Breaking the Spell arose from Rachael's own journey of recovery from low self-esteem as well as many years of working as a counsellor and therapist. She shares techniques she developed to help herself and which have proven highly successful with her clients. It draws on a variety of approaches;- cognitive behavioural methods, Twelve-Step recovery work, spiritual and creative techniques.
Breaking the Spell aims to put its ideas across in a direct and accessible manner. Rachael has worked in a variety of settings, including addiction recovery and GP surgeries and has had to find the language to meet the needs of a wide range of people, with differing degrees of life experience, and awareness.
By sharing her own experience, Breaking the Spell has a sense of equality and aliveness as well as depth. It explains how self-esteem operates and offers ways of breaking destructive behaviour patterns. Each chapter contains creative activities for developing a healthier and more loving sense of self.
From the Author
This book has its own unique angle on a popular topic and aims to put its ideas across in a direct and accessible manner. Breaking the Spell is about understanding how self-esteem operates. It seeks to uncover the systems of negative and punitive thinking and behaviour, by which we maintain low self-esteem. It offers ways of breaking these destructive behaviour patterns and provides suggestions for creating a healthier and more loving sense of self. I believe that when we learn to stop hating ourselves, what has to replace it is Love.... Each chapter builds the journey, step by step, from low self-esteem to a sense of self worth that can be consolidated and can thrive. The chapters contain exercises for you to use and suggestions for rewarding yourself for having reached the end of the chapter. It is up to you whether or not you do the exercises, some people like to have things to do, others just like to read and take in the ideas.