Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men

Monday, February 18, 2019
John Guy, LMHC

Getting Unhooked: Emotional Agility for Men

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CCFW, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

5-week course.

Due to inclement weather, this course has been postponed and will now run February 18 - March 18, 2019

This course is being offered just for men. If you are interested in taking this course as a mixed course, we're offering a mixed course for everyone in March! The class will begin March 5th and will be facilitated by Joel Grow, PhD and John Guy LMHC. You can find more information and register here

Register here.

Course description

Many people have been socialized to be rational and logical: the message is that difficult thoughts and feelings aren’t helpful at work or anywhere else and should be avoided. A successful person should be cheerful and project confidence rather than negativity. However, all human beings have thoughts and emotions that include self-criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds trying to anticipate and solve problems.

In the business world, research shows that effective leaders approach their inner experiences in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way, integrating both logic and emotions. Studies show that emotional agility can help alleviate stress, become more innovative, and improve job performance. At the same time, increasing our emotional agility in relationships allows us to engage more deeply and meaningfully with those closest to us, as well as with ourselves.

The good news is that this skill of emotional agility can be trained and developed. In this course, you'll learn many of the same tools and practices as other mindfulness-based classes. Mindfulness and self-compassion are inner strengths that enable us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.  Participants will learn through activities such as meditation, group discussion, experiential exercises, short presentations, and home practices. Research shows these skills are associated with emotional wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and more satisfying personal relationships.

In this 5 week course we will cover the following:

Week 1

Developing mindful awareness
What are emotions?
Relationship of reason/logic and emotions

Week 2

Recognizing our patterns
Disentangle the emotion from the story
Increasing our emotional vocabulary

Week 3

Labeling thoughts and emotions

Week 4

From reacting to responding: acceptance
Communicating with others

Week 5

Tying it all together
Acting from our values


Course Schedule

5-week course

Mondays, February 18 - March 18, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Course Fees

$270: Regular registration

$275: Registration with a certificate of completion to use for CEU's

Additional options:

20%  off for UW Faculty and Staff: Must register with UW email address and provide department name, office, and position. This discount does not apply for family and friends of UW employees/faculty. 

25% off if paying with a UW Budget Number: Must have department approval. Must provide budget number at time of registration.

If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $275, available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 

  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at   Please submit applications at least 3 weeks before the start of the course. Important note:  Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify


About the Instructor

John Guy is psychotherapist in private practice at the Seattle Mindfulness Center. He offers mindfulness-based counseling to individuals and couples looking to establish new and healthy behaviors that help them lead lives more in accord with their values. John provided instruction in the technique of mindfulness to students earning their master's degree in the Contemplative Counseling Psychology track at Naropa University. He has practiced mindfulness since 2001. John regularly incorporates mindfulness  with clients, as well as in his work with Gender Equity & Reconciliation International, a program that convenes public workshops for healing and transformation between women and men, in the United States, South Africa, and London. John leads the NextSteps Seattle project, an initiative to secure public and private funding for workshops to renew and balance relationships between women and men in the wake of the #metoo movement. Find out more about John at: