Isn't Identity Healing just like …?

9 December, 2021 by Andy Hunt

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):

  • EFT (not surprisingly)
  • Integral Eye Movement Therapy by Andy Austin (highly recommended)
  • Core Transformation by Connirae Andreas (highly recommended)
  • NLP Reimprinting (by Robert Dilts)
  • Perceptual positions (from NLP then elaborated by Robert Dilts)
  • NLP Parts Integration (Bandler and Grinder)
  • Tonglen (The Practice of Giving And Recieving) described by Tibetan Nun Pema Chodron.
  • The empty chair work of Fritz Perls (Gestalt therapy)
  • Ego State Therapy developed by John G Watkins and Helen Watkins
  • The emotional development model described by Zen monk Cheri Huber
  • NLP Change Personal History process
  • Surrogate tapping
  • Compassion Focused Therapy of Paul Gilbert (highly recommended)
  • The Cloud Process by the NLP Trainer Kevin Creedon
  • Trancework (NLP)
  • … and many others

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.

Image courtesy of Philipe Tuewen