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What is Lifespan Integration?

Lifespan Integration is a cutting edge therapy developed by Peggy Pace in 2003. Lifespan Integration has many functions, all of which serve to heal the entire body-mind system. Here are the reasons why Lifespan Integration works. Long after trauma is over, we hold within our minds and bodies the thoughts, emotions and fears that wound us. Lifespan Integration heals pain and suffering by using a healing timeline that integrates the painful memory which was not fully processed.

The timeline component clears the emotional distress that clients are holding in their minds and bodies and works to create change in the brain which results in new thinking and behaviour. The most noticeable use of Lifespan Integration can be seen in the clearing of past or recent trauma. Adults who were abused in childhood have found relief in a few sessions and reported they felt better about life and were better able to handle their intimate relationships. Please go here to learn more.


Lifespan Integration is a new technique which promotes rapid healing in adults who experienced abuse and/or neglect during childhood.
This new method 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 which is connected to the current problem. The therapist guides the client to imaginally re-visit this 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 proves to the client’s body-mind system that time has passed and that life is different now. This “proof” occurs at a deeper level than is possible with commonly used cognitive behavioural [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. Travelling through time from the past memory scene to the present is usually repeated three to eight times during an LI session. (Older clients and clients with more traumatic childhoods will require more repetitions of the LI protocol 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.

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Marie (September 2018)

"Nigel's psychotherapy sessions got me through the most difficult 8 weeks of my life when I was suffering from such levels of anxiety that just getting through the day was an exhausting and harrowing experience.  Nigel was extremely supportive and helped me come to terms with some very fearful experiences from my early life.  As a result I now have a much better relationship with myself than I have ever known"

Hannah (02/06/18)

"Nigel's timeline session if anything allowed me to put lifes events in perspective. It has made me realise the impact events, which I had previously brushed aside, have had on me and that they should of been taken seriously and dealt with more thoroughly at the time. As ultimately not dealing with the here and now can prevent you from growing. Further more I am now acutely aware of the inner child in all of us who like any other vulnerable being needs love and compassion in which to develop. And we are responsible for that as no one else can give it the nurturing they need. I thoroughly recommend Nigel's therapy as if anything it can give you the space to stop, digest and move on." Matt

"Nigel, who I have known for over 4 years, explained how he worked and his methods of helping those such as myself, who are having difficulties with past issues and moving forwards. For some time I have been considering some form of therapy and decided to work with Nigel. I completed an exercise prior to the session with prompts and key words (Timeline memory cues) and later in the week we had our therapy session. I won't go into the detail but can say this, I am looking at life in a totally rejuvenated way. I feel that issues i had held onto for over 37 years have dropped away and came out of the session emotionally refreshed. I found Nigel to be attentive, considerate, emotionally engaged and understanding. I would recommend his support based upon my experience." Jon

"Dear Nigel thank you so much for taking me through Lifetime Integration Therapy. However many qualifications I attained, or compliments I received about my professional or personal success I still had that voice on my shoulder telling me I was a fraud and not quite good enough. After just one session going over my timeline you were able to ascertain the trigger which caused these feelings of inadequacy and set me on the road to freedom!
I thank you! I cannot recommend you and this therapy highly enough." Sarah

"I first saw Nigel when suffering with stress, anxiety and depression. I had always been a very strong, independent person, but I was burnt out and felt completely broken.
Nigel is extremely professional and is a true gentleman, immediately putting me at ease.
He is kind and sensitive and guided me through therapy at my own pace.
He has a wonderfully relaxing facility with a real ambient feel.
I cannot thank Nigel enough for his patience and encouragement and using Lifespan Integration Therapy he helped me deal with some very traumatic life experiences.
I have learnt to live in the moment, find happiness again, and to really grow as a person.
I would recommend Nigel to anyone - he is a truly wonderful and gifted person." DB (16/09/2017)

Talking about past abuse in therapy doesn’t necessarily help people to move beyond it.

It is well known by therapists that adults who experienced abuse or neglect during childhood often spend years in therapy emoting and talking about their past traumas, yet they still have trouble moving beyond these past traumas. This is because people who were traumatized while their neural systems were developing are often “hard-wired” to interpret events in a negative way. Adults who were abused in childhood often have poor self-images, an ongoing internal dialogue of negative self-talk, and chronic anxiety and/or depression. This often remains the case no matter how successful these people have become in their present lives, and no matter how much “talking” therapy they have done.

Adults who were abused in childhood often react in patterned, dysfunctional, and sometimes self-destructive ways.

Adults who experienced childhood trauma often continue to be “triggered” in their present lives. When people are “triggered”, they often react in old patterned ways which are not helpful to the current situation and sometimes are harmful. Continuing in these repetitive and self-destructive patterns only makes the person feel worse and more hopeless.

Lifespan Integration therapy heals deeply and completely without re-traumatizing.

Finally there is a therapy that can change all this 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.

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