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Alternative Healing Beyond Recovery For The Genius - Jill Raiguel

Alternative Healing Beyond Recovery for the Genius

Forward by Dr. John Kohut

Mark Victor Hanson, co-author of  the Chicken Soup for the Soul book, says, "Let's stop abuse. This book moves the cause to fast-forward. Read and reap tremendous insights."


Need to take the next step in your recovery from abuse or alcohol? This book gives you those steps. Recovery: Beyond your 12-Steps for the Genius is a treasure trove of simple healing exercises and life skills activities that help you, the survivor of abuse and/or an alcoholic family, to release old feelings, repair emotional hurts and learn missing life skills. Many adult children of alcoholics and survivors of abuse--and there are more than 64 million in this country alone--continue to repeat their dysfunctional family patterns in failed marriages and relationships; or replay abuse in their jobs; or have addictions to cover up pain; or they allow others to use them; or  have blind spots so they cannot see their own dysfunctional patterns. And, some survivors  have all of the above problems and more.

The book  not only offers comprehensive solutions but also it inspires and offers keen insights into many of the issues that survivors face. The book gives the reader the Raiguel Life Skills Inventory, 100 research- based items, that clearly state the issues. Taking the quiz can be very helpful articulating the issues that have been in the background but unspoken for years. Some of those life skills are: Building Trust, Being in the Body, Expressing Emotions, Having Fun, Expressing Needs; Managing Anger Appropriately; Managing Your Addictions; Overcoming Blinds Spots; Not Overhelping; Not Being Perfect; Not Being Used; Setting Goals and Managing Money. Raiguel also includes many guided visualizations, as well as other alternative techniques, she has used for years in her clinical practice with clients that are powerful and effective for healing the past. Then  Raiguel explains life skills exercises that the reader can do to strengthen those skills.

She goes much further telling stories of life skills graduates who have changed their patterns, learned missing skills, re-invented their abusive pasts and are living abusive-free lives. She began her life skills work in New York City more than thirty years ago with a small group. Those survivors  were the first life skills class lasting six months. The positive results in participants lives were so impressive that she began training other professionals including New York City Child Protective Service workers, Texas Parents' Anonymous, and No to Abuse in rural Nevada. Because the life skills curriculum is so simple not only professionals but para-professionals have learned her work and are teaching it to their clients and groups. Written in a warm, friendly, yet professional manner, Raiguel outlines her techniques so survivors can heal and teach themselves or counselors can use her book as a companion to therapy. The book is a stand-alone curriculum for leading life skills groups or working with individuals. All these elements make Recovery: Beyond Your 12-Steps a crucial part of anyone's recovery program.

Jill Raiguel, who has been a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years, has a psychotherapy practice at Kohut Psychiatric Medical Group in San Bernardino, California. She conduct trainings for professionals in her work offering CEU's to MFT's and LCSW's.

Available in June, 2014. To pre-order and receive 20% discount  email Follow her blog at