This Book Is a Safe Space: Cute Doodles and Therapy Strategies To Support Self-Love and Wellbeing

Mango. Mar. 2023. 180p. ISBN 9781642507898. $18.99. SELF-HELP
Curious minds will be drawn to PhD candidate (clinical psychology) Tran’s engaging and approachable work designed to demystify and support mental health wellness. Tran, who is behind Instagram’s @doodledwellness, believes that awareness is an important step to healing. Using pastel-hued doodle artwork, journaling prompts, and presenting a variety of coping skills, this title encourages the inquisitive to strive for a sense of balance between thoughts and emotions. Practical advice, tips, and reminders, and a wealth of self-love affirmations fill the messages. Discarding old ways of thinking and rewiring automatic responses are empowering concepts for navigating life. Seekers will gain improved self-awareness using tools such as mindfulness and meditation. The clarifying illustrations fully and delightfully reinforce every concept presented. The compassionate tone and reflective pauses enhance an excellent introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy and brain science concepts as well as an array of coping skills.
VERDICT Tran asserts that what has been learned can be unlearned, forging new ways of being. This insightful book provides valuable paths to pursue in the search for mental wellbeing. For all public libraries.
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