The 12-Steps Meet Family Therapy

There has long been suspicion between the mental-health field and the 12-Step model of recovery. Both have similar goals in helping people live their lives to the fullest potential yet have very different orientations and practices. Over the years, the rate of success in 12-Step recovery has been hard to ignore by clinicians. Yet at the same time, 12-Step models have been criticized for being too narrow and limiting. 

There seems to have always been an awkward space between the two.

I come from both of these worlds and have found benefits from both in a personal and professional context. Since 2009, my belief has been that the best parts of both should be able to work together. I have believed that there should be a common foundation to build upon that could make both of them more effective.

(Author)ization Therapy is the result of studying these two ways of helping  and combining them in a way that created something new. 

It developed by taking some of the best mental health practices and theory (CBT, Family Systems, IFS, Narrative, Strategic, Restoration, Play, and Structural) and integrating them with the principles and practicality of the 12-Steps. It works in establishing unique insights that create a map for lasting change and uses those discoveries to apply clinical treatment in a more effective way. 

For those familiar with working the 12-Steps, they will find that (Author)ization Therapy cultivates the type of self-discovery and authenticity that's a necessity for the first three steps of 12-Step recovery programs. 

1. We admitted we were powerless over (insert your struggle) - that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

(Author)ization Therapy is especially beneficial because it helps quantify the Internal Authorities that support destructive beliefs about Self  (Step 1), demonstrates how the reorganization of Internal Authority can promote inner-peace (Step 2), and assists in promoting Internal Authorities to a harmonious hierarchy (Step 3).

Have you considered therapy or a 12-Step program?

If so, I invite you to consider (Author)ization Therapy as a possible option. Please contact me for more information or visit my website to learn more.