In her daily psychotherapy practice, Dr.
McArthur has found that many clients have current behaviors that
they originally learned in childhood to survive and cope with
parental problems. Each client and Dr. McArthur examine specific
memories, feelings and misconceptions that may have caused
depression, anxiety and anger. This therapeutic process, in
which the younger part of the self learns to compassionately
dialogue with the grown part of the client, creates an
understanding that will result in depth of character and new
effective behaviors for the present and the future.
Each reader can select from the 66 chapters
those specific examples that apply to your particular life
struggle to help you resolve and open the door to restoring a satisfactory
life with new opportunities.
Dr. McArthur also addresses many larger
“societal problems” raised by her clients that need to be
understood and resolved by the leaders of this nation. The
overall goal is to increase our collective sense of “successful
belonging” within a community through heightened ethical honest
behavior to nourish personal, professional, environmental and
Defining Moments: Breaking Through Tough
Times has also been
designed as a valuable text for psychotherapists and graduate
students in Clinical Psychology. Dr. McArthur’s many stories,
dialogues and essays, from a psychodynamic frame of reference,
provide a way for students and therapists to compare and
contrast specific psychological help with other theoretical
Earning 9 awards and many favorable
reviews, this highly recommended book is a wonderful, year-round
read to refer to again and again.
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“This book will help you through the
troubles you face! Quickly drawn into this book, I am amazed
at the tidbits of wisdom that come out of each chapter. Written
to assist the layperson, the professional will also find it an
invaluable resource." -- Readers Favorite - 5 Star Review
“A truly thought-provoking, informative work that is sorely
needed to erase all the negativity in today's society. This
book offers real, practical help, and shows the need of being
able to change to the positive. The author should be commended
for her work and her words. This book is truly a gift.” --
Feathered Quill Reviews
“Defining Moments was one of those life changing books for
me. She addresses wide ranging issues from personal
struggles to societal issues that impact us all. I was
mesmerized by the writing of the first story. I sat spellbound
for a very long time and felt so incredibly empowered. Dr.
McArthur’s writing has the power to change many lives.” --
"Highly Recommended without hesitation.
Dr. McArthur's compassion and knowledge are outstanding. The
book ends with 28 steps to leading and coping in a successful
life. Her words flow easily, all concepts are very
understandable." -- Allbooks Review International
"Defining Moments will help you
through the struggles you face! The book is written
in layman terms, easy to read, easy to understand to assist
those who need help but cannot seek it. People don't always know
how to deal with the problems they face. Dorothea McArthur
offers hope and encouragement. An invaluable resource!"
-- Readers Favorite Reviews
"Well-written, thoughtful, enjoyable and
with important insight!" -- Bandelier Girl Reviews
"Change your life for the better!
Recommended. You can gain wisdom and knowledge from
McArthur's educational, highly readable book." -- Rebecca's
Reads (5 stars)
"Recommend without reservations! Dr.
McArthur's writing has the power to change many lives... I felt
incredibly empowered. Her approach is down to earth and
practical. Relevant, current, enlightening. This book will help
many handle their individual struggles and become much happier
after doing so. A life changing book!" -- Blog Critics
"The main message is to help you get
going again when you've been knocked down by some life event.
It offers down-to-earth, practical advice on coping with
complex human dilemmas and offers a calm sea of practical
applications to help an individual to be more centered and
regain a sense of empowerment, reducing their anger, anxiety and
depression. And it is also a guide for those who want to learn
from one of the most accomplished in the field of clinical
psychology." -- Pacific Book Review
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