50% Off First Online Therapy Consultation

After I realized how effective e-therapy can be I began working with folks around the globe as well as all over the US. I make this offer because I have freed up some time to further develop this online therapy delight, and convenience. How stimulating and meaningful it is to have meaningful clients in China, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, Los Angeles, New York as well.etc. To arrange an initial consultation, contact me: michael@michaelpicucci.com

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies

Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies was published yesterday in London for world-wide distribution. I was elated to have Dr. Sonia Gomes review my chapter: "Michael Picucci contributes outstanding resources for the use of ritual in clinical practice as well as in intimate relationships. The case studies and research demonstrate the importance of respecting ritual timing, interpersonal resonance and our own biological rhythms. Integrating all of these aspects... was a stroke of genius!" Thank you Sonia for your kind words.

New Audio Meditation: Blending Gratitude with Global Insanity

A 22-minute Meditation for finding sanity in troubled times: Today I am sharing a free audio meditation called: 'Blending Gratitude with Global Insanity.' It has deep meaning for me, and I hope for you as well. 

This gentle meditation is best listened to with headphones in a quiet, relaxed setting.

It illuminates how to be sane and content with a world of chaos all around us. Though we may have story lines above our deeper truth, the deeper more visceral version is far more effective in moving our lives more gracefully and meaningfully forward. Learn how to free up energies and enjoy letting the words wash over you like gentle waves lapping at your feet. Your comments are welcome as is the 'sharing' of this meditation with your friends. You can stream or download the audio below:

Direct Dropbox download of the meditation: Blending Gratitude with Global Insanity

 

New Audiobook — Focalizing Source Energy: Going Within to Move Beyond

New audiobook, Focalizing Source Energy: Going Within to Move Beyond is now available through Amazon and Audible. I am announcing this new platform to access this profound healing process with great excitement. Click the book's cover to read and hear what the buzz is about.

This audiobook represents a foundational understanding of Focalizing and how it allows anyone to access Source Energy (our innate naturopathic intelligence). It conveys the knowledge and experience my clients and I have gathered in my research and therapy practice over the past 30 years. It is this experience that has allowed me to observe the ways in which Focalizing can resolve unhealed traumas, conditioned thinking, sexual and other internal energetic barriers.

As these aspects are addressed, we are able to access a higher cognition of living that brings us joy, pleasure and contentment quite naturally. And this audio book explains how the process works.

Thank you to everyone who has inspired me and contributed to the publication of this audiobook. And special thanks to @NickWerber for recording and editing the audio version.

New Meditation - Truth and Oneness

Today I am sharing another free audio meditation that has deep meaning for me.  This is the final meditation I am sharing before I make a big announcement in the coming week. This gentle and beautiful meditation about 9 minutes long and best listened to with headphones in a quiet, relaxed setting.

It illuminates how to be gracefully in the moment by noticing that the act of 'Truth and Oneness' teaches us experientially that 'Truth Works!' Though we may have story lines above our deeper truth, the deeper version is far more effective in moving our lives more gracefully and meaningfully forward. The deeper truth also evokes the energy of love. Learn how to free up energies and enjoy letting the words wash over you like gentle waves lapping at your feet. Your comments are welcome as is the 'sharing' of this meditation with your friends. You can stream or download the audio below:

Dropbox download: Truth and Oneness

New Meditation - Doing By Not Doing

Today I am sharing another free audio meditation that has deep meaning for me. Others will be released over the next two weeks in the run up to early November where I will be making a big announcement, additional information to follow.

This gentle and beautiful meditation is 8 minutes long and best listened to with headphones in a quiet, relaxed setting. It illuminates how to be gracefully in the moment by noticing that the act of 'doing by not doing' teaches us experientially about 'letting be' and 'active presence' as we let go of ego and conflict to produce a more alive body that embraces a higher purpose. Learn how to free up energies and enjoy letting the words wash over you like gentle waves lapping at your feet. You can stream or download the audio below:

Download the audio meditation from Dropbox by clicking the following: Doing By Not Doing - Dr. Michael Picucci

New Audio Meditation - Consenting

Today I'm announcing that I will be sharing free audio meditations that have deep meaning for me. Several of them will be released over the next two weeks in the run up to early November where I will be making a big announcement, additional information to follow.

This gentle and beautiful meditation is 10 minutes long and best listened to with headphones in a quiet, relaxed setting. It illuminates how to be gracefully in the moment by 'Consenting' to present and existing realities. Learn how to free up energies and enjoy letting the words wash over you like gentle waves lapping at your feet. You can stream or download the audio below:

Dropbox download link: Consenting - Dr. Michael Picucci

Making the Addiction Recovery Process Their Own

The sensibility in this article permissions the dissolution of a shame barrier for individuals who are drawn to making the addiction recovery process their own in a mature and perhaps novel way, courageously blending their innate intelligence without rigidity. Thank you to TheFix.com for this recent posting that sheds light on the ongoing landscape of transformation of addiction and recovery. Bravo!

New Ways of Helping Substance Misusers

As a psychotherapist and Master Addictions Counselor for many years I am pleased that we are learning new ways of helping substance misusers. Until recently if one was unable (for whatever reason) to grasp the traditional 'abstinence model' as success they felt like and were often treated as failures. Today the shame imposed by ones self and by others is no longer necessary. There is an additional mode of treatment called 'Harm Reduction' that is shame free and forward moving toward a healthier way of being, and sometimes meets up with the complete abstinence model. Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, a long-time pioneer in this area explains the distinctions here very nicely:

“How Does Harm Reduction Substance Use Treatment and Psychotherapy Relate to Abstinence-based Treatment?

  1. Harm reduction psychotherapy brings a therapeutic orientation of harm reduction settings and a harm reduction orientation to treatment settings.

  2. Harm reduction is a framework for setting up helping relationships "meeting people where they are" across the entire spectrum of diversity and along the entire continuum of care. 
    • Accept all positive changes/reductions in harm as success
    • Start where people are-radically!
    • Affirm small incremental changes as well as quantum change
    • Collaboration is at the heart of empowering change
  3. Harm reduction is an umbrella philosophy that engages people around all motivational stages of change and supports the full range of positive change goals including safer use/behavior, reduced use, moderation and abstinence.
  4. We begin wherever people are ready to begin and support them in moving toward and achieving their optimal goals as they define them.
  5. This "extends the reach of traditional substance use treatment" to the large group, arguably the majority, of problematic substance users who are not ready, willing or able to embrace abstinence as a goal.
  6. This lowers the threshold for entering treatment and helps bridge the continuum of care from public health harm reduction practices, to harm reduction psychotherapy, medication-assisted treatment to, and including, abstinence-oriented treatment.
  7. We don't need to know the destination to begin the journey of healing, growth and positive change!”

Trauma Resolution Techniques

Trauma resolution techniques heal many kinds of other maladies such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, Tourette-like syndromes, insomnia, etc. Many don't even recognize or remember the traumatic events. yet they can be discovered through bodily sensations. These known or shrouded events throw our nervous systems out-of-whack. This multi-use resolution technology developed by one of my mentors, Peter A. Levine revolutionized my practice 15 years ago. In this 6-minute video you can get a small glimpse of the process in action with Peter and a veteran w/PTSD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1RnTipiU_Q

Also for vets w/PTSD the Focalizing Institute will soon be launching a program utilizing these tools (and more). Contact info@theinstitute.org

Important: Millennials (And Allies):

This theme issue is on Millennials. Check out this hot, new, multi-generational EXCLUSIVE issue launching of the new-format debut issue. We/I had a small part in inspiring this topic from our Focalizing Institute's Millennial Energy Project (and a recent article I was invited to contribute to PTM). In this new issue, I have a cool informative article on page 13 with my latest research. Click here to read the article.

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Shame Kills, Not Drugs

Check out this courageous story by Sturla Haugsgjerd that provides leadership about the toxic shame societies all around the world contaminate drug users with and how they have experienced this in life. I share your vision of a time when one's choices about what drug one chooses to put into their bodies and how are respected as are the people who choose to use drugs. As you point out, this is most of us, though unlike you, most of us don't have the courage, or feel we have too much to lose, to share our drug using stories. I think rewriting the shaming drug user narrative toward one of respect, acceptance and compassion is one of the most important issues of our day...along with ending prohibition and the drug war and making sophisticated, integrative harm reduction and other therapies available to all who need and want it. Friends, please read Sturla's piece and share it widely: http://theinfluence.org/yes-im-actively-addicted-to-heroin-now-stop-shaming-me-for-it/

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Sacred Sexuality

I'm getting a boosted affirming response to recent writings. Below a dynamic, peer led multi-faceted online free course designed for personal and planetary transformation has chosen my article (from Psychology Tomorrow Magazine) as the text for Lesson 19. I'm flattered.

Sacred sexuality is often associated with tantra – a spiritual practice in which sexuality is used to achieve higher spiritual states. Though tantric sexuality was developed in India thousands of years ago, it is recently becoming popular in certain pioneering groups in this modern age. The below article, while acknowledging those who choose a spiritual path of celibacy, describes some of the inspiring aspects of tantra or the art of spiritual lovemaking.

Read the full article (Lesson 19) here: http://www.transformationteam.net/ttcourse/trfc19a

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Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work

We’re shifting to another level of knowledge about our own human development! 
Hopefully this 'Times' article by David Bornstein will liberate many from unnecessary suffering and foster a more spirited forward movement. The time is right!

To read the full N.Y. Times article click: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/opinion/putting-the-power-of-self-knowledge-to-work.html?_r=0

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How Emotional Pain causes Addiction & Compassion heals it!

I have been observing for years is what my colleague Gabor Mate Gabor speaks so well of in this short video. Addiction has become so widespread, it’s an epidemic in our modern world. Around 240 million people around the world are dependent on alcohol, more than a billion people smoke, and more 16 million people use injection drugs, such as heroin…and alcohol, sex, food, shopping, work, and an addiction to destructive and limiting ‘conditioned thinking’…we all have them. And for each addiction, there is a human in pain, trying to escape from the torment inside of them.

We can heal addiction. Watch to learn how: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5sOh4gKPIg

Dr Gabor Mate says the root cause of addiction is pain, and the attempt to escape pain actually creates more pain that can be healed through mindful compassion.

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