Lifespan Integration is a gentle, body-based therapeutic method that heals without re-traumatizing. It was originally developed to heal the effects of childhood abuse and neglect, and is very effective in resolving loss and trauma experienced in adulthood as well. LI therapy can shift patterns of relating to others, improve regulation of emotion, and help recipients respond to current stressors in more flexible, age-appropriate ways.

LI uses the capacity of the mind-body system to heal itself. We all experience being "triggered" from time to time; reacting in patterned ways that have more to do with something that happened a long time ago than the present situation. LI works on a neural level to change our habitual, patterned responses and defenses.

As babies and young children, we have a very different conception of time than the one that emerges after about age two. From the moment of our birth, we are primed for interpersonal connection with our caregivers. We develop a coherent sense of self through the co-creation of autobiographical narrative with sensitive and attuned caregivers. If an infant or young child experiences trauma without the support of a sensitive and attuned caregiver, they are unable to integrate aspects of that experience.

While we can't go back in time and change the past, we can fill in and integrate what was missing. During LI sessions, the therapist guides the client to imaginally revisit a past memory, bringing into the past whatever is needed to resolve that experience and integrate it into the client's life story. The therapist then guides the client through a timeline of memories up to the present moment.

Instead of reinforcing painful emotion connected to past traumatic experiences through flooding and re-experiencing, LI gently guides the client through the memory up to the present time in a context of safety where healing and release of emotion can occur.

Lifespan Integration was developed by Peggy Pace, LMHC, LMFT in 2002.

For more information visit www.lifespanintegration.com.



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