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In Search of Our Strongest Selves: Ego-State Therapy From the Inside Out

Ego-State Therapy
Maggie Phillips
2 Days
Audio and Video
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On Demand


Workshop Description

In the last few years, the field of trauma has focused more on the treatment of self-division, inner conflicts, and fragmentation that is related to trauma. Ego-State Therapy is based on the premise that when the self is overwhelmed, especially by ongoing trauma, parts of the self get split off from the rest of the personality through dissociation in an attempt to maintain integrity and wholeness. As a result, the self can keep functioning without knowledge of, or full knowledge of, what otherwise might be overwhelming trauma. This “fragmentation” can protect us, and help us go on functioning.  But our ability to function may be limited, may be incomplete, because not all of our ego states (our “parts”) are in alignment with one another – or in some case, even present.  The resulting disarray can give rise to conflicts that block progress in life and impede therapy, since states that need the most help (or who could help the most) may not be participating.
In this workshop, you will learn how to integrate the principles and practices of Ego-State Therapy into your work with your most challenging clients. On Day One, Dr. Phillips will focus on a four stage model that can help you empower and stabilize your clients and help you find and work with ego states that contribute to or cause various symptoms and difficulties, as well as those who can help to resolve them. In addition, you will learn to find and work with the conflict-free self to build an effective platform for developmental repair as well as to renegotiate traumatic events so that the self can re-integrate.
Day Two topics will focus on special clinical applications of ego-state therapy. You will learn how to identify ego states through primitive body experiences in order to work with very early trauma, how to use hypnotic suggestions to help ego states build alliances and work cooperatively toward common goals, how to use EMDR, Energy Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, and other tools to resource, regulate and repair trauma-related difficulties. Workshop topics will include efficient resolution of pain, anxiety, depression, panic, and complex problems such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, triggering, as well as more challenging atypical symptoms.
As time permits, we will compare Ego-State Therapy with other major “parts” models in psychotherapy including Structural Dissociation, Internal Family Systems, Parts Psychology and others. We will also make time for case consultation and clinical questions.


Workshop Objectives

After attending this workshop participants will be better able to:

  • DEFINE "ego state" and "Ego-State Parts Therapy"
  • DISCUSS the what, how, and why of fragmentation
  • IDENTIFY the four-stage model that is used with Ego-State Therapy
  • NAME one effective intervention at each of the four stages
  • DESCRIBE three important principles of Ego-State Therapy
  • DISCUSS the conflict-free self and how this provides a powerful platform for change

Workshop Agenda

​Workshop hours are 8 AM - 5 PM with an hour for lunch (on your own) from 12:30 PM to 2 PM. There will be one 15-minute break in the morning and another in the afternoon.


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Maggie Phillips's Profile

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Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in full-time practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has led workshops on hypnosis, psychotherapy, the effects of childhood trauma, uses of energy therapies in mind body healing, and tools to reverse chronic emotional and physical pain conditions nationally and internationally. She has authored numerous papers and articles in the areas of ego-state therapy, pain resolution, and the treatment of post-traumatic conditions. She was the co-recipient of the 1994 ASCH Crasilneck award for excellence in writing in the field of hypnosis and of the Cornelia B. Wilbur award from the ISSTD for contributions to the study of trauma and dissociation. Dr. Phillips is co-author of Healing the Divided Self and author of Finding the Energy to Heal and Reversing Chronic Pain, and co-author with Peter Levine of her latest book Freedom From Pain. She has created a highly acclaimed online self-help program called Revering Chronic Pain as well as popular monthly webinar series called Best Practices in Psychotherapy. She serves regularly on the faculties of the International Society of Hypnosis, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and is a member of the executive board of Ego-State Therapy International.



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 25


Nora W

"very helpful"

Elvira A

"Thank you for bringing this training to Portland and including a webcast."

Donna H

"Excellent workshop. I like the streaming experience very much. I hope you will provide this opportunity for more of your workshops."

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