Befriending Your Shadow | Barry Michels, Psychotherapist, Bestselling Author

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#146 - Is there a part of you that feels unlovable? You know that part of yourself you're always trying to hide, change, or overcompensate? That's your Shadow. We're talking about what the Shadow means, how it affects your parenting and the power it holds within you.

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author BARRY MICHELS explains how recognizing and aligning with our Shadow, a term coined by Carl Jung, can actually lead us to a better relationship with our children and ourselves. And Barry walks Ellie through a difficult moment in her birth experience that left her feeling exposed and ashamed until this honest and healing conversation.

Listen to Part One on our conversation “How to Reclaim Energy, Creativity, and Willpower” released August 22, 2017. And check out: “Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression, and Unleash Your Soul’s Potential” (available at all book stores)

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About Our Podcast Guest:


"Barry Michels powered through his undergraduate studies at Harvard, went to law school at the University of California at Berkeley, and spent three years at a white-shoe law firm before disillusionment got the better of him. After a soul-searching time in Europe where he played guitar on street corners, he had a powerful spiritual experience and realized he wanted to be a therapist.

He returned home and got an MSW from the University of Southern California and began his psychotherapy practice in 1986. A few years later, still searching for a psychotherapeutic technique that would bring his patients true freedom, he attended a seminar held by Phil. Struck by Phil’s commitment to human potential and his unorthodox approach, he began to study with Phil and use The Tools with his patients." -



If you liked this episode, check out part one of this conversation from August 2017.