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Ronald J. Frederick, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and life coach, with over 15 years of experience helping people get the life they really want. A long-time proponent of the transforming power of emotion, Frederick co-founded the Center for Courageous Living, which offers innovative therapy, coaching and consulting. Noted for his warmth, humor, and engaging presentation style, he lectures and facilitates workshops nationally.
Frederick is a senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute, as well as the Clinical Supervisor of Park House, an outpatient program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
His latest book is Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want. We interviewed him to find out more about his exciting new book and his life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, Ron. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’d be happy to. In addition to authoring Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want, I also work as a psychologist and life coach and am a co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Minneapolis, which offers innovative therapy, coaching, and consulting. As part of my career, I do a number of different things like speaking, training, and, now, promoting my book. As far as writing goes, I’ve done quite a bit of it over the years -- writing journal articles and book chapters -- but this is my first book.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Living Like You Mean It is a self-help book published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley. Based on cutting-edge science, it shares my proven four-step approach to overcoming fear and becoming more emotionally present in one's life and relationships.
What was the inspiration behind your book? Why did you feel a need to write it?
I was inspired to write Living Like You Mean It by my own life-changing experience. I was in my early thirties, had just finished my doctoral studies, and despite having everything going for me, I hit a wall. I was in relationship I frequently questioned and found myself filled with trepidation and fear about moving forward. I ended up in therapy and discovered, rather surprisingly, that the anxiety I was experiencing at the time had so much to do with being uncomfortable with what I really felt deep down inside. I had become so afraid of my emotions, of listening to and trusting my true feelings, that I couldn’t hear the voice of my deepest self buried somewhere inside me - the voice that knew what I wanted, knew what I longed for, knew what felt right to me and what felt wrong. I might have gone on doubting myself forever had I not gotten the help I needed to recognize what, in fact, I really was afraid of and to learn how to overcome my fears, accept and embrace my emotional self, and really connect with others.