Unchain the Pain: How to Be Your Own Therapist

 Bob Livingstone, LCSW

“I will be reading from and signing my new book Unchain the Pain:  How to be Your Own Therapist at Marcus Books, 1712 Fillmore St. San Francisco, Ca.  This event will take place Saturday March 31, 2012 at 6PM.   It is an honor to be invited to this historic African-American Bookstore.  Marcus Bookstores are the oldest Black bookstores in the nation.  I hope to see you there!” –BL

1. Be willing to ask questions about your emotional pain.
2. Imagine that you are in a therapist’s office. Think about what questions she may ask you and then ask yourself these same questions.
3. Imagine that you are talking to a friend who is in distress. What questions would you want to ask her about her emotional pain in order to support her healing? Then apply those same questions to yourself.
4. You will learn to be introspective; feel unstuck emotionally; resolve long-standing emotional issues; discover your place of wisdom; be less depressed; be able to work through grief and loss issues; be less anxious; feel more confident and your self-esteem will increase; learn what it means to process your feelings.
5. Learn to overcome the obstacles that can help you become your own therapist.
6. Develop and nurture the self questioning part of yourself.
7. Exercise regularly. You will not only look and feel better, it will help you problem solve and be open to self-questioning because you will feel the freedom to do so!