Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mending the Shattered Mirror: A Journey of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy by Analie Shepherd Review

I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.  Please see below for additional disclaimers.

How Much is it?
Mending The Shattered Mirror can be purchased for $14.95 on Amazon, here.  It is also FREE for Kindle Unlimited users.

What's it about?
"Mending the Shattered Mirror is a story of despair, hope and eventual triumph. Analie Shepherd, the author, found herself in need of the support of a therapist after a tragedy in her life. Within the confines of this relationship, Analie suffered extreme abuse: verbal, physical and emotional. Finally able to leave the abusive therapist, Analie reached out to TELL, an international organization, whose purpose is to support victims in the struggle to regain their lives after abuse by a health care practitioner. Through TELL, Analie connected with responder Laurie, a retired Psychiatrist who was herself sexually abused in therapy for ten years. Contained within the book, is a four-year email exchange between Analie and Laurie, in which both of their stories are told--the tragedy and the triumph. Analie's story is complicated by the fact that she is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personalities. Much of the abuse within her therapy, was perpetrated on her alter personalities, and their voices and stories are included in the book, as well as some of their original artwork. From the very first page, this story will enthrall you ... the conclusion of the book is amazingly beautiful and deeply satisfying."

My Rating: 3.75 Stars
Format: Paperback
Photo Source: Amazon/Own Photo

I am in the social work field, and I am always looking for new ways to enhance my knowledge within my work.  When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

The cover is deceiving, as I was expecting a very dry and text book read feeling to this book, but it everything but!  I really enjoyed the writing within this book itself.  The story is told through memories, drawings, and email like entries. I could not put it down.

I think this is a must read for anyone in the helping field, not only just a therapist.  I think it gives a different perspective on what we are normally focus on while working on our self development.  I will be recommending this and sharing this book with my co-workers. I think it is important to really look at the work we are doing and ensure we are not harming others.  This was an eye opening read.

About the Author:
Loving wife, mother and Nana ... Author, Artist, Actress, Choir and Play Director. I love to dance, sing and laugh ... with friends, or alone! I look for the "wine moments" of life and live them to the fullest.

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