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“A wise and helpful book.” -- Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., Director, Stanford Forgiveness Projects and author of Forgive for Good

“Joshua Coleman’s book is a gift, offering extraordinary wisdom coupled with practical advice.” -- Steven Mintz, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and author of Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood

“An especially healing, practical resource. . .for anyone exhausted by strained, hurtful relationships with their adolescent or grown child.” -- --Dr. Linda Nielsen, Professor of Adolescent Psychology & Women's Studies, Wake Forest University and author of Embracing Your Father: Building the Relationship You Always Wanted With Your Dad

“I LOVE this book. [It] is written from such a realistic and compassionate perspective that it is heart-warming.” -- Hara Estroff Marano, Editor at Large, Psychology Today; author of A Nation of Wimps

“Exceptionally perceptive.” -- --Stephanie Coontz, Author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage and The Way We Never Were

“A superb treatment...a unique and groundbreaking approach...an eyeopening read for anyone.” -- Library Journal (starred review)

“Coleman’s focus is on helping the parent cope and carry on...an engaging read despite the serious subject matter.” -- Publishers Weekly

“An important book that can help parents heal.” -- Baltimore Sun

“. . .desperately needed. . . a truly great book for parents, and a great book for therapists who work with families.” -- --Heather Folsom, M.D., author and adult and child psychiatrist

“This is an incredibly insightful and sensitively written analysis of a difficult subject. . . .I have recommended it to many of my clients. . . I highly recommend it to all parents who hurt.” -- --Jan Levine, Ph.D., co-author of Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

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In When Parents Hurt, psychologist and parent Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., offers insight, empathy, and perspective to those who have lost the opportunity to be the parent they desperately wanted to be and who are mourning the loss of a harmonious relationship with their child. Through case examples and healing exercises, Dr. Coleman helps parents:

  • Reduce anger, guilt, and shame
  • Learn how temperament, the teen years, their own or a partner's mistakes, and divorce can strain the parent-child bond
  • Come to terms with their own and their child's imperfections
  • Develop strategies for rebuilding the relationship or move toward acceptance of what can't be changed

By helping parents recognize what they can do and let go of what they cannot, Dr. Coleman helps families develop more positive ways of healing themselves and relating to each other.


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0061148431
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.72 x 8 inches
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Dr. Joshua Coleman is Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families and is a psychologist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, NPR, and The BBC, and has also been featured on Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, America Online Coaches, PBS Life Part 2, and numerous news programs for FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC television. His advice has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, Fortune, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Psychology Today, U.S. World and News Report, Parenting Magazine and many others.

He has served on the clinical faculties of The University of California at San Francisco, The Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology, and the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group.

He is the author of numerous articles and chapters and has written four books: The Marriage Makeover: Finding Happiness in Imperfect Harmony (St. Martin’s Press); The Lazy Husband: How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework (St. Martin’s Press); When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along (HarperCollins); and Married with Twins: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Marital Harmony. His books have been translated into Chinese, Croatian, and Korean, and are also available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

SPECIALTIES:

1) Couple's therapy: affairs, verbal or physical abuse,communication training

2) Parents who are estranged from their adult children

3) Individuals: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues

4) Coaching: career planning, working with employees or employers, attaining goals

www.drjoshuacoleman.com

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