Reclaiming Authenticity – A Family of Origin Intensive Workshop

An intensive workshop for individuals who want to understand the impact of developmental/relational trauma from birth to eighteen, on their  current lives and adult relationships, and get on a path to heal and move forward. You will investigate the origins of adult dysfunctional behavior and identify childhood wounds that fuel symptoms such as low esteem, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic pain, workaholism, perfectionism, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties. The focus is not on blaming childhood caregivers, but rather healing trauma through examining unresolved, less than nurturing events from the past. You will learn how to move beyond your past and reclaim your authentic self.

2020 Upcoming Dates:

Women’s Intensive: July 10th – 12th

Women’s Intensive: July 24th – 26th

Men’s Intensive: August 28th – 30th 



The Reclaiming Authenticity family of origin intensive will set you up to practice better boundaries, to have healthier relationships, to reduce and release toxic shame, to increase your feeling of inherent self-worth, and to reduce the generational download of trauma and abuse.


The framework for Reclaiming Authenticity is based on Pia Mellody’s groundbreaking work and her Post Induction Therapy (PIT) model. Pia Mellody is a pioneer in the treatment of developmental trauma, and has authored Facing Codependence, Facing Love Addiction, The Intimacy Factor, and Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence. The format for the workshop was developed by Pia Mellody for the Survivors I workshop, offered at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona.


Preparation – You will get the most benefit from your intensive if you register early and allow for time to do the preparation work, which includes reading Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody, Growing Yourself Back Up by John Lee, and completing a detailed Family of Origin worksheet packet that will be emailed to you and should be returned ten days prior to the workshop.

Education – During this phase you will learn about boundaries and how, as a child, boundaries were possibly violated. You will begin to understand the relationship between the child and the adult as perceived by the child.  You will learn about the 5 core issues that developed from childhood trauma and/or neglect, including Self Esteem, Boundaries, Reality, Dependency, and Moderation, and how these manifest into secondary symptoms and relational issues.

Debriefing – This phase is about investigating your past (ages birth to 18), and recalling less-than-nurturing and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACES), and identifying associated feelings.  This process guided by the therapist was developed by Pia Mellody.

Inner Child and Feeling Reduction Work – Guided by the therapist through a series of two specific processes developed by Pia Mellody, you will identify and begin to heal childhood wounds. In this safe and nurturing environment, you will release painful emotions and reclaim you authentic self.

Ongoing Recovery and Empowerment Education – You will receive a set of strategies, tools, and resources to help make permanent these empowering principles in your daily life.


  • Each intensive is limited to 3-4 individuals over 3-4 days. Number of days depends on number of participants.
  • Cost of the intensive is $2,500. A $500 deposit is required to hold a space. Cancellations less than 14 days prior to workshop will lose deposit. Balance is due 10 days prior to the workshop.
  • Following the intensive you will be eligible to join a Reclaiming Authenticity therapy group that focuses on the core issues you desire to address, based upon your experience and insight gained in the intensive.
  • It is recommended that you be in counseling in order to participate in this intensive.  If you are not seeing a therapist at CCIA, there will be consultations with your individual and/or couple’s therapist(s) before and after the intensive for the best continuity of care.
  • Contact Erin Wysong-Warren if you have questions, or to register, at (214) 906-5138, or email to