The origins of psychological trauma – excerpts from the documentary In Utero:

Trauma specialist Gabor Mate sharing how we lose connection with ourselves at a very early age:

Prof Franz Ruppert, the originator of Identity Therapy, discussing the fundamental themes of symbiosis and autonomy:

Prof Franz Ruppert discusses the evolution of his method of working with a sentence of Intention:


Further Reading

Becoming Your True Self, by Vivian Broughton, Green Balloon Publising, Jan 2014, 96 pages. This book provides an overview of Identity Therapy theory and practice. Written with lay people in mind, this handbook explains basic concepts such as what is trauma. It takes you on a journey of hope, from the trauma of coming into a less than welcoming world at the beginning of life, through to becoming the author rather than the hostage of your life.






Trauma Fear and Love, by Franz Ruppert (author) and Vivian Broughton (translator and editor), Green Balloon Publishing, March 2015, 344 pages. This book provides a comprehensive overview of Identity Therapy. Prof Ruppert looks at the structure and functioning of the psyche, and how traumas influence psychological functioning. He takes a holistic stance, understanding the psyche as part of the psychosomatic system and shows how the separation of mind and body is impossible, illogical, and unhelpful. Traumas are always psychosomatic events, whether seemingly a physical trauma or a psychological trauma. Using many case examples, Ruppert explores the underlying issue of relational trauma, the perpetrator/victim dynamics at play. His exploration and developed theories of perpetrator and victim look deeply into the nature, origins and rationale of perpetration as, in itself, a result of traumatisation.


Early Trauma, edited by Franz Ruppert, Green Balloon Publishing, Oct 2016, 312 pages. This book is a collection of essays on the topic of pre-, peri- and post-natal issues that are traumatising for the infant. Professor Franz Ruppert is the editor of the book and contributes three essays. The other 16 essays are written by practitioners who work with his theories and method, bringing their own particular interest and expertise to understanding this subject of early trauma.
Covering a range of issues from the influence of the attitude of the mother and father towards the unborn child, the ‘unwanted’ child, inability to get pregnant, IVF, miscarriages and stillbirths, abortion, adoption, pre- and post-natal depression, attachment failure, marital violence and so on, this book provides a rich resource of thinking, ideas and research.