Lifespan Integration (LI) is a gentle therapeutic method which heals without re-traumatizing. Developed initially in 2003 by Peggy Pace to heal adult survivors of childhood abuse or neglect it has grown in favour as an effective intervention for a wide range of therapeutic issues.
Rather than being a talking therapy, LI relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself by using repetitions of a visual timeline of memories to facilitate neural integration and rapid healing.
There are many different LI protocols. Some protocols heal birth trauma and/or pre-verbal trauma. Others are used to heal attachment deficits which may have occurred during specific stages of development or PTSD from a recent traumatic event.
During the integrating phase of each LI protocol, the therapist leads the client through a series of chronological timelines of memories of their life. This causes memories to surface spontaneously, and because of how memories are held neurologically, each memory which surfaces is related to the emotional theme or issue being targeted. The resulting panoramic view of the client’s life gives the client new insights about lifelong patterns resultant from the past trauma or neglect.
Repetitions of a timeline of the client’s memory cues are central to every LI protocol. Some LI protocols are focused on clearing body memory of trauma, and some are focused on building self-structure. Most LI protocols do some of both. The number of cues used per repetition and the number of repetitions of the timeline done in each session depend on the protocol being used, and on each individual client’s psychological structure.
Seeing repetitions of the flow of time proves to clients that they have survived their pasts, no matter how traumatic. The timeline always ends in present time. Through the process of LI therapy, clients come to understand, on a cellular level, that they are living here and now in present time. The process of viewing repetitions of chronological memories of their lives strengthens connections between neurons within clients’ body-mind systems to build an increasingly coherent and more broadly distributed map of self through space and time. Neuroscience tells us that a space-time map of self is key to a unified sense of Self.
After LI therapy, people find themselves spontaneously reacting more appropriately to stressful situations. Clients who begin LI therapy with memory gaps are eventually able to connect the pieces of their lives into a coherent whole. Clients who have completed Lifespan Integration therapy regularly report that they feel better about life, are more self-accepting, and are better able to enjoy intimate relationships.
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