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Pia Mellody and Eric Baker, Sr.

Eric Baker, Sr. has just completed a three part intensive training with Pia Mellody, Author of Facing Love Addiction, Facing Codependency, The Intimacy Factor among several other significant books dealing with the relationship and the human condition. The training was covered in three separate components. The first was PIT or Post Induction Training dealing with the five core truths as it relates to every individual: 

  1. We all have inherent worth (value)
  2. We are all vulnerable (need protection)
  3. We are all imperfect (reality)
  4. We are all dependent (needs/wants)
  5. We are all spontaneous and Open

The second component deals the Inner child work. Identifying and healing the wounded inner child.
The third component deals with feels reduction, including, shame and anger.
When trauma in childhood occurs on any of these levels it results in immaturity which in turn negatively impacts our ability to have healthy relationships with another person. Pia’s model allows for the identification of these issues and a clear process to resolve them.
Look for upcoming intensive workshops using this model to be announced.

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UL ACP Meeting-10

I presented this week on a project that I’ve been working on with my friend Dr. Michael Burke, on applying Transnational Analysis and Game Theory to improve the doctor / patient alliance and facilitate better treatment outcomes.

You may see our poster here: ACP poster Hateful

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TA interviews

During the October 2013 USATAA conference in Long Beach, CA, I interviewed and recorded several therapist and practitioners of Transactional Analysis. I even had the honor of interviewing theorist and all-around amazing guy, Claude Steiner. The result of my interviews can be seen in this video I created here:

-Eric, Jr.

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ANNOUNCMENT:

Effective July 10, 2013 the 939 Baxter Avenue office will be closed.  All sessions will now be held at the office at 3701 Taylorsville Road.

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From our Desks

May 1, 2013
Why do most people start counseling?
I am:
Unhappy
Overwhelmed by life
Anxious
Depressed
Lonely
I want out of my marriage.
I was abused or I am being abused.
I drink, eat,or spend too much.
I don’t like myself.
See yourself here?
Well the list goes on and on…

My experience is that no matter why someone starts therapy, it generally can be understood in one simple concept, love…..or better stated the lack thereof. A close second is how to get it, how to keep it, how to feel or how to show it to yourself and to others.

For many people even the word love can be threatening. To some it’s easy to say, “I love” you but to say, “I love myself” seems somehow selfish. We try to get others to do it for us so we don’t have to do it for ourselves. I call this “other” focused. You love me
so I don’t have to love myself. When we “other” focus this way we set up dependencies and co-dependencies. Then guess what? We will either smother our partner because of our fear of losing them or run away from them when they give us the love we think we want because we feel smothered. (Read Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody for more about this exciting dance of intimacy)

Therapy is about learning to love yourself. Only then can you be in a healthy loving relationship with another.

As time goes on Eric Jr. And I will be exploring different aspects of psychotherapy. We welcome your comments.

Eric Sr.

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