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The New Directions For Life Podcast

Jan 30, 2020

In this episode, I attempt to answer this very common question. For many years, I too was plagued by a strong—perhaps obsessive even—desire to finish my work/therapy. Like many, once I started to understand what I was carrying in my psyche/body/nervous system, I just wanted it all behind me as soon as possible! When I finally realized that I would not ultimately find success from trying to outrun my shadow (difficult and painful emotional material), with much fear and trepidation, I decided to start moving toward the material I had been previously trying to outrun. And, even though I began to notice more sustained benefits from this approach, this process continued to present physical and psychological challenges that at times I believed were impossible to work through, and there were many times that I believed I might actually die from the sheer intensity of the experiences I was having. As such, I still wanted to be “done” as quickly as possible. It wasn’t until my most recent treatment experience—over 20+ years since starting my therapeutic work as an adult—that I arrived at a place of greater acceptance an understanding of the process. These experiences, combined with what I’ve learned from some of the elders in the field (by that I mean truly wise people, not necessarily old) and from watching countless others in the therapy room, inform my thoughts shared in this episode. I hope you find it beneficial!

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Disclaimer: This podcast is intended to aid you in making the best determinations for yourself when it comes to your mental-health and general well-being. However, it is important to note that while I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado (USA), I am not recommending you follow any suggestion without the help of a qualified counselor or guide who knows your situation better than I do. Nothing discussed in these episodes constitutes “therapy,” and I am not acting as a “therapist” to anyone in this medium. These discussions are intended for an audience that has the outside therapeutic resources that may directly facilitate their own healing.