Q. What makes this workbook different from others of its kind?
A. It is written by a practicing mental health clinician who has had over thirty years experience dealing with emotional dependency issues.
Q. Is Turning Over A New Leaf effective for everyone?
A. Yes, the material is written to be beneficial to a wide range of personalities and situations.
Q. Is delving into the root causes of emotional dependency really necessary?
A. Not only necessary, but essential! How else are you to combat emotional dependency if you don’t understand its psychological origins.
Q. But isn’t all this rooting around in one’s past just a form of mental masturbation?
A. It can be. But, in this case, there are powerful, poorly understood forces at work that need to be fully appreciated before you can hope to escape their effects.
Q. I’m an adult now. How can what happened to me as a child still be so important?
A. You’d be surprised! It is just this failure to understand and heal the trauma we have experienced as children that keeps us, as adults, stuck in repetitive cycles.
Q. How important of a role does guilt play in being trapped in emotional dependency?
A. A very important one. Learning to uncover and correct guilt-producing attitudes and behaviors is at the core of Turning Over A New Leaf.
Q. How does this workbook work?
A. The workbook consists of three sections: the text, an illustrative fictional narrative, and supplemental readings. The text provides the information while the narrative illustrate and augment the text. The supplemental readings reinforce critical take-away points.
Q. From where are the course materials drawn?
A. From two sources: the latest research on personality development and my own direct clinical experience.
Q. What qualifications do you hold for writing this workbook?
A. I have a Master’s Degree in counseling, am a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York and have over thirty years of successful clinical experience.