When I first watched Brene' Brown's tedtalk I knew....I knew she had figured it out.
Here's what I mean by that: Before Brene's research I always felt like I was a qualified therapist - I had a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, I was licensed, I had multiple certifications, I had years of experience both in general treatment for issues like depression and anxiety, specialized certification and experience in substance abuse, crisis and trauma treatment, couples counseling...but it always felt like there was something missing.
I think the gift of Brene's work is this...not only does she have a ton of research to support what she is saying and the interventions she teaches, BUT she is an amazing collaborator. If she found someone who had spent their lives studying a subject and it reflected what she found in her research she didn't recreate it, she pulled them in. Throughout her books she references the Gottmans (decades of solid research in couples counseling), H.R. Snyder who researched hope his entire career, Kristin Snyder self compassion, Teresa Wiseman empathy, family systems therapy and the list goes on. She is a remarkable collaborator and pooling house bringing the best of the best to her work.
For the first time as a therapist I felt like I could say with certainty here is best practice, these are the steps, these are the interventions that will guide you to a healthier, happier life AND give you the skills and tools to suffer less when life doesn't feel quite so happy.
The RECKONING teaches us to create awareness to identify what I am feeling and what the story is that I am telling myself.
The RUMBLE is often that dark place, sometimes "without a sliver of light" Brene' says, that helps us push against that story to determine if it is a true story and come to terms with what drives that story.
The REVOLUTION helps us to write a brave new ending to our story.
I am telling you I think she figured it out in a way that I don't think anyone else has, and she gives it to us in an authentic, realistic and honest way, using stories that help us make application.
It changed the way I practice and how I will show up with YOU!!!
For an introduction to The Daring Way™ watch Brené’s
2010 Tedx Houston talk The Power of Vulnerability
Here I am with Brené at my certification in December, 2013.
I can tell you that in person she is as authentic, smart, fun, funny, warm and insightful as she appears in her TED talks and interviews with Oprah Winfrey. Very cool!