Welcome to the beginning of the end of your anxiety. Together, you and I are headed toward an inner transformation. It begins with an inner awakening followed by a rebirth, and then by moving through life with a brand-new pair of lenses. This is a process that holds no timeline for your healing. It's a journey where the balance between your desire for certainty and faith in uncertainty meet. I like to call this a flow state. It's the place where fighting with your current thinking patterns, your rocky past, your physical sensations, and your emotions become a thing of the past. Through this powerful book you will find harmony between your conscious mind, your subconscious mind, and your body, and the results will be nothing short of miraculous.A passionate CBT and NLP master practitioner/life coach, Dennis continues to inspire millions worldwide throughout The Anxiety Guy Podcast on iTunes, his popular blog at www.theanxietyguy.com, as well as his many social media channels online. His fun loving, gentle, and yet straight forward coaching style has helped many people truly understand that they are more than anxiety."Don't believe everything you feel." - Dennis Simsek
You know those days when you just can't even? When everything is haywire and everyone, including yourself, seems to be against you, not to mention against reason? Your to-do list is a mile long, your kid is sick, traffic sucks, and you just spilled coffee all over yourself as you were about to walk out the door? How do you cope? Most of us don't have great coping skills, and turn instead to addictions, zoning out, or freaking out. Dr. Faith, author of the bestselling Unfuck Your Brain, offers a range of healthier strategies for getting through tough moments, gaining perspective, and shifting your attitude.This book teaches you different strategies for different types of situations, and includes skills from many methodologies, including CBT, DBT, ACT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Somatic Experiencing, Jungian therapy, and more.
This volume collects case studies on the lives of people living in post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa. In doing so, it considers how people manage, respond to, narrate and/or silence their experiences of past and present violence, multiple insecurities and precarity in contexts where these experiences take on an everyday continuous character. Taking seriously how context shapes the meaning of violence, the forms of response, and the consequences thereof, the contributing chapter authors use participatory and ethnographic techniques to understand people’s everyday responses to the violence and insecurity they face in contemporary Johannesburg. Each case study documents an example of a strategy of coping and healing and reflects on how this strategy shapes the theory and practice of violence prevention and response. The case studies cover a diversity of groups of people in Johannesburg including migrants, refugees, homeless people, sex workers and former soldiers from across the African continent. Read together, the case studies give us new insights into what it means for these residents to seek support, to cope and to heal challenging the boundaries of what psychologists traditionally consider support mechanisms or interventions for those in distress. They develop a notion of healing that sees it as a process and an outcome that is rooted in the world-view of those who live in the city. Alongside the people’s sense of insecurity is an equally strong sense of optimism, care and a striving for change. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that this book deals very centrally with themes of the struggle for progress, mobility (geographic, material and spiritual), and a sense of possibility and change associated with Johannesburg. Ultimately, the volume argues that coping and healing is both a collective and individual achievement as well as an economic, psychological and material phenomenon. Overall this volume challenges the notion that people can and should seek support primarily from professional, medicalized psychological services and rather demonstrates how the particular support needed is shaped by an understanding of the cause of precarity.
Actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir High on Arrival, Mackenzie Phillips—Hollywood’s go-to person on substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education—brings her knowledge and voice on the subject of recovery for the first time, and shares her experiences for those who are trying to overcome addiction. As the daughter of lead singers of the 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas, Mackenzie Phillips grew up in a dysfunctional environment and subsequently battled a near-fatal drug addiction. Now, delivered with warmth and candor, she presents the wisdom she gained from her own personal journey through addictions and her understanding of practical treatment from her work as a rehabilitation counselor. Using her own life experiences as examples of proven recovery methods, she shares the tools and holistic approaches that are available to help you on your journey to recovery. Treatment is not “one-size-fits-all” and Mackenzie encourages addicts and their support networks to research the methods that most effectively address their individual physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Used by both recovering addicts and their families, Mackenzie’s book is a message of hope and reminds us that sobriety is a lifelong journey of the spirit that allows us to lift ourselves up even when we stumble and fall.
Using the latest research, real-world examples, and a new theory of healthy development, this book explains Hip Hop culture's ongoing role in helping Black youths to live long, healthy, and productive lives. • Connects the latest research conclusions about Hip Hop's influences with actual examples of its practice and applied value in action • Identifies education, health and mental health, and afterschool settings as key to promoting health and well-being • Disentangles arguments about whether Hip Hop culture is more of a tool for empowerment or a tool for risk promotion • Explains Hip Hop's ongoing contributions to health and learning, with attention to the Black community • Provides a common language and structure for helping professionals, researchers, and policymakers to organize work related to Hip Hop and well-being • Introduces meaningful models, tips, and resources for personal or professional use • Offers real-world insights from today's leaders within the Hip Hop Ed movement
Written for those working to heal developmental trauma and seeking new tools for self-awareness and growth, this book focuses on conflicts surrounding the capacity for connection. Explaining that an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others and the ensuing diminished aliveness are the hidden dimensions that underlie most psychological and many physiological problems, clinicians Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre introduce the NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM), a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma that, while not ignoring a person’s past, emphasizes working in the present moment. NARM is a somatically based psychotherapy that helps bring into awareness the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional without making the regressed, dysfunctional elements the primary theme of the therapy. It emphasizes a person’s strengths, capacities, resources, and resiliency and is a powerful tool for working with both nervous system regulation and distortions of identity such as low self-esteem, shame, and chronic self-judgment.
Based on extensive research, interviews, and her own personal experiences as a ritual abuse survivor, Oksana has written a compassionate and comprehensive healing guide that fully explains what ritual abuse is, confronts its long-term effects, and helps readers through the recovery process.
Have you ever thought that you had an itch that only alcohol could scratch? The Sober Sisters have a suggestion. Just be itchy, b*tch. As we say in the hilariously raw, honest, and groundbreaking book (think bite-sized social media-type posts), Don’t Drink Like My Sister, we’ll addict the sh*t out of anything. If you’re looking to Woman Up, Level Up, and Sober Up in a completely innovative way, open this book. We’re positive you won’t regret it. Get to know the real-life OG Sober Sisters through their ups and downs from drinking as tweens in Maryland to navigating “Mommy Wine Culture” as forty-something single moms in both California and North Carolina. Sometimes we don’t hide the cracks in our double lives as well as we think. Especially in a blackout. Hang on tight for the ride of your life. And always remember...keep it simple today. Tammie and Nicole
How one woman overcomes her traumatic past to become a strong leader, a good parent, a healthy relationship partner, and an empowered woman, sexually and everywhere else. Leah is a typical woman in society today — a mom, a wife, a small business owner. She is also typical because she is a survivor of rape. That rape and other sexual trauma are now typical in our society is tragic. By telling her story, Leah shines light on our current rape culture, as well as outlining a powerful path toward healing traumatic wounds, finding the strength to tell her truth (and perhaps shades of many other women’s truths) as well as claiming her right to a full and embodied sexuality. By her brave example, Leah hopes to help many other women do the deep work of healing sexual wounds, hold their wounders accountable, and claim the lives and the healthy sexuality to which we are all entitled. Join Leah as she walks us down the path of her trauma, the butterfly effect of that trauma, and her crawl, step by tumultuous step, out of the depths of shame, addiction, and codependency into a joyful, imperfect, triumphant, fully human life!
Gabriel Martinez is a different man after coming home from a tour of duty in the Middle East. He carries the scars of a soldier, wounds that aren’t visible but are dangerous, nonetheless. He saw and did things there that would haunt anyone. But he’s been raised to believe men are strong and can overcome all weaknesses, and admitting he needs help is a bitter pill. So, when his superiors force him to take leave and start therapy, he immediately balks at the idea. The only good thing about it is that he’ll be able to do it all in the privacy of his own home, due to the pandemic, and none of his team will ever find out. Melody Ann Novak is new to her career in Mental Health Care, but she takes to so far, she loves it with both skill and heart… When the pandemic hits, she knows there will be more people than ever that need help. One new patient in particular tugs at her heart. She’s drawn to Lance Corporal Martinez and wants nothing more than to help him. and the whole world is thrown into lockdown, she worries what may happen to her patients that need regular therapy. Thankfully, she’s able to continue to work via the internet. It also allows her to continue to support her young daughter, Lylah, when thousands of people are losing their livelihoods. Melody and Gabriel both feel the attraction to each other, even through the screen of the computers they’re forced to use to communicate. They try their best to fight it, knowing that to give in would break not just rules, but laws as well. Will they be able to keep their relationship professional? Or will they give in, and allow love to draw them together?
Estranged from her family, Natasha is making a life for herself in Darwin when her sister calls with bad news. Their mother is ill, and has only a few months to live. Confused and conflicted, Natasha returns to the home she fled many years before. But her father, an evangelical Christian, has not changed –he is still the domineering yet magnetic man she ran from, and her sisters and mother are still in his thrall. One night her father makes an astonishing announcement: he has received a message from God that his wife is to be healed, and they must hold a party to celebrate. As Natasha and her sisters prepare for the big event – and the miracle – she struggles to reconcile her family’s faith with her sense that they are pretending. Is she a traitor or the only one who can see the truth? And what use is truth anyway, in the face of death? Taut, funny and poignant, The Healing Party is an electrifying debut novel about faith and lies, the spirit and the flesh. Shortlisted for the 2018 Dobbie Literary Award and the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Longlisted for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize ‘A compelling portrait of religious zealotry but also of true goodness. The portrait of the family is wonderfully realised, especially the mother, whom Lee has imbued with warmth and grace, and her own inner mystery.’ —Amanda Lohrey ‘A wild family drama, shot through with a furious, pure and grieving love.’ —Helen Garner ‘I couldn't stop till I finished. Horrifying and wonderful.’ —David Marr ‘The tenderness and exasperation with which the characters are drawn will ensure comparisons with Amy Tan ... The Healing Party succeeds in the aim all novels share: it suggests new ways of seeing.’ —The Monthly ‘The Healing Party is part reality television and part an anthropological study of a strange foreign culture ... [a] deceptively simple, disciplined work’ —The Saturday Paper
Taking a new and innovative angle on social work, this book seeks to remedy the lack of holistic perspectives currently used in Western social work practice by exploring Indigenous and other culturally diverse understandings and experiences of healing. This book examines six core areas of healing through a holistic lens that is grounded in a decolonizing perspective. Situating integrative healing within social work education and theory, the book takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from social memory and historical trauma, contemplative traditions, storytelling, healing literatures, integrative health, and the traditional environmental knowledge of Indigenous Peoples. In exploring issues of water, creative expression, movement, contemplation, animals, and the natural world in relation to social work practice, the book will appeal to all scholars, practitioners, and community members interested in decolonization and Indigenous studies.