Spotlight For The Book LESSONS FROM A DIFFICULT PERSON By Sarah H. Elliston

Book Description:

Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way—by experience – as well as through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work — Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.

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The methods Elliston offers in her book end the trauma and the drama, and minimize the possibility of confrontation. She gives YOU, the reader, the ability to take a strong, positive, confident—yet compassionate–stance with the “difficult person”—whether that is a relative, coworker, friend, one of your children or anyone else for that matter.

Elliston demonstrates how to:

• Identify the ways to talk to a “difficult” person

• Incorporate true incentives to help people change

• Make real the consequences of the “difficult” person’s action

• Increase success through acceptance and belonging

• Avoid being triggered by the “difficult” person allowing you to neutralize those hot buttons and communicate without judgment

Elliston lays out a proven script for peacefully transforming the difficult person’s behavior and the environment. She gives you the tools for successfully initiating and engaging in a conversation with a difficult person that would lead to change.

Author’s Bio:

Sarah (Sam) Elliston is an expert in the art of Dealing with Difficult People. She is a top workshop leader and a member of the faculty of the William Glasser Institute, which espouses “Reality Therapy” to foster behavioral change.

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But her instructional career began long before she even became aware that she was herself a “difficult person,” traits that began in Lincoln MA, where she grew up. For more than 30 years she has been teaching and training, first as a high school teacher in Ohio and Cincinnati—and then as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey Book by Yvonne Williams Casaus

Book Description:

In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.

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It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.

This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.

Buy the Book: Amazon

Author’s Bio:

Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.

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Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

Interview with the author:

  1. do you balance your time between being a mom and being a writer?

I believe in quality time vs. quantity time. So when I am with my children I try to be truly present with them. I write and edit when they are busy at school or while waiting in the car during gymnastics practice. I take an hour in between volunteering in a kindergarten classroom and seeing a client at work. Prioritizing is important. I get up early to write before the weekend gets busy with practices and birthday parties.  Sometimes I have to make a choice. Do I finish my book or do the dishes? It’s not always easy.

  1. Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes, I love working as a Counselor and Play Therapist. I have a private practice and I have been working with adults, adolescents, children, and families for over eleven years. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which I use to treat Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma.  I also specialize in treating traumatized children. I have a bumper sticker that says “MY WORK IS CHILD’S PLAY”, which I absolutely love.

  1. What are some interesting and/or quirky things you like to do?

I love music. Going to Rock Concerts is one of my most favorite things to do. I play the guitar and love to paint. Lately, I have really enjoyed making Kumihimo jewelry. I have always been crazy about anything with leopard print. It must be the wild side in me. I have so many things with leopard print; from clothes, to purses, to phone cases and shoes. Finally, I have always loved the water. I swear I was a mermaid before.

  1. What is your next project?

My next project is a fictional fantasy dealing with spirituality. It is a young adult book. I work with many adolescents so I was drawn to this genre. I have really enjoyed fiction and creating my own fantasy world. I sense some vampires coming.

  1. There are many books out there about healing from loss and personal growth, what makes yours different?

I was spiritually inspired to share from my knowledge as a therapist and suicide loss survivor. I lost my husband, the father of my children to suicide. While I was sharing my heartbreaking story I had a nice surprise. I found a connection between my healing journey, my grief, my tears and water. I started rhyming, laughing, and having fun. The messages I received while writing weren’t just for me, they were for everyone. We can all overcome profound tragedy and learn to heal each other because we are all connected.

  1. Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

There have been times I felt stuck in my writing. I have found that it helps to do a short meditation before every writing session. It helps clear out my mind. If I am still stuck and a blank page is staring at me I pick a topic and start doing circle drawings. I write about what is keeping me stuck. It usually has to do with anger or some form of self sabotage. Sometimes we need the power of curse words to move past our blocks.

  1. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

I have gone sky diving and I have snorkeled with sharks. I have to say putting my personal story out there for the world to read has been the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I am pretty adventurous, I don’t mind heights and I love big scary roller coasters.  However, I tend to be a very private person, so sharing the loss of my husband to suicide was not easy for me.


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