The Self-Esteem Journal aims to help the reader improve their confidence by showing how writing our feelings, experiences and thoughts in a journal can open up a whole new relationship with ourselves. Step-by-step exercises encourage us to explore how we really feel about our lives and examine our behaviour and our beliefs. Keeping a journal is an effective way of learning more about yourself and enables you to show yourself more compassion, respect, acceptance and support. The focus on practical methods makes it an accessible to professionals as well as those suffering from low self-esteem and their friends and families. The book includes case studies and journal extracts, which support the sufferer and assure them that they are not alone in feeling the way they do.
ALISON WAINES played the cello professionally before making a career change and qualifying as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor in 1995. Since then, she has worked in private practice, achieving Senior Accreditation status in 2008 with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Also a qualified teacher, Alison has designed and presented courses on self-esteem and guided meditation, together with a range of personal development workshops. She has written extensively for Slimming World magazine and has made live appearances on television and radio.
In 2008, Alison began writing psychological thrillers and, writing as A.J. Waines, has secured publishing deals for her first two novels. See www.ajwaines.co.uk for her Crime Fiction books.
Alison gained a Distinction in the post-graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of East London (Integrative/Humanistic) in 1995 and has qualifications in Teaching (PGCE) and Counselling Supervision (CPCAB). She has undertaken further training in Psychosynthesis, Art Therapy, Imagework and Transpersonal Therapy at City University and The College of Psychic Studies, London.
She lives in Southampton with her husband.