Waterdown psychotherapist pens book aimed at helping teens

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Dianne Cornish Flamborough Review

A book aimed at teens, written by a Waterdown psychotherapist to help youths focus on their relationship with themselves, will be launched April 9 at a book-signing at The Copper Kettle Café, 312 Dundas St. E.

The soft-bound book, entitled How To Like Yourself, grew out of a lack of material available on the subject of youths liking themselves. When Cheryl Bradshaw, a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph, began researching the subject of students and their relationship with themselves, she had difficulty finding relevant material so she began collecting bits and pieces of information to include in student handouts.

Eventually, she collected enough material to write her book, which carries the subtitle, a teen’s guide to quieting your inner critic and building lasting self-esteem.

The rural Flamborough resident who also has a private practice for counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching in Waterdown, wrote the book in three months. Scheduled to be published on April 1 by New Harbinger Publications, the book is “a short, to-the-point, entertaining collection of real-life advice, activities and different ideas and helpful ways of thinking” that will assist teens in improving their confidence and self-esteem, the author explained. It encourages teens to reflect on themselves and “give themselves permission to be imperfect,” Bradshaw said.

Readers of the book, which is written in the first-person and has a casual, conversation style,

will learn about some of the “most commonly misunderstood concepts, such as forgiveness, confidence, rejection and more.”

Bradshaw has already completed the manuscript of her second book, which is geared towards parents, but she doesn’t plan on launching it for a couple of years. “I’ll pitch it after the release of my first one,” she said.

After writing her first book, she said she felt another book “living in” her, so she sat down and wrote it over the course of two weeks.

Bradshaw, who moved to Flamborough from Hamilton Mountain about a year-and-a-half ago, is looking for ways to get involved in the local community. She recently attended a meeting of Healthy Youth-Healthy Community Flamborough to find ways of helping youth in the area. She has since been invited to speak to Waterdown District High School students during Mental Health Week in May.

Before becoming a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph two years ago, Bradshaw held a similar post at Sheridan College in Oakville for just over three years. Her work entails helping students with depression, anxiety, grief, breakups, loss of direction and stress.

The event on April 9, from 5-8 p.m., will be an opportunity for people “to drop by, grab a copy of the book and get it signed,” she said. It will also serve as a way of recognizing those who endorsed her book and helped to edit it. Friends, colleagues and parents all had a hand in the process.

Distributed in Canada and the United States, How To Like Yourself, is available in soft cover, e-book and audiobook formats. It can be purchased at Chapters, Indigo, and Barnes & Noble or at www.amazon.com. For more, visit www.cherylmbradshaw.com.

Waterdown psychotherapist pens book aimed at helping teens

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Dianne Cornish Flamborough Review

A book aimed at teens, written by a Waterdown psychotherapist to help youths focus on their relationship with themselves, will be launched April 9 at a book-signing at The Copper Kettle Café, 312 Dundas St. E.

The soft-bound book, entitled How To Like Yourself, grew out of a lack of material available on the subject of youths liking themselves. When Cheryl Bradshaw, a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph, began researching the subject of students and their relationship with themselves, she had difficulty finding relevant material so she began collecting bits and pieces of information to include in student handouts.

Eventually, she collected enough material to write her book, which carries the subtitle, a teen’s guide to quieting your inner critic and building lasting self-esteem.

The rural Flamborough resident who also has a private practice for counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching in Waterdown, wrote the book in three months. Scheduled to be published on April 1 by New Harbinger Publications, the book is “a short, to-the-point, entertaining collection of real-life advice, activities and different ideas and helpful ways of thinking” that will assist teens in improving their confidence and self-esteem, the author explained. It encourages teens to reflect on themselves and “give themselves permission to be imperfect,” Bradshaw said.

Readers of the book, which is written in the first-person and has a casual, conversation style,

will learn about some of the “most commonly misunderstood concepts, such as forgiveness, confidence, rejection and more.”

Bradshaw has already completed the manuscript of her second book, which is geared towards parents, but she doesn’t plan on launching it for a couple of years. “I’ll pitch it after the release of my first one,” she said.

After writing her first book, she said she felt another book “living in” her, so she sat down and wrote it over the course of two weeks.

Bradshaw, who moved to Flamborough from Hamilton Mountain about a year-and-a-half ago, is looking for ways to get involved in the local community. She recently attended a meeting of Healthy Youth-Healthy Community Flamborough to find ways of helping youth in the area. She has since been invited to speak to Waterdown District High School students during Mental Health Week in May.

Before becoming a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph two years ago, Bradshaw held a similar post at Sheridan College in Oakville for just over three years. Her work entails helping students with depression, anxiety, grief, breakups, loss of direction and stress.

The event on April 9, from 5-8 p.m., will be an opportunity for people “to drop by, grab a copy of the book and get it signed,” she said. It will also serve as a way of recognizing those who endorsed her book and helped to edit it. Friends, colleagues and parents all had a hand in the process.

Distributed in Canada and the United States, How To Like Yourself, is available in soft cover, e-book and audiobook formats. It can be purchased at Chapters, Indigo, and Barnes & Noble or at www.amazon.com. For more, visit www.cherylmbradshaw.com.

Waterdown psychotherapist pens book aimed at helping teens

WhatsOn Mar 29, 2016 by Dianne Cornish Flamborough Review

A book aimed at teens, written by a Waterdown psychotherapist to help youths focus on their relationship with themselves, will be launched April 9 at a book-signing at The Copper Kettle Café, 312 Dundas St. E.

The soft-bound book, entitled How To Like Yourself, grew out of a lack of material available on the subject of youths liking themselves. When Cheryl Bradshaw, a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph, began researching the subject of students and their relationship with themselves, she had difficulty finding relevant material so she began collecting bits and pieces of information to include in student handouts.

Eventually, she collected enough material to write her book, which carries the subtitle, a teen’s guide to quieting your inner critic and building lasting self-esteem.

The rural Flamborough resident who also has a private practice for counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching in Waterdown, wrote the book in three months. Scheduled to be published on April 1 by New Harbinger Publications, the book is “a short, to-the-point, entertaining collection of real-life advice, activities and different ideas and helpful ways of thinking” that will assist teens in improving their confidence and self-esteem, the author explained. It encourages teens to reflect on themselves and “give themselves permission to be imperfect,” Bradshaw said.

Readers of the book, which is written in the first-person and has a casual, conversation style,

will learn about some of the “most commonly misunderstood concepts, such as forgiveness, confidence, rejection and more.”

Bradshaw has already completed the manuscript of her second book, which is geared towards parents, but she doesn’t plan on launching it for a couple of years. “I’ll pitch it after the release of my first one,” she said.

After writing her first book, she said she felt another book “living in” her, so she sat down and wrote it over the course of two weeks.

Bradshaw, who moved to Flamborough from Hamilton Mountain about a year-and-a-half ago, is looking for ways to get involved in the local community. She recently attended a meeting of Healthy Youth-Healthy Community Flamborough to find ways of helping youth in the area. She has since been invited to speak to Waterdown District High School students during Mental Health Week in May.

Before becoming a mental health counsellor at the University of Guelph two years ago, Bradshaw held a similar post at Sheridan College in Oakville for just over three years. Her work entails helping students with depression, anxiety, grief, breakups, loss of direction and stress.

The event on April 9, from 5-8 p.m., will be an opportunity for people “to drop by, grab a copy of the book and get it signed,” she said. It will also serve as a way of recognizing those who endorsed her book and helped to edit it. Friends, colleagues and parents all had a hand in the process.

Distributed in Canada and the United States, How To Like Yourself, is available in soft cover, e-book and audiobook formats. It can be purchased at Chapters, Indigo, and Barnes & Noble or at www.amazon.com. For more, visit www.cherylmbradshaw.com.