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

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As countless people have discovered, the help of a professional psychotherapist in the face of life's challenges can be an effective, even transformative process. In certain situations, it is the most appropriate choice. But for many, there is another, virtually overlooked option: you may be best equipped to be your own therapist. In this insightful, innovative, and exceptionally honest book, Dr. Patricia Farrell draws from her twenty years as a licensed therapist to show you how to heal yourself - more rapidly, more permanently, and certainly less expensively. Whether or not you choose to seek professional help, in confronting and exploring your personal issues, you embark on a journey to the center of yourself. And the fact is that you know your own emotional terrain better than anyone on this earth. What you really need is a tour guide, and the right tools for your journey. The accessible, step-by-step approach in "How To Be Your Own Therapist" enables you to develop the innate skills to face a lifetime of challenges - without creating the dependency that is so often a result of traditional therapy. Shared here are the techniques and exercises Dr.Farrell uses to promote successful results in her own patients - patients whom she quickly enables to move into independent problem-solving action. After determining, with the help of this book, whether self-therapy is right for you, you will be prepared to discover - and utilize - the ten practical tools that will help you make the changes you want in your life. These highly effective 'power tools' include how to: Open Your Eyes and Face Reality; Make Lots of Mistakes; Act Like the Person You Want to Be; Fire Your Parents; Accept Yourself; and, Warts and All. Also included are dozens of proven self-assessment tests, compelling case studies, and helpful symptom-identification sidebars to help you gain a new understanding of therapy - and of your own ability to find a renewed, healthier, more powerful self. This book offers self-help tools for a lifetime of challenges. This innovative, highly effective book is for anyone who wants to replace unhealthy behaviors with actions that bring satisfaction and success - quickly, permanently, and with or without the guidance of a professional therapist. Through her work with over 20,000 patients, Dr.Patricia Farrell has developed an approach that will enable you to manage your own life by reclaiming your power to overcome obstacles and influence outcome - even in the face of life's greatest challenges. Here are the proven techniques and exercises Dr. Farrel uses to help her patients move into independent problem-solving action, including: 10 tools to help you make the changes you want in your life; quick fixes to immediately transform intention into action; proven self-assessment tests; compelling case studies; helpful symptom-identification sidebars and, much more to help you get unstuck from life's problems and ready to embark on a happier, more well-adjusted future.

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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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