Ego State Therapy

What is Ego State Therapy?

The personality is composed of separate parts called “ego states.” This therapy finds ego states harboring pain, trauma, anger or frustration and eliminates them, to facilitate release, comfort, and empowerment, to make life enjoyable.

Ego state therapy is a psychodynamic approach that was founded by John and Helen Watkins. Although it has a clear psychoanalytical foundation, results seem to be much more efficient than psychoanalysis. It is an effective and very useful approach when working with internal conflicts.

Ego states are the parts of our personality that make up our entire self. These parts give us the ability to adapt, think, act, and respond differently in different situations. Sometimes conflict occurs internally among different ego states and an individual may not even be conscious of why the conflict is there. Exploring and working with the different parts of ourselves can produce efficient results and relief.