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Self-help

Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Spirituality

JAN 28: Sophie Hannah’s How to Hold a Grudge & Melanie Warner’s The Magical Feather Effect

Can holding a grudge actually change your life for the better?  In How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life, author Sophie Hannah demonstrates how grudges can work in your favor, protect and inspire you, and even make you more forgiving.

Sophie  is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories.  How to Hold a Grudge is her first foray into self-help.

Next, each year, millions of Americans seek alternative forms of treatment for chronic health problems. Yet even those who have experienced relief often can’t explain it.  In The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief, journalist Melanie Warner brings a critical eye and open mind in her quest to understand some of the world’s most popular alternative health treatments, the people who seek them, and the reasons so many of them feel cured.

Melanie is a freelance journalist who writes about science and health. Previously, she was a business reporter for The New York Times, a senior writer at Fortune magazine, and a blogger for CBSnews.com.

 

 

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

DEC 17: Patti Dobrowolski’s 9 Tips to Up Your Creative Genius & Books for Holiday Gifts

An old friend returns to Conversations Live today as Vicki is joined by Patti Dobrowolski, who last joined us six years ago upon the release of her first book, Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life.

Today, she’ll discuss how you can use visual goal setting to jump start your goals for the new year in a fun and easy way, with some of the tips from Patti’s new book, 9 Tips to Up Your Creative Genius.  She also provides free resources to help you get started — see goal-setting template map and icon guide.

Patti is a TEDx speaker, critically acclaimed comic performer, writer, and business consultant. A multiple business award-winner, and past Broadway performer, she’s a member of the National Speaker’s Association and is known for her innovative visual keynotes.

Also today, Book Suggestions for Holiday Gifts. Vicki’s frequently asked if she has recommendations for stocking fillers, or books that make good stand-alone gifts, and she’ll share six of her favorites — all of which she’s given as gifts over the years. Four of the authors have been guests on past shows. If you’d like a list of Vicki’s Holiday Gift Ideas, or links to the interviews, please email us.

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help

NOV 26: Ronald J. Frey’s Feeling Better & Melanie Salvatore-August’s Fierce Kindness

Ronald J. Frey, PhD., believes the answer to easing stress or depression doesn’t have to come from a bottle of pills.  Along with co-author Cindy Goodman Stulberg, Ronald empowers you to get through periods of depression without relying on pharmaceuticals in Feeling Better: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Ronald is a former acting chief psychologist for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a registered forensic and clinical psychologist, and is codirector of the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Later, the holidays are a time for food, fun, and of course, family.  But for many of us, a little bit of family can go a long ways.  Yogi and Fierce Kindness author Melanie Salvatore-August returns to Conversations Live to share tips on how to remain grounded and sane during family get-togethers.

Melanie is a YogaWork Senior Teacher Trainer and creator of the Fierce Kindness movement, teaching many students and educating hundreds of teachers to be a positive force for change in their own lives and the world.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

NOV 12: Tammy Nelson’s The New Monogamy & Jennifer Cohen and Gina LaRoche’s The 7 Laws of Enough

There are many misconceptions about why a woman cheats on her partner. In The New Monogamy, sex therapist Tammy Nelson, PhD, argues that freedom to have a discreet affair can be empowering, healing, and ultimately improve a marriage.

Tammy is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, an author and a licensed psychotherapist with almost thirty years of experience working with individuals and couples.

Also, if you’re one of the many who feel the growing gap between the haves and have nots, it can leaving you feeling left behind, and less-than.  Leadership consultants Jennifer Cohen and Gina Laroche say you are enough, you have enough, and there is enough to go around. We’ll explore solutions to help you ditch scarcity thinking in The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance.

Jennifer is cofounder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and a speaker and author, known for coaching world-class leaders from institutions including Harvard Business School and Simmons.

Gina is also a cofounder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and a leading organizational consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, author and artist.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues, Women's Issues

OCT 08: Linda Graham’s Resilience & Alexia Vernon’s Step Into Your Moxie

Do you stoically remain calm and together during a traumatic event?  Or are you more likely to fall apart?  Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and even Disaster by Linda Graham, MFT, examines our brain’s built-in negativity bias, offering ways to improve your ability to withstand hardships and create positive change.

Linda is an experienced psychotherapist who integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being.  She is a past winner of the Books for a Better Life Award.

Recent headlines have proven that women still have a long way to go to overcome patriarchal prejudices. Forget payscale for a moment, and other more obvious gender inequalities. We’re talking about being taken seriously as a valued human being. We’re talking about being heard when we say NO. When we file complaints about abuse or harassment. When we claim the right to express our feelings.

If you have trouble speaking up for yourself, join us and Step Into Your Moxie.

Alexia Vernonbranded “Moxie Maven” by President Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement, is a leadership coach for Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations. With a  graduate degree in women’s studies, she’s been featured on major networks and in publications such as Forbes Woman and Women’s Health.

 

 

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

Oct 01: Trauma Heart with Judy Crane & Fearless Path with Leah Guy

Pivots. Turning points. A-ha awakenings. We all have them, and today’s guests’ pivotal moments changed their own lives, and drove them to help thousands of others through the power of healing.

Trauma therapist Judy Crane blends science, case studies, and her own wisdom in The Trauma Heart: We Are Not Bad People Trying to Be Good, We Are Wounded People Trying to Heal – Stories of Survival, Hope, and HealingFrom drugs and alcohol, to overeating, PTSD, and stuffing down emotions until they explode, Judy shares why we must change our trauma story, and how we can heal in ‘our own’ way.

In The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening To Emotional Healing and Inner Peace, Leah Guy says traditional therapies kept her stuck. She’ll reveal her own awakening on today’s show, and tell you why she believes detachment is not the answer to end all suffering.

As a health educator, spiritual teacher, and intuitive healer, Leah’s also known as the modern sage.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues

JUN 18: Kate Davies’ Intrinsic Hope, Maia Duerr’s Work That Matters, & Aaron Edelheit’s The Hard Break

We are living in an era of unprecedented crisis, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task.  Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by Kate Davies, M.A.D., offers a powerful antidote to these feelings.

Kate Davies has worked with numerous nongovernmental and governmental organizations on environmental issues, including Greenpeace, and is currently core faculty at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

Are you trapped in wage slavery at a dead end job, not knowing how to channel your talents to your real life’s purpose?  In Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention, life coach Maia Duerr shares her “6 Keys to Liberation-Based Live-lihood” to point you in a positive direction towards breaking that glass ceiling.

Maia is a writer, organizational consultant, and coach for people going through life and career transitions, drawing years of Zen meditation practice and training in anthropology to create powerful tools for integrating mindfulness into the workplace and home life.

Aaron Edelheit used to work so hard, it nearly killed him.  In The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle, he breaks down the myths around productivity, revealing how taking a one day “hard break” each week to reset can be a life-changing experience, and shares the seven steps to a successful Sabbath.

Aaron is the Chief Strategy Officer for FLO Technologies.  He is the founder of Mindset Capital, a private investment firm, and serves on the board of Moishe House Foundation, also partnering with Social Venture Partners in Santa Barbara working on homelessness.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

JUN 11: Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzky’s Take Control of Your Anxiety & Karen Koenig’s Outsmarting Overeating

There’s nothing funny about anxiety, but licensed psychologists Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzky use humor in their approach to helping others. In their new book is Take Control of Your Anxiety: A Drug-Free Approach to Living a Happy, Healthy Life, they combine brain science, case studies, exercises and a little levity to deliver an easy read for anyone suffering from anxiety.

Chris Cortman, PhD is a much sought-after speaker, as well as providing psychological consultation at several hospitals. Harold Shinitzky, was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Both have been licensed psychologists for over two decades.

Food is not the culprit leading to overeating according to psychotherapist and eating coach Karen R. Koenig. In Outsmarting Overeating, she illustrates how boosting essential life skills such as physical self-care, problem solving, and handling emotions can propel you toward beating overeating rather than relying on sheer willpower.

Karen is a licensed psychotherapist, eating coach, and speaker who has authored five other books about eating and weight.

 

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

MAY 21: Dr. Laurie Nadel’s Coping with Disaster & Jalaja Bonheim’s The Magic of Circlework

Disaster strikes.  Media Swarms.  The cameras leave.  Then your real story begins.  Journalist and psychotherapist Dr. Laurie Nadel offers a psychological roadmap through cycles of shock and trauma to help readers discover new meaning, renewal, and peace after catastrophe strikes in The Five Gifts: Discovering Healing, Hope and Strength When Disaster Strikes.

After losing her home to Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Nadel ran long-term support groups for survivors.  She has reported for Newsweek, and written stories for CBS, ABC News, and Reuters.

Next, if you have ever been prone to anxiety, depression, addiction or moments of rage, you might be suffering from Spiritual Famine.  In The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women from Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower ThemselvesJalaja Bonheim, PhD., explains how to tap into the Circlework’s healing powers, and why the circle remains a powerful structure to connect to ancient wisdom.

Jalaja is an internationally acclaimed speaker and award winning author, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the use of circle gatherings as a tool for healing.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

MAY 14: Julie Simon’s When Food is Comfort & Sunny McMillan’s Unhitched

Ice Cream.  Mac and cheese.  For the more gluttonous among us, pizza.  Many of us turn to these comfort foods when life takes one of its downward spirals. When Food is Comfort: Nurture Yourself Mindfully, Rewire Your Brain, and End Emotional Eating reveals a lack of consistent nurturing at a young age can cause us to turn to outside substances such as food to receive that needed stress relief.  Author Julie M. Simon offers easily mastered skills to put an end to unhealthy indulging through self-nurturing and rewiring our brains.

Julie is a licensed psychotherapist and Life Coach with a full-time private practice specializing in eating and body image challenges.  She founded the popular Los Angeles based online Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program and offers workshops at venues like Whole Foods and UCLA.

Later, by their nature, separation and divorce are unpleasant and stressful experiences, but they don’t have to be one-sided, angry affairs.  Life Coach and ‘recovering’ attorney Sunny Joy McMillan explores how to navigate the ending of a bad marriage peaceably and with clarity, utilizing the methods she learned during her own experience.  Her new book is Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity and Unstick Your Bad Marriage.

Sunny is an attorney and Master Life Coach and host of weekly radio show Sunny in Seattle.  She is passionate about empowering adults to make soul-based relationship and work choices, as well as using divorce as a catalyst for personal transformation, spiritual awakening and creating a kickass new life.

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