“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

– Mark Haddon

Why Stories

Our coaching services and healing retreats utilize a unique, literature based, therapeutic method. This method is based on External Experiential Processing (EEP), an entirely new therapeutic model developed by Seth Atwater over nearly two decades of coaching, therapy, study and practice. The basic tools of this model, the Five Levels of Consciousness and the Change Wheel, will be taught during coaching sessions and retreats to create a mental foundation for the healing work.

Because we as human beings process our life experience in story form, well-told stories allow us to externalize our own experiences, process the trauma, and heal more completely than other therapy methods. Most therapy works to move victims from crisis to survival mode. Our goal is to move participants from survival to healing, so that they move from living with the trauma to leaving the trauma behind.

Understanding the Five Levels of Consciousness allows us to incorporate elements from various coaching and therapy models. Beginning with narrative and experiential, we utilize models to target each level of consciousness. Behavioral, cognitive, emotion-focused, solution-focused, dialectical, and analytic models all play their parts. Our model integrates all the best and most helpful elements of most of the current major models in a synergistic way, recognizing the correct time and level to apply each model.

What is External Experiential Processing (EEP)?

EEP combines elements of Narrative therapy with Experiential therapy, Cognitive/Behavioral therapy, Emotion Focused therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, and Analytical Therapy in a new, synergistic way. By learning to access our consciousness at five different depth levels,  we learn why we do what we do, think what we think, feel what we feel, and how to change at every level. This is accomplished through an external experience, which helps us learn to identify and modify our own consciousness by first practicing externally through a character and story in an emotionally protected environment. Using high quality literature to facilitate self-directed positive change is a key component of the External Experiential Processing method.

Our Purpose

We want to help you to identify the changes you want to make and give you the knowledge and tools to understand yourself and the change you are making. We want to give you the action tools that will enable you to make those changes. We want to help you create those changes in the most economical, efficient, and lasting way possible.

We are making our tools and help accessible to people of all socio-economic backgrounds. There are a number of ways to offer our services at different levels of membership. Some people may only need the website to help direct their change and to gain the knowledge they need through online self-directed courses while others may need the help of our coaches to guide them through their desired changes. Whatever your need may be, we hope to make our tools accessible to you.

Developments

 

At this time we offer life coaching through individual, couple or group models. We also offer live webinars for anybody and live in-person seminars for local Southwest Missouri residents.

We are developing our online classes that we hope to be offering by the end of the year 2023. We are developing a series of assessments and psychological tests that we hope to have available at the same time. These assessments are a combination of clinical tests that will aid you in identifying the changes that will best fit you, and pop psychology tests for your entertainment.

We are in the process of developing several series of meditations for you to use in creating a sense of peace and calm in your life. The first two series of meditations are the transformational meditations and world travel meditations. The transformational meditations were developed by Seth Atwater for several Autistic clients who were struggling using traditional meditations and needed something that would hold their attention throughout a 5 minute meditative period.

To accommodate these children, Seth created a meditation that took the children through a transformation from person to animal, allowing them to spend three to four minutes as an animal and then transform back into themselves. The meditation was so successful that several teachers asked for more of these meditations to use for their students in class. Since then Seth and his daughter Genevieve have been working together to develop other transformational meditations. The world travel meditations were initially developed as Seth worked with refugees who were homesick. He developed his world travel meditations by talking with these clients and learning what they missed about their country. He worked this into a five minute meditative period allowing the client to spend that time in their homeland. Once again, people loved these meditations so much that they were requested by others who wanted to experience other geographical and cultural ideas. Now Seth and Genevieve are working to develop a series of world travel meditations.

We want to develop a series of computer games that would be available to assist in internalizing the knowledge and action tools we teach in our classes. These games would be available with the courses as they are developed, once we raise the necessary funding. We are very excited about this support to our tools and the entertainment it will offer while you are creating the positive, self-directed change in your life. Also, we hope to develop musical tracks to aid in your learning and help to motivate you in the change process. These tools are dependent on the funding, but we hope to have these tools available sometime between mid 2023 and 2024.

We are also excited about creating family oriented fun in our community and any other community that would like to bring such entertainment to their citizens. We are hoping to build a family fun center in Monett Missouri begining with a miniature golf course. After we develop the family fun center in Monett we hope to branch out to other communities needing family freindly entertainment. To build a family fun center we need to raise $50,000 per month in membership fees in your community. We are also begining our third Friday of the month date night in Monett Missouri, our book club, our dinner theatre and community dances with instruction. We feel that these family freindly activities and entertainments can bring the community together creating unity and a sense of belonging to those who utilize these recources.