From Carl Rogers To Identity Healing

Tony Mudd Memorial Lecture
Tony Mudd Memorial Lecture

On 22nd March 2018 I had the pleasure of presenting this talk to an audience of counsellors and counselling students at Tyne Met College.

It’s a personal account of the development of the Identity Healing processes that I use with my clients.

The talk is about how a shy introverted teenager who didn’t feel quite good enough developed the process that helped him and helps others.

This 40 year journey includes encounter groups, Carl Rogers, Buddhism, NLP, introductions to inner children, EFT (aka Tapping), how our younger selves get stuck and one way of getting unstuck.

Note: I recorded the talk on my phone so the sound quality is a little bit variable in place

Isn’t Identity Healing just like … ?

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When we learn about new things we try to fit them into what we already know.

We see them through the lenses of what we already understand.

This makes sense it’s much easier to integrate what we are learning about into an existing framework than to build something from scratch.

When people read about Identity Healing they have a tendency to think about in terms of approaches they are familiar with. They might ask “isn’t Identity Healing just like …”?

  • Matrix Reimprinting
  • NLP Reimprinting
  • Inner Repatterning
  • Surrogate tapping
  • Inner child work
  • etc

It’s an understandable question, there will certainly be things in common between Identity Healing and other approaches but that doesn’t mean Identity Healing is the same as them.

Curries, pies, stews, steaks, burgers and roast dinners all have meat as a common element but they are very different (and should be).

If you decide in advance that Identity Healing is just [insert favourite process here] then you may miss the chance to find out where it is different and where it might be useful.

In reality every therapeutic system I can think of is a development of earlier ideas or a combination of other ideas. Identity Healing is no exception. It contains many ideas and variations of ideas found in many different therapeutic and personal development approaches.

In no particular order the influences include (but are not limited to):

I am profoundly grateful to all those great minds for developing those approaches and since before 2010 they have informed the development of Identity Healing as it has become it’s own thing similar in some ways and different in others. Of course, the particular combination of all these influences into Identity Healing is my own work and they are not responsible for it.

If Identity Healing sounds interesting to you I hope you will take the time to find out what it is on it’s own terms.

A Conversation About Identity Healing

This video is a conversation about Identity Healing with my good friend and colleague Masha Bennett Masha Bennett Psychotherapist and EFT Trainer.

This is a conversation about the background, principles and use of Identity Healing.

Note: Due to some technical difficulties created by yours truly the sound quality could be a lot better, but I hope you can understand it.

How your past can run your present (and what to do about it)

Unhappy girl
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EFT/Tapping is a wonderful self-help tool. You can use it to soothe difficult emotions and ease painful memories.

It’s so good, you imagine that if you just tapped on the symptoms of your problem, relief would be quick to follow.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way.

A quick search  on the internet will find a multitude of tapping scripts or tap-along videos for your problem.  However, while tapping along can soothe the distress at the time, those old feelings can come back later.

It’s as if tapping on the symptoms is like hacking away at the leaves of a tree. If the trunk of the tree is untouched the leaves can grow back with ease. If we don’t work on the trunk and the roots then we could make slow progress.

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