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Kelly Jo Hapgood, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
EMDR Trauma Therapy for adults and teens
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Kelly Jo Hapgood, MA LMFT

Phone: 763-438-5558

Fax: 612-824-3574

I AM ME, LLC.
1206 42nd Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
USA



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ABOUT I AM ME, LLC.

I AM ME, LLC. derives its name from a poem by Virginia Satir who was one of the key figures in the development of family therapy.  Satir is considered to be the mother of Family Systems Therapy.  Virginia Satir was known especially for her approach to family therapy. Rather than placing her focus on illness, Satir's style came to be based on personal growth. She was concerned with the health and healing of each individual human spirit by connecting with a universal life force.  She believed that a healthy family life involved an open and reciprocal sharing of affection, feelings, and love.  Although Virginia Satir devoted her career to family therapy, she believed strongly in focusing on the self-worth of individuals. The family unit might be critically important, she felt, but the self-esteem of each member of the family had to come from within each person.



My Declaration of Self-Esteem
by Virginia Satir
 
I AM ME

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fantasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears -
I own all my triumphs and Successes,
all my failures and mistakes Because I own all of Me,
I can become
intimately acquainted with me - by so doing
I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts - I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know - but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me - However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me - If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded - I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me - I own me, and
therefore I can engineer me - I am me and



I AM OKAY
 
© Virginia Satir, 1975.

Found in Virginia Satir, Self Esteem, Celestial Arts: California, 1975.