We might like to admit that we do not have an ego; the reality is everyone does, and sometimes it gets out of hand. Mind over matter is the subject of workshop this month to better understand and deal with our egos.
This month Dr Puja Taneja Malhotra, a local health psychologist, brings another unique concept to the island in the form of an ego state therapy course. In over seven years of consulting she has designed and conducted several programmes on matters of the mind. These range from hypnotherapy to stress and anger management.
Held on March 8-9, the workshop revolves around a powerful and brief therapy. It is based on the premise that personality is composed of separate parts. Using these parts, called ego states, therapists learn to work directly with the state that can best affect the personality and bring about positive change.
“The goals of the therapy are to locate ego states harbouring fear or rejection and facilitate expression, release, comfort and empowerment. It is the unresolved states, our tender spots, that come out and make us feel out of control,” Dr Puja explains.
Led by Professor Gordon Emmerson, the course also aims to resolve conflict between ego states and help clients learn how to use their states to their benefit. The instructor, an honorary fellow in the school of psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne is the author of many books and developer of many therapeutic techniques.
“With Professor Gordon’s expertise, participants learn how to deal with issues, perform at a high level and even enjoy life. The clinical training also includes specific techniques that have been proven useful when dealing with addiction, depression, panic disorders and so many other conditions,” she adds.
Currently working at Esho Funi Consultants, Puja has achieved many professional and educational milestones. She is trained in hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming and dance therapy, developing techniques that enable people to heal themselves using the power of their mind.