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Inner Access and Transformation

The Beginnings
Centropic Integration (CI) is a body-oriented psychotherapy modality that my friend and colleague, Dr. Camden Clay of Atlanta, Georgia, and I developed in the 1980's out of our own personal growth work, based on our desire to create and be a part of a therapeutic community. We synthesized elements of John Ray' Body Electronics
TM, Stanislav Grof's Holotropic BreathworkTM, and added our unique form of core-feeling counseling. The essential tools of CI are sustained acupressure point holding, evocative music, and emotional facilitation. We first applied it in a group workshop setting (which evolved out of years of "healing parties" that we hosted) and soon modified it to work in the one-on-one setting.

The Definition
"Centropic" (in physics, a "movement towards the center") refers to the natural tendency of humans to return to unfinished core experiences or issues for the sake of completing them, and "integration" refers to the reuniting of disconnected parts. Centropic Integration has as its theoretical foundation the science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), which focuses on the biology of memory storage via the neuropeptide system. The goals are to apply those physiological principles to the realm of personal experience, and to use the influence of a group of loving supporters and/or the therapist to bring about desired change in a rapid way. We set out to demonstrate that inner healing does not have to take a long time.

(In the article, I go on to describe the theory and practical methodology of techniques involved in this sort of therapy approach. What follows is the final paragraph:)

Final Notes
The healing that occurs through Centropic Integration begins with a direct bodily encounter with one's own locked-up pain and resistance to feeling, and ends in renewing daily life with empowering choices and revitalized hope. Unlike the cognitive therapies that effect experience by consciously altering the thinking process, with Centropic Integration cognitive insight happens spontaneously, as a natural outcropping of deeply processed feelings. Follow-up sharing, especially in the intimate group setting of a Centropic Integration workshop, enhances cognitive anchoring. Changes and insights facilitated by a natural integration at the body level endure over time.


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