Act Your Age: Developmental Trauma and Lifespan Integration Therapy

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Kostamo, Leah
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Childhood (or 'developmental') trauma can have a significant impact on a person's mental and even physical health (Kessler et al., 2010; van der Kolk, 2014). In particular, because of the way developmental trauma affects brain development and is 'remembered,' those who've survived trauma in childhood can struggle with affect dysregulation. Lifespan Integration (LI) therapy is a newer modality suited to resolving symptoms of developmental trauma without a high risk of retraumatization. This literature review will consider both the characteristics and particular impacts of developmental trauma and also the efficacy of LI therapy in addressing childhood trauma at its neurological roots. In addition, the history, mechanics, and limitations of LI will be considered. Finally, a workshop for counsellors will be proposed, offering them an overview of LI's efficacy and potential utility for their work with clients.
developmental trauma , lifespan integration therapy , attunement , co-regulation , neural integration , self-state , implicit memory , dissociation , trauma , self-regulation
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