Thursday, April 8, 2010
Publisher's Summary. 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.
Review. Therese Borchard, author of The Pocket Therapist, is on a mission “to educate folks about mental illness and to offer support to those persons, like myself who struggle with mood disorders, but [to give support] with a sense of humor.” Although Borchard is not a licensed therapist she is a self educated expert on mental illness. Borchard notes that before recovering she had “worked with six psychiatrists, experimented with twenty-one medication combinations, and tried every alternative therapy out there: yoga, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies; Chinese herbs, magnets, visualization techniques, mediation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.” Wow!
As part of her mission, Borchard wrote The Pocket Therapist as a self described “sanity file.” Each section is 1-2 pages and addresses a specific topic for dealing with the day-to-day issues that arise between therapy sessions. Like a cheat sheet before a particularly exacting final exam, The Pocket Therapist fills a much needed void for those who are suffering.
Reading The Pocket Therapist is like quaffing coffee with a good friend who has been to hell and back, but still can joke about having the T shirt to wear!
Publisher: Center Street (April 15, 2010), 224 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.