intention Method and personal position determination/ coaching in families and organizations. Conducting evening groups, men groups and seminars.


Gabriele Hoppe

Gabriele HoppeTrauma and Vaccinations: The Vaccine - The Fear - The Life

Life definitely wants you from the first beginning. Everyone is welcome and invited by life to develop their own potential and to be on the road with each other..

Simultaneously, in the personal becoming process the early – own or taken over - existential experiences generate subliminal fears. These correspond with a fragile trust in openness to life and remain as an acting "background film" until they are individually consciously perceived and purposefully integrated.

Until then, certain key stimuli can suddenly activate the subtly existing existential fears. This makes effects on the immune system and behaviour of human predictable, as has been shown in the recent past "around corona-pandemic": Trigger points were e. g.  the continued public spread of horror pictures, underpinned by unswerving prognoses of mass infections with extreme mortality rates, social distancing, duty to wear protective masks, economic shut-down with subsequent hardship, etc.. The (questionable) message, that no help against the virus is possible for an indefinite period of time is reinforcing hopelessness and shock.

With all of this, it should be kept in mind that the health-concept of holistic medicine and therapy has different opitons for dealing with infections.

In any case: Everyone can decide – in a contermporary manner and autonomous and in dignity, which growth path they choose for their own strengthening, in order to be more in touch with themseves and thereby also be more independent from externally  influenced dynamics.

I am looking forward to the workshop with you.


Gabriele Hoppe arbeitet works in her own practice as a prenatal and tiefenpsychologisch fundiert trauma therapist.







Gerald Hüther

Gerald HütherFrom Entanglement to Development: Possibilities of Restructuring Directed Patterns in the Brain

The neuronal connectivity options initially developed in the human brain are structured after birth on the basis of the experiences made with the respective relational persons. Inevitably, when trying to do so, the potential within the respective patterns of adult-determined relationships results in entanglement. These more or less pronounced entanglements with certain parts of themselves and particularly with the other persons prevent the unfolding of the potential created initially in a person. Therefore, the development, that is, the separation from the actual entanglements, is the crucial and therefore decisive precondition for this process of unfolding to get started again. Such a development would have to be actively pursued by the person in question that is, wanted by the person concerned. With the aim of "to reconnect the disconnected", this requires a reactivation of the parts that are inhibited and thus split off in the form of the respective neural networks. The person in question would then have to rediscover the parts of themselves that they have suppressed in the course of their socialization (such as zest for life, desire to learn, and creative will). Standardized therapies are not suitable for this. The decisive impulse for such a development process is the profound contact with these own suppressed split off parts.


Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther is a biologist and has worked as a professor of neurobiology in research and teaching at the University of Göttingen. As a non-fiction writer and with his contributions in the media, he has become a well-known propagator of neuroscientific findings in public. He is the director of the Academy for Potential Development.


Helge Max Jahns

Helge Max JahnFirst intention, trauma biography and microtraumatisation

The effectiveness of the Intention Method and the IoPT, identity-oriented psychotrauma theory and therapy, have been confirmed hundreds of times over the past few years. And so the IoPT became most frequently used in my private psychological practice.

"What is an intention? How do I form an intention?" I often hear questions like this from people who are new to the work with the Intention Method and want to start.

In my workshop I show how I then develop a trauma biography from the perspective of the IoPT and so at the beginning of a therapy and also in the course of the therapy I come across life events that seem to have caused 'minor' trauma. And so the term microtraumatisation came into being for me. These are small traumas that have not seemed so important up to now and yet have a constant effect on the overall status of the client. My clients like to say: Now I feel this tension, it appears like a continuous current, etc. We look at something like this in the workshop.


Helge Max Jahns. I studied psychology (Marburg, Berlin, Munich) and the Munich film school. For a long time I worked as a filmmaker in the education sector of large companies and in the information sector for TV, medicine, universities, publishers and NGOs. A breakdown typical for traumatized people around the age of 40 brought me back to psychology, to my further development and to the new possibilities such as family constellations (Schneider, Hellinger, Ulsamer, Varga von Kibed and many others), hypnosystemic work (G. Schmidt), knocking (Gallo and Bohne), EMDR, Somatic Experiencing (Levine), dialogues (Moeller), genogram work etc. I have been able to accompany and learn the development of the IoPT since around 2011 at the side of Franz Ruppert. In the meantime, I've been working with it for a number of years and I'm happy to be able to convey something about it here in the workshop.


Lui Jia Huey

Lui Jia HueyI need to be perfect - the desperate call of an unwanted child!

The truth of being unwanted is unbearable for a child. An unwanted child will do whatever it takes to “feel” accepted, belonged, acknowledged, praised, and etc. Even if the process of attaining the above mentioned may lead to self-destruction. Hence, very often the unconscious pursuit of being perfect, good or nice becomes the ultimate goal to survive. The more one crafts and hones themselves in the pursuit of this ‘perfect’ illusion, the more one distants themselves from their real I. On the outside one may look successful or having a great life but on the inside, there could be a deep void of loneliness and emptiness. This is a real tragedy to the I, extremely suffering and torturous, especially when all the efforts put in is futile to fill up the internal void. This desperate call of an unwanted child must not be taken lightly. Come and explore this topic with me to find back your own true I and Identity.


Lui Jia Huey first begun her journey as a client of IoPT in 2014 and after experiencing life transformational benefits from IoPT she has embarked on her training as a practitioner in 2015. She is now a Leader of the System of the Heart Community to educate and raise awareness on childhood trauma and it resolutions in Asia. She supports her clients through career coaching and IoPT facilitation. She has been running open group sessions twice a month in Singapore since 2017. 


Ellen Kersten

Ellen Kersten

I and My Sexuality

As children, many of us were not adequately protected by our parents and as a result, were sexually traumatized in a variety of ways by perpetrators. In sexual trauma, a splitting of body and feelings takes place. Your own body and your own sexual needs are now seen as threatening and hostile. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, physical illnesses (autoimmune diseases, tumours, inflammation, sleep disorders, etc.), blocked or destructive sexuality, etc. are frequent consequences of sexual trauma. With the gradual recovery of one's own "I" and "WILL" and the cautious recollection of the experienced traumatization, it becomes possible to feel at home in one's own body, alive and sensual.


Ellen Kersten, born 1969, alternative practitioner and trauma therapist since 1995, own practice in Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt). I offer the IoPT in individual work, in open, permanent groups, groups for young adults (up to 30 years) and supervision. Further education in IoPT takes place every year on 8 weekends. 


Birgit Kretzschmar

Birgit KretzschmarTrauma within the Professional Context

In this workshop, I explore the question of how traumatization and victim-perpetrator dynamics can manifest themselves in everyday work life. Am I welcome in the team? Do I receive appreciation and recognition? Do I experience competition, devaluation, and ignorance? Does the identity trauma repeat itself, being unwanted and survivor of an abortion attempt in its full scope? As a result, survival strategies such as over-adjustment, increased motivation, and too much responsibility can take over. Other strategies can be withdrawal, occupation of so-called niches in the workplace, inner resignation, and burnout. How can an exit from the perpetrator-victim dynamics succeed, in regard to existence? I will use the IoPT-based approach method to accompany a therapeutic process in this workshop and to show how to gradually achieve a personal exit, step by step, out of the trauma biography.


Birgit Kretzschmar, born 1960, married and mother of three, B.Sc. Health sciences, dance therapist and non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy since 1996, many years working in psychiatry and in private practice, continuing education 2016 in IoPT with Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert, Supervision since 2017 with Vivian Broughton, work with the IoPT in open and closed groups and individual work in Wiesbaden. 


Bettina Kronegger

Bettina KroneggerMy Life now as a Mother

How can I, with my trauma biography, be a good mother for my children?  Unfortunately, in crisis situations, we slip into our old survival strategies and those of the parents of the past. With shock, I must now realize something I never wanted, the realization that I am just like them! The symptoms and behaviours of our children remind us - consciously and unconsciously - of ourselves, and our needs in childhood. I fall into the old feeling of powerlessness and despair.  After all, I want to be there for my children. It is therefore important to look attentively on these topics and carefully, go step by step from one intention to the next to eventually exit your own trauma biography.


Bettina Kronegger, born 1970, mother of three daughters, Gordon family and personality trainer, WKO certif. Human energist with BodyTalk, IoPT Intention Method, individual and group, after Prof. Ruppert since 2012, co-author in the book "My body, My trauma, My I" by Franz Ruppert, Dipl. Life and social counsellor, independently since 2008 in own practice in Ohlsdorf near Gmunden, Austria. 


Ruth Kuczka *

Ruth KuczkaThe Helper Syndrome: Your needs = My Needs

Help is important and the basis of our social co-existence. Selfless action is highly regarded in society. "Selfless" captures the problem with the helper syndrome: Without an own "I", the helper disappears in the "you" and ensures the survival of others. Recognition for self-sacrifice does not make it easy: do we want to help or do we have to help? Therein lies the difference between healthy aid and traumatic conditional need to aid. In many social and therapeutic occupations, helping and lack of clearly defined boundaries are the cause of burnout syndromes. The dilemma of the compulsive helper is unsolvable. The attempt is always to relieve the misery in the wrong place. In every encounter with a new "you", the helplessness from their own childhood is projected. What was absent in childhood: to be unconditionally loved, protected and wanted. Instead, the child had to help the parents, who need the child for their inner emotional security. This is how the child learns from the beginning to satisfy the needs of the parents: I have to be there for you so that I am loved. This need to help creates emotional security and disguises one's own powerlessness which remains for the rest of one's life. Idealized by helpers and society, their own trauma remains unrecognized and constantly re-enacted. This can result in becoming a perpetrator, infringing help, which is unasked or unwanted, up to, feeling victimized, complaining that no one perceives or dignifies self-sacrifice.

The workshop deals with the causes and effects of the helper syndrome in contrast to healthy helpfulness on the basis of case studies from the IoPT. A work with the sentence of intention clarifies these connections.


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here.


Ruth Kuczka, MA phil., 53 years old, a non-medical practitioner in her own practice, focus on IoPT in individual and group work, body therapy (HNC), homeopathy, kinesiology; Many years of professional experience as a teacher for difficult adolescents and an own daughter, nurse, palliative companion, and ZDF editor. 


Dr. Bernd LeMar

Bernd LeMarHeirs and Inheritances – in Regard to Life or Survival

Inheritance processes offer the opportunity to make a conscious decision. The heritage is not neutral but linked to its history of origins. This often does not make it easy to establish a good relationship with the heir. It becomes even more complex with joint heirs, as the confusion of money and love often comes into play. Inheritance conflicts can be identified and clarified by means of the Intention Method.

Dr. Bernd LeMar, studied business administration and psychology, psychologist, employee, and freelance consultant and coach in business, teaching at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Munich, alternative practitioner for psychotherapy, 2017 training in IoPT after Prof. Franz Ruppert, author: Generation and leadership change in family businesses (Springer Verlag).


Hans-Joachim Maaz

Hans-Joachim MaazLife with Love - Survival without Love

Hans-Joachim Maaz has become known, to the general public through his book "Der Gefühlsstau. Psychogram of the GDR "(1990). Further important books written by him are: "The Lilith Complex" (2003), "The Love Trap" (2007), "The Narcissistic Society" (2012), "Help! Psychotherapy "(2014) and" The Wrong Life "(2017).


Dr. Hans-Joachim Maaz, born 1943. 1980 - 2008 Chief Physician of the Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics im Diakoniewerk (Welfare and Social work), Halle (Saale) and long-time chairman of the German Society for Analytical Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology (DGAPT). He is chairman of the Choriner Institute for Depth Psychology and Psychosocial Prevention (CIT). 


Maria Macarenco *

Maria-Magdalena Macarenco

The effectiveness of IOPT on autoimmune disease activity

Between September 2019 and June 2020 I will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and I will evaluate the effectiveness of Identity oriented Psychotraumatherapy (IoPT) on the course of the autoimmune disease activity.  I have hypothesized that treating trauma behind the illness will have a positive impact upon the disease activity by decreasing the level of intraaggression and dissociation and by increasing the contact with the trauma feelings and consequently, the contact with the body. All the participants (experimental and control) will present pre-, posttest and follow-up medical data regarding their autoimmune disease and will be assessed with a series of measures.


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here.


Maria-Magdalena Macarenco, born in 1976, works in Constanta and Bucharest (Romania) as a clinical psychologist and EMDR accredited therapist, with 19 years of experience in the army and in her private practice. She is a PhD student in health psychology at the Bucharest University, running a research regarding psychotrauma and autoimmune diseases. She is specialized in psychotrauma, trained in EMDR (Richard Mitchell, 2012-2013), systemic constellations (Jutta ten Herkel, 2012-2013), Multigenerational Psychotraumatology (prof. Franz Ruppert, 2013-2015) and Identity oriented Psychotraumatherapy (prof. Franz Ruppert, 2015-2017). Since 2013, she offers constellations seminars using prof. Ruppert method and more recently, she provides trainings in the Intention Method at the Institute for Study and Treatment of Trauma, Bucharest.

Lily Anne Maier

Lily Anne MaierWorking with the IoPT in in-home Childbirth

Birth is a very challenging and a profound moment for mother and child. In order for the birth, the separation of mother and child, to succeed, the woman must trustingly open herself to the birth process. Therefore a protective and supportive environment is needed. The processes in the brain of a woman during childbirth are similar to the processes in the brain at the time of traumatization. It is not uncommon for obstructed labour - and complications to occur with devastating consequences for mother and child, especially when the woman slides into a re-enactment of her own birth or other traumatic experiences. The woman is in a state of trauma or survival strategy, and we as midwives are very likely to become entangled in the emerging perpetrator-victim dynamics. In these crucial moments, I started to work with the IoPT during birth. It is impressive to see how the birth process can change and how the mother and I, as a midwife, can vividly and mindfully experience the birth. How the birth, which at first, no longer seemed possible without renewed violent interventions becomes a non-violent process. I call working with the IoPT "in real time" avoidance of further trauma.

I will talk about my experiences using IoTP in the field of obstetrics and will offer a self-encounter session with regard to pregnacy or birth. 


Lily Anne Maier, born 1977, homebirth midwife and non-medical practitioner since 2003, further education in homeopathy, phytotherapy, fascial therapy, and IoPT. 


Mette Mehus

Mette MehusLiving or surviving with ADHD

Many of my young clients have problems at school. They find it hard to be quiet, sit still and concentrate. Sometimes they struggle in relationships. Some are diagnosed with ADHD and use medicine, some are under examination of ADHD. I find it very inspiring when a child can say: «I do not want the medication anymore», during the process of IoPT. They still struggle, but they say they have less physical pain and they have more contact with their own emotions. I will share my experiences from my work with IoPT and children/youths.


Mette Kristine Mehus is working as a trauma therapist and counsellor with IoPT in Norway, she is teaching at the Institute for Trauma Work in Oslo. She also works one day a week as a Public Health Nurse or Primary Nurse, with new-born children and their parents. 


Marion Nebbe

Marion Nebbe

The Trauma of Sexuality in a Couple-relationship

Many couples experience closeness and sexuality in partnership unsatisfying, they are occupied with shame or just find sexuality difficult. Body-symptoms and so called sexual disorders indicate a sexual traumatisation, which has not been reprocessed. Those will be unconsciously repeated.

Marion Nebbe lives in Munich and offers IoPT seminars for couples, she is trained in body therapy (G. Boysen), rebirthing, sexual counselling and non violent communication (M. Rosenberg).

Ingrid Perg

Ingrid Perg

How do I Integrate my Trauma-reality?

Through IoPT we gain access to our innermost split off parts of our trauma biography. This will open doors to our trauma experiences. Our reality becomes visible. At the time, when we had to split off our trauma experience we necessarily had to slip into a survival strategy. That's how we have survived.

Due to this conditioning, when these trauma experiences become visible again, there is the riks of activating the same trauma survival strategies. How can we avoid survival strategies and perpetrator-victim dynamics when using IoPT? And how can we still maintain our experienced reality and regulate ourselves with these old and deeply conditioned behaviour patterns?

I am happy to pass on experience from my practice, how we can succeed through mindfulness to get into our own body feelings, gently allowing repressed trauma feelings showing up and coming back to life again.


Ingrid Perg, married and mother of three children, Dipl. life and social consultant, State-approved healing masseur, Dipl. hypnosis practitioner, MBSR – trainer in education, since 2008 working in my own praxis in Lienz. I work holistically in therapy and counselling trough individual and group support in the bonding and trauma-oriented body therapy. Since 2011 further education by Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert, 2014 - 2016 further education in somatic experiencing by Peter Levine, 2017 further education by Prof. Dr. K.H. Brisch – bonding psychology, 2018 - 2020 education in Stress management through mindfulness. 


Elena Pfarr

Elena PfarrWho am I? What do I want?

We see ourselves as adults, certain that we know exactly what we want and what we don’t. When we take a closer look, however, we discover that we don’t actually have our own will at our disposal. Starting from birth, we have spent our lives simply reacting to what others have expected from us.

In order to develop a healthy sense of identity, what we need is unconditional acceptance from our parents from day one. Many of us have never experienced unconditional love. We have had the experience of not being good enough, not being wanted, being born at the wrong time – too early, too late, with the wrong sex, maybe even surviving an abortion attempt.

The feeling of rejection leaves deep marks. In the hope of getting the love we wish for, we push ourselves very hard, aligning ourselves with expectations from the outside world. What kind of person should I be so that Mom and Dad will love me?

We transfer this relationship pattern onto other relationships: what kind of person should I be so that my partner will love me? What do my children, my boss, my colleagues, or the environment expect from me?

A life guided by external expectations is exhausting. Will I ever be good enough?

Through gentle recollection of painful experiences in our relationships, we gradually find our way back to our own “I” and our own “WANT,” getting a better idea of who we really are.


Elena Pfarr, born 1976, mother of two children, has been running her own practice in Ulm since 2012. German diploma degree in Business Administration, Logotherapy and Existential Analysis according to Viktor Frankl, hospice volunteer work, Attachment Psychotherapy according to Karl Heinz Brisch, Crucible® Neurobiological Therapy with Dr. David Schnarch, Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (IoPT) according to Prof. Franz Ruppert.

Sissel Bru Reksten

SisselBru RekstenI and Corona

The “Corona” - Sars-Covid-19 pandemic has a huge effect on people all over the world. Our governments have applied restrictions and control measures, the media publish stories of suffering and a growing number of deaths. Everything and everyone have become dangerous and no one can tell when or if we will return to normal. We are told to trust our leaders and be loyal to their regulations, as this will better our chance of survival. The result is fear, stress, helplessness and feelings of isolation.

From trauma theory we know that external trauma triggers unresolved early trauma in the individual. As a situation triggers old fear the stress rises high. This state of overwhelm blocks our ability to think, undermines our immune functions and the trust in our capability to live and thrive.

The ability to stay in contact with our I, our feelings, thoughts and trust ourselves is now urgently needed. And an interesting question related to the Corona pandemic is: “What trauma in me is triggered? What implicit memory is it I get in contact with?”

As a trauma therapist I see memories from early trauma emerge in processes with the intention
“I and Corona”, and a great release of stress and reduced activation in the client is a result.   It is an opportunity to come back to our own reality and ourselves.

In my workshop I will explore the relationship with Corona – Covid-19 and early trauma. After an introductory talk there will be a possibility for one process of intention.

Sissel Bru Reksten (1957), Psycho trauma therapist IoPT, offers one to one and group therapy, Dig-IoPT and IoPT training. Sissel has her own practice IoPT Stavanger, Norway, since 2017 and is a supervisor for Trauma therapists IoP. She has studied IoPT with Marta Thorsheim at the Institute for Trauma work, Norway, and with Franz Ruppert’s international training. Sissel has a bachelor’s in social work, Cand. Mag. In Organization and Leadership, Master in Change Management.

Gila Ring

Gila RingThe trauma of the "non-biological child" ( Kuckuckskind)

In this workshop, I will explain this deep-seated trauma. This is about the desperate search for the own "I"-identity and one’s own place in life. The mystery of denied paternity leads to a variety of difficulties in one's own family system, in the environment and subsequently in own relationships. Frequently, affected persons feel that they do not belong, feel bad, are unstable and feel blockages in interpersonal contact. They feel strange in their own family, in other groups and social contacts. The ability to bond with other people is characterized by uncertainty and unstable self-esteem. These children have two fathers, one social and one biological. It can bring liberation when the truth finally gives way to a lie. From my own biography I have experienced deep healing through the constellation work. In my workshop, I want to exchange my own experience, as well as the effects of other family secrets with the participants. There is the opportunity to experience a corresponding individual, thematic constellation.


Gila Ring, born 1954, mother of 3 adult children, systemic single couple and family phlebotomist (IFW), teaching therapist (IFW) with Prof. Müller-Egloff Munich, respiratory therapist, supervisor with 3-year body-therapeutic intensive training (urodynamics) with Gabriell St.Claire and Michael Please. Since 2011 further education with Prof. Franz Ruppert with the multigenerational trauma therapy and the identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy (IoPT). Own seminars since 1995. Since 2008 living in Switzerland with own institute. 


Thomas Röll

Thomas Roell

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Thomas R. Röll, bio TBD. 


Sophie Ruhlig

Sophie RuhligIoPT in Individual Work

Through the reflection and reactions of a compassionate counterpart, consciousness and knowledge arise to enable growth. In my workshop, I show how individual work succeeds in revealing the splitting of the psyche and presenting its dynamics externally. Depending on the client's request, I let the delicate body work (according to BODYNAMIC) flow into the ongoing process. Following the individual work there is room for questions and exchange.


Sophie Ruhlig, born 1966 in Braunschweig, studies in Stuttgart, 2012 further education in the identity-oriented Psychotraumatheorie (IoPT) of Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert. I continue to develop and learn as a representative, intervision and further education by Franz Ruppert. Since 2012 I am a certified BODYNAMIC © user (body-oriented developmental psychology according to Lisbeth Marcher) and since 2015 my own private practice in Munich in individual and group work. Since 2017 I offer my psychological support monthly in Hamburg. Under my direction, there is an open seminar for women in Munich every month and furthermore, I organize, among other things, annually a seminar with Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert in Hamburg. 


Franz Ruppert

Franz RuppertWhat do I want: Life or survival?

Psychotrauma makes trauma survival strategies necessary. Therefore, it may be that people, in many areas, from the beginning of their life, function in trauma survival mode. In this respect, reality is not recognized as such; it is perceived, felt and thought of as distorted. As a result, this makes life and cohabitation stressful and dissatisfying. How, then, can we live a good life and exit our trauma biography? In the lecture on Friday I will summarize my findings about the difference between a healthy identity and a life in the modus of identification. In the lecture on Saturday, I will describe the current status of the Intention Method and explain the procedure. On the basis of concrete casework, the Intention Method is practically demonstrated.


Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert, born 1957 is the founder of the Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Theory and Therapy (IoPT) and developer of the Intention Method. He is the 1st Chairman of the Association for Promoting Healthy Autonomy Development of People e.V., numerous publications translated into various languages, lectures and seminars worldwide. 


Cordula Schulte

Cordula Schulte

Compassion with the Traumatized I

In my therapeutic work, I increasingly accompany people who prenatally, had to experience, that they were basically not wanted, or at least did not meet the expectations of the parents. This means that in one's own life, wanting to be noticed, developing one's own identity means being faced with a 'no' or an unfulfillable claim. Thus, an adaption to the traumatized mother begins in the time of pregnancy. In this process, predominantly, the gaze of the mother and her (trauma) feelings become an integrated part of one's own identity. Therapy then shows that it is almost impossible to differentiate one's own pain from that of the traumatized mother and thus have a compassionate view on one's own trauma. This manifests itself in the present, both in the expression of the psyche and in physical symptoms, relationship dynamics, and many more areas. How can one come into contact and compassion with one's own traumatized self or recognize confusion?

In addition to the theoretical introduction, this workshop will provide an opportunity for a self-encountering process.

Cordula Schulte, born 1952, non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy in her own trauma therapeutic practice in Essen. 2009 Continuing education, identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy and theory at Franz Ruppert in Munich, since then regular training, seminars and supervision, conference workshops. Therapeutic work both as individual and group work, supervision, IoPT training, lecturer (DPS), co-author "Early Trauma". 


Margrit Senn & Ewald Dietrich

Margrit SennTension & Trauma Releasing Exercises

Can we meaningfully support the IoPT in resolving the split between body and psyche from the physical side? Our first split is between body and mind. It is not without reason that fitness studios are booming as a survival strategy. Dramatic consequences of this first split: Body trauma therapy does not automatically heal our psyche, and IoPT does not automatically resolve our embodied traumas. How do we treat it therapeutically? In support of eliminating the split between body and mind, our workshop - based on the IoPT - offers self-use "Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises" after intense IoPT constellations. The participants in the workshop envision a trauma that has appeared in their own IoPT constellation and then specifically focus on the physical level. They learn to use the self-healing powers of the body to directly shake off the trauma energy of previously envisioned trauma - which were already processed with the IoPT-traumas.

Margrit Senn, identity-oriented therapy based on the concern method (Prof. Franz Ruppert), TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises after Dr. David Bercelli), Authentic communication - The adult human, child and horse (Klaus F. Hempfling), Communication / Presentation (Dale Carnegie Trainings amongst other things), Team Dynamics and Moderation (Jens Wiedmann), Energy Work (Zarah Flaschberger, Academy for Awareness Development, etc.), Naturopath schooling Verimeer. 

Ewald Dietrich, graduate pedagogue, Gestalt therapist, personnel and organizational developer, educated amongst other things, in various forms of constellation work, non-violent communication and positive aggression. Presently, and with increasing pleasure, I am encountering myself with the help of the IoPT and open these possibilities also for others. I like to experiment with the inclusion of other methods that fit, for me, with the IoPT. 


Alexandra Smith

Alexandra SmithThe difference between saying YES! to Life and YES! to Survival

What is the YES! to life and how does it get injured? What is the YES! to survival and why is it preferable to saying YES! to life. What are the consequences of these YES!

During the workshop we will explore the effects of psychotrauma on the health of our biology, our psychology and our relationships. We will also consider the consequences of living in survival and our capacity for healthy choices. The workshop will also offer IoPT sessions.

Alexandra Smith has a 25 year career working with individuals and groups and has trained in IoPT with Professor Ruppert. She offers IoPT Intention Therapy seminars and workshops both in UK and overseas.


Alexandra Smith has trained in several therapeutic practices connected with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and also Transactional Analysis and Neural Linguistic Programming. She is registered with the National Council for Psychotherapists (NCP Snr Accred.), licensed with the British Psychological Society and a member of the British Association for Person Centred Approach. 


Sigrid Stjernswärd

Sigrid StjernswärdExploratory study of IoPT

The current study’s aim is to explore the value and experiences of Identity oriented psychotrauma therapy (IoPT) in light of the concerned parties’ experiences with the method, i.e. therapists/facilitators, intention makers, resonators and observers.

An explorative, grounded theory approach with a qualitative design, including individual interviews and focus groups with the mentioned parties, are used to collect and analyse data. Further sources, such as literature and field notes from an international training in IoPT are used as additional data sources for a more comprehensive understanding of IoPT. Preliminary results will be presented at the conference.


Sigrid Stjernswärd, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden, Associate professor, Senior lecturer, PhD, MSc & Psych. Nursing, RN, Bachelors’ degrees. 


Andrea Stoffers

Andrea Stoffers

Sexual Glorification of Violence as Trauma Survival Strategy

Glorifying violence in sexuality is a perpetrator attitude that has become a social problem. Nowadays, in Germany, for every freely available pornography on the web, the legalization of prostitution, (and as if that were not enough), sex flat rates are available in brothels, which supports this attitude even more. Sexual violence is legal and normal. The traumatizing effects on children and adolescents are not yet clear, but it is clear that a survival strategy that does not just sanction violence, but even glorifies it, has far-reaching consequences for the victims and the perpetrators. Who am I without violent "sexual permissiveness"? Who am I without acceptance of prostitution and pornography? Prudish? Boring? Stuffy? Not wanted? Not loved? Where are my limits? What do I really want? What did I experience?

A constellation workshop based on the IoPT.

Andrea Stoffers, born in 1963, non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy in private practice, teaching therapist VfP, author, event manager, mother, woman, human. For many years in cooperation with Franz Ruppert (Seminars in Neuss, Supervision, Munich Congresses). 


Dagmar Strauss *

Dagmar StraussHealthy Self-love as the Basis for a Good Life

In my workshop, we will approach the topic of "development of self-love" in theory and in practice. In recent years I have developed, on the basis of the IoPT, an own "I"-centered, trauma-solving and reconnecting-oriented support process. While the client gradually encounters their inner parts, I am in constant empathic resonance with the inner psychic and neuro-affective condition through verbal reflection, mentalization and psychoeducation. I support and encourage the client, during their "I"-encounter, to open themselves up again to their repressed emotional world, so that compassion can flow to the injured child of the past and self-connection becomes possible. In the resonance-influenced self-oriented identity constellation with the Intention Method, there is the possibility that we encounter our inner psychic dynamics in a 3-dimensional space through the enacting of resonance-giving representatives and thereby encountering ourselves.

Anyone who wants to engage deeper into the ability to love and self-love can find more detailed information under the web link below.


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here.

Dagmar Strauss
, born born in 1962, three adult sons. Since 1988 alternative practitioner and since 1991 in private practice. Several advanced training courses since 2010 and regular internships in the practice of Prof. Franz Ruppert until 2017, where I was able to accompany the development of the IoPT intensively. Further education in Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine), NARM (Laurence Heller), Binding Psychotherapy (Karl-Heinz Brisch), Binding Body Psychotherapy (Thomas Harms). Since 2012 regularly leading own groups and since 2017 a 2-year further education in "Identity and I-Development". 


Rebecca Szeto

Rebecca SzetoMy money and I

The impact of money problems extends to all areas of your identity. It affects a person's ability to function normally. The way of thinking about money and wealth is often passed down through generations. This is often related to feelings of shame and fear. Money issues are also associated with family problems that may have roots in childhood trauma.

In my workshop, I would like to share with you my experiences working with clients on money issues using IoPT with the concern method.


Rebecca Szeto has been studying with Prof. Franz Ruppert, author and developer of the IoPT, since 2001. She has followed his profound developments for 18 years, participated in evening meetings and the psychotrauma therapy workshops She also took part in the Advance Training for Multigenerational Psychotraumatology in Oslo, Norway 2013.

Rebecca has offered IoPT seminars and talks in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Tunisia, the Middle East and Brazil. In 2019, Rebecca Presented the IoPT and the concern method at three International Conferences (University of Hong Kong, Tunisia and Brazil).

Marta Thorsheim

Marta Thorsheim

Functional object or living subject?

I have always felt a core life force from within wanting to live, love, enjoy and being expressed and another over layered force that suppressed and overlapped it, keeping me in survival mode.

Having pioneered IoPT work in Norway and supported the IoPT pioneers in other countries closely with Franz Ruppert for the last 10 years, and  having found my way as living subject, I am happy to offer you who resonates with the topic to explore your intention with me during this workshop. If time allows, we may reflect on topics within IoPT.

Warmly welcome.


Marta Thorsheim is IoPT Psychotraumatherapist and -trainer, offering IoPT trainings, lectures and processes with the Intentionmethod, nationally and internationally. Before entering the field of psychotherapy I studied and worked within  international business and change management. 


Diana Vasile

Diana L. Vasile

Yes to Life

This workshop is for those who want to make a step forward, using the Method of Intention, to say Yes to their own truth, to their own healthy structures. For those who are dedicated to their own will that can refresh their energy and fulfilment. Yes, you are welcome!

I am like you. I said Yes to life, Yes to develop myself, Yes to go further even when I thought I could not make it, Yes to many methods to heal traumas, Yes to the method of intention that brought me the best results. Now, I am ready to say Yes again to those who accept my guidance towards their health.


Diana Vasile has been practicing trauma psychotherapy for more than 19 years. She earned her PhD studying family traumas, resilience and posttraumatic growth. She is professor, speaker and trainer, teaching and talking about people’s potential and how trauma impacts it and transforms our identity and health. Diana is the co-founder and the president of The Institute for Trauma Study and Treatment in Bucharest, Romania, a leading institution in trauma psychology and psychotherapy. 


Margriet Wentink & Wim Wassink *

Magriet Wentink und Wim Wassink

Loving or Surviving in a couple relationship?


Workshopmaterials can be downloaded here.


Margriet Wentink, born 1963. Training in NLP and hypnotherapy, child therapy and art history. Training and supervision at Franz Ruppert since 2005. Co-author of the book: "Early trauma". Two books about more generational trauma in the Netherlands.

Wim Wassink, born 1944. training in special education, individual psychology and NLP. Supervision at Franz Ruppert.

Since 1996, Margriet and Wim have their own center for multi-generational psychotraumatology operating in Interakt in Tiel (NL), since 2006, they work with the method of Franz Ruppert which they have introduced in the Netherlands. Together they have translated several books of Franz Ruppert into Dutch. They offer individual therapy, group seminars and training in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Practice in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. 


Martina Wittmann

Martina WittmannIdentity Trauma and Aging

In addition to many other phenomena, identity-traumatized people find aging a powerful challenge - whether it's their own aging process or that of their parents. I would like to, herewith, focus on the aging mother. Here it becomes very evident how pronounced the identity of the, meanwhile, "adult child" is. With a low stability of one's self, the "child" is triggered by the mother's increasing need for help. The adult person feels the same threat as in childhood. This creates a compulsion for the "child" to have to care for the mother. The person is again under enormous pressure, on the one hand to meet the maternal needs and on the other hand, the social expectation. Without identity, there is no exit from this dynamic.


Martina Wittmann, born in 1960, a nurse, teacher of nursing professions, 1994 Foreign assignment on "Care Germany" in the refugee camp of the Republic of Congo during the genocide in Rwanda. 1998 further training as supervisor. 2002 advanced training with Prof. Dr. med. Franz Ruppert, since 2004 seminars and individual work in IoPT in own practice in Augsburg.


Christine Wong

Christine Foong WongWho am I as a IOPT Therapist?

I feel this question is very fundamental if you are an IOPT Therapist. Ever since I embarked on running an IOPT practice since 7 years ago, I have met many who are having challenges.

Having Pioneered IOPT works & Training in Asia and working closely with Professor Dr. Franz Ruppert, has taught me the importance of self-integrity, the importance of operating in the healthy part. Until  I came to a point of finding out that I was operating from my survival part 5 years ago.

I found out that I was trying to save my mother when I support my clients during their processes, unconsciously projecting my mother on them. When I was young I felt helpless that I cannot save my mother from her sadness. Eventually I went into a burnout state and did a process on it. Thereafter I was clear that I can now consciously choose to do the works for myself. Doing IOPT works then became a joy.

If you resonate with the below:
1. Having difficulty growing your practice, 2. Feeling burnout from practicing, 3. Feeling helpless and triggers during your clients’ process, 4. Having a lack of clarity of what to do next to grow your practice, 5. Not having the number of clients that you are expecting, 6. or just curious of why you want to become a IOPT Therapist

I welcome you to come and explore your intention with me. I will also share my personal journey running my practice and pioneering the works here in Asia.


Christine Wong, Pioneer of IOPT in Asia, IOPT facilitator and trainer, Pioneer of Dr. Franz Ruppert’s Online workshops and trainings, Technical Organiser for the Munich International Conference 2020. 


Catherine Xavier

Catherine XavierMy Body, My Home?

When we are traumatized, we lose emotional contact with ourselves. Instead of feeling vitally embodied, the body and psyche appear separated. Our body becomes a 'commodity' that should function in daily life. Maintaining this alienation costs a lot of energy; at the same time, symptoms often become the sole means of expressing our stressed body. Only when we are ready to turn our attention to ourselves can we fully 'inhabit' our bodies again. The psyche and the body can come back into contact, by feeling. The Intention Method gives us the opportunity to encounter ourselves with empathy and sensitivity.  In the workshop, there shall be an opportunity for practical work.

Catherine Xavier
, born 1974, studies in Giessen and Berlin, alternative practitioner, identity-oriented psychotrauma therapy according to Prof. Franz Ruppert in individual and group work & Somatic Experiencing according to Dr. med. Peter Levine. Practice for psychotrauma therapy in Berlin.