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Unmasking with the Values Based Integration Process


This was me, completely stuck in the slush yesterday.

It wasn’t “that much” so I thought I would be fine. Until I wasn’t.

I thought my power chair had enough oomph for the job. Until it didn’t.

There was nobody with me, so I don’t have the option of showing you the “big picture”.

But isn’t that often the case?

We think that what we’re dealing with isn’t too much until we get completely stuck and it’s too late to back up.

We think we’ve got the power and the tools to get to where we’re trying to get to until we realise they’re woefully underpowered for the task at hand.

We don’t have a buddy with us, because we’ve accepted our “independence-first” mentality of doing life, so we miss out on the bigger picture of where we are and struggle to find our bearings or find our way through.

It doesn’t have to be this way:

~We don’t have to wait until we get stuck to admit we need help.

~We can add emotional and relational and practical tools to our toolkit that can increase the power and strength and grip we have in our lives.

~We aren’t “less” if we start to rely on community to get us through.

There’s a better, easier way to go through life than driving through a slush-covered sidewalk in an underpowered wheelchair by yourself.

Do you need to reach out to someone for some support today? Do you need to add more power – more coping skills – to your emotional and mental toolkit? Do you need to build deeper, more substantial community? Send me a message – I’m always happy to chat!

(PS: as an aside, please, please, please shovel your sidewalks!!!)

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About the program

In 2017 I was newly self-diagnosed with atypical autism, struggling with burnout, and striking out when it came to therapists who could address the issues I was facing. At the same time, I was building skills around life coaching, shame reduction, and trauma-informed therapy for work. Gradually I realized that what I needed – an embodied, autonomous, agency-driven coaching approach to unmasking – was not something I was going to find “out there”, but something I was going to need to create if I wanted to recover my life. This was the moment the Values Based Integration Process was born.

Having developed the program for myself – and having seen the incredible results it brought in my own life – I began to use it with coaching clients. The results were out of this world!

After conversations with Dr. Devon Price, the technique was featured in his book Unmasking Autism. With it, came interest in the technique and the decision was made to begin training coaches and therapists to help make this toolkit more readily available.


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