Core Energetics

Core Energetics


John Pierrakos, MD
Founder of Core Energetics

What is Core Energetics?

Core Energetics bridges psychology and spirituality. Core Energetics was the first western psychotherapeutic approach to incorporate the spiritual aspect of being, with modern psychology and body psychotherapy, making Core Energetics a truly holistic and integrative therapy.

The Core Energetic Evoutionary Process, developed by John C. Pierrakos, MD, enhances life and healing – a powerful therapeutic approach that seeks the integration of all aspects of our humanity (emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual). This evolutionary process is built on the foundation of the work of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, and human development theory, new physics, spirituality, and ancient chakra and human energy theory.

Core Energetics is based on a deep understanding of how energy and consciousness work together in the transformative process of healing. This evolutionary healing process involves knowing and revealing your whole self – your beauty, your defenses and your dark shadow. Transformation is achieved gradually by bringing consciousness and movement to the core’s overlaying defensive structures, and further developing your Higher Self.

This process releases or “frees up” a vast amount of energy, which vitalizes mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health – creating vitality, greater life fulfillment, joy and pleasure!

John & Eva Pierrakos

John & Eva Pierrakos

The basis of Core Energetics was Bioenergetics, developed with Dr Alexander Lowen, until John Pierrakos’ own spiritual evolution required incorporation of a spiritual component to further assist healing, on all levels. The spiritual material called The Pathwork* – given by Eva Broch, who later married John Pierrakos, expanded Core Energetics even more. John and Eva’s work together brought incredible insight and transformation to those who sought enlightenment through the conscious growth that could be attained by deep commitment to the evolutionary work of Core Energetics.

Certified practitioners of Core Energetics go through their own deep therapeutic process as well as complete a rigorous 4 year post-graduate training program.

Vitally Alive Core Energetics South’s Director, Pam Chubbuck PhD, worked personally with John Pierrakos, MD for over 30 years. Pam has studied The Pathwork since 1970 and taught at Sevenoaks Retreat Center.

JohnandPam2_000Core Energetics is Therapy of the Heart.
Pam learned profound unconditional love from John Pierrakos and is dedicated to living undefended and open-hearted, and learning from all. She has been called “the most gifted of John Pierrakos’ Core Energetics students.”

Learn more from Pam’s articles about Core Energetics, 

including Tribute to John C. Perrakos, MD: My Healing Journey with John (Learning to Love)

CORE ENERGETICS is EVOLVING – As Do All Healthy Beings…

For 5 days in August 2014, at the first Core Energetics Leadership conference outside of Berlin, Germany – wonderful, deeply spiritual, dedicated and fabulously creative people – Core Energetics trainers and Institute directors gathered from many countries to talk about the evolution of Core Energetics. We are happy to announce that Core Energetics is alive and well (better than ever!) and evolving and expanding in a beautiful way, into the Unity Consciousness – individually and together – that John longed for, worked toward and anticipated.

A new entity was created – Core World Wide – with individual institutes, trainers, therapists and countries having the opportunity to join on a global basis. Soon CWW will have an official global website and presence!Laughing John

Also Exciting! Pam announced her commitment to spearheading a project she has gestated for years, the creation of a documentary film honoring John Pierrakos’ genius and heart! Thank you, CWW for collective support and effort on this project!

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“Who you are is a necessary step to being who you will be. And so it goes through eternity.” ~ The Pathwork Guide

*For more information on The Pathwork (
Recommended reading: Lecture #73, Compulsion to Recreate & Overcome Childhood Hurts