Posts by Grace Porter

Trading Discomforts

I think most of us have the belief, or maybe the hope, that if we do the right thing everything will feel good. The reality is that while it tends to feel better in the long run, Right Action, at least at first, often means trading one discomfort for another.

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Why I Love the Tools

The Seven Tools create a shared vocabulary and a structure to think and talk about the inner process. They sound pretty straight forward when you talk about them so the ideas are easily taught/learned. I can drop a line here and there in therapy without having to do a whole psychoeducational sidebar and the point is conveyed.

The application of The Seven Tools, however, gets you into the same ooey gooey process as therapy. I have found that when I use the Tools with my clients that they are able to actively engage in the therapeutic process more quickly because we have a shared vocabulary and framework for thinking about the work.

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It Is Hard to See Others Hurting

Imagine you are sitting with a friend and they share with you a problem they are having in their lives.If you are anything like me, you listen empathically and offer support, and there is a part of you that wants to jump in to fix it for them but that isn’t usually what they need.

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Am I Going to Cry Forever?

I once had a student ask me, with tears streaming down her face, if she was going to cry forever. We had gotten to the part of the Taming the Bear class where I asked the question “What is a belief that you do not currently hold, but that if you held it, you would feel less stress?”

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‘Tis The Season of (Over) Giving

http://the7tools.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG_0636.m4v The season of giving sometimes turns into the season of over giving. And if we are being honest, over giving has become a way of life for some of us humans. It is something I hear about a lot in the office, and for transparency’s sake, it is something I have done a lot…

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The Longest Run-On Sentence

I’ll be honest and say that I am borrowing this exercise (with permission of course) from a past student. I have taken to calling it The Longest Run-on Sentence, although she usually refers to it as the And, And, And, Acceptance Exercise. I am sharing it with you because A) it is such a helpful…

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I’m Right There With You…

I teach people how to be healthy with their feelings and guess what? Sometimes I feel all kinds of uncomfortable stuff. That’s right. Even when you know how to be healthy with your feelings you still have uncomfortable feelings. Why am I telling you this? I am taking the time to write this out because…

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Relax to Receive

My dear dear ones,   I will speak for myself when I say that sometimes when I become aware of a problem, or something that isn’t working for me, my inclination is to jump in to fix it. Or to work really hard to make things be different than they are. And sure, there are…

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