Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy



“life should not merely be valued for its quantity measured in chronological time,

but for its quality measured in experiential time …….”


John G. Watkins PhD


The training is presented by internationally recognised ego state therapists, trainers and supervisors.  Completing the training and fulfilling all requirements can contribute to a participant becoming a certified ego state therapist and accredited by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).


The Ego State Therapy approach conceptualize the ego as consisting of parts, or so called ego states.  Different life experiences and trauma causes  “parts” to develop through differentiation and dissociation of the self.  Ego states are different neuro-physiological systems that can get activated in certain situations or contexts. 

The Ego State Therapy training will teach how to access resourceful-, traumatised- and conflicted states to resolve difficulties and promote integration of the self.  This will include techniques for safety and stabilisation, accessing resourceful states, resolving inner conflicts between states and resolving trauma.


Learning these skills will enhance a clinician’s therapeutic repertoire in therapy, especially working with conflicted and dissociated individuals.  An increasing number of people are seeking out therapies to heal the divided self, particularly if offered by registered health care professionals.

Intensive Training in Ego State Therapy

An Integration Approach

30 HOURS (Part 1 of 4)


Due to COVID-19 we are offering this training as a live streaming event.


Our next training starts on 22 October 2020

Online Training in Progress

2 – 4 July 2020

25-27  September 2020


Early Bird till 2 July 2020:  $ 1350

($ 850 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Full Registration: $ 1550

($ 900 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Training Times: 14h00 – 20h00

Platform: Zoom

Next Online Training

22 – 24 October 2020

28-30 November 2020


Early Bird till 27 September 2020:  $ 1350

($ 725 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Full Registration: $ 1550

($ 875 Full-time Students and Unpaid Interns)


Training Times: 15h00 – 20h30

Platform: Zoom

The complete training to become a certified Ego State Therapist is divided into 4 x 5-day trainings. Participants do not have to complete the 20 day training to be able use Ego State Therapy in practice.

Ego State therapy is the creation of Dr John and Helen Watkins from the United States. The Watkins’ did not conceptualize the ego as one monolithic entity, as Freud did, but rather as consisting of parts, or so-called ego states. Their theory was based on the original work of Paul Federn, a close associate and colleague of Freud. Federn conceptualised ego states as shifting energies within the personality. John and Helen Watkins formulated a theory and treatment model for what became known as Ego State Therapy. Probably the most significant difference between ego state therapy and other parts approaches is the fact that this approach conceptualizes the personality of a human being not only as consisting of dissociated ego states, but also of resourceful ego states which help us to self-regulate and to function as an integrated whole. Thus, ego states are neuro-physiological manifestations which may develop as a reaction to certain life experiences both positive and negative. Rather than exorcists casting out demons, trauma and other deficits, ego state therapists nowadays look more like treasure hunters seeking the unrecognized resourceful and useful ego states in their client’s lives and personalities.  Ego State Therapy is a powerful tool for helping clients plumb for the best in their own personalities and assist directly to untap resourceful ego states associated with determination, survival, resiliency, hope, optimism and love that ultimately allow clients to flourish.

Seminar 1: Introduction

Safety and Stabilization


The activation of and work with resourceful ego states.

In this introductory workshop participants will mainly learn techniques for enhancing experiential activation of resourceful ego states by combining Ericksonian and Ego State Therapy techniques. Ego States are usually activated hypnotically to reach those ego states that are implicit and not readily available to conscious awareness. It is therefore a very suitable intervention strategy for a variety of posttraumatic stress reactions, dissociation as a result of trauma as well as other psychosomatic diseases. In this workshop Dr Hartman provides an in-depth overview of the theoretical basis of the ego state model, its epistomology as well as the latest developments in neuro-physiological reactions to trauma and dissociation. Dr Hartman also addresses safety and stabilization techniques necessary for intervention.  Designed for both beginners and the more experienced practitioner, this workshop will also feature live clinical demonstrations. The training utilizes a lecture-demonstration-practise format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the first in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR 1: Safety and Stabilization

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn more about the neuro-physiological basis of trauma, dissociation and ego states, and its interconnectedness.
  2. To demonstrate the dynamics of Ego State Therapy as a parts therapy model in combination with a hypno-somatic approach to stabilize traumatized clients and how to elicit resourceful and symptom-associated ego states.
  3. How to use hypno-somatic ego strengthening techniques with special attention to body resources
  4. How to utilize client resources for maximum psychological well-being

Seminar 2:

Symptom States


Activation and Work with Symptom-associated ego states

It is a known fact that some ego states (parts of the Self) are “split off” in the face of trauma to “help” the individual to survive and cope and then continue to “carry” some of these symptoms on an intrapsychic level. Ego State Therapy addresses these symptoms by providing unique ways to access these states, also referred to as symptom-associated ego states, and to restore physiological and psychological flow and coherence.


In this second workshop Dr Hartman will mainly focus on ways of allowing highly aroused survival energies such as fight and flight responses bound up in traumatized individuals and dissociated ego states, to be discharged and completed, thereby facilitating flow and post-traumatic growth. Ways of how to achieve corrective mind-body experiences and how to recreate wholeness, self-regulation and coherence in our clients will be demonstrated through live demonstrations. The training utilizes a lecture-demonstration-practise format. Hence, the training is a stimulating blend of theoretical, vicarious, and experiential learning. This workshop is the second in a series of consecutive workshops which lead to internationally recognized certification as an ego state therapist by Ego State Therapy International (ESTI).

SEMINAR 2: Accessing Symptom States

Educational Objectives:

  1. To learn how to activate symptom-associated ego states and how to work with them clinically and therapeutically.
  2. To learn more about the dynamics of symptom-associated ego states and how to address flight and fight responses in order to resolve traumatic stress responses.
  3. How to manage symptom-associated ego states with special attention to body resources
  4. How to recreate self-regulation, re-balance, wholeness and flow in clients presenting with symptom-associated ego states


Woltemade Hartman PhD

Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice in Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of “Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children” and “Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie”, as well as various scientific articles on the topic of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and also serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses. Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Soma and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

Teaching Assistant

Doris Wehrli

Doris Wehrle is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist.  She has been in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland for 33 years.

Doris is an internationally accredited supervisor for Ego State Therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis and therapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) and systemic psychotherapy.

She has been a supervisor to numerous international trainings in these modalities.  She brings her experience to the Ego State Therapy training to assist and support participants in developing there skills in the practise sessions.

Ego State Therapy International

Requirements for accreditation as an Ego State Therapist with ESTI

Want to become a certified Ego State Therapist?


To become accredited participants need to complete:


  • 18 days of training in Ego State Therapy
  • 2 days of group supervision
  • 4 hours of personal Ego State Therapy
  • 4 hours of individual supervision
  • Hypnosis training


Please download the full certification requirements and log sheet below.

Frequently asked Questions?


Is hypnosis a requirement to start the training?


No, participants can do the training without hypnosis training, but training in hypnosis is a requirement to become a certified Ego State Therapist with ESTI.


Do I need to become certified to practice Ego State Therapy?


No, you can start integrating Ego State Therapy after the first part of the training with or without hypnosis.