Our Focus is North America but

Our Reach is Global

The Story of the Identity Development Institute 

In 2015, filmmaker Stephen Gyllenhaal was finishing work on the feature documentary, “In Utero”, a groundbreaking  chronicle of early imprinting on a fetus in utero. This documentary was creating a buzz in the IoPT world and being tracked by both Franz Ruppert and Marta Thorsheim, founder of iOPT Norway.  The movie echoed their findings through iD work, regarding the pre-birth experience...

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The iD Method derives from the original work of Dr. Franz Ruppert

Professor of Psychology at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Ruppert is the Founder of Identity-Oriented Psycho-trauma Theory and Therapy (IoPT) and the Intention Method. He is the author of seven books, available in many translations (including English).

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The Identity Development Institute is led by a caring team of people who are deeply and personally invested in this work:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Founding Director

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Alyssa Canann

Director of Training

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Anarah Sharif

Director of Graduate Programs

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Marti Hughes

Director of Research

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Derek Carlson

Director of Media and Technology

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Karla Coglizer

Director of Community Relations

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Our Mission

To grow a community of practitioners, researchers, and educators who are Early Trauma-informed across North America.

To bring to light the importance of Early Trauma. Wounds from conception through pre-verbal development are a major cause of life-long challenges. Getting to the core of the matter allows these Early Traumas to be processed and opens space for each of us to live with more authenticity, power, and creativity.

Solving the problems humanity faces today requires leaders who are cognizant of the profound and long-lasting impacts of Early Trauma. The way we begin is the way we develop. 

We are a global community of developed and developing humans. To move from traumatized and traumatizing societies to health-promoting and healthy societies requires:

  • A worldwide change in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood care; and
  • Space and a framework for adults to process their Early Traumas 

Our aim is to contribute meaningfully to both these requirements to bring about positive change at both global and individual levels.

Our Values

Respect, kindness, growth, awareness, generosity, accessibility, creativity, and authenticity.

Our Strategy

OFFER world-class experiential training programs and certify Facilitators to utilize the iD Method and Theory as developed by Dr. Franz Ruppert. 

RAISE awareness of Early Trauma through mainstream media, conferences, books, and word of mouth.

SUPPORT research of any innovative modality engaged in processing Early Trauma. 

COLLABORATE with clinicians, practitioners, educators, and organizations engaged in processing all forms of trauma.          

REMAIN on the leading edge of Early Trauma theory through our affiliation with our global counterparts.

MAKE iD Sessions available to anyone in North America who wants it, no matter their life circumstance or personal issues..

iD sessions are not therapy, nor a substitute for therapy. But we are strong advocates of therapy and work closely with many therapists and other certified practitioners.