In A Whole-Hearted Embrace, Finding Love at the Center of It All, psychologist Patrick Dougherty shares the remarkable story of his experiences of tragedy and loss, healing and grace. Although trauma, death, and the burden of survival were a strong part of his life from early childhood, he also experienced "the light" in his heart.
Through despair and deep longing for inspiration, he followed that light and found profound blessings, first in the Christian faith, then in Native American beliefs, and finally in Taoist meditation. In these three spiritual traditions, he not only found relief from his burdens and the answers to his questions, but also was shown that the limitless capacity to give and receive love that is in your heart is far bigger than any burden you carry or any tragedy you may have experienced.
“Dougherty tells us, with clarity and grace, how he was healed, psychologically and spiritually. If you'd like inspiration or courage to embrace your life and to live a life centered in love, this is a good book for you.”
In this break-through book, Patrick Dougherty shows how simple and powerful it is to integrate aspects of Taoist philosophy and Chinese medicine into Western mental health practices. From teaching simple qigong mind/body techniques, specifically the use of breathing and imagery, to then explaining how to use the broader principles such as how the energetic world we live in impacts our emotional and psychological health, he shows the reader how easy it is to positively impact one’s mental health. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this book is that Dougherty shows us that by following these practices it can easily lead to a more open hearted- engagement with the world.
“Following the centuries-old tradition of Taoist writers, Patrick Dougherty has taken complex principles of Taoism and made them elegantly simple. In Qigong and Psychotherapy you will find practical techniques that are easy to apply in both psychotherapy and everyday life. There are real life examples to show how these techniques can be used to both deepen and speed the process of psychotherapy, and the exercises are written with clear and easily followed directions for immediate application. While this book offers relief from suffering, it also goes beyond that to lead the reader to greater engagement and deeper connection with all of life. Qigong in Psychotherapy distills Taoist wisdom into accessible means for living a whole and joyful life.”
“It is rare to find a book where the words jump off the page and pour into your heart. Dougherty's book does more than nourish us with the truth of testimony; it brings down the light and it touches us in a good healing way.”
“Inspiring story of overcoming great trials and tragedy to experience true happiness. It is instructive to us all, and goes to the heart of all healing - to the power of love.”
“The stories of his passion for healing and how that came to him and transformed his life will inspire anyone. He has found one of the keys to success –look inside and you will find everything you need to survive and thrive, in the center of your heart.”
“The Chinese have used qigong for thousands of years to help people with physical and mental health problems and now these practices are being incorporated into Western health care. Patrick Dougherty has found the essence of qigong and made it easy to understand and simple to use. This is a wonderful book for psychotherapists, their clients and anyone interested in a holistic approach to mental health. You really can do much for people by doing just a little. ”
“Patrick Dougherty's first work is brilliant. He has brought the Eastern Spiritual practice of qigong into his Western psychological counseling sessions and made a perfect marriage. He has successfully delineated in positive, specific and constructive terms the means one can incorporate in one individual life...as a lay person, psychologist, qigong practitioner or health care provider. The information and concepts flow effortlessly into the reader s consciousness in this easy to read presentation. Everyone will benefit from exploring this delightful book.”