psychotherapy

Women's Issues

A Goddesses In Every Woman Reissue : New Psychology of Women    by Jean Shinoda Bolen "This book is very uplifting and an enlightening read no matter what type of woman you are. One of the best qualities is the author's ability to present the strengths of each archetype and not build a hierarchy of goddesses. This approach allows the reader to understand different women, as well as conflicting emotions within herself, and see the positive qualities. I found myself completely taken by her discussion of the Hestia archetype. In fact, I did some further research on this archetype and now have a collection of notes to pull from. If a book inspires further investigation, it is definitely worth the read."

 

 

Wise-Woman Archetype: Menopause As Initiation/Cassette    by Jean Shinoda, M.D. Bolen

 

The Co-Dependent Parent: Free Yourself by Freeing Your Child,Barbara Cottman BecnelThe Co-Dependent Parent : Free Yourself by Freeing Your Child    by Barbara Cottman Becnel "(Now in paperback, the honest, challenging, and life-sustaining book on parent-child relationships that no parent can afford not to read--featured twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show)."

 

Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families,Charles L. WhitfieldHealing the Child Within : Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families    by Charles L. Whitfield "(After a tumultuous adolescence and early adulthood I found myself in therapy. My therapist recommended that I attend a self-help group for adult children of dysfunctional families. The therapist also suggested that I read "Healing the Child Within". I didn't think I needed any self help group -at least not badly enough to go through the trouble of actually finding such a group in my area. After being in therapy for one year I read "Healing the Child Within".

I was not physically or sexually abused as a child. What I did not understand was how pervasive and harmful the emotional NEGLECT was and how it still affected me as an adult. What I learned from this book was how much I had been deprived of as a child. How feelings of fear and anxiety as an adult could be the result of childhood experience. After reading this book I was left with a very strong desire to attend a self help group. I attended my first ACoA group in October 1988 and my life has gotten better in ways I cannot put into words. This book for me was not the answer but a trigger to seek further help. But if I had not had this trigger I would not be where I am today. In the context of a trigger, I can honestly say that this book changed my life in a very profound way)."

 

 

When Things Fall Apart : Heart Advice for Difficult Times    by Pema Chodron " I first read this book when I was going through a difficult time. I expected some soothing and comforting words; I did not expect a message that made me look at Life in a different light. Pema Chodron's words touched my heart deeply: things are impermanent, and the search for security and a semblance of permanence draw us deeper into chaos. Its time to stop seeking an escape from depression and other negative emotions; instead we can try to get intimate with these emotions and the true nature of our minds, cultivate mindfulness and compassion, and stop struggling so hard to find ground.

This book touched me deeply; I have revisited it many times since, during good and bad times, and the message gets a little clearer every time."

 

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