Dr. Terry Smith’s Core Story technique provides a kind and caring way to give people a revealing and valuable look at themselves. The Core Story also creates a unique opportunity for a person to discover and acknowledge their Core Beliefs and the powerful role these beliefs have in shaping a person’s life.
Joseph McLoughlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University
As someone who went through the process of recounting my Core Story with Dr. Terry Smith almost two decades ago, I know personally that it can be a powerful experience. In this booklet, he goes step by step through his approach to drawing out the Core Story which highlights special relationships and controlling beliefs. It instructs the reader on how to replicate the process he has developed to transform lives over decades as a counselor.
Trina R. Shanks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
The Core Story provides insight into broken attachments and the meaning we place on those family attachments we experienced as children. Through the tool, we learn what we had to do to get our needs met! I think this should be an excellent accompaniment to addiction treatment.
Leslie S. C. Cole, M.D., Author of Quit Pain Pills Without the Withdrawal: How to Break Free from Your Dependence and Finally Woke Up Feeling Normal
The Core Story process gives a person the sacred space to tell the truth about themselves. When I experienced the process it was both profound and humbling. For those seeking greater understanding about human relationships, the Core Story coaching tool is a tremendous gift that offers endless possibilities to experience understanding, healing, and draw us to a deeper readiness to give and receive love.
Karen Casey, M.Ed., Educator, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Every man, woman and child have a Core Story. Unlocking that story, understanding the unconscious drivers, and discovering the true self has freed thousands from addictive and obsessive behaviors. On the job and in countless marriages, those behaviors sabotage success. The Core Story manual speeds the process of discovery and is an important tool for recovery.
Russell Bloodworth, Jr., Executive Vice-President of Boyle Investment, Inc.
The Core Story is an enhanced approach to using the genogram. This insightful and spiritually grounded process allows individuals to see themselves through a hopeful and true lens. Working with the Core Story is a great beginning and provides a solid foundation for continued emotional and spiritual healing and growth.
Lezlie R. Owsley, MMFT. LMFT, Intentional Life Counseling, LLC
My use of the Core Story concepts has proven to be a valuable tool for assisting people to assess the impact of their relationships and structure their thinking about their sources of motivation and drivers for performance, whether in a marriage or an organizational setting.
Ronald G. Joyner, LFACHE, Retired Hospital CEO, Co-Author of Being Better at Being Married: Building a Deeper Relationship Through Mutual Understanding
If you have experienced the genogram as a resource for understanding one’s family system, what Dr. Terry Smith has developed with the Core Story tool is more life giving and transformative than the genogram by itself! I’ve been personally transformed by the Core Story and have also witnessed the sacred space created with others each time a colleague, client, or friend experiences their Core Story. The Core Story helps people better understand the heart of human relationships.
John 0. York, Ph.D., Director, Doctor of Ministry Program; Associate Dean, Hozelip School of Theology, Lipscomb University
Several years ago I had the pleasure of Terry Smith facilitating my Core Story amongst two friends. I was blown away by the things that I learned about myself. The Core Story tool shined a light on my Core Beliefs, Core Wound, and Core Lie. I have since been able to confront my inadequacies and draw closer to the One who loves me and also help others process their life journey by facilitating their Core Story. The tool is powerful and illuminating as it allows individuals to look in the rearview mirror of their life and understand ”great and unsearchable things they did not know.”
William Roberts, Story Archeologists, Retired Business Executive
Core Story is a powerful instrument for discovery and healing of deep trauma. It is particularly valuable for those suffering PTSD from military or first responder experiences.
Lorry Malone, Retired Captain, USN Aviator, Vietnam War Veteran