Way back in 1988 I made a decision to join a training group I had been invited to by Dick Olney to join his training group for therapists,. This was a big deal decision for me. I knew I wanted to study with Dick. I had one workshop with him, he was a master therapist. What I hadn’t quite counted on is what it would mean --- leaving my young family to fly from Salt Lake to San Francisco once a month PLUS the $200 group fee, a FORTUNE to me.
I have no regrets for that decision. Not a single one. Early on, I had been given the advice that I could be an “OK” therapist as things were going, but if I wanted to be a master therapist and make a REAL difference in people’s lives, I needed to step up my game and study with masters. Thank God I listened! It was not an easy decision. But this decision to invest in myself, to study with masters, to refuse to settle into just being an “OK” therapist.
Over the course of the next few months, I will be introducing you to professionals who took the leap and invested in themselves. They said, “YES” to deeper study and profound impact with Acceptance and Integration Training. They are all part of the 10 month AAIT Fellowship Training Group.
First, Please meet Flo Paquet. Flo is a masters prepared social worker who has an intuitive understanding of the most efficient way to help people untangle from the tendrils of stress and slide into greater ease of being with AAIT. She has a very cool, super affordable 6 week program “Burned out to Blazing.” This program will give you resources and a roadmap to find your way to radical self care – WHILE doing the doing you are doing! READ to the end to take advantage of her sweet offer.
Why did I decide to get certified in AAIT?
To be honest when I said yes to getting trained in AAIT I had no idea I would devote myself to starting a full time counseling business less than a year later. So I’m not entirely sure what drew me so magnetically to taking this training when I wasn’t sure that I would use it - I think it was a combination of being so compelled by the work: I knew how effective and empowering AAIT was for clients because I had experienced it myself. Also, since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a strong partner in seeing folks through mental hurdles and becoming their true, free, empowered self and deep down I knew AAIT would help me with that goal.
How am I using it now?
I like to combine AAIT with tarot. On the most in depth side - after discussing the client’s goals, and problems they are ready to get unstuck from - I create a custom tarot spread. That reading creates an outline of problems to address, goals to achieve, and action steps to get there using AAIT over the following weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, 1 card readings are a great way to quickly identify a problem to rapidly resolve using AAIT - these sessions are around 20 minutes but folks walk away with a lasting sense of calm, confidence and empowerment. I love the AAIT and tarot work I’ve done with groups. A quick 1 card reading reveals an issue the group collectively relates to and wants to address and is followed up with AAIT to do just that. It is a beautiful tool for creating a deep feeling that you aren’t alone, are understood, and have the collective support to see you realize your goals.
What difference has it made?
I regularly experience the profound sense of empowerment and calm to address previously sticky and tricky problems when using AAIT. The lifting of a burden for clients when they don’t have to rehash their narrative or share when they aren’t ready - like many have done before in therapy that didn't work for them. That’s huge. AAIT transforms therapy from a cold, ineffective burden to something empowering, warm, and liberating. From something folks don’t want to do, or believe in, - to something that connects us to what we all want most - an ability to enjoy and withstand the realities: the good, bad, and ugly, of our selves and our lives and this world as it is.
Burned out to Blazing
When we are in the business of helping others it can be exhausting. It is supposed to be "work" but you pour your heart into it and it follows you home. You want to do work that is meaningful and compassionately motivated - it brings so much purpose and meaning to your life. You want to give back, but you feel done - truly burnt out. Deep inside, there's a part of you that knows your potential, you know the depths of your compassion, and you are driven to do this work - you won't accept any other kind of work.
Burned out to Blazing is a package tailored to YOU, created uniquely to unlock YOUR potential, to free you to do the work you feel called for and to leave you feeling competent, confident, and at ease in your work. If you are anything like most helping professionals, YOU are the last thing on the list. Let’s remedy that.
We'll do a personal reading that explores issues standing between you and this goal: solid self care routine and boundaries, workplace issues, trauma that creates countertransference, and finding and empowering what you uniquely offer your clients. This will create an outline of our work together over the next month which we will address using powerful AAIT techniques in our sessions. You will also learn effective tools to tend to your wellbeing outside of our sessions. Come on over to Grow With Flo Counseling and let’s get you started.