Shifting Lenses: Approaches to a Family Conflict through Structural Family Therapy, Emotional Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Family Therapy

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: Possible Versions of a Life According to White and Epston (2004), two of the founding voices that spoke narrative therapy into being, it is crucial for clinicians to recognize that “the person is not the problem; the problem is the problem” and that every time we ask a question, “we…

“I Shouldn’t Be Feeling What I Feel Right Now,” Is That True?

By Adam J. Pearson So, a thought pops up and says: “I shouldn’t be feeling what I feel right now…” That’s a good one! Can you absolutely know that’s true? What’s the reality? You’re feeling it! Reality has spoken. You should be feeling what you are feeling, because you are. That’s the reality. How do you know when…

Stabilization, Insight, and the Four Images of the Diamond Sutra

By Adam J. Pearson [Cover Image by Doug Adams, Gungarama temple, 1998] “Subhuti, if bodhisattvas have images of self, images of person, images of a being, images of a liver of life, they are not bodhisattvas.” ~ From the Diamond Sutra, the oldest printed book in the world (printed via a 9th century block print)…

Birds Fly Boldly

By Adam J. Pearson many things appear to happen; although nothing ever has. the present only seems to fracture into future and a past. although concepts seem to split us into both a “me” and “you,” this reality is seamless neither singular, nor two. thinking we are caught in bondage, we try hard to become free, but true freedom lies beyond all…

Lost in Love and Life

By Adam J. Pearson The night we met, upon Mount Royal’s peak, Surrounded by the green Montreal trees, Our heartbeats racing, rum warming our chests, Our lips met in a first kiss on the grass, And there was nowhere I would rather be Than right there lost in love and life with you. The sun set…

The Fierceness to Be Free and True

By Adam J. Pearson Tonight, I discovered a fierceness within me that I didn’t know was there. I’m going to get very raw and real for a moment. What I have to say may offend some people. Frankly, I don’t give a damn. It’s time for me to speak what I’ve secretly been thinking for…

Tuning into Feeling Tones: Emotions Beneath Words

By Adam J. Pearson Image: “Body Language” by xDarQax Introduction You’ve probably had this experience. You’re talking to someone and their words seem to be saying something, but their body language is saying something totally different. You may have even seen this tendency in yourself. She’s saying “I’m fine,” but you get the sense that she’s furious….