4/12/2010

Book Review & Giveaway! "The Pocket Therapist" by Therese Borchard

As you can see by the name of my blog I am one of those people who has to work at life. I often have to make an effort to cope with the frustrations of every day life as a stay at home mom. Believe it or not, I don't just sail through life eating bon-bons or sit back while everything just falls into place like rose petals falling around my perfectly pedicured princess feet. Ummm, No. Not so much. I often find myself going into my own type of survival mode when I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed by life's challenges and wishing I had a tool box of coping strategies.


When I recently was given the opportunity to read and review "The Pocket Therapist - An Emotional Survival Kit" by Therese Borchard, it was as if someone read my thoughts and gave me little nudge in the right direction. The Pocket Therapist by Therese J. Borchard is a valuable collection of tools and strategies to help you keep a handle on anxiety, negativity, fear, stress and to deal with conflict in a more positive way.

The author is not a psychologist, nor does she claim to be a mental health expert. She is the author of the hit daily blog "Beyond Blue" on Beliefnet.com and is featured weekly on The Huffington Post (You may read her full Author Bio at Hatchette Book Group's website). She gleans her 'pearls' of wisdom from "fifteen journals of notes from more than 12 years (i.e. 600 hours) of therapy, two binders full of get-ahold-of-yourself tips learned in the psych ward, and a fat folder of inspirational transcripts compiled from 21 years of attending every kind of support group held on this planet*". (*from the book's introduction section) Wow! It's like Ms. Borchard has attended therapy for you and compiled everything you need to know in this one handy purse-sized reference manual.

The first few concepts or suggestions in this book are rather simple--such as breathing techniques, waking to prayer, and encouraging perserverance. I found these to be positive but not significantly helpful. However, as I read on, I found more meaningful and effective tools that I could really utilize. Some techniques suggest a new perspective or thought process, some require action, many incorporate wit and sarcastic humor while others are more serious. Borchard does reference her faith in this book in small doses, just enough for those of us who need it and little enough for those who are not comfortable with or seeking that type of book. I find Borchard's stories and experiences, tips and techniques comforting and reassuring like a talisman I can hold onto in times of uncertainty or anxiety. I like that the 144 short chapters (most are a page long, some 2 pages) are easy reading and that I can flip through and find just what I need at any given moment. I'm already using those little post-it flags on the pages I want to reference often.

One of the chapters I've bookmarked is #38 Go in, Not Out which tells us not to go outside of ourselves looking for some thing to make us happy or soothe ourselves. Ms. Borchard says "It's easier to collect than dig. But at the end of the day, you're sitting in the midst of a bunch of crap that you've amassed, feeling empty with one more job to do: decluttering". 

Giveaway!
 The folks at Hatchette Book Group are generously giving 3 lucky readers a copy of this book - "The Pocket Therapist...An Emotional Survival Kit".


Mandatory to Enter: 
Visit the author at ThereseBorchard.com  or Her blog Beyond Blue & Leave me a Comment and tell me something you learned on her site & why you want to win a copy of this book. ** Please include your email address in your comment.

Additional Entries (1 Entry Each) -- Leave a separate comment for each of these that you do and include your email address: 
--Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect
--Follow Me on Twitter & Give your Twitter ID
--Follow the Author Therese Borchard on Twitter & Give your Twitter ID
--Copy & Tweet This & leave a direct link to your Tweet:  Win 1 of 3 copies of "The Pocket Therapist" @Retrogirl66 http://bit.ly/aaFhvp - Giveaway Ends 4/19
--Become a Fan of RetroGirl on Facebook 

Giveaway ends Monday April 19, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. Open to Residents of the USA and Canada only. Winners will be picked via random drawing at Random.org and announced the following day. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is chosen. Must give shipping address if you win--No P.O. Boxes please, Any comments not following the rules will be deleted.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and others may have different results or experiences. I was not required to write a positive review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

27 comments:

Shannon said...

I think it's interesting that she is also interested in holistic therapies. I am a Recreation Therapist and I am all about using fun to help people, but sometimes I'm not great at taking my own advice.

waterchic83@yahoo.com

Ashley said...

I learned that one of her favorite sayings is: "you can't wait for the storm to be over ... you have to learn how to dance in the rain."

hewella1@gmail.com

Andrea (ace1028) said...

As a therapist myself (not currently a working one) I think the most important thing she mentions is knowing your triggers. It's essential because when you know them you can avoid them. For me, I often need to remind myself to "see in color," as opposed to just black and white. I'd LOVE a copy of this book as it's been a while since I have been in therapy and I could certainly use the reminders.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I'm following you now!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

On Twitter, too! @GoodGirlGoneRed

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Following the author on twitter, too!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

And retweeting! (Can you tell I SO want this book!?!)

Erin said...

I follow you on Google Friend COnnect

Erin said...

i follow you on twitter

Erin said...

i tweeted about the giveaway:

http://twitter.com/erinlynn76/statuses/12120421259

Erin said...

and i am now your FB FAn (Erin Best Margolin)

Casa Mia * My House * said...

Just found your blog! Love the saying "you can't wait for the storm to be over ... you have to learn how to dance in the rain." Canèt wait to read more. I am a follower too!

Casa Mia * My House * said...

I am following you on twitter. Yay! angelap65

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting to read about all the famous people, whose lives seem so perfect, and find that they need to find ways to cope, just like the rest of us. This book would be great to stash in my desk drawer in the office for those days when I just can't seem to get any traction in my life.

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tracy said...

I think it is great that she is not affraid to talk about God. And I would love to learn more about Dancing in the rain! Guess I need her other book too!

Tracy said...

I follow your blog

Tracy said...

I follow you on twitter

Tracy said...

I am a fan of Retrogirl on FB

Tracy said...

I am going to tweetabout the give away right now.

Marci J said...

I learned that one of the most helpful steps for her "when I started going to twelve-step meetings was to conduct a moral inventory of myself." I would love to win this book because it is compact and accessible- it sounds great!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Victoria said...

I learned from the blog, that even the most well rounded people you wouldn't expect it from, have all made pretty major mistakes at some point in their lives. I would love this book because I am one big ball of anxiety 98% of the time, and it would be good to have something to reach to and help calm me down.

vschilke at gmail dot com

Victoria said...

I follow via GFC

vschilke at gmail dot com

Summer said...

I learned from her blog that it is ok to cry your eyes out :-) Sometimes we women just want to cry and now I can tell my husband that it is good for me.

summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

Summer said...

I follow your blog.

summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

Summer said...

I follow on twitter.
@summer2mommy


summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

Summer said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/summer2mommy/status/12485349372

summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

Summer said...

I am a fan of Retro-girl on facebook.

summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

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