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Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you.

—Dr. Seuss

DrSeuss.jpg Author Theodor Seuss Geisel (pen name: Dr. Seuss) certainly had a way with rhyming words. From the nonsensical to the sublime, the range of his subject matter was quite remarkable. Geisel penned this particular rhyme in Happy Birthday to You.

But there’s nothing nonsensical about this profound insight. In fact, we believe that it corroborates Core Integrity’s very foundation: identity.

Over several decades, Dr. Lowell Routley’s own counseling practice has confirmed the strength and depth of individual identity. Even with extremely traumatized individuals, he discovered there was a Core Identity, a Core Self that remained, no matter how severe the inflicted mental wounds.

RoutleyLowell.jpgCollaborating with hundreds of clients as they journeyed through their own individual healing process, Dr. Routley (photo, at right) began to develop and refine a new treatment approach. This therapist-client interaction plus the knowledge Dr. Routley gained about enduring identity formed the basis of a new and innovative therapy approach: the Core Integrity Model. In the 1980s, Dr. Routley began teaching these new principles and practices — along with its scientific and cultural foundations — to colleagues and other therapists through the Heartland Trauma Institute. Later, in 1998, colleague Jim McCarthy added his own experience with social movements and contexts of trauma. [For more information about healing the Core Self, please visit our introductory page for the Heartland Trauma Institute.]

More recently (2009), Dr. Routley began applying the Core Integrity Model in the spiritual realm. Offering a Judeo-Christian perspective on identity, Dr. Routley developed a prototype introductory series and taught it to a small group in the spring of 2009.  The spiritual foundation presents a biblical perspective that proved to be very meaningful. [For more information about spiritual growth for the Core Self, please visit our introductory page for the Identity-Driven Life Forum.]

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