Finding the Gems

The Search for Meaning in Life’s Traumas and Losses

by Gwen Finestone MFT Ph.D. CT

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/7/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781504383875
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781504383899
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781504383882

About the Book

During a career spanning four decades, Dr. Finestone has often been asked by patients: “Why did that happen to me?” “Why isn’t life more joyful?” “Why can’t I have what others seem to have so effortlessly?” “Why do I feel stuck?” “Why didn’t my previous therapy help?” “Was I born only to suffer?” “Where was God when this was happening?” “What is spirituality?” “How can I let go of my grief?” In Finding the Gems, she explores these themes—paying particular attention to how the losses and traumas we’ve experienced as children affect us in our adult lives. Even if your most significant losses or traumas occurred as an adult, lessons learned in childhood will inform your interpretation of adult experiences. Personalizing the work of the great Viennese psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, she blends psychology, spirituality, humanism, meaning and purpose in a soulful and penetrating account of her own traumas and bereavement. She argues that finding the meaning in painful experiences is what can free each one of us to be who we want to be. Each chapter is introduced by a quote and concludes with a spiritual lesson that will help you find the “gems” in painful memories and experiences.

About the Author

Gwen Finestone, MFT, Ph.D., CT, is a marriage and family therapist. She began her career in trauma forty years ago as a co-founder of a rape crisis center. She specializes in grief, loss, trauma, and dissociative disorders. Her expert witness services are retained by attorneys in civil and criminal cases. Gwen currently lives in Huntington Beach, California.