Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part TWO

Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part TWO

Yesterday, I opened the back door to the porch and this guy was RIGHT THERE! With his head in the air. Yikes. I closed the door. QUICKLY.

As I caught my breath, I realized how quickly the thought, "there's a snake on the porch," became a story. For those few moments, that story felt REAL!

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Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part ONE

Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part ONE

Many if not most therapists, coaches, spiritual directors would disagree on the value of the narrative in helping our clients.

Cognitive distortions may be the clearest view we can get on just how tangled up in a narrative we can all get. For those who journey with some variant of a mood disorder, these distortions can be debilitating.

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Spiritual Counseling Principles Foster a Crucible for Transformation

Spiritual Counseling Principles Foster a Crucible for Transformation

The core truths around which Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT) is built are principles I have experienced first-hand in my OWN life. I have witnessed evidence of them in the lives of my clients, and the reports from other AAIT practitioners and trainees coupled with reports from their clients. 

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Therapeutic Failures, Ugh.

Therapeutic Failures, Ugh.

Therapeutic failures. Ugh. Rarely do we discuss them openly. Yet our failures can be one big playground on which we can discover and fortify leaps in skill.

I recently hit a therapeutic failure with a client. I don’t want to write about it. Sharing failure seems counterintuitive and oh, so wrong. Yet oh so right at the same time.

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