About the Creators of Enlighten Up Your Day

My name is Brian Ford and I am a marriage and family therapist, licensed in California and Oregon. My practice incorporates elements of Buddhist mindfulness training, aikido, yoga, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Over the course of my work as a therapist I have developed Auto Process Therapy (self-in-process-therapy) which assumes our core nature to be positive, adaptive, and having tremendous potential for happiness and wellbeing.  I have worked with children and families in a variety of clinical settings and I am trained in the Triple P, Positive Parenting Program approach to child rearing. I authored Auto Process Therapy: A Therapeutic Application of Buddhist Psychology, (revised, expanded edition).

I’m Theresa Fluty and I began my partnership with Brian Ford in the co-operation of Heart Tree Studios in Sacramento, California. When I first saw Aikido in 1989 it awoke a desire in me to experience my connection to life, recognize the significance of all beings, and to trust love beyond anxiety and fear. After completing a teacher apprenticeship program with John Smartt, founder of New School Aikido, I spent the next fifteen years co-leading the Aikido Center in Sacramento, California. From the beginning of my Aikido career I was taught that its principles are to be lived. Heart Tree Studios was an evolution of Aikido in me. Now I teach the principles of Aikido through the prism of Enlighten Up Your Day.

Auto Process Therapy: A Therapeutic Application of Buddhist Psychology

Auto Process Therapy is a first of its kind publication that offers a practical overview of Buddhist psychology in the practice of psychotherapy. As a treatment model, Auto Process Therapy is firmly established in Buddhism’s central premise that the Self is naturally adaptive and oriented toward happiness and wellbeing. Combined with the video tutorials included in Enlighten Up Your Day, Auto Process Therapy: Treatment Model and Practice provides an original perspective on Buddhism and psychotherapy.