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  • Holistic Counseling - Introducing the Vis Dialogue
    Moshe Daniel Block
    "This book will create long overdue new and amazing paradigm shifts in the world of Holistic Medicine. His gentle, direct, yet subtle questioning produces the most profound aha moments imaginable. Bravo, Dr. Moshe!"
    ~ Gayle C. Russell, Life Coach

  • Holistic Counseling - Introducing the Vis Dialogue
    Moshe Daniel Block
    "In combining mind-body medicine and psychology, /Holistic Counseling/ offers much-needed practical tools and perspectives for physicians and patients alike, bringing the roots of natural healing to life. With this book, Dr. Moshe would make our founders proud and will make all naturopathic physicians, other health-care practitioners and their patients filled with gratitude as they use his guidance to support getting well, healing, and curing."
    ~ Dr. Paul Epstein, ND

  • Holistic Counseling - Introducing the Vis Dialogue
    Moshe Daniel Block
    This book is an incredibly insightful, masterful and majestic piece of work. As a Naturopathic Physician, I have used /Holistic Counseling/ with amazing, life-changing results. I would highly recommend this book along with the Holistic Counseling training to anyone who has a true healer's desire to restore the sick to health.
    ~ Dr. Ron Matthias, ND

  • What Aging Men Want
    John C. Robinson
    What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging by John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D. Min. is a powerful, transformative guide to the inevitable personal odyssey all men must face: maintaining a sense of purpose and vitality while facing the effects of advancing years. What Aging Men Want dares to ask the question: “What if aging can be ‘…a radically new, fulfilling and joyful time saturated in love and generosity, quite literally the blossoming of your life?’” It is a compelling question, approached with impeccable scholarship, sound psychology, a mythologist’s eye for universal truth, and the kind of straight-talking personal point of view authentic only to those with a wealth of first-hand experience.

    The premise of What Aging Men Want by John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D. Min. is that the universal stages of a man’s aging process correspond to specific chapters of Odysseus’ fabled return to Ithaca at the close of the Trojan War. While Robinson’s approach is so methodical and precise as to be virtually incontrovertible, the narrative is pleasingly conversational in tone and never patronizing. It is clear that Dr. Robinson seeks not to assert his credentials among a jaded body of peers, but rather to extend a compassionate invitation for fellow men struggling with fear and doubt to drink freely from his font of hard-won and carefully considered knowledge. It is virtually impossible to imagine any man, regardless of wealth, privilege, level of education, or degree of life experience, for whom What Aging Men Want would not be a valuable asset.

    Each chapter of What Aging Men Want by John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D. Min. is formatted identically, with an introduction outlining the focus, a segment reframing the story in modern context, the author’s interpretation, points for discussion, and a closing challenge. Robinson then ends each section of this exceedingly well-crafted guidebook with Growth Questions which challenge the reader to apply learned insights in practical and personal ways. This consistency of design allows the reader to relax into the experience and extract every possible benefit from the wisdom within its covers.

    In much the same fashion as Odysseus of old, readers of “What Aging Men Want” by John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D. Min. will return to their former lives with a newfound sense of joy, purpose and self-worth. “What Aging Men Want” by John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D. Min. should be required reading for every man facing mid-life and struggling with impending mortality. ~ Rich Follett, https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/what-aging-men-want

  • Holistic Counseling - Introducing the Vis Dialogue
    Moshe Daniel Block
    http://www.holistic-counseling.ca/testimonials-holistic-counseling.html ~ From Holistic Counseling the Course, Naturopathic doctors, students, nurses, counselors

  • Mastering Your Self, Mastering Your World
    John William Reich
    This book reveals surprising laws of human nature that can be used for achieving a better life. Grounded in the most cutting edge of science, this book covers nearly everything we love and hate, inside and outside of ourselves, and is brimming over not with advice, but with insights. Insights that can be used to relieve some of our largest burdens and simplifying our complex existence so that we can spend more time on the things we value, and the people who give our life meaning. The journey through the new knowledge presented in this book is made pleasant and worthwhile by the warm personal tone and engaging interactive style of the author, John Reich. Reich brings scientific discoveries to life in a way that will change the reader. ~ Dr. Stephanie Brown, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Mastering Your Self, Mastering Your World
    John William Reich
    Professor John Reich takes us on a fascinating journey into the realm of personal mastery and how we can build our own templates for different kinds of events that occur in our lives. He masterfully weaves a case history approach with scientific evidence to show how personal control can have a huge impact on our lives. The reader is invited to be an active participant in understanding when to act on his or her environment and when to cognitively adapt to environmental changes. The choice is yours but paying attention to the principles enumerated in this book and implementing them is a winning recipe for enhancing the quality of your life. ~ Dr. Morris Okun, Psychology Dept., Arizona State University

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell
    The image of the Black Dog has become a commonly understood metaphor for depression in western societies. The first use of the phrase is usually attributed to Dr Johnson, which confirms that depression has been a significant part of our cultural narrative since the very first stirrings of the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that ‘melancholia’ featured in many philosophical, literary and medical texts, but it is only in the last hundred years that depression has become such a prevailing concern in so many contexts, both individual and communal.
    One is almost inclined to agree with Leonard Cohen’s view that: “…the term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days…one has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape”.
    The strength of Stephanie Sorrell’s approach to the subject lies in the way she teaches us to progress beyond the concept of depression as a “catastrophe”, whether for society as a whole or for each individual sufferer. She quotes overwhelming evidence to demonstrate that depression is a ‘given’ in the real world, and that it is something which each person who experiences it may have to learn to live with. She argues, very persuasively, that we make a rod for our own back by falling for the myth that happiness can be a permanent condition. The trick is to learn from the experience of the ‘down’ periods.
    This approach means that the book is actually about good mental health rather than simply depression itself. Positive qualities that can be extracted from depressive experience are emphasised: resilience, strength, staying power, empathy, insight, determination and creativity.
    There is an ever-increasing supply of books about depression, but Stephanie Sorrell has managed to write one that deserves the word ‘definitive’. The tone is measured, calm and practical. A great deal is conveyed within a succinct compass, and she touches on all the key elements of the subject, from medication to the spiritual dimension.
    Along with vast numbers of other people, I have experienced depression myself, have met many friends and relatives in the same position, and have worked with the phenomenon in a professional capacity for many years. I cannot think of a single person whose life would not be improved by reading this book, it is a straightforward, unassuming triumph.
    Ted Eames


    ~ Ted Eames, Reviewer for New Vision

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell
    , I read Stephanie's book over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I like the bit about the geese on page 71 and your longing to go with them and swept up in their sense of purpose. I know just what you mean and you have described it well. I found the book lucid and really positive conclusions about orthodox and non orthodox medicine and how these can be combined. Also, interesting to know about all the types of anti depressants. It seems that low level anti depressants really can help sometimes and can be vital to keep stability.
    ~ Elizabeth Medlar(editor of New Vision), Amazon.co.uk

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell
    This small compact book is deceiving. Although it is under 100 pages long it holds so much helpful and understandable information about the nature of Depression and Bipolar Disorder. It de-mystifies these conditions and explains them in terms that lay people can understand and work with.

    The writer, herself a suffer of depression, has an MA in Phsychosynthesesis Psychology and trained as an Applied Practitioner at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London and also works at an NHS hospital in Cumbria, UK.

    Because of her background Stephanie is able to talk about the subject from all aspects including signs, symptoms, treatment and medication with great insight and balance.

    This book is a must for all practitioners/therapists who come into contact with the general public and will help them to understand the nature of ‘the black dog of depression’. For those whom themselves are sufferers or have a loved one who is suffering reading this book will give them greater insight into the disorder, its treatment and will find they have more compassion for the sufferer. Hopefully, as this subject is opened up and more people understand the nature of the condition then the stigma currently attached to Depression and Bipolar Disorder with become a thing of the past.

    Depression and Bipolar Disorder affects a larger portion of society than one would dare to imagine, reading this book will help each one to deal with the subject and the suffers with compassion and support.

    It is a book I will share with others and will keep a copy on my bookshelf for further reading and reference. Thank you, Stephanie for writing this book which is helping me to understand this area of mental health more fully.
    ~ Diane Morgan, Spiritual Insight: http://spiritual-insight.webnode.com/news/book-review/

  • Emotional Life - Managing your feelings to make the most of your precious time on Earth
    Doreen Davy
    ...the book is engaging, with the right blend of common sense and emotional insight. Because the writing is conversational and honest, the book feels a bit like sitting with an engaging therapist — one who is willing to reveal small pieces of her own life to enrich the conversation. ~ Psyche Central, http://psychcentral.com/lib/book-review-emotional-life/00019838

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell

    In this easy-to-read introduction to depression Stephanie
    shows the various ways in which it manifests, what
    is available on a natural as well as chemical level and
    how the diversity of psychological therapies serve and
    hold depression. There is also a spiritual thread running
    through which invites the reader to go further.
    ~ BrumbySunstate

  • Mastering Your Self, Mastering Your World
    John William Reich
    In this engaging book, John Reich synthesizes 50 years of behavioral and social science research related to people's beliefs about the control they have over life experiences and their responses to those experiences, and explains how these beliefs influence health and well-being. Dr. Reich uses this extensive research base, including his own research findings and the creative interventions he's developed, to offer highly sensible recommendations for how to deal effectively with both major life events and everyday encounters. "Mastering Your Self, Mastering Your World: Living by the Serenity Prayer" is sweeping in its scope, intellectually stimulating, and full of deep wisdom about the benefits, pitfalls and potential of perceiving personal control over life's slings and arrows, when it's best to persist in the face of obstacles, and why it's advantageous to accept what can't be changed. This is a book that you won't want to put down, and one that you'll recommend to everyone you care about. ~ Dr. Howard Tennen, Professor of Community Medicine and Health, University of Connecticut Health Center

  • Why Men Like Straight Lines and Women Like Polka Dots
    Gloria Moss
    A must-read for men who want to understand women better and women who want a better understanding of men. Gloria Moss takes a tour d’horizon of the worlds of fine art, architecture, marketing, design, digital media and the workplace and your view of the world will be changed forever.
    ~ Jeremy Jacobs, Event host, presenter and speaker

  • Why Men Like Straight Lines and Women Like Polka Dots
    Gloria Moss
    This book is a thought-changing one that will revolutionise the way that you look at the visual world around you. You will see how each of us is influenced by elements in our gender that we may be unaware of and how this impacts on what we produce and prefer in the way of visuals - whether it is art and design, architecture, websites or advert. This is relevant to us as consumers as well as people who work in organisations and you will need to be ready to forget a lot of what you know already. This book presents fascinating new information that shows again…and again …and again that there are different ways of seeing that shake the foundations of much of our current understanding. Individuals, companies and society needs to sit up and take note and then move forward!
    ~ Thomas Jordan, Ex-Chief Creative Officer, Hoffman York Advertising, Chicago. Speaker, Creative Writer and author of Re-Render the Gender and co-author

  • Secret Life of Love and Sex, The
    Terence Watts
    “Outstanding! Not since John Gray’s book Men are from Mars and Women Are from Venus has there been a book that makes understanding the differences between men and women so easy. This book explores those differences in a way that helps the reader to understand how relationships between the two sexes can be stronger, loving and more fulfilling. I highly recommend The Secret Life of Love and Sex to every practitioner who works with relationship issues.”

    Robert F. Otto, CEO International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association® ~ Robert Otto, IMDHA

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell
    Despite the fact that one in four people will experience depression there is very little agreement on how to treat it. Is medication the answer or one of the many talking therapies? Stephanie Sorrell brings a lifetime of experience to the subject, as a sufferer and also in helping others to navigate this difficult terrain. In Understanding the Black Dog, she gives a balanced and practical guide to this debilitating condition which will support and lend insight to those who suffer from depression and those who aim to help them. ~ Maurice Tomkinson, Founder of the Hope Street Clinic, Sandbach

  • Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
    Stephanie June Sorrell
    As a psychotherapist I thoroughly recommend Stephanie Sorrell's new book. As a parent and grandparent I wish we had this simple and accessible introduction to depression many years ago to recommend to our family and to our friends. ~ Roger H Evans, Psychotherapist and Author, 5DL - Five Dimensions of Leadership and The Creative Manager

  • Chi of Change, The
    Peter Field
    New Consciousness Review

    You’ve been to therapy. You’ve popped the pills. You’ve challenged your thinking patterns and changed your behaviors. And yet, you’re still anxious. Or depressed. Or phobic, overweight, or drug-addicted. Why is that?

    Peter Field has an answer for you. In his eye-opening and wide-ranging book, The Chi of Change, Field shows how conventional approaches to treating psychological problems tend to focus on identifying and treating symptoms, but often do little to change the underlying causes of the difficulties. Drawing on over thirty years of experience as a hypnotherapist, Field promotes a program that targets the origins of our dysfunctional behaviors and emotions: the places where our life’s energy, or chi, is blocked by faulty connections. Find those problem areas while in a relaxed, hypnotic state, says Field, and you can rewire those connections and finally transform your life.

    Field organizes his engaging book into chapters based on difficulties that many readers will recognize from their own struggles. Distinct chapters cover anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addictions. Although each chapter addresses a separate issue, a common thread runs through them all: Seemingly intractable psychological problems may stem from traumas that your conscious mind knows nothing about.

    Take Harry, for instance, one of the many case studies Field calls on to illustrate his process. Harry’s midlife meltdown—he became uncharacteristically anxious, exhausted and disengaged from life—could easily be explained as a reasonable response to a failed marriage and a lost job. Through hypnotherapy, however, Field was able to help Harry access long-buried memories of a violent bank robbery that Harry had witnessed. Feelings of guilt and helplessness had plagued Harry since the traumatic event and affected the way he handled present-day situations, without him ever connecting the two. By working through the trauma in a hypnotic state, Field writes, “Harry’s subconscious could be realigned to the understanding that the nightmare experience was fully in the past and truly over now; he had survived, so it could let go of its fear.”

    Field doesn’t claim that hypnotherapy is the only way to treat psychological problems, nor always the best one. He advocates taking care of physical issues first, for instance, and encourages his clients to look for nutritional deficiencies and other underlying physical conditions before even starting therapy. While he’s in favor of vitamin supplementation where warranted, Field is strongly against the use of pharmaceuticals to treat psychological problems. His dismissal of this branch of medicine may leave some readers cold, but will be a refreshing perspective for readers looking for alternatives to these drugs and their side effects.

    The Chi of Change is clearly written and easy to understand, yet doesn’t skimp on the details that
    professionals will find useful in their practices. Biology, psychology, and philosophy all play supporting roles in Field’s quest to uncover the connections that make us who we are. Perhaps more importantly, Field’s work strives to help us create the connections that make us who we wish to be. ~ Sheila Trask, http://www.ncreview.com/my-reviews?user=1016

  • Chi of Change, The
    Peter Field
    The author is an experienced hypnotherapist with a background in psychology and nutrition. He clearly has a huge knowledge of his subject, drawn from study, self application, and the treatment of clients.

    Peter Field explains how certain traumas become embedded in our consciousness and how, under hypnotherapy, we can return to and heal that original trauma. We can thereby drop a pattern of feeling or behaviour that has been with us throughout our life.

    If you are expecting to learn hypnotherapy techniques from this book you will be disappointed. But if you want insights about why you experience fear or numbness in life, and want to raise your hope that progress is possible, you will be delighted with this psychology book.

    It is full of information, yet presented in a very human way. The case studies are excellent. Most, if not all, readers will receive comfort and validation from identifying with some of the issues Peter's clients have experienced in their lives.

    Peter’s key tool to help his clients is hypnotherapy, but he also makes sure that people have a good diet and find nourishment elsewhere, for example by spending time outdoors.

    He talks about the power of human kindness, how each of us matters, and how important it is to find our own unique meaning in life. He counsels us not to become too attached to a label or a diagnosis or a condition, such as depression.

    I was struck with the author's compassion, born no doubt from the fact that he too has lived with depression.

    As a psychotherapist he experienced the limitations of talking therapies to help people to change. This observation brought him to study and practise hypnotherapy.

    I hope the title does not put off people who are not familiar with the term Chi. It is not necessary to have any interested in Chi Gong or martial arts to benefit from this book.

    Equally, it's not necessary to have engaged in or have any intention to engage in hypnotherapy.
    The book is quite rightly placed in the psychology category. And whilst the author states that it is not a self-help book, the insights and validation it provides will help many readers on the journey of self development.

    I will certainly be keeping this book and returning to it at times.

    As a side note, if you are looking for a healing practitioner, you often have little idea of their approach. It seems an incredible luxury to be able to read this book to decide whether you want to seek help from this UK hypnotherapist. Mind you, I suspect that with such a combination of knowledge and compassion he is already rather busy with clients. ~ Katherine T Owen, http://www.a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com/

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