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Rewriting Life's Script: Exploring Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI)

Updated: Mar 30

WHAT IS LIFESPAN INTEGRATION THERAPY (LI)?

A handdrawn notebook depicting that the premise of LI as: Trauma is held in the body. Traumatic memories are oblivious to the passage of time. The less integrated trauma is, the more destabilized a person is. The brain does not distinguish between real and imaginary actions.
THE PREMISE OF LIFESPAN INTEGRATION

LI is a newly developed therapy which relies on the body-mind's ability to self heal. It is a gentle body-based therapy which re-sets the neural system by facilitating rapid healing on a deep neural level. For people who feel stuck, uncertain where they want to go in life, or are dealing with trauma, LI offers a way to calm the system and forge a new path with fuller appreciation and understanding of oneself. It works through a repetitive process of walking through life’s visual timeline to allow memory resurfacing, pattern recognition, clearing of body memory, and re-building of self structure. This can involve imagery, and/or bridging between the past and present.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

A woman sits with her eyes closed, playing movies in her mind to integrate the memory fragments through her life which have caused her disturbance or disruption. She has her eyes closed and there are random objects representing memories swirling around her. She looks peaceful and relaxed.
Playing movies in the mind to shift the brain.

It's very different from traditional talk therapy, as the process involves relating between one's adult-self and child-state while mentally watching multiple movies of your life; each a new rendition of the same life story. This allows the brain to shift and move towards spontaneous change so that memory fragments which have been disruptive or overwhelming get managed differently. Thus, emotional or trauma healing is allowed by the neural system to complete. 




WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES?

Heal Trauma: Feel safe and present.

The LI time flow repetition process lands traumatized and dysregulated people in the here and now, allowing them to deeply know: You are safe now, and don’t need the outmoded defense strategies you carry from the past.

Improve Self-Concept: Uncover your Unified Self.

Strengthening neural connections creates clarity in how a person map themself in this space and time. They will know who they really are in a profound way.

Change Responses: Feel Better.

You can expect to feel better about life, be more self accepting and have more self worth, feel like your life makes sense, see shifts in your patterned responses, and be better able to enjoy intimate relationships. 


WHO IS LI GOOD FOR?

LI is effective for anyone of any age who is able to see imagery in their mind. It is a gentle Body Based healing option which has shown to be effective for issues such as PTSD, feeling stuck, self-concept or self-esteem enhancement. It can be a fantastic alternative for people who have tried talk therapy, or other types of therapy, and hit a plateau, or for people entirely new to therapy.


Picture of Vanessa Thomson, RCC and a quote stating, "Lifespan Integration allows for memories to become integrated in the body, this gentle approach reduces anxiety and creates increased resiliency."
VANESSA THOMSON, RCC - OFFERING VIRUAL LIFESPAN INTEGRATION THERAPY

HOW CAN I TRY IT?

The first step is to book a consult with a counsellor who offers LI, to talk about whether it could be a good fit for you and your situation. Vanessa Thomson, RCC, is one of very few practitioners in BC to offer LI at this time. She offers virtual therapy, so is accessible to anyone in BC. Please visit https://www.kaydahealth.ca/about-vanessa to read more about her, see her current rates, and book a consult with her if you are interested.



Here is a short handout summing up Lifespan Integration Therapy - please feel welcome to download and share:


Lifespan Integration Therapy - KAYDA Health
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