Lifespan Integration is a new therapy which was developed during the first decade of the 21st century.
Lifespan Integration (LI) relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself. There are many different LI protocols. If a client’s present problem is caused or informed by a past experience, the LI standard protocol can be used to guide the client to imaginally re-visit the past experience, bringing into the past whatever is needed to resolve the memory. After the memory is resolved, the therapist leads the client repeatedly through time to the present using a Time Line of visual images of scenes from the client’s life.
There are many LI protocols. Some protocols heal birth trauma and or pre-verbal trauma, and others heal attachment deficits which may have occurred during specific stages of development. All protocols include repetitions of a Time Line of memories and images. Viewing repetitions of one’s “life review” both integrates past experience and proves to the client’s body-mind system that time has passed. This “proof” occurs at a deeper level than is possible with commonly used cognitive behavioral [talk therapy] methods.
During Lifespan Integration clients produce and watch “movies” of their lives.
In Lifespan Integration therapy, the client’s movement forward in time is done visually in such a way that the client “watches a movie” of his or her life. This “movie” is spontaneously generated by the client’s unconscious mind, and shows a sequence of scenes, many of which are in some way related to the current problem. Through watching this “movie” of his or her life, the client sees how the past continues to impact his or her behavior and choices in the present. Traveling through time from the past memory scene to the present is usually repeated five to eight times during an LI session. (Older clients and clients with more traumatic childhoods will require more repetitions of the LI Time Line to clear the the neural (cellular) memories of trauma, and to “re-write” the life script more accurately). Each repetition of the protocol shows the client a slightly different “moving picture show”. LI also works well with people who have trouble remembering their pasts. During Lifespan Integration therapy, clients who began with memory gaps are eventually able to connect the pieces of their lives into a coherent whole.
Lifespan Integration therapy heals deeply and completely without re-traumatizing.
Lifespan Integration is a very gentle method which works on a deep neural level to change patterned responses and outmoded defensive strategies. LI therapy helps people connect unpleasant feelings and dysfunctional patterns with the memories of the past events from which these feelings and strategies originated. Making these connections at a deep level of the body-mind “re-sets” the neural system so that it is more in line with the current life situation. This “re-setting” happens very rapidly for most people. After LI therapy, people find themselves spontaneously reacting to current stressors in more age appropriate ways. After several sessions of LI, clients have reported that they feel better about life, are more self-accepting, and are better able to enjoy their intimate relationships.
Vajralila, a certified Lifespan Integration therapist and supervisor, has put together this informal video from a talk she delivered on some of the key elements of Lifespan Integration Therapy. Find out more about Vajralila on her website here.
Key elements of LI therapy