The country’s leading practitioner of Self Acceptance Training, Cherie McCoy has been conducting workshops, professional seminars and supervision groups since 1971. She currently maintains a private practice in Novato, California.
Cherie McCoy’s innovative groups are open to people who want to explore specific life issues, as well as those who wish to heighten self-awareness, experience relief from criticism, and feel more alive and energetic.
Using insights from her lifelong practice of meditation, she guides students to make their own voyage of inner discovery. Cherie leads people to touch upon emotionally charged “core” truths, which form their personalities and shape their relationships. As they start to recognize and assimilate these truths, allowing them to “be there” without judgment, the students come to know the meaning of self-acceptance. From that plateau, individuals create conditions for vital, positive change.
Self Acceptance Training
Self Acceptance Training (SAT) is an approach to human development and counseling created by Richard (Dick) Olney. It was at Cambridge House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during 1969 where Dick became fully connected to the work. SAT uses various modalities such as bioenergetics, shamanism, Eidetic imagery, Ericksonian hypnosis, gestalt, and somatic (body) awareness. When practicing SAT, a person experiences his/herself in a given moment without the inhibition of self criticism, self judgment, or self evaluation.
Cherie studied directly under Dick as his primary pupil for 15 years. She continues the work using the modalities mentioned above while incorporating mythic and creative fantasy and Eastern philosophy to create a powerful impetus for self-exploration and a renewed sense of personal vitality.
Cherie designs workshops to create an atmosphere of loving acceptance that allows the student to experience him/herself on the emotional, cellular, and physical level, promoting self-acceptance. Learning to listen to their body and unlocking the body’s knowledge, the student comes to a somatic and spiritual integration of their life’s process.