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ClearLife®  Clinic


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 therapy 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

Admission to the ClearLife®  Clinic  is by application. Screening includes a comprehensive Intake Form, psychological testing (MMPI-2 or MCMI-III), and consultation with the applicant’s therapist if there is one. If not, we strongly urge applicants to have a therapist with whom to work, after the program has been completed.

Program Schedule

Thursday 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 9:00 – 12 noon

The program is billed as 22 hours of Outpatient Group Psychotherapy (90853). If you can legitimately be given a DSM-IV Diagnosis, one will be given. We are out-of-network providers, so check with your insurance carrier to see if it will be covered.We would be happy to speak to you by phone if you have additional questions.

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 therapy group, with the same therapist, 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 therapy group. Doing one’s therapy 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.

Deposit and Testing Fee

A $250 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. If you have taken either the Millon or MMPI-2 within the past 6 months, you can contact the therapist or agency where you took it and have a copy forwarded to us. You will need to sign a Release of Information to do so. We do not accept a verbal report, unless it is also accompanied by the actual test profile (graph). A nominal charge of $50 covers the testing if you do it with us.

The ClearLife®  Clinic is a special 3.5-day program designed to help 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.

The ClearLife®  Clinic   is a therapy process designed to help identify and explore early patterns and habits that may have been useful in childhood but that are now causing problems in adulthood, so that participants can begin to acquire emotional, behavioral, and cognitive tools to begin leading a more satisfying life in the present.

This program is especially helpful for those who are:

1. seeking a deeper, fuller, more conscious identity.

2. struggling with relationship issues, and

3. concerned about depression, anxiety, compulsive or addictive behavior, or the impact of childhood pain in their lives now.

ClearLife®  Clinic   Inquiries/Referrals:

Friel Associates/ClearLife® 
PO Box 120148
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112-0013
Tel: 651/628-0220      Fax: 651/628-4909

Each clinic begins on Thursday morning, and ends on Sunday at approximately noon.

The 2005 ClearLife Clinic dates:

St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota $595         651/628-0220   651/628-4909 fax
Friel Associates/ClearLife/Lifeworks     April 14-17, 2005  October 13-16, 2005   

Reno, Nevada (Carson City) $495  Space Kindly Provided By Carson-Tahoe Behavioral Health Services
Friel Associates/Clearlife Reno  775/337-0299       August 11-14, 2005


**The lectures and one of the small groups at each location are conducted by John Friel.
**There is an intake process which includes an intake form and psychological
    testing, so it is wise to sign up for a particular Clinic at least 2 weeks in advance.
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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. It is a therapy process and we therefore take very seriously the procedures outlined below for admission into the program.  Please read this material carefully, and sign and return the bottom part of this form with your deposit.  By signing below, you are stating that you have read and understand the procedures discussed here.

After sending in your non-refundable deposit for the ClearLife®  Clinic , we will send you an INTAKE FORM.  We ask that you complete this form and mail it back to us as soon as possible.  The information on this form is confidential, and cannot be released to anyone without your written permission.

To help determine if the CLINIC will be an appropriate experience at this time in your therapy we require that each participant have a recent MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY (MMPI-2) or MILLON CLINICAL MULTIAXIAL INVENTORY (MCMI) profile in their file.  If you have taken an MMPI or MCMI in the past 3 months, have your therapist send us a copy of the profile (a full report is not necessary, and a a report without the actual profile/graph is not acceptable).  If you do not have a recent one, you can have one done by a psychologist or mental health center in your area.  If you live in the Twin Cities, you can stop by our office by appointment to take the MMPI-2 or MCMI.  An office fee of $50 is charged to score and process the test.  We need both the test profile and your completed INTAKE FORM before we can proceed with your application and send you a letter of acceptance.  Be forewarned that the $250 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.    PLEASE NOTE WELL!!  If you do not already have a therapist with whom you are working, we strongly advise you to get one 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 in writing 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 test and 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, intake form, and test 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 $595 IN St. Paul and $495 in Reno, NV.  A $250 non-refundable deposit 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 VISA or MASTERCARD.  At the end of the CLINIC, we will give you a statement of charges for submitting to your insurance company.  If your policy covers any of the charges, reimbursement will be made directly to you by your insurance company.

The location for the Reno, Nevada CLINIC will be determined by the number of registrants. We will let you know where in Reno it will be held closer to the time it is scheduled.

The CLINIC  in the Twin Cities is held in our clinical offices in Nerw Brighton, MN. Clients may return to their homes in the evenings, or if you are from out of town, you may stay with friends or relatives. If they can afford it, participants will often get a room at a nearby hotel for Friday evening during the Clinic, so that they can do important Clinic work undisturbed; or let family members know that they will be needing private time and space this evening.

There is a limousine service from the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport that costs approximately $15 and will take you to any of these hotels. 
Our offices are at 2677 N. Innsbruck Drive, New Brighton MN, 55112, (651) 628-0220.   If you are driving here, you should take I-35E or I-35W to I-694, and take the Silver Lake Road Exit off of I-694 and go north approximately 1 block to N. Innsbruck Drive. (Do not send mail to this address. It will be returned).

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 psychotherapy 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 treatment process, 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..


NAME:________________________________________    PHONE:    (H)_______________ (W) ______________
House #____________  Street_________________    City__________________________ State ______ Zipcode________

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.)

SIGNATURE:_________________________________        DATE:___________________      
Please register me for the________/_________ ClearLife®  Clinic  in __________Mpls/St.Paul  _______Reno, NV
                                             Month  /   Year

            My check for the $250.00 deposit is enclosed

            I would prefer that you bill my VISA or MASTERCARD

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