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, goop.com 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 goop.com.
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