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Good fiction is like good therapy; it helps us see who we really are.                                   

Coming this summer: The Education of Crazy Jane

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The Age of Worry

Publication date: 2020

ISBN 978-1-64990-146-0

Daniel Wunsch is worried about his teenage daughter, Cordelia. He worries that she is drinking too much—which she is—and he’s particularly worried because his mother had a serious problem with alcohol. In fact, his troubled mother disappeared when he was seventeen. She left a note, left the family, and vanished thirty years ago. Now, as he looks at Cordelia, who bears a striking resemblance to her missing grandmother, he feels certain that disaster is imminent. And he can’t help but feel angry at her for ignoring his concerns.

 

Cordelia is hurt and puzzled by her father’s angry, rejecting comments and his dire predictions about her future. She keeps a packed suitcase under her bed, ready to leave home at any moment.

 In the middle of this family conflict, Dan starts receiving anonymous tips regarding the possible whereabouts of his mother. He sets out to follow the clues, getting glimpses along the way of his mother’s missing years. Meanwhile, his relationship with Cordelia only gets worse until she reaches her breaking point.  

 In this engaging and psychologically insightful book, the reader travels back and forth in time to follow three interwoven stories, three points of view, and three members of a family as they struggle to find each other and repair the disrupted bonds between them. 

Tea with Freud: An Imaginary Conversation about

How Psychotherapy Really Works

Publication Date: March 28, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4575-4403-3

 

"With the fascinating literary device of an imaginary dialogue with Freud at its center, Steven Sandler’s Tea With Freud offers a panoply of insights regarding unconscious mental functioning, the nature of psychotherapy, and the ubiquitous anguish of the human condition.  Part history, part Freudiana, part explicatory discourse, Sandler’s book is fun to read and highly instructive as well."

Salman Akhtar, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Thomas Jefferson University

Training and Supervising Analyst

Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

For Psychotherapists:

Remembering with Emotion in Dynamic Psychotherapy 

ISBN-13: 978-0765708274

ISBN-10: 0765708272 

Publication Date: 2012

 

"This wonderful work shows how the direct experience of emotion and emotional transformation is the key to healing in psychotherapy. Sandler offers some novel hypotheses about working with emotion. He shows us how to work with constricting and expanding emotion and defenses against these and how to change negative memories with positive attachment memories. This is a book from which you can learn how a therapist actually does therapy. It is easy to read and appropriate for beginners as well as experienced practitioners."

- Dr. Leslie S. Greenberg, York University

(Available in hardcover and electronically)

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