Erica’s Blog: A Tool Kit for Fixing What’s Not Working in Your Life
About the Book
This is another book in the field of self-help for women! How could that possibly be worth writing or publishing? The shelves of bookstores and local libraries are full of titles. Amazon’s lists seem endless. Yet Erica’s Blog proudly proclaims that it’s different and it has a proven track record with individual readers, as a text for group therapy or as an addition to individual therapy. Readers criticize self-help books for “reading too much like textbooks” with “too many pages devoted to analyzing and defining problems.” They also complain they feel “talked down to” by authors who offer simplistic suggestions. Erica’s Blog avoids these pitfalls, presenting respected clinical approaches in a unique “fictionalized” format. Readers get acquainted with Erica through her blog and, as the book progresses, find themselves identifying with her. They can gain validation, comfort, and hopefully, even courage as they observe Erica struggling with—and profiting from—the various “tools” in her “tool kit.” The unique fictional package combining honesty and humor with serious and time-honored clinical tools makes this book a page-turner for the reader.
About the Author
Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in Stuart, Florida where she has enjoyed a thriving private practice for over twenty years. Her therapy is primarily solution oriented, working collaboratively with her clients, constructing strategies and techniques to help them achieve their goals. She is the author of: Eavesdropping: As Real Women Talk About the Gifts and Challenges of Aging (published by Rainbow Books in 2012 and currently in its second printing, available on Amazon.com). This book was born out of Brown’s passion for empowering women of all ages. The lively discussions in Eavesdropping were re-creations of a group project she started in 2009, which continued for three years. Before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis, she was a teacher in special education and the field director of human resources for a large company. Dr. Brown has lectured, taught and written in the fields of psychology, sports enhancement, human resources, and hypnosis. She continues to market her book through public speaking, appearances at libraries and book clubs, as a sponsor for local NPR, and through a monthly newsletter on her website: www.kendrabrownphd.com . Patricia Austin Novak is a Public Relations professional, past president of The Florida Public Relations Association on the Treasure Coast, and recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award. She has an extensive career in public service and has been the marketing advisor for many of the larger organizations on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Pat serves on the boards of several community non-profit organizations, including the local (four county) mental health center. She is an adjunct professor in writing and has long-term relationships with the local state university.