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Rev. Dr. Donald L. Paine, LICSW, AAMFTAn Open Letter to Former and Future Clients:

April 14, 2018

I am recovering and this is a picture of me before my accident and it represents my goal to get back to that healthy condition and further/forward to a renewed passion for life, purpose in life, and perspective for the work of helping people to heal from traumatized parts, to release the negative energy of exiles, and rediscover the presence of Self as the source of Hope, Healing, and Healthiness.

This has been a journey of pain and learning. From March of 2014 to May of 2018 I have been without my own private office. On May 1st, I will reopen my office at 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 102, Albany, NY 12203.

Thank you to the many who have supported me with hope and prayers for my full recovery. Let me assure you that I not only have recovered I have recalibrated my focus, my faith, and my fortitude.

Briefly, (for those who may not know particulars for my four year hiatus and 4 year deepening of confidence and compassion in my soul) while having trained in the Internal Family Therapist model for 10 years (cf. I had lost the very hope and healthy orientation that System offers. It is non-pathologizing, non-therapizing, non-judging, non-imposing yet offers healing of shame, hope for despair, wholeness for fragmented systems, and help for parts that feel helpless. My journey through emotional trauma and physical trauma have collectively imprinted on my psyche the importance of embracing "all parts" with compassion, differentiating, un-blending, and acknowledging them and the positive intention sometimes hidden from consciousness. These parts after a time of despair found hope for change and embraced the Self, which had gone no where, back into its rightful and resilient role for any fragmented and fractured parts in my internal system.

It may even be (this is a part I am sure) that the very fractures and fragmentations that I have experienced in my physical body and emotional spirit have internalized the power of the Self to heal from the inside out all fractures and fragmentations in the system.

Whether you are an existing client or are considering becoming a client, I assure you that my life's journey has deepened my understanding and awareness of my internal world and of how I understand and work with and for the internal world of clients. I invite you to let whatever you are going through that might seem overwhelming, devastating, or even hopeless to become a "deepening of your understanding and awareness" of your internal system and its (SELF's) inherent and natural resiliency and resolve.

A tweet from my hospital bed on July 1, 2016 (12 days after being hit by a car while waking and unable to get in or out of bed on my own) "Stuff Happens in life by accident, Shifts Happen by choice!"

With Respectful and Perspective Shifts,

Dr. Donald L. Paine, LCSW, LICSW, MFT
MA Office: 2 Swamp Road, Box 186, West Stockbridge, MA 01266. Phone: 413-232-6144
NY Office: 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 102, Albany, NY 12203. Phone 518-505-7359

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