The Home Therapist: A practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems

The Home Therapist: A practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems

by John Barletta, Jan Bond


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This unique and easy-to-read book is a practical guide to over 130 psychological issues that you may face across a lifetime. It is both a self-help manual and an educational resource, featuring expert opinion from a range of experienced professionals. A must-have for the family bookshelf, it provides a wealth of information and helpful tips that can be used for self-care, as an addition to therapy, or in the support of others. It can also be used by doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors, and life-coaches for their own continuing development, or recommended to patients and clients to enhance their treatment and recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781921513916
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Publication date: 06/25/2012
Pages: 446
Sales rank: 1,026,546
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Barletta and Jan Bond are therapists in their own private practices in Brisbane, and the Gold Coast of Queensland, respectively. They have been colleagues and friends for many years and together are dedicated, through their individual work and collaborations like this publication, to providing the general public and clinical practitioners with the opportunity to better deal with life’s challenges.

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The Home Therapist

A practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems
By John Barletta

Australian Academic Press

Copyright © 2012 John Barletta
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781921513916

FOREWORD to The Home Therapist
by Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Psychiatrist
Australian of the Year 2010 Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health, Australia

Mental health, along with the economy and climate change, is among the top three concerns of Australians as reflected in a global survey in 2010. Yet it was Thomas Jefferson who, on the eve of American independence, enshrined life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as no less than basic human rights of a civil society. Conversely, the greatest threat to happiness, fulfilment, produc­tivity and a strong society is mental ill-health. Mental ill-health is also one of the top three contributors to the burden of disease, just behind cancer and car­diovascular disease. Moreover, when we focus on people in the prime pro­ductive years of life, rather than towards the end, we find that mental ill-health completely overshadows all physical illnesses, making up 36% of the disease burden in 15- to 44-year olds, and over 50% in emerging adults. How should we respond to this serious threat?

We certainly need to reengineer and scale-up our system of mental health care so that Australians of all ages have equal access to quality health and social care for mental ill-health as they do for physical ill-health. We made a first step towards this in 2011, and fortunately all sides of politics are now committed to this reform which must continue over the next decade. We are still only halfway there. Complementing this effort, every Australian needs to learn more about what constitutes mental ill-health and how to respond to it in themselves and those close to them. This means better mental health literacy and acquiring the competency to practice mental health first aid. Everyone can also strengthen their own mental health, improve their resilience and learn to cope effectively with the challenges and crises that life and the process of human development places in our path.

The Home Therapist, assembled by an amazing array of experienced profes­sionals, is a comprehensive attempt to better equip all of us to meet so many of these challenges, to reduce the risks of mental ill-health, to guide help-seeking, and to set us on a path where we and those around us might actually flourish. The book reflects a faith in the human spirit and the inherent resilience of all people given the right conditions. Happiness is an elusive goal, however, as Thomas Jefferson asserted, its pursuit is noble and essential. Every journey requires careful preparation, skills, luck and social scaffolding. This book will be an invaluable guidebook for the pursuit of mental health and happiness no matter at what stage in life the journey is commenced.


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Table of Contents

Personal Wellbeing
Work–Life Balance
Positive Psychology
Personal Energy Audit
Building Resilience in Children
Enhancing Happiness and Wellbeing
Emotional Intelligence 
Enhancing Motivation in Your Child 
Creativity to get Through the Tough Stuff
Managing Financial Challenges
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Living the Life You Want
Home Organisation — Avoiding Clutter
Christian Spirituality and Religion
Shedding Guilt and Shame
Moving House

Coping with a Long-Distance Relationship
Getting Married
Growing into Relationships
Communication in Relationships
Conflict Management in Relationships 
Coping with Infertility
Successful Childlessness
Recovering After an Affair

Family and Parenting
Being a New Parent
Building Attachment with Children 
Parent-Child Relationships
Praising Your Child Appropriately
Working Mothers
Family Meetings
Coping with a Child with a Disability
Single Parenting
Children of Divorce
Sharing the Care of Children 
Adult Children Returning Home
Being a Grandparent
Giving a Baby up for Adoption
Adopting a Child

Children and Adolescents

Child Physical Health and Stress
Safe Sleeping for Babies and Toddlers
Child and Adolescent Development 
Child Safety Around the Home
Childhood Anxiety
Children and Adolescents in Transition
Shyness in Children
Anger Management in Adolescence
Child Behaviour Management

Health and Wellbeing
Coping Styles when Managing Health Concerns
Sleeping Soundly
Emotional Challenges of a Major Illness
Weight Management and Obesity
Pregnancy Health 
Nutrition, Diet and Healthy Eating
Adjustment to Injury
Using Medicines Safely and Effectively
Physical Activity and Wellbeing
Health Benefits of Strength Training
Returning to Sport
Managing Menopause
Managing Chronic Pain
Some FAQ for Seeing a Therapist 

Coping with an Empty Nest
Planning for Retirement 
Positive Ageing
Caring for Ageing Parents
Coping with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
Caring for a Person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

Mental Health
Keeping your Brain Active and Stimulated
Brain Health
Mental Illness and Mental Health
Managing the Challenge of Asperger’s Syndrome
Depression and Anxiety after Childbirth
Deliberate Self-Harm
Managing Suicidal Thoughts and Urges
Eating Disorders
Emotional Overeating
Trauma Recovery
Living with a Person Affected by a Mental Illness

Grief and Loss
Recovering from Loss
Supporting Someone who is Grieving
Pregnancy Loss
Death of a Child
Children’s Grief
Parenting Bereaved Children after Sibling Death
Suicide Bereavement
Death and Dying
Facing our Mortality
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Recovery After a Relationship Breakup
Loss of Employment
Saying the Final Goodbye to Your Pet

Mismatched Libidos
Women’s Health and Intimacy 
Men’s Sexual Health
Coming Out — Telling Family and Friends
When Your Child tells you They are Gay

Stress Management and Time Management
Controlled Breathing for Stress Relief
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Stress Relief
Reducing Stress: Mind-Body Strategies
Stress Management
Adult Anger Management
Meditation to Relax the Mind 
Avoiding Road Rage
Time Management 
Overcoming Procrastination 

Reducing the Health Risks of Alcohol
Smoking Cessation 
Harm Minimisation in Using Alcohol and Drugs
Gambling Addiction
Internet Addiction
Internet Pornography Addiction 
Codependency in Relationships

Abuse, Neglect, Violence, Bullying and Crime
Child and Adolescent Abuse and Neglect
The Problem of Domestic Violence
Men Helping End Family Violence
Becoming Free from Domestic Violence
Childhood Bullying
Sexual Assault
Dealing with Traumatic Incidents
Victims of Crime

Education and Careers
Studying Effectively
School Refusal
Career Choice and Change
Gaining or Re-entering Employment

Communication, Relationships and Friendship
Positive Online Social Networking
Dealing with Cultural Differences
Gender Differences in Communication and Friendship

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AskAJulie More than 1 year ago
I am a speech pathologist, not a psychologist. I work at an outpatient pediatric clinic. We are partners with the Center for Child Psychologists in our town, so a lot of the child I treat also go to a psychologist. This book was easy to read and very enjoyable. This book addressed a variety of issues that kids I work with deal with. After reading this book, I felt more prepared and knowledgeable. I feel more confident in answering any questions parents have about a wide variety of daily living issues. Although this book was not aimed at kids or families, I was able to apply all of the techniques and advice to parents and kids. This book was wonderful, well researched, and well supported. I highly recommend this book.