Shrinking the Smirch A Practical Approach to Living with Long Term Health Conditions by Jo Johnson


Shrinking the Smirch A Practical Approach to Living with Long Term Health Conditions by Jo Johnson

Shrinking the smirch is a unique workbook for anybody who is living with a long term physical or psychological condition including MS, Parkinson's, brain injury, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, stroke, cancer, depression, eating disorders, trauma or anxiety. The workbook: asks the reader to think about their symptoms as something external to them - a smirch. A smirch is an annoying little imaginary creature who seeks to make humans sad and unhealthy. It helps you work out what your smirch makes you think, feel and do and create an image or description of your own smirch. It includes twenty practical ways to shrink your smirch ideas, based on psychological approaches that have been proven to work including narrative therapy, CBT. ACT, systemic and solution focused models as well as mindfulness and positive psychological. This book offers a dynamic approach to managing mental and physical health challenges. Written in an accessible but unpatronising manner with marvellous pictures and some positive humour make it an easy read and will be a very useful resource for individuals with health conditions as well as therapists, teachers, life coaches and health professionals. Reading this book has helped me so much than I thought possible. It's ideas can be used to help so many different situations . (Annabel). Suffered a major bereavement.

About the Author

Jo Johnson has been working as a neuropsychologist for eighteen years. She worked for two decades within the NHS but now works as an independent consultant teaching and writing for several of the national neurology charities. Her specialist interests include brain injury, dementia and multiple sclerosis. She has written several books to meet the needs of children who have a parent with a neurological diagnosis including How to Talk to Your Kids about MS and My Parent has a Brain Injury; a Guide for Young People.

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96 pages


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Publication date

15th April 2014



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