The Unavailable Father: Seven Ways Women Can Understand, Heal, and Cope with a Broken Father-Daughter Relationship

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Strategies for overcoming a damaged father/daughter relationship

Problems between fathers and daughters can damage a young girl's identity, convince her she's unloveable or without worth, and send her into unhealthy adult relationships. This groundbreaking book includes in-depth stories and case histories of a broad spectrum of women over 25 who have recovered and flourished in their professional and personal lives despite the lack of a father's recognition and affection. While ...

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Overview

Strategies for overcoming a damaged father/daughter relationship

Problems between fathers and daughters can damage a young girl's identity, convince her she's unloveable or without worth, and send her into unhealthy adult relationships. This groundbreaking book includes in-depth stories and case histories of a broad spectrum of women over 25 who have recovered and flourished in their professional and personal lives despite the lack of a father's recognition and affection. While the legacy of pain that these fathers leave is deep, there is much that can be done to alleviate and even conquer it. Using these women's stories as well as her insights from her private practice, the author outlines basic strategies to overcome the void left by an abusive, absent, alcoholic, mentally ill, irresponsible, selfish, or unloving father.

  • Written by Sarah Simms Rosenthal who has a thriving practice in New York City
  • Reveals how to understand the truth about your childhood
  • Includes strategies for discovering and analyzing past adult relationship mistakes—both personal and professional
  • Offers successful techniques for establishing new patterns of behavior

The women whose stories are told in The Unavailable Father have learned to recognize and change the patterns instigated by their dysfunctional fathers and have moved forward, fulfilled.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470614143
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 545,441
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Simms Rosenthal, PhD, holds her degree in clinical social work from New York University and has a private practice in New York City. Contact her at www.theunavailablefather.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 The Stories 1

Chapter 1 The Disapproving Father 3

Chapter 2 The Mentally Ill Father 27

Chapter 3 The Substance-Abusing Father 49

Chapter 4 The Abusive Father 69

Chapter 5 The Unreliable Father 89

Chapter 6 The Absent Father 105

Part 2 The Path to Recovery 121

Chapter 7 Assessing the Damage 123

Chapter 8 The Path to Recovery 139

Resources for Readers 157

About the Author 163

Index 165

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