Holly Kretschmer, Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy and self-growth

Berger, J. (2005).
Emotional fitness: Discovering our natural healing power.
Toronto, ON: Penguin Group (Canada).

In this ground-breaking new book, Janice Berger takes us on a vital and fascinating voyage into the very centre of our emotional selves. She reveals how we can engage and cooperate with the natural emotional healing power we all possess so that we can lead more fulfilling lives and enjoy more satisfying, vibrant relationships. Emotional Fitness demystifies emotional health and demonstrates clearly how we can live our lives with personal clarity and inner freedom.

Janov, A. (1996).
Why you get sick, how you get well: The healing power of feelings.
West Hollywood, CA: Dove Books.

The culmination of over a decade of research and writing, Why You Get Sick, How You Get Well reveals the hidden forces of the unconscious that conspire against the human system, making us sick emotionally and physically. Working from the premise that there is memory that exists on a level that defies language, Dr. Janov explores the nature of this “feeling” memory and its far-reaching effects on the human body as well as emotions. Through his work in Primal Therapy, Dr. Janov has traveled deeper into the unconscious of his patients and in doing so, has found remarkable healing facilities when people are allowed to “feel.” What he and his patients have discovered is that the unconscious is not a mysterious place full of demons and dark forces, but a friendly place, and repository of one’s early history.

Mate, G. (2003).
When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress.
Toronto, ON: Alfred A. Knopf Canada a division of Random House of Canada.

In this accessible and ground-breaking book-filled with the moving stories of real people-medical doctor Gabor Mate’ shows how stress and our emotions can help cause chronic illness. In When the Body Says No, Dr. Mate’ summaries the latest scientific findings about the roles stress and individual emotional makeup play in the causation of cancer and other chronic illnesses. He argues that knowledge of how this causal relationship works is essential healing. With the help of dozens of moving and enlightening case studies and vignettes drawn from his two decades as a family practitioner and palliative care specialist, he provides poignant insights into how disease is often the body’s way of saying “no” to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge.

Evans, P. (1992).
The verbally abusive relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond.
Holbrook, MA: Bob Adams, Inc.

As we have come to understand our human rights, we have grown in our respect for human life and human dignity. We have seen old power structures and old beliefs disintegrate in the light of higher consciousness. Collectively, we no longer condone slavery, child labor, child abuse, or wife battering. Collectively, we are crossing a threshold from a belief in Power Over (dominance) to a belief in Personal Power (mutuality and co-creation). Verbal abuse is a kind of battering which doesn’t leave evidence comparable to the bruises of physical battering. It can be just as painful, and recovery can take much longer. Although this book describes women’s experiences, it is a fact that some men suffer verbal abuse from their mates. Generally, however, they do not live the kind of fear women experience with an angry man.


Gordon, T. (1970, 1975, 2000).
Parent effectiveness training: The proven program for raising responsible children.
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.

P.E.T., or Parent Effectiveness Training, began almost 40 years ago as the first national parent-training program to teach parents how to communicate more effectively with kids and offer step-by-step advice to resolving family conflicts so everybody wins. This beloved classic is the most studied, highly praised, and proven parenting program in the world-and it will work for you. Now revised for the first time since its initial publication, this ground-breaking guide will show you how to avoid being a permissive parent, how to listen so kids will talk to you and talk so kids will listen to you, how to teach your children to “own” their own problems and to solve them, and how to use the “No-Lose” method to resolve conflicts. Using these timeless methods of P.E.T. will have immediate results: less fighting, fewer tantrums and lies, and no need for punishment. Whether you have a toddler striking out for independence or a teenager who has already started rebelling, you’ll find P.E.T. a compassionate, effective way to instill responsibility and create a nurturing family environment in which your child will thrive.

Grille, R. (2005).
Parenting for a peaceful world.
New South Wales, AU: Longueville Media

Imagine a world where war, tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction are relics of the past. What if the means to create such a reality were in the hands of mothers and fathers, and all those involved in the care and education of children? Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how children adapt to different parenting styles and how these early experiences underpin the adults they become. In this expansive book Robin Grille draws on revolutionary new research to argue that the safeguarding of children’s emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. If the findings outlined in these pages are put into practice, the result may be a revolution of peace, humanity, and a world beyond our imagining.

Solter, A. (2001)
The aware baby.
Goleta, CA: Shining Star Press.

The Aware Baby marks a major breakthrough in our understanding of babies’ needs from conception to 2 ½ years of age. Now translated into several languages, it has contributed to a revolution in parenting around the world. This revised edition includes new research and insights from the author’s extensive experience as a consultant and international workshop leader. This book will teach you how to: bond with your infant, respond to your baby’s crying, enhance your baby’s intelligence, help your baby sleep better, find alternatives to punishment and raise your child to be non-violent.
Copyright © 2015 Holly Kretschmer.
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