Every day, people engage in psychotherapy, striving to improve their lives, fight depression, deal with the aftermath of relationships gone wrong. Some of them are old hands with a long string of therapy experiences in their history. Many others are new at being therapy clients, still finding their way, wondering what to talk about, imagining what their therapist is thinking, not sure how the process really works. And even more people don't have the foggiest idea how to even get started looking for a therapist. They don't know the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a social worker. The whole process is mysterious, shielded in secrecy and impenetrable to them.
My name is Jeff Guardalabene, and I write the Doc Blog, a site that deals with some of these questions specifically, and the "behind the scenes" world of psychology in general. I've long thought that it would be nice to have some kind of guidebook for therapy clients, one that explores all the questions clients have. In my blog, I've addressed some of these questions: How do I choose a therapist? What do I do during my first appointment? but there's so much more to explore.
I looked all over for a book to recommend to clients but I never found one, so I've decided that the only logical thing to do is write one myself! My style is conversational and down-to-earth, irreverent and hopefully even funny once in a while. I am passionate about what good therapy can do, and I'd love to create a work that opens therapy up for more people while helping those already seeing a therapist. I'll expand on some of my blog posts, and add much more content that will help people in every step of the therapy process, from finding a therapist to knowing when therapy is done.
Along with the creation of this helpful and unique e-book, this project will expand my website. I use the Blogger platform now, and would love to create a professional, up-to-date space that will be more appealing to web surfers. The better it looks, the more professional the feel, the more people will come and learn about therapy and the art of being a fully-engaged therapy client. I've enlisted the services of Sarah Giffrow, a super-talented Portland area designer, to design both the book and the website. Along with paying a good designer a living wage, your contributions support the expense of publishing of the book across various platforms, and for promotional costs.
I'd really like to do this right, and get this information into the hands of as many people as possible. Your contributions help make this happen. Thank you.
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