Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review and Giveaway: The Pocket Therapist

The Pocket Therapist by Therese J. Borchard


What the book says: Whenever Therese Borchard was weathering a personal storm, and help was nowhere to be found, her one guiding light was the question, "What would a therapist say?" The result was a sort of therapy scrapbook for rough days--a quick reference for anyone who needs a dose of encouragement, support and tried and true ways to cope.




THE POCKET THERAPIST is a compact and accessible guide filled with techniques and advice to help combat everything from addictive behavior to negative thinking.

About the Author:
Therese Borchard is the author of the hit daily blog “Beyond Blue” on Beliefnet.com, which is featured weekly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs, and she moderates the popular depression support group, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s social networking site. Therese is the editor of The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World, featured in Real Simple, Parenting, More, Working Mother, Psychology Today, Fit Pregnancy, the Chicago Tribune, and on Salon.com, and of I Love Being a Mom: Treasured Stories, Memories, and Milestones, a Target selection, and featured in Redbook, Parenting, BabyTalk, the Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press. With Michael Leach, she is co-editor of A Celebration of a Married Life and the national bestseller I Like Being Catholic. Her newest book, The Pocket Therapist, will be published by Hachette Book Group in April of 2010.




Therese has published articles in the Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parenting, Guideposts, Publishers Weekly, the Baltimore Sun, and on PsychCentral.com, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo! She is becoming a go-to expert in the field of pop-psychology, recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, O, and on CNN.com and Time.com. Her nationally syndicated column, “Our Turn,” is distributed biweekly by Catholic News Service. She appears monthly on Sirius Satellite Radio, is featured regularly on radio programs throughout the country, and has been a repeated guest on national television programs, such as "Fox and Friends" (Fox News Channel) and "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" (ABC). She lives with her husband, Eric, and their two “spirited” children in Annapolis, Maryland.


Here's what I think:
This book is intended for woman in general but I think it especially applies to mothers. Motherhood can be an extremely emotional journey, each and every day. Borchard has put together snippets of information, set up almost as a daily readers, that touch on some many topics. In fact, I am reading it now as a daily reader and really enjoying it. Borchard's straight-forward and often cutting humor, brings light to otherwise dreary topics. As the book's description says, if you can't afford therapy this book is for you. It is just the right dose of help and humor. I know the Pocket Therapist will definitely be read often in my home, sometimes behind the bathroom door with children screaming for candy on the other side!
BUY IT! You can buy your own copy of The Pocket Therapist by Therese J. Borchard from Amazon.


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Which emotion do you have the most trouble expressing? Mine is anger - I tend to bottle then explode at the worst time! (open to US residents only, must provide mailing address - no PO Boxes - if you win)(you must do this one first or I will be forced to remove all of your entries)


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19 comments:

  1. Emotion difficult to express:
    Resentment- When I feel someone owes me or that they aren't pulling their weight I may not tell them in fear it will exacerbate their behavior.

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  3. I too tend to have a problem with anger. I bottle it up and then usually explode for the wrong reason!
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  6. Yep, anger is the problem child for me. When I finally do get to the point where I'm ready to express it I ended up getting all shakey voiced and teary eyed. I HATE it!

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  8. For me it is a combination of anger and resentment. My mother was quite abusive to me as a child, and treated my sister like she was gold. It is still going on.I am trying to deal with these issues, but it isn't easy.
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  11. I have a hard time expressing when I am unhappy with someone-alkwyas afraid it is going to come out wrong.

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  12. Anger for me also-when I was growing up-"It wasn't feminine or "correct" to become angry or express it" Of course, I ended up seething inside.To this day I keep a lot of anger suppressed,until it explodes-usually over something not important.
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  16. Many emotions are difficult for me to express. One of the toughest is probably empathy and compassion. I FEEL it, and I act on it, but I am not good at expressing it and allowing others to feel my empathy. I have a tough outer shell, but it allows me to deal with some tough situations.

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