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Do No Harm: Transforming Addictions Paperback – December 17, 2014
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About the Author
Shoshana Kobrin, MA, LMFT, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After taking a Master’s degree in literature, she pioneered a multi-cultural communications program during apartheid in South Africa. Her manual, "Communicate While You Teach" was written for teachers and nurses in training. Interest in intercultural group dynamics led her to a Master’s degree in psychology at John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California. She is a psychotherapist, specializing in food and weight issues, eating disorders, addictions, and writing and art therapy. Kobrin teaches at university level, supervises interns, and provides continuing education for therapists and nurses. She is a Reiki practitioner, treating people and animals. For thirty-two years, Kobrin has been teaching, training, public speaking, and facilitating workshops and retreats in the community. She has presented at twelve, state-wide, professional conferences. Her user-friendly journaling book, "The Satisfied Soul GuideBook: Your Path to Transformation" was published in 2011, "The Satisfied Soul: Transforming Your Food and Weight Worries" arrived in 2012. "Love, Anger, Power - and Food" was published in 2013. Poetry, a children’s book, short stories, and a novel, are in the works. Books, reading, and writing have been an important part of Kobrin’s life since childhood. Two tools were invaluable in healing from a challenging childhood and her long history of bulimia: Natalie Goldberg’s "Wild Mind" which introduced her to free, associative journaling, and Buddhism’s Vipassana meditation technique. Kobrin’s spiritual and creative life, which she defines as “connection in many spheres of life” is of prime importance to her. She lives in Walnut Creek, California, and enjoys lap swimming, hiking, choral singing, piano and guitar, song writing, sketching, and ceramic sculpture.
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Kobrin has been a psychotherapist for 27 years, and the richness and variety of her own experience is reflected in the wealth of information in her book. She herself is a recovering person, and the personal insight she brings to her subject is part of the richness of this book. As a trained family therapist, she is especially good in the genesis of addiction in the family. But she also takes into account the genetic and societal factors which lead to addiction, including addictive behaviors peculiar to our time like compulsive eating and shopping as well as addiction to computers, cell phones, and online pornography.
Kobrin writes movingly of the “Dark Spiral,” a corkscrew downward from depression into an infantile state of dependency. In her book, she maintains a balance between the mental, physical, and emotional components of addiction. She is especially effective in her approach to spirituality and healing. After a thoughtful review of the components and origin of addiction, Kobrin leads the reader through a summary of Western insights and then into the Eastern approaches that have worked for her and her patients. These include Buddhist meditation, the use of Chakras, and more recently, Reiki treatment. In many ways, this book is a capstone to the three other books Kobrin has published in a record amount of time. I can’t think of a better book to lead the potentially recovering or simply interested persons into a new path of contentment and fulfillment.
Albione Becnel, MS, M.Div.
Jane Stallings Ph.D. Child Development specialist and author
told in a non-judgmental and engaging voice.
I recommend Do No Harm to Mental Health Practitioners as well as those
suffering from Addictions of all kinds.
Zena C. Potash, M.D., Psychiatrist