is a holistic therapy that
unifies mind and heart
expands the life force
emphasizes personal responsibility
promotes healthy relationships with self and others
uncovers the unconscious in the body
integrates somatic studies, mindfulness, humanistic, transpersonal, and energy psychology theory
Body based psychotherapy unlocks blocks triggered by suppressed childhood experiences and reactions in order to free and regain the natural, organic self. The work combines principles from Core Energetics, Bioenergetics, Jungian Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, Focusing, Chakra Therapy, and Holistic Counseling.
Therapist Training in Core Energetics®
As Envisioned by Karyne Wilner, PSYD
Traditional psychotherapy in the current medical model lacks a way to quickly and accurately access core psychological conflicts that can be deeply held in the physical body for all time. The traditional model focuses on mind and emotion, and ignores the many ways to heal body and spirit. Often as a result, traditional therapists can only achieve partial results because they lack the resources to reach into the deep “No-Currents” that hold their patients back, and are unable to facilitate change at a cellular level.
The best therapists augment their university training by studying particular types of interventions and techniques that work across many different types of issues, life wounds and struggles, at many levels of being. These include both somatic and verbal therapies.
By becoming proficient in the holistic Core Energetics method of bridging body-psychotherapy and spirituality, therapists learn the tools to heal themselves and their patients, and overcome the wounded healer syndrome.
These trainings open new pathways to self-discovery. Students explore the wonder of spiritual transformation by removing physical level blocks. Fear-based mental states are safely released and hearts are opened to a more full and trusting life, so positive “Yes-Current” states can be authentically modeled in their life and practice.
Like many holistic methods, Core Energetics assumes the existence of an energy body that penetrates the physical body and extends out from it in all directions.
At the core of everyone’s being is a spiritual and energetic essence called the Higher Self. This essence naturally generates love, pleasure, generosity, compassion and joy.
The Higher Self becomes distorted by layers of dense energy, called the Lower Self, which was formed when fight or flight responses were not allowed expression, and the toxic energy of fear and anger were stored away in muscles and cells. Often, in childhood, we learned to mask these unacceptable feelings and instead present a safe but distorted, false self to the world. Our authentic, flowing, Higher Self was hidden away.
In the Core Energetics method, therapists are trained to read the body for cues and muscle blocks that tell where repressed anger and fear are stored. They learn how to help the patient get behind their mask to access the anger or fear, and release the deep, muscle blocks with guided energetic discharges like kicking, stamping or yelling.
Finally gentle relaxing techniques, including massage, chakra work, breath, meditation, dance and visualization, are used to help the patient experience their Higher Self’s authentic feelings…so they open their hearts and embrace the joy of their higher purpose or service, and learn to live their lives more wholly and fully.
Jacquline Carleton, PhD, explained this process when she wrote:
“My mask of serenity may cover my jealousy and greed. If I can find and express the jealousy and greed of my Lower Self, I will be led back to the pain, fear, and deprivation that surely underlay them. If I can express these primary pains, my organic self-generating system will be activated and my true generosity, a quality of my core, will emerge and help to heal the original deprivation as I give to others in my life.”
CORE ENERGETICS DEFINITIONS
- Core Higher Self; heart, truth, love, beauty.
- False Self The mask one wears to block one’s truth and core
energy; a learned behavior that provides a false sense of safety.
- Lower Self Primitive and negative energy that is held in the body and produces distorted choices, thoughts and actions.
- Body Reading Viewing and reading physical blocks in musculature, posture and movement; a way to identify and resolve personality, behavior, and health distortions.
- Holistic Unity of mind, body, spirit and emotions wherein the personality becomes more integrated and harmonious; essential for healthy choice and living from the Higher Self.
- No-current The operating presence of negative energy from the Lower Self that refuses pleasure, resists joy, and sabotages love.
- Yes-current The operating presence of positive energy from the Higher Self that engages with others, supports healthy behavior, enlivens authenticity for wholly loving and fully living.
Transform your life, break old patterns, and walk new paths.
Through your heart, you will be truly known.