All Kinds of News for August 12, 2020
Noted psychologist, author, and founder of Evoke Therapy Programs, Dr. Brad Reedy releases his second book, The Audacity to Be You: Learning to Love Your Horrible, Rotten Self, as an audiobook this month available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. It’s the perfect balm for a society forced into the uncharted emotional waters of a worldwide pandemic and quarantine.
A therapist with 25 years of clinical practice behind him, Dr. Reedy has worked with a variety of people from imprisoned sex offenders to celebrities to parents struggling to keep their troubled kids safe and alive. Yet through this diversity of cases, Dr. Reedy sees one common journey: how we can work to process our past wounds, forgive ourselves for our shortcomings, and ultimately love our Self, exactly as it is… even when it seems horrible and rotten. His book is a bold roadmap to finding our own humanity, and in the process, learning to see and value everyone else’s. “The result of this work is freedom and peace and a greater capacity to love yourself. When you accept yourself, your interactions with Others won’t be in the service of proving your goodness and worthiness. Instead, you use your energy for loving them,” he says.
Miles Adcox, Onsite CEO, praises the work as a "must-read for any parent" and Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger, calls Dr. Reedy a "gentle, authentic, and wise guide."
Dr. Reedy’s unabating passion is helping people to live better lives through a brand of self-acceptance that leads to a powerful inner peace. In this time of nearly unprecedented global anxiety, his voice arises as a calm, confident guide to a better way. The book is infused with a blend of clinical research, stories from his own experiences as a lifelong therapy recipient, practical tools, and fascinating case studies from some of the thousands of clients he has treated. His kind, conversational style makes the work accessible to all, not just those in the self-help community.
“Like most people, I was taught the lie that I have to pretend to be someone I’m not to be accepted and loved,” says actress Emily Baldoni. “Dr. Reedy’s work has helped me unpack that lie and to explore what’s underneath: the real stuff. I’m also learning that this is how I find my innate goodness and beauty. This is what it means to be whole. This is freedom. I’m deeply grateful for this work as I can’t think of a greater gift to pass on to my children."
Dr. Reedy is the co-founder and clinical director of Evoke Therapy Programs and a pioneer in the Wilderness Therapy movement. Earlier in his career, as co-owner of Second Nature Wilderness, he created one of the leading treatment programs in the U.S. He is the host of the podcast Finding You, regularly contributes to Psychology Today, and frequently serves as a mental health expert for broadcast and print media outlets. He consults and speaks internationally, and has delivered keynote addresses at numerous conferences and universities. In addition, he speaks at parent education conferences, symposiums, and workshops.
Dr. Reedy served on the board of the Utah Department of Child and Family Services and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, with a B.S. in Family Science, and later, a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy.
About Evoke Therapy Programs
Evoke Therapy Programs provides both outdoor-based therapeutic programs for adolescents, young adults and families and Intensive therapy programs for individuals, families, and couples. Evoke is accredited by the AEE/OBH and is a NATSAP Research Designated Program. Evoke’s outdoor programs are based in Bend, Oregon and in Saint George, Utah. Evoke’s Intensive Therapy programs are in northern Utah.