My name is Christine Pountney and I am a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner. I have a private practice in Toronto, and work with individual clients, couples and groups.
WHAT IS CORE ENERGETICS?
Core Energetics is a combination of talk therapy and body work, and I am passionate about it because it has helped me identify and work through patterns that have held me back from being more fully alive in my life.
In Core, we work on increasing our capacity to tolerate all feelings, to embrace the whole of ourselves, because often, when we get stuck, it's because there is something we don't want to feel.
Feelings are the equivalent of energy in the body, and when we ignore our feelings – because they're too painful, or too pleasurable – that energy gets trapped in the body in the form of an energetic block. Energy wants to move, so it takes a lot of energy to suppress energy, and these blocks can be reflected in our bodies – in our build, in our musculature – and can lead to chronic tension, fatigue, pain, or illness. If we have suffered some kind of shock event, then our energy can be trapped in repetitive loops and experienced as PTSD, depression, negative thought patterns, or limiting beliefs.
In Core Energetics, we are not seeking to fix anyone, because we don't believe that anyone is broken. Rather, we seek to assist in bringing into consciousness that which is unconscious. It is in the act of bringing into awareness aspects of ourselves that we don't know, or can’t feel, or don't want to know or feel, that we begin to metabolize our stagnancy, create the conditions for change, and reclaim lost or abandoned parts of ourselves.
WHO MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS WORK?
My interest is in working with people of all ages who long for something more in some area of their life – more intimacy, more contact, better relationships, more productivity, freedom, joy, confidence – and who may need help taking the risks necessary to move beyond their comfort zone.
As a novelist, I am interested in working with artists and academics who find it hard to get out of their head and into their body, or who experience anxiety around the creative process.
As someone who has benefitted profoundly from participating in Indigenous healing ceremonies, as well as plant medicine ceremonies, I am also interested in working with anyone struggling to find existential meaning, or facing a spiritual crisis.
I also believe this work is very effective for anyone who has experienced trauma.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SESSION LOOK LIKE?
Typically, sessions start off a lot like talk therapy, but usually, within the hour, include some kind of physical exercise designed to move the client's energy, or open up an area of the body that is normally constricted.
In Core, we try to connect all psychological investigations to the body itself – where in the body we are feeling, and what – so the information doesn't just remain theoretical, but drops down into the body to be felt.
Sometimes there are no insights until the body is agitated, or loosened up, or stressed, to the point where our muscular control – our decorum – is disrupted, and then we get a rush of awareness, as feelings arise that are normally prevented from coming to the surface.
Change is not an overnight process, and clients will get the most out of attending weekly sessions.
Core Energetics can also be done in a group setting – which is an incredibly dynamic and effective way to explore attraction, resistance, fear, and pleasure.
Please click on this link for information on any NEW GROUPS I may be facilitating.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER AS A PRACTITIONER?
As a practitioner, I offer a perspective that is non-judgmental and compassionate. I will encourage you to identify and embrace aspects of yourself you may not be aware of, or have disowned – the ingenious mask you created as a means of protecting yourself and maximizing your desirability – but also those bad-ass parts you don't want to show, the rage and weakness you have judged as unacceptable. In Core, 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.
When our energy and talents – which so often get co-opted by the mask 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 more honestly to know who we are. We come into our freedom, because we have more choices.
In other words, when you can accept your own sensitivity, without shame, then you can tolerate feelings that used to trigger you. From there, you get the freedom to choose how to react or behave.
As a practitioner, I want to help you feel more, and more deeply – to take more risks and invite more trust, resilience, self-responsibility, joy, and spontaneity into your life.
In the space I hold for you, all of you is welcome.
Sessions are 50 minutes long. Cost is $130 a session. The first session is 80 minutes long.
Location: 316 Dupont Street, Toronto.
I also do sessions over Skype.
For more information, or to book a session, call me at (416) 533-8991, for a brief phone interview. Or contact me by 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!
THE HISTORY BEHIND CORE ENERGETICS
Core Energetics is a method that comes down through the lineage of twentieth century studies in somatic psychoanalysis, pioneered by Wilhelm Reich, and further developed by Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos, in the field of Bioenergetics.
Core Energetics was then founded by John Pierrakos, as an offshoot of Bioenergetics, because he was deeply affected by, and wanted to incorporate into his work, the spiritual teachings of his wife, Eva Pierrakos, who founded the movement known as The Pathwork.
Throughout my time with Christine, she never ceased to amaze me with her wisdom of consciousness, ego and deep behavioural patterns. Her emotional intelligence and techniques allowed me to break through past mental and emotional obstacles that were preventing me from being my true happy authentic self. As a professional athlete I found immense value in healing with Christine as it lessened my psychological load going forward into future training and competition sessions. I am extremely grateful for Christine's patience, non judgmental and extremely healthy way of communicating that helped challenge me to face my negative patterns head on. Core Energetics with Christine is an essential step towards releasing the negative and attracting the positive, I highly recommend.
– Matthew, Professional Ice Hockey Player
Through understanding and genuine empathy, Christine offered a space in which I was finally able to experience pleasure in self-expression. I attribute this to my own courageous desire to heal, partnered with a gifted practitioner who utterly held safe space for my emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as my body's. I believe in Christine. I recognized and welcomed this opportunity, and if you're reading this, perhaps you have as well.
– J.W., Writer and Arts and Non-Profit Communications