The Origins of You: How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate the Way We Live and Love

Putnam. Feb. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593539910. $28. SELF-HELP
Pharaon is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Mindful Marriage and Family Therapy. In her first book, she provides readers with a four-part guide to understanding the roots of trauma, how it can impact relationships, and how to overcome past traumas. This guide explores the five common origin wounds, leads readers through Origin Healing Practice, offers tools to communicate and set boundaries in relationships, and encourages readers to make changes to take control of their own relationship dynamics and move beyond their past trauma. Pharaon shares stories about her own life and those of her patients to help readers understand their own origin wounds. She encourages readers to seek out therapy, while still offering them a starting place to understand their trauma and guide them through the work that they will need to do as they move forward.
VERDICT This book will appeal to fans of Pharaon’s Instagram page and those seeking a self-help guide to help them navigate family patterns and take control of their love lives.
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