Lifespan Integration at Clarity Counseling Seattle
The Lifespan Integration technique relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself. Lifespan Integration uses a psychological technique called an "affect bridge" to find a memory that is connected to the current challenge the client is experiencing. The therapist guides the client to re-visit in their imagination a past memory, bringing into the past whatever is needed to resolve the memory. After the memory is resolved, the therapist leads the client through time to the present using a time line of visual images of scenes from the client's life. This time line of memories and images essentially proves to the client's body-mind system that time has passed and that life is different now, by way of the neural connections that are created within the brain and central nervous system. Very much like what happens in EMDR treatment, this "proof" occurs at a deeper level than is possible with commonly used talk therapy methods.
Earlier memories and experiences influence how the brain and nervous system respond to present-day events. By effectively integrating past experiences, we can break free of stuck emotions, feelings, and behaviors that result from trauma and other emotional scars. A skilled LI therapist can provide a predictable and safe framework to do the work of integrating the past in order to free us in the present.