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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press (20 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085969898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859698986
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Qualifications:

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.



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'[It]has rejuvenated my interest in writing exercises… a useful resource for counsellors, psychotherapists and clients alike.’ -- Reformulation: Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy

'… conveys warmth and acceptance... [It] has rejuvenated my interest in writing exercises…' -- Reformulation: Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy

a compact little book, written in a compassionate way, which makes the techniques more easily accessible... -- Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal

conveys warmth and acceptance rather than the upbeat, quick-fix, no-pain pitch of many self-help books. -- Reformulation: Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy

‘…a compact little book, written in a compassionate way, which makes the techniques more easily accessible to clients…' -- Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

‘…a compact little book, written in a compassionate way…it is difficult to identify any limitations.’ -- Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

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Keeping a journal is one of the most therapeutic tools I know for improving Self-Esteem. I've discovered that men and women who have kept a 'Self-Esteem Journal' as part of their counselling have changed their lives quicker and more deeply than those who have sought counselling on its own. I've worked with over 300 people who have found the techniques in this book helpful!

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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful By "alison8458" on 6 Mar 2005
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Alison's book is a useful guide for anyone trying to release themselves from the debilitating effects of low self-esteem. The book's central idea is the "journal". This journal acts as your own personal space where you try to deal with your esteem problems. It's a compelling idea and I've chosen extracts from the book that reflect my own personal experience.
Having already had counselling I can testify to the liberation of expressing oneself as opposed to suppressing one's feelings. I tend to express myself verbally, but if you do not feel comfortable with this approach the journal gives you an excellent alternative. By writing your thoughts down it gives you time to reflect on what you really mean.
A particular phrase that caught my attention in chapter five was "It's OK to make mistakes". I've wasted a lot of time worrying about making potential errors, as I'm sure so have many other people. It's not helped by our media's glee at exposing such mistakes in our public figures. This chapter tries to deal with this issue and other negative "inner voices" that holds the individual back.
A little further on Alison recounts a cruel comment that was made by one of her teachers when she was a teenager. I had a similar incident, and boy did it hurt! It took me years to deal with it; hopefully you'll be able to exorcise any such comment quicker than me.
Chapter seven, "Going Deeper", contains an exercise where we're asked to revisit aspects of our childhood. The exercise tries to alleviate unhappy experiences that still influence our adult lives. I've tried this method with my own counsellor, and with great effect. It finally helped me put those experiences into the "history" section of my life.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sep 2004
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As a psychotherapist I have a deep respect for the narrative construction of experience, and I value the client's engagement with the work between sessions through homework tasks that often involve writing about self and day-to-day experience. At times I have struggled to find a way of creatively developing focussed homework exercises. I have found that Alison Waines' book has rejuvenated my interest in and my repertoire of writing exercises.
Waines' proposes the idea of a therapeutic journal, and whilst her title suggests an emphasis on developing feelings of self-worth, closer reading reveals her focus to be much broader than that; she is interested in the full range of thoughts and feelings that are maintained through what she calls our 'self-talk'. The book strives to give equal weight to developing one's emotional, cognitive and action/behavioural awareness. The central idea is the maintenance of a regular journal, but she has assembled almost fifty different exercises to structure one's writing as well as to review and make sense of it all. In this way it can be seen how writing about oneself can develop into therapeutic tool rather than the self-obsessed scribblings that constitute many people's journals. I also appreciate Waines' digression from the verbal narrative into imagework, body awareness and dreams.
I fear the title of the book may limit the readership of a volume that constitutes a useful resource for counsellors, psychotherapists and clients alike. It differs from many self-help books in not proposing a systematic model to be worked through. But this is also its strength - it can be read as a whole or dipped into at will.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug 2004
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A real Inspiration! At last a book about self-esteem that doesn't just tell you to pull yourself together and be positive. Some real strategies, carefully explained that work - and some deep stuff.
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