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Assertiveness Guide Book Review on PsychCentral

Assertiveness Guide for Women

Read this balanced review of The Assertiveness Guide for Women by Julia Patt for

 From Lean In to The Female Brain, experts from diverse fields, with varying degrees of success, have tried to empower women to best understand their feelings and behaviors and act accordingly. The Assertiveness Guide for Women, by psychotherapist and clinical social worker  Hanks, follows in a similar vein, with the particular goal of helping women improve their communication, set healthy boundaries, and benefit their personal and professional relationships.

It is important to note Hanks’ areas of expertise in considering this book, because they have a significant impact on her approach. Her method is thoroughly imbedded in psychotherapeutic technique and theory, which may limit the scope of its applicability. Indeed, a book that is more concerned with childhood attachment types than the societal obstacles women face each day may not work for everyone.

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Self-Compassion Exercise from Assertiveness Guide Featured on Weightless Blog

According to Julie, think of a recent situation where you experienced pain, whether from a physical injury or an emotional one. It might be anything from a fight with a friend to a breakup to someone’s passing. She suggests asking ourselves these questions:

  • “What did I tell myself about my pain?
  • Was my self-talk nurturing or was it critical?
  • Did I validate my suffering or minimize it?
  • How did I behave toward myself when I was hurting?
  • Was I able to provide nurturing, comfort and validation to myself?”

On Creativity, the Writing Process, Boundaries & More: PsychCentral Interview

The book features valuable suggestions and poignant real-life examples to help us speak up and effectively express ourselves. As I mentioned in my endorsement, I truly believe it should be required reading for all women and girls. Because setting solid boundaries isn’t something we’re normally taught. And yet it’s the foundation for everything: healthy relationships, a meaningful, fulfilling life.

Are Your Boundaries Being Crossed? PsychCentral Interview

Figuring out where to set boundaries and knowing how to set them can be challenging. I recently interviewed

(By the way, the photo to the left is of me and my dear friend and colleague, Joe Sanok. He actually has very good boundaries but I think it’s such a great picture.)

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6 Ways You Can Have A Healthier Relationships With You: PsychCentral Interview

“A healthy self-relationship is the ability to value yourself as a person, and embrace your strengths and weaknesses,” said Julie Hanks, LCSW, a therapist and blogger at Psych Central. She’s realized that her strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. “I am a passionate and creative person and with those strengths comes the tendency to be disorganized and emotionally overwhelmed,” she said.

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Content Creation Opportunities For Shrinks

Writing articles for high-traffic websites can help you grow online presence and your practice.

Content creation is crucial for building an online presence, particularly on your own professional blog on your private practice website. In addition to creating content for your own small website, you may want to start strategically writing for other websites, too. Seek out higher-traffic sites to write for

If the thought overwhelms you, don’t stop reading quite yet. Some of the benefits of writing or blogging on other sites as part of your private practice marketing strategy are:

  • Getting more back links to your own site which increases traffic and boosts SEO
  • Increase name/brand recognition
  • More credibility as a trusted expert
  • Opportunity to educate and build awareness of important issues
  • And best of all, you can re-purpose the content and post it on your own website

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Holiday Gifts That Don’t Cost A Thing: PsychCentral Interview

With the economic downturn of recent years it seems everyone is more concerned about finances. The holidays are a great time to rethink gift giving.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed for this article by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. and added a few of my own suggestions for giving gifts that don’t cost a thing, but mean a lot. To read article, click on this blog title link above.

4 Tips For Thinking Like A Student Again: PsychCentral Interview

Are you or your kids having a hard time shifting into study mode as summer draws to a close? I chatted with PsychCentral writer Margarita Tartakovsky, MS offering some advice for students on how to make the transition from summer fun to hitting the books. I offer 4 suggestions for students and share what I’m doing to shift back into student mode. I just completed my first week as a PhD student!

Here’s what I share with Margarita about my own transition…

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