My name is Christine Pountney and I am a second-year CORE ENERGETICS Practitioner-in-Training at the INSTITUTE OF CORE ENERGETICS in New York, NY. I specialize in working with adults and teenagers who feel stuck, and need some support taking the risks necessary to get unstuck.
CORE ENERGETICS is body-based psychotherapy. It comes down through the lineage of twentieth century studies in somatic psychoanalysis, pioneered by Reich and Alexander Lowen. In CORE ENERGETICS, we try to connect all psychological investigations to the body itself - where in the body we are feeling, and what - so that the information doesn't just remain theoretical, but drops down into the body to be felt. Sometimes it's the other way around and there are no insights until the body is agitated, or loosened up, or stressed to the point where our decorum, or control, is somewhat disrupted, and then we get a rush of insight, as feelings arise that have been reluctant to come to the surface.
A felt experience has a lot more potential for transforming how we are in our lives, than simply having intellectual clarity. After two years of this training, I now understand that everything I need to know is in my body. My body contains all the wisdom to teach and liberate me from what holds me back. Core has helped me get unstuck.
When our energy and talents, which so often get co-opted into the business of protecting our vulnerability, are liberated from their function as bodyguards, they become freshly available to us, and it is invigorating.
In allowing the heart its vulnerability, we come honestly to know who we are.
The motto for my practice is: HAVE ALL YOUR FEELINGS. As a therapist, I offer a perspective that is non-judgmental and compassionate. I will help you identify and embrace all parts of yourself: the ingenious mask you have created for yourself, as a means of protecting yourself and maximizing your desirability, but even those bad-ass parts you don't want to show, the rage and weakness you have judged as unacceptable, and which you hold in your body in places that have chronic tension or pain. In CORE ENERGETICS, we call this judged place the lower self, and it is a powerful teacher and we want to learn from it.
By having all our feelings, we encourage a looseness or fluidity in the mind and the body, that allows our life-force energy to flow, and be felt in its natural, pulsatory rhythm – and it is when we are in a state of flow that we come into full bodily contact with our higher self, our innate, soulful wisdom, and our supreme pleasure.
As a therapist, I want to help you feel more, and more deeply – to take more risks, feel your vulnerability, and invite more trust, resilience, and joy into your life.
Appointments are 60 minutes.
Location is Sterling Rd, near Lansdowne subway station.
Cost is $90/hour, sliding scale to $60/hour.
Call me at (416) 533-8991, for a free 20-minute phone interview. Or contact me, via email, through this site. Please leave your name, phone number, and a convenient time for me to call you back.
I look forward to working with you!