Gwyneth Paltrow Snubs Psychotherapist Who Coined Phrase Conscious Uncoupling? (UPDATE)

Gwyneth Paltrow Snubs Psychotherapist  Who Coined Phrase Conscious Uncoupling? (UPDATE)

It has been brought to the attention of the Guardian Liberty Voice that in this article about Gwyneth Paltrow Ms. Thomas is, in fact, a licensed psychotherapist and not a yoga teacher, the paper would like to apologise for any distress that this may have caused her and/or her representatives. The article has been updated to show the correct information.

On Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, the most read post is the conscious uncoupling article which snubs the licensed psychotherapist who actually coined the phrase and instead relies upon two “experts” who explain the term. However neither of these people, apparently, have anything to do with the process.

On Goop, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami talk about the term and what it means. Unfortunately neither are really qualified to write any sort of dissertation on the term. Sadeghi is a holistic doctor and Sami is the psychotherapist’s daughter’s dentist. Ms. Katherine Woodward Thomas is the licensed professional in question and it turns out that not just rich celebrities have the ability to consciously uncouple.

The 56 year-old psychotherapist found out that Paltrow had used her term when she opened her laptop and found her inbox flooded with emails about her two year-old phrase that she’d turned into a business. Thomas is quick to point out that the phrase, consciously uncoupling, is not even her brainchild. She got it from a friend.

Katherine had written a book about her relationship with her, then, husband and what made it work. The book gave a seven week formula which could attract the reader’s love of their life. It sold almost 150,000 copies and unfortunately the relationship she used in writing the book went pear shaped and ended. She realised she needed to write a follow-on.

Talking to a filmmaking friend in her kitchen he relayed his divorce experience with Katherine. She said that Kit Thomas, her friend, came up with the conscious uncoupling phrase “on the spot” and she had what she calls “her eureka moment.” The moment she heard the term, she knew that it could be her second book.

Ms. Thomas rushed immediately to her laptop and purchased the URL and then created a workshop based on the phrase. On the website visitors can listen to a 75 minute dissertation and for a fee of $297 people can enroll in an online course that runs over five weeks.

The whole conscious uncoupling phenomena was started by Ms Thomas and she was a little surprised to see that on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website her name was not connected to the dentist and doctor’s explanation of the concept. Essentially, it looks like Paltrow snubbed the psychotherapist who coined the phrase.

Speaking to the The New York Times, Thomas explained that she’d never even mentioned the “uncoupling” training with either the doctor or her 13 year-old daughter’s dentist. She also said that Sadeghi used to be her holistic doctor and that he stays in touch with her, but he’s never taken the course.

Apparently he keeps a copy of her second book on his coffee table, i.e. the book on consciously uncoupling, and he texts her on a regular basis to say how much he loves what she is doing. In the spirit of “keeping in touch” Thomas sent the doctor a text asking about why she was not credited as a source on

The licensed psychotherapist, who was apparently snubbed by either Gwyneth Paltrow or her two “experts” who seem to be taking credit for coining the conscious uncoupling phrase, says that she will be speaking to Dr. Sadeghi about the issue of giving her the credit on the site. Rather oddly, it seems that when The New York Times contacted Sadeghi about this issue, he declined to comment. Ms Thomas is happy that her course has been publicised so well by Paltrow and hopefully she can get the credit she deserves on Goop. If not there could be a conscious lawsuit in the works.

By Michael Smith


New York Times

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2 Responses to "Gwyneth Paltrow Snubs Psychotherapist Who Coined Phrase Conscious Uncoupling? (UPDATE)"

  1. MKM   April 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

    For Kim: Gwyneth Paltrow is a flawed human being like the rest of us. Like 1 million other women, she seems to find joy, or at least comfort, by blogging her way through the sometimes painful Journey that life is. I’m not a Gwyneth fan, but I do find her particularly nonjudgmental of others– A lesson for us all.

  2. kim   March 31, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Just like a member if the supposed, Hollywood Royal Family.Gwenth,..A Hollywood Star! Has not been a part of any..Blockbuster Movie in how long?? Her acting abilities?? Not much in my opinion! A so called Singer? Again..What?.Now..owner of the Great web sight Goop…Really….???? Her way of living,raising children,Nutrition ECT….???Really?…Just like this person…Believes Better than all..And she is doing mankind a Huge Favour..By sharing.We could all learn from the best!..What a person!!! Does she walk on water also? She heard or took this, unknown course or had a discussion with someone somewhere. And repeated it on her Goop website As if Her own…She termed the phrase!Really? Unbelievable….Of course she forgot to mention the small person who actually did the work..If she gave the authors name..She would not be given the Label of Oh great one. People would see. She is just a women best known for dating…”Brad Pitt”..Once that star burnt out….Never thought of again..But know.. On every channel…everyone’s lips…Really?? Sick of it..Please…I certainly hope…The real owner if this phrase. Please stand up! And sue this fraud!!Come Gwenth join the real world.After this is over..Your light will dim once again!!!!,,Just as before…Are you not happy just being the best mom you can be? Your already some Superior women who has all the answers!..Is this. Too complicated to figure out? I’d love to watch the person who calls you out on the carpet and asks the hard questions. And hear the great Genwth actually say publicly this phrase and steps of “Conscious Uncoupling. Is not yours!!! And never was! Acknowledge. The. Real author of this idea. Way…and the real person.Phrase coined this Great Phrase!!! And you just failed to mention all of that. In your statement announcing your Divorce to the world! Oh my Lord..She just like the rest of the human world….Gotta to love the Spit light…Gwenth…


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