Apples and Avalanches

An Exploration of Caring for the Severely Mentally Ill

by Heather Scherf MS LPC

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/19/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9798765232903
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9798765232910

About the Book

Author Heather Scherf has personal experience caregiving for a loved one with a severe mental illness. It inspired her to share her journey through both personal and professional lenses in effort to provide some tools, support, and hope for those in similar circumstances. Apples and Avalanches: An Exploration of Caring for the Severely Mentally Ill provides the perspective of a therapist and daughter on how we go through life with mental health issues. It is a story of a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and cancer for several years and of her daughter’s perception of things from a caregiver’s position. Divided into three parts, it presents readers with a relatable story with guidance for the caregiving journey, tools for healing our mental health, and considerations for future mental health treatment. Intended for families and caregivers for those with mental health issues, this personal narrative and guide teaches you to love yourself and your loved one through the caregiving experience and how to heal through any stage of that process.

About the Author

Heather Scherf, MS, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania who works with people from age three through adulthood. She earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient and private practice offices, home/community-based programs, and research-based programs. She has training in behavioral therapy, grief, and loss concerns and is a certified HeartMath specialist.