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The Satisfied Soul: Transforming Your Food And Weight Worries Paperback – January 25, 2012
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About the Author
Shoshana was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and started her professional life as a preschool teacher. 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 Masters degree in psychology at John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, when she arrived in the United States. She is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, practicing in Walnut Creek, California. Specializations are: people in transition, couple counseling, child therapy, food and weight issues, hypnotherapy, and EMDR. Shoshana teaches at university level, supervises interns, and provides continuing education for therapists and nurses. For thirty-two years, Shoshana has been teaching, training, public speaking, and facilitating workshops and retreats in the community. She has presented at twelve, state-wide, professional conferences. Publications include poetry, a short story, and articles on food and weight issues and eating disorders, addictions, relationships, spirituality, communication, the family, and parenting. Her self-help book, The Satisfied Soul GuideBook: Your Path to Transformation was published in 2011. Books, reading, and writing have been an important part of Shoshana'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. Her spiritual and creative life, which she defines as "connection in many spheres of life" is of prime importance to her. Shoshana lives in Walnut Creek. She enjoys swimming, hiking, singing, piano and guitar, song writing, sketching, and ceramic sculpture.
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Shoshana explores the basic underlying hungers that many people have; and the many ways through food, that people try to compensate for or counteract those painful physical and emotional experiences. In a heartfelt, sensitive and warm way, the Satisfied Soul acts as a trusted companion, at the side of someone struggling with a disordered relationship to food. The Satisfied Soul offers psychological awareness, historic understanding, and deep personal awakening in a non-threatening, easy-to-read way and is inspirational, particularly in the warm way it addresses the difficult themes of emptiness and isolation. Shoshana offers meaningful opportunities for connection with nature, with one's spirituality; with the larger community, with intimate relationships, and most importantly with oneself. She matter-of-factly assists one in freeing oneself from that sense of "Basic Badness" that can be so burdensome and disheartening, toward realizing practical and helpful solutions that enhance one's connection to body, mind and emotions in a rich and mindful way. I have recommended this book several times over, to clients and loved ones struggling with food and weight issues, and look forward to continuing to share it with others, for the lovely resource that it is.
- Cindi Rivera, MFT