You may have heard of the 5 Stages of Grief created by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross regarding the stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance which are present during times of major loss such as death, divorce, job, home, or robbery. I found individuals are similarly impacted during their personal therapeutic journey and have expanded Dr. Kubler-Ross’ concept by adapting it to stages of recovery, rather than stages of loss.
This recovery instrument stresses the importance of addressing each of the 5 Stages regarding any person or event that caused significant pain in your life. An individual may be dealing with different people at different stages for example: a person may be at Stage 1-Denial with their mother, Stage 2-Anger with an ex-spouse, and Stage 5 Acceptance with their father. We also emphasize the essential issue of Forgiveness for emotional healing in relationships.