The Classic Voice Dialogue

By Ruud Zuurman

Voice Dialogue and the Psychology of Selves is gaining increasing recognition the world over. The clear theory, combined with the powerful effect of working with parts, has made many professional counselors aware of and enthusiastic about the positive effect that this innovative approach has on both the self and the trajectory of leading.

In order to experience the power and effect of Voice Dialogue at its most profound, ITP believes that one must know ‘classic’ Voice Dialogue right down to the smallest detail.
With Voice Dialogue, you can ‘go as deep as you want, as high as you can reach, as low as you dare and as far as you can’.

Based on working with energy
ITP stands out from other providers thanks to the combination of classic Voice Dialogue and the principles of transformation. Classic Voice Dialogue is based on working with energy. It goes further than working with more basic and obvious parts, such as the Pleaser, Pusher, Controller, Responsible, Bon-Vivant, Adventurer, Rationalist or Perfectionist. These types of parts are called sub-personalities and we perceive working with them as a relatively ‘superficial’ way of working with Voice Dialogue. Nevertheless, it can be very powerful if a client has never worked with sub-personalities before, and it is therefore necessary for a facilitator to be able to understand and implement the classic Voice Dialogue.

Working on the archetypal level
Classic Voice Dialogue works on a deeper level, namely on the so-called archetypal level. Archetypes represent our deepest universal primal instincts. These instincts are therefore not culture-specific and can be found in every single one. Sub-personalities are formed under the influence of the culture in which you live, but are fed by these universal primal instincts.
To be able to work with energy on the archetypal level, a facilitator must be a Master of working with the multiple layers of energy in a client. We also refer to this as dancing with energy.

In order to be able to devote oneself as an instrument in his or her role as a professional counselor, a facilitator must learn to recognise, accept and use the archetypal energy layers within themselves. Only once a facilitator has this ability, he or she will be able to work with their own clients’ energy on an archetypal level.


Transformation of energy on an archetypal level means that a sustainable shift in a client’s perception and behaviour occurs organically and that a greater degree of freedom of choice emerges.


The ITP has always stayed true to ‘classic’ Voice Dialogue and is a great advocate of this method. Using the stretching technique developed by Robert Stamboliev, it has shed new light on the classic Voice Dialogue. This important technique is one of the distinguishing cornerstones of ITP programmes.

We truly believe that a long-term investment is required from professional counselors to be able to master this classic Voice Dialogue in all its individual aspects.
However, the results are amazing and fulfilling, both on a personal and professional level!