How to Be Your Own Therapist : A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Competent, Confident Life

How to Be Your Own Therapist : A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Competent, Confident Life

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by Patricia Farrell
     
 

Self-help tools that work with—or without—the aid of a therapist

How to Be Your Own Therapist provides tools for those who want to replace unhealthy behaviors with actions that bring satisfaction and success. Drawing from her 20 years as a licensed therapist, Dr. Patricia Farrell has developed an approach that enables individuals to manage their own

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Self-help tools that work with—or without—the aid of a therapist

How to Be Your Own Therapist provides tools for those who want to replace unhealthy behaviors with actions that bring satisfaction and success. Drawing from her 20 years as a licensed therapist, Dr. Patricia Farrell has developed an approach that enables individuals to manage their own lives by reclaiming the personal power to take action.

With intelligence and insight, Dr. Farrell shares the innovative techniques and exercises that promote successful results in her own patients—patients whom Farrell quickly enables to move into independent problem-solving action. Also included here are dozens of proven self-assessment tests, compelling case studies, and helpful symptom-identification sidebars.

Her "power tools" include how to:

  • Fire one's parents
  • Quit whining
  • Make lots of mistakes

Stick up for oneself

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071387330
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
List
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia A. Farrell, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New Jersey. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from New York University and is a Clinical Professor of Doctoral Psychology at Walden University. She is a frequent guest on "The Maury Povich Show" and has also appeared on "Sally Jesse Raphael," " Montel Williams," "The View," "Court TV," "ABC World News," and "Inside Edition". Her print interviews include The Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, Psychology Today Online, the Atlanta Constitution, and Cosmopolitan. Dr. Farrell also serves as the Moderator/Expert for the Anxiety/Panic Board on Web-MD. She lives in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia has done it again! This book has proven to be one of the most helpful yet. She has proven what many of us have already thought...you don't always have to go running to your local therapist for something you can quite possibly do yourself. Don't get me wrong, Patricia plainly states that if you absolutely need to see a therapist, then by all means, do so. But I think you should read her book beforehand in an effort to do everything within your power to help yourself first. Who knows, you could save yourself a lot of money, time and heartache.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good about this book and the tools Dr. Farrell has given to me, the reader. I can see myself on every page. I have been in therapy for years and I wish I would have had this book when I first started. It would have saved me a lot of money and I would be in a different place by now. But none the less, I am glad to be reading it now. Thanks to Dr. Farrell! You've saved my life!!! I have realized now more than ever that I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to better my life!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such is a major theme of this book. If you want to improve your life, you can stop procrastinating. Dr. Farrell presents tools for you to use right away to change your life for the better. She interweaves tales of her patients, her past and questions to you, in order for you to find your own truth. Ultimately, you know yourself best! If you use these questionnaires honestly, you will find yourself, your strengths, and that which you can work on. "How to Be Your Own Therapist" is no dry tome. It is not chock full of statistics. No, it is written in an interactive manner, in dialogue fashion. Dr. Farrell maintains a conversational and positive tone throughout. She encourages you to get going. Don't just read the book, USE it! Of course, being a "tools" oriented book, it is not meant to be read once and tucked into a nook on the bookshelf. Read it over again and again to get the most out of its and your potential. Through right use of the "tools" you will find your truth. You will learn to embrace yourself, to learn through mistakes. You will learn to be responsible for yourself, maybe even save money by being your own therapist! Over the couse of this work, the author assumes that you do indeed wish to change. Well, what if you're sufering from inertia? As Dr.Farrell so eloquently states; "being too safe is insidious: it will slowly build up over time, giving you a collection of experiences that didn't happen, memories never made...your life...as an album empty of photos you didn't take...the regret of an unlived life might well be the foremost." Read and use this book. Don't you, don't we all deserve the best life we can get?