The Clinic always begins Thursday morning at there a few minutes early, and be sure to allow for traffic and parking. We start with lectures in the 6th floor lecture room right off of the elevator. That's where final registration will be.

For those of you who are driving into town,  I have again arranged for $10 per day parking with St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral --- 519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 870-7800
--- where 15th and  Oak Grove converge, and also facing Hennepin and Lyndale from the side.

Park in the back, then go around to the front and go inside and find Pat Betsinger who is their wonderfully helpful Canon Administrator, and she can accept the $10 parking fee and give you something to put on the dash of your car.

You will only need to do this on Thursday and Friday, because on Saturday and Sunday you can park in our upper lot, right next to the side of our building.

Our building is a 6-story art deco 1925 medical building...elevator on main floor. 

We go from 8:30-6:00 or so Thursday and Friday, and 9:00-6:00 or so on Saturday,
and 9:00-noon on Sunday. Times are approximate because if a group member is in the middle of some important work at 6:00 pm, we will let them finish that piece of work rather than cutting them off, so expect some flexing of the schedule.

Participants go to lunch (usually together with their small group) at restaurants nearby.

Wear comfortable clothes, and feel free to bring coffee or tea or any snacks that you would like. We provide plenty of bottled water, fruit, and granola bars throughout the process.

2017 ClearLife®  Clinic
Very Appropriate For Both Individuals And Couples
$750 Fee is per person

Friel Associates  651.628.0220
Electronic Fax 651.628.0220

(Click Here For Client Forms)

LIMITED to 14 Participants (2 therapy groups of 7),
so register at your earliest convenience

 Spring, 2017

Held at our clinical offices at 1409 Willow Street Minneapolis, MN 55403 

For hotels, use this address and enter it into or other travel site and sort by distance from office, then select by your preferred price range. Parking information is on our home page on the upper right side of the page.

Please Note!  All Mail Must Go To:

PO Box 270250 St. Paul, MN 55127

or it will be returned to you, or use Secure Fax 651.628.0220 and press
"Send" as soon as you hear our outgoing message

See Registration Form Below

Research shows that men and women who have authentic emotional support from others who know them "warts and all," live longer, fight disease better, are less likely to have heart attacks, are less likely to be depressed, and are more adaptive and flexible in the face of life's unpredictability. Since 1985, we have had over 6,000 people attend the ClearLife®  Clinic . It is a gentle 3.5-day process composed of lectures and small-group work. Participants take a respectful look at family-of-origin--much like doing "psychological archaeology." They identify some of the patterns they are still playing out that are causing them problems, and then learn some new patterns to replace those in the here-and-now. There is a maximum of 7 people per small group.

There is a strong emphasis on helping participants move through and out of Victim or Perpetrator Cycles of Behavior into cycles of Competent Adult Behavior. Participants often come to work on the following issues…

* Relationship difficulties  *  Depression (non-biological) * Anger problems  * Addictions  * Anxiety  * Compulsive Behaviors   *  Career or Identity Issues  *  Stress

Admission to the ClearLife®  Clinic  is by application. Screening includes a comprehensive Intake Form and consultation with the applicant’s therapist if there is one. If not, we encourage applicants to have a therapist with whom to work, after the program has been completed.

Program Schedule  times are approximate due to work being done in each group

Thursday   8:30 – 6:00 p.m. Friday        8:30 – 6:00 p.m.               Saturday    9:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday       9:00 – 12 noon  

Some Important Considerations

People often wait ‘til the last minute to sign up for programs like these. Sometimes people think about doing this kind of work a few years before they actually sign up. The thought of doing group work creates anxiety for everyone, no matter how much experience they’ve had.

All we can say is that as far as group programs like this go, we have made it as safe and as low-threat as possible. Within 45 minutes of the start of the program, most people are feeling significantly more comfortable than when they began.

Couples and Individuals: The ClearLife®  Clinic is  for both individuals and couples. But, we handle most couples differently than we did in the 1980’s. In 1991 Linda Friel began experimenting with putting both partners of a couple into the same small group, with the same facilitator, rather than splitting the partners up by putting them into different groups. It immediately became clear that this was an ideal way for couples to learn to have differentiated intimacy because the structure of the program "asks" each person to do his or her own work within his or her small group. Doing one’s work with a partner present, but under rules which prevent the partner from rescuing, giving advice, or attempting to control their mate, allows both of the partners to begin to manage their own anxiety, thereby increasing differentiation.

So, while the program is structured for you to do individual work, one of the most intimate experiences a person can have is to witness his or her partner doing that work, without getting in the way. Paradoxically, it increases closeness and empathy and decreases enmeshment and exaggerated dependency—all of which mean deeper, truly grown- up intimacy.


A $350 non-refundable deposit is required prior to the screening process. If you are not admitted to the program, your deposit will be returned to you. 

ClearLife®  Clinic Dates for 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

Spring, 2017

LIMITED to 14 Participants (2 therapy groups of 7 each)

********************************REGISTRATION FORM**********************************

The ClearLife®  Clinic  is a special 3.5-day program designed to help people discover and work through the roots of self-defeating patterns of living. As we practice old learned habits over the years, we may find that they no longer work for us, so that we ultimately try harder to be happy but feel less comfortable as time passes. These habits can eventually interfere with our quality of life so that we experience depression, feelings of loneliness and emptiness, troubles in our intimate relationships, and compulsive or addictive behaviors. In the end, we may discover that we have unconsciously held onto patterns that only lead to more of the same unhappiness.

1.    PREPARATION Click Here For Client Forms
If you can, please include your completed INTAKE FORM (4 pages) and HIPAA PRIVACY signature page with your non-refundable deposit for the ClearLife®  Clinic.  If you cannot print out these pages, we can send you the forms, but this will delay your application.  The information in these forms is confidential, and cannot be released to anyone without your written permission. If you have a therapist, please have him/her sign the Therapist Release Form that is specific to the
ClearLife®  ClinicClick Here For Client Forms

To help determine if the CLINIC will be an appropriate experience for you, we require that each participant send us a completed INTAKE FORM before we can proceed with your application.  Be forewarned that the $350 deposit does not mean acceptance.  If after reviewing a file we determine that the applicant may not benefit from the CLINIC at this time, we will refund the deposit in full.

3.   We encourage you to have a therapist prior to attending the Clinic so that you have someone to process your experience with when you are done.

4.    ALSO NOTE!! 
Do not make non-refundable airline or other travel arrangements until you have been notified of your acceptance to the Clinic.  If this happens, we will not be held responsible for any travel costs incurred by you to get to the CLINIC.  We strongly urge you to send in your deposit so that we receive it in our office at least ten (10) days prior to the start of the CLINIC.  If we receive your deposit later than that, we cannot guarantee that there will be room for you at the CLINIC or appropriate time to review your Intake Form, for acceptance.  For deposits received later than ten (10) days prior to the CLINIC, we will put you on a waiting list in the order in which your deposit and intake form were received; and we will do everything that we can to make sure that you get in; but we will not guarantee it.

 5.    PAYMENT
The cost of the ClearLife®  Clinic  is $750.  A $350 non-refundable deposit per person is required to hold a space for you at the CLINIC, and the balance is due the Thursday morning that you begin.  Space is reserved upon receipt of your deposit, and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we suggest that you send it in at your earliest convenience.  We accept checks, VISA or MASTERCARD.

6.  LOCATION:      Our Clinical Office at 1409 Willow Street Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403

We ask that you come prepared to look closely at your family of origin, as well as how that system impacts you today.  During the CLINIC, you will be involved in both lectures and small group work designed to help you untangle the often complex dynamics underlying our unhealthy lifestyles.  At the end of the CLINIC, you will decide on a follow-up plan.  It is very important that you plan to do this follow up work.  As with any personal growth experience, if you don't follow up with a maintenance program afterwards, much of the gain that you make while at the CLINIC will be lost.

8.  NOTE:   The CLINIC begins Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.


Mail to Friel Associates  PO Box 270250  St. Paul, MN 55127 or use our Electronic Fax 651.628.0220 (
press "Send" as soon as you hear our outgoing message) or scan and email to

ClearLife®  Clinic  REGISTRATION FORM            Friel Associates  651.628.0220

NAME:________________________________________    PHONE:    (H)_______________ (W) ______________
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I have read and understand the above description of the ClearLife®  Clinic  process, and agree
to abide by the conditions stated above.  (Applications are not valid without a signature)

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                                      Today's Date: _____________________________