Synopses & Reviews
Being a teen girl isn’t easy—so learning skills to feel confident is key! In Express Yourself, psychotherapist Emily Roberts will teach you how to communicate effectively and feel assertive in any situation. Whether it’s online or at school, with friends, parents, bullies, cliques or crushes—any tricky situation life throws yours way.
Many teen girls feel pressured to be nice, rather than assert their opinions. They may fear being called bossy or pushy when speaking their mind or offering a different point of view. If you have ever stopped yourself from expressing your opinion, you know how bad it can feel afterward. Don’t let yourself fall into that same trap over and over. Your thoughts and feelings matter just as much as everyone else’s—you just need to find your voice.
Express Yourself offers skills based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you create positive interactions with others and deal with difficult emotions that can arise from bullying or dealing with mean girls. The book also provides easy-to-use strategies that will boost your self-esteem and confidence, and you’ll discover tons of assertive communication skills you can use every day, including how to speak up when you are upset, asking for what you want in a clear assertive manner, and coping when intense emotions threaten to take over and sabotage your relationships.
In our modern world of social media and texting, strong communication skills are needed more than ever. This book will not only give you the tools needed to speak up in everyday or difficult situations, but it will also provide powerful advice for effectively communicating in the digital world.
This is a brilliant, inspiring book that teaches and guides teens to navigate their inner world, as well as the world they live in. In a masterful piece, Schab has encompassed all aspects of teenagers experience: body, mind, spirit, and relationships. The workbook format offers results-oriented lessons for a lifetime of healthy self-esteem. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a teenager or has ever been one.”
Susan Schwass, LCSW, private practitioner working with teens and their families for thirty-five years
The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens
actively engages students in a gentle self-exploration of the ways both internal and external factors influence their self-perceptions and well-being. The workbook is set up with a logical flow that provides information, engages the student in thoughtful self-analysis, and offers reflection on ones individual strengths and positive attributes. Additionally, the workbook guides students in changing behaviors and thought processes detrimental to their well-being. The scenarios in the book provide relatable, real-life situations of which the adolescent can easily make sense.”
Wendy Merryman, PhD, counselor in the Central Dauphin School District, working to promote positive personal, social, emotional, and academic growth of students in individual, small-group, and classroom settings
This book offers teenagers empathetic, honest, and clear ways to challenge self-esteem and build self-insight. It touches on everything from societys external, often overbearing mixed messages, which teenagers encounter daily, to deep, personal internal conflicts and family dynamics. The numerous, unique activities offer teens a safe and positive space to change their thoughts and actions, ultimately helping them to have more successful relationships and high school careers.”
Nicole Brown, MAAT, LPC, CYI, The Child, Adolescent, and Family Recovery Center and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Development Center
Lisa Schab's workbook on self-esteem for teens is replete with commonsense exercises and instructions that are all informed by current research and developmental theory. Each of the 'Know This' prefaces illustrate Schab's practical wisdom and advanced clinical skills as a psychotherapist and professional whose knowledge-sets span the emotions, minds, and behaviors of both teens and their families.”
Randolph Lucente, PhD, professor of adolescent psychology at Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work
McKay and Fanning recognize the complexity of the human tendency toward self- criticism. Their carefully written, cognitively oriented self-help book wisely avoids simplistic solutions, offering instead a systematic approach to self-eseem development.
—Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D., author of Your Perfect Right
Positive self-esteem is the centerpiece of a healthy personality. McKay and Fanning's new book offers us a valuable storehouse of tactics and strategies for constructing (or renovating) the foundation of our self-esteem.
—Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., author of Shyness
Self-Esteem is truly a very special title. Good writing is especially necessary for self-help titles.... I feel a special enthusiasm in bringing it to the notice of our audience.
—The Midwest Book Review
The Body Image Workbook for Teens
gives girls indispensable tools to develop a positive body image. But, just as importantly, the exercises help girls develop important critical thinking skills. The book is compassionate, direct, and gives girls the opportunity to do whats best for themselves. I cant wait to use the wisdom in these pages with the girls I work with!”
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired the motion picture, Mean Girls
With her expert wisdom and her trustworthy tone, Julia V. Taylor offers a brilliant workbook that naturally guides teen girls to get to know and love their authentic selves. Filled with activities and peer anecdotes, this book helps girls identify the specific steps to confidently navigate the journey toward self-love. This workbook is a refreshingly reliable and relatable resource for teens. It is validating, empowering, and very honestly acknowledges how real these struggles are for girls today. In a world where women and girls are battling a very real confidence crisis, The Body Image Workbook for Teens
serves as a key part of the solution.”
Haley Kilpatrick, founder and CEO of Girl Talk and author of The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle SchoolBullies, Brands, Body Image, and More
When Im asked to recommend the best curricula for girls, I always turn to Julia V. Taylor's work. There are few educators who understand girls as well as her, and The Body Image Workbook for Teens
is an exceptional example. In this book, Taylor delves beneath the surface of body image distress to help girls own their strengths and value their bodies for what they arenot what they look like. I highly recommend this much-needed tool and look forward to using it myself."
Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out, Odd Girl Speaks Out, and The Curse of the Good Girl
Finding the right tone to connect with teens about body image and body esteem can be a challenge, but The Body Image Workbook for Teens
hits the mark. The anecdotes, examples, and exercises are pitched perfectly for a teen audience. They capture day-to-day experiences that can undermine teens' self-confidence and provide clear strategies for navigating esteem minefields. An excellent resource to align professionals with teens. All will benefit from affirming strategies that help you value yourself for who you are, not how you look.”
Cynthia Bulik, PhD, author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are
Julia V. Taylor's The Body Image Workbook for Teens
is a much-needed antidote to the negative influence media and cultural messages can have on the psyche of the developing adolescent. Educators, school counselors, therapists, parents, and of course, teensthis is the tool we have been waiting for!”
Lisa Flynn, founder and director of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, and author of Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck and Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children
With the growing need for more tangible, practical discussion around body image and self-esteem, this workbook serves as a much-needed resource for teens, educators, and parents everywhere. With its easy-to-follow nature, rewarding exercises, and real-life examples to work off of, readers will gain insight on how to discover their true feelings and begin the journey toward self-love and acceptance.”
Jess Weiner, self-esteem expert and social messaging strategist
“Emily Roberts’s Express Yourself
nails the beauty and complexity of girl’s world. This much-needed book is packed full of wisdom to help young women navigate and normalize their teen years with bravery and confidence.”
—Julia V. Taylor, MA, author of The Body Image Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, and Perfectly You, and coauthor of G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations) and The Bullying Workbook for Teens
“Emily Roberts has created a manual that can be useful to every adolescent girl. This book fills a void for girls struggling to manage difficult interpersonal relationships, and provides essential strategies for improving these relationships, as well as managing emotions during the challenging transition of adolescence. This is a great resource for adolescents, as well as for parents and professionals.”
—Dr. Drew Pinsky
Understanding, responding to, and managing social relationships can be complicated for teenagers. In Express Yourself
, Emily Roberts breaks down the barriers with actionable tips and advice every teen needs. From e-mail etiquette to social media and dating, Roberts offers sage advice teens can relate to. Written for teens yet valuable for parents, this is a coffee table book to leave around your home in the event your teen needs guidance she is hesitant to seek from you. Confused? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Afraid? Just ask Emily. Then Express Yourself
Lynne Kenney, PsyD, mom to two teens, pediatric psychologist, international speaker, and coauthor of Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think, and Do with Anxious, Angry, and Over-the-Top Kids
Emily Robertss Express Yourself
is the ideal combination of humor, real talk, and research from which every girl can benefit. This book reminds young women of their power and influence, all while providing tried and true strategies for how to be the happiest, healthiest, best versions of themselves. Its fun, practical, and most definitely worth the read.”
Lexie Kite, PhD, codirector of Beauty Redefined Foundation
is exactly what the confidence conversation needs. With its great communication tools, helpful and rewarding exercises, and abundant opportunities for self-reflection, this book offers teens the tools they need to tackle life and all the obstacles that come with it.”
Jess Weiner, author and self-esteem expert
In short, Express Yourself
is excellent. Roberts provides practical skills and assertiveness-building exercises for teen girlsan audience who so desperately needs more voices telling them how to effectively stand up for themselves and why its important to do so. Any girl who reads this will walk away with new positive communication techniques to implement in her life.”
Ami Kane, MPA, development director at the Girls Empowerment Network (GENaustin)
feels like a conversation with someone who really gets youthat wise and compassionate friend whose advice is always on target. It serves as a road map for teens to learn to take up space with their voice. That is a concept society works very hard to get girls to unlearn, but thankfully Roberts created a phenomenal guide to keep them in the practice of speaking their truth. Parents and educators will find this book to be a wonderful resource for the girls they care about as they transition into outspoken, confident young women.”
Melissa Atkins Wardy, speaker, consultant, business owner, and author of Redefining Girly
“I remember how hard it was to be a teen, and I think the bullying, peer pressure, and expectations have only increased over the years. Lucie Hemmen’s The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide
provides helpful exercises for teen girls to increase self-awareness, and concrete skills to help improve self-esteem and reduce the chaos and drama teen girls often encounter. This is a lovely book that aims to help teen girls think about and move toward the person they truly would like to be.”
—Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW, psychotherapist, international speaker, and author of several books, including Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster, Relationships Skills 101 for Teens, and Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens
“This thoughtful book will inspire teen girls to be their best self, their most authentic self, and to navigate social media and texting. A wise guide for every teen girl.”
—Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, author of The ADHD Workbook for Teens, The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, and more (http://www.addisagift.com)
“The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide
is packed with powerful skills to help you develop and grow healthy relationships and positive connections. It helps you to identify and build on the skills you already have, and to discover and try out new ones along your journey of self-discovery, as you figure out who you are and where you fit in. The best part of the book is the wisdom and experience of actual teens in their own words—teens who really ‘get it,’ and can help you navigate social landmines and take your connectedness to the ‘next level!’”
—Dzung Vo, MD, author of The Mindful Teen
“In The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide
, Lucie Hemmen uses a down-to-earth and engaging format to help readers manage critical teen issues, from social media stress to friend communication to self-esteem and sound decision-making skills. Teens will enjoy the advice from older girls, quizzes, and self-awareness exercises on topics they grapple with in their everyday life, while supervising adults will take comfort in the wisdom and solid guidance provided for keeping girls on track for making safe social choices.”
—Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens, and Beyond the Blues
“Hemmen guides the readers through every important challenge that teen girls face. She provides excellent tips and tools that will help them successfully navigate these critical years. Readers will not only survive, but thrive!”
—Michelle Skeen, PsyD, psychologist, author of Love Me, Don’t Leave Me, and radio host of Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen on KCAA 1050-AM
The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens provides practical advice and activities to help teens gain confidence, respond effectively to criticism, be assertive, and set and achieve goals. The book promotes acceptance, compassion, and validation as powerful confidence-building techniques, and contains 40 activities to help the reader make positive changes in his or her life.
As a teen, it is incredibly important to have self-confidence, especially when you consider societal pressures about appearance and grades. Just growing up is difficult in and of itself, and in the midst of all this life-related stress, you may not be seeing yourself clearly. In fact, you may be magnifying your weaknesses and minimizingor even ignoringyour true assets.
Psychologists believe that low self-esteem is at the root of many emotional problems. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving of the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas, and may find yourself fading into the background of life. Without some measure of self-worth, you cannot accomplish your goals.
In The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, you will learn to develop a healthy, realistic view of yourself that includes honest assessments of your weaknesses and strengths, and you will learn to respect yourself, faults and all. You will also learn the difference between self-esteem and being self-centered, self-absorbed, or selfish. Finally, this book will show you how to distinguish the outer appearance of confidence from the quiet, steady, inner acceptance and humility of true self-esteem.
The book also includes practical exercises to help you deal with setbacks and self-doubt, skills for dealing with criticism, and activities that will aid in the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-worth. With the right amount of self-confidence, you will have the emotional resources you need to reach your goals.
About one in four teens suffers from mild to serious problems with anxiety, and many of them get little or no help. The Anxiety Workbook for Teens, written by an experienced therapist, gives teens a collection of tools to help control anxiety and face day-to-day challenges. This workbook both gives anxious teens insight into their problems and offers practical guidance for overcoming them.
If you feel anxious most of the time, you're not alone. There is no one in the world who doesn't feel anxious at some time. And it is even more common to feel anxious during adolescence, because so many changes are taking place in your body, your mind, and your emotions. The good news is that there are a lot of effective techniques you can use, both on your own and with the help of a counselor, to reduce your feelings of anxiety and learn how to keep them from taking over your life. This workbook offers a set of simple activities you can do to make it happen.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens will show you how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of anxiety. It will help you develop a positive self-image and recognize your anxious thoughts. The workbook also includes resources for seeking additional help and support if you decide you need it. What are you waiting for? Don't spend another minute paralyzed by anxiety.
Anxiety is a common and very treatable condition. Working through the activities in this book will give you many ideas on how to both prevent and handle your anxiety. Some of the activities may seem unusual at first. You may be asked to try doing things that are very new to you. They are tools, intended for you to carry with you and use over and over throughout your life. The more you practice using them, the better you will become at managing anxiety.
If you ready to change your life for the better and get your anxiety under control, this workbook can help you start today.
This classic guide offering proven cognitive techniques for establishing and maintaining sense of self-worth has been revised to include a new chapter on setting and achieving personal goals.
Self-esteem is essential for our survival. Without some measure of self-worth, life can be enormously painful, with many basic needs going unmet.
One of the main factors differentiating humans from other animals is the awareness of self: the ability to form an identity and then attach a value to it. In other words, you have the capacity to define who you are and then decide if you like that identity or not. The problem of self-esteem is this human capacity for judgment. Its one thing to dislike certain colors, noises, shapes, or sensations. But when you reject parts of your self, you greatly damage the psycho logical structures that literally keep you alive. Judging and rejecting your self causes enormous pain.
Since its first publication in 1987, Self-Esteem has become the first choice of therapists and savvy readers looking for a comprehensive, self-care approach to improving self-image, increasing personal power, and defining core values. More than 600,000 copies of this book have helped literally millions of readers feel better about themselves, achieve greater success, and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
You can do it, too!
In Express Yourself, a practicing psychotherapist teaches teen girls how to communicate effectively and show assertiveness in any situation, whether it is online or at school, with friends, parents, bullies, cliques, or crushes. Teen girls will learn effective techniques based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to promote positive interactions with others, tips for dealing with difficult emotions, and strategies to boost self-esteem and confidence.
The media is saturated with images of thin, beautiful women, and exposure to these images has given rise to a new generation of girls who feel an intense pressure to be perfect.” The Body Image Workbook for Teens offers teen girls practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that contribute to a negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, and the fear of disappointing others.
Like most teens, you want to feel good about the way you look. But what happens when the way you look just doesnt feel good enough? Whether its online, on TV, or in magazines, images of impossibly perfectand mostly Photoshoppedyoung women are everywhere. As a result, you may feel an intense pressure to look a certain way. Your friends feel the pressure too, which often creates a secret comparison competition that can make you feel worse about yourself. So how can you start feeling good about who you are, as is?
In The Body Image Workbook for Teens, youll find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. Youll also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.
Being a teen girl in todays world is hard, and no one knows that more than you. But if you are ready to stop comparing yourself to others, silence your inner critic, and build authentic, lasting self-confidencethis book is your go-to guide.
Communication is an essential life skill that every teen must learn. But in an age of social media, texting, and ever-evolving technology, teens aremore than everforgetting how to engage in real, face-to-face communication, a critical skill for their future success. Based on the classic New Harbinger best-seller, Messages, this book teaches teens necessary skills, such as assertiveness, active listening, and compassion, to help them become effective communicators in the real world, away from their electronic devices. By following the practical, skills-based tips in each chapter, teens will learn powerful communication techniques to last a lifetime.
Communication is an essential life skill that every teen must learn. Based on the New Harbinger classic, Messages, this book will teach you the necessary skills—such as assertiveness, active listening, and compassion—to become an effective communicator for life.
In an age of social media, texting, and ever-evolving technology, it’s easy to forget how to engage in real, face-to-face communication, a critical skill for your future success! As you become more connected to your smartphone and the internet, your ability to connect in person may diminish. But technology doesn’t replace the need for effective communication skills. In fact, successful personal and professional relationships are dependent upon connecting with people face-to-face.
Communication Skills for Teens provides the guidance you need to become a better communicator and succeed in all areas of life. You’ll also learn tons of essential life skills, including active listening, assertiveness, clarifying language, the art of an apology, compassion, interviewing skills, family communication, and more. Each chapter focuses on one key aspect of communication, offers a real teen’s perspective, and includes practical exercises to help you apply what you’ve learned in the real world—away from your computer and smartphone screens.
By following the practical, skills-based tips in each chapter of this book, you'll learn powerful communication techniques to last a lifetime.
Teen girls feel intense pressure to fit in and make friends. In this important guide, therapist and teen expert Lucie Hemmen offers ten tips to solve one of the biggest worries teen girls struggle with: social success. In the book, teen readers will find real strategies for growing a strong sense of self-knowledge and self-appreciationtwo key building blocks for succeeding in the social world, and beyond.
If youre like many teen girls, you may feel intense pressure to fit in and make friends. In this fun and engaging guide, therapist and teen expert Lucie Hemmen offers ten tips to solve one of the biggest worries teen girls struggle with: social success.
As you face new academic and social pressures, you may feel more stressed out than ever before. You want to relate to your peers, but you may not have the skills you need to successfully navigate the social world. Grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book will help you develop simple and effective ways to connect with your fellow teens while still remaining uniquely you.
In the book, youll discover tips for finding your strengths, identifying negative self-talk, understanding social situations, and making new friends. Most importantly, youll discover key strategies for creating a strong sense of self-knowledge and self-appreciationtwo key building blocks for succeeding in the social world, and beyond.
If youre ready to move past all the BFF drama and clique mentality, and start making truly positive connections with others, this book will show you the way.
How teens feel about themselves affects every aspect of their lives. Low self-esteem can cause teens to avoid certain situations, people, and feelings, and can make it harder to fit in with friends and peers or excel in school. In Self-Esteem for Teens, best-selling author Lisa Schab offers teen readers six core principles to build a healthy, positive view of themselves as they face all of the difficult challenges of the teen years.
Start feeling good about yourself! In Self-Esteem for Teens, best-selling author Lisa Schab offers six core principles to build a healthy, positive view of yourself as you face all the challenges of teen life.
How you feel about yourself affects every aspect of your life. When you have healthy self-esteem, you’ll approach people, situations, and feelings with confidence. You’ll have an easier time making friends, excelling in school, and interviewing for jobs. You’ll be able to see yourself more clearly—celebrating your strengths and accepting your weaknesses. And finally, you’ll be better able to accomplish any goal you set. This book can teach you how.
Self-Esteem for Teens will show you how you are in control your own self-esteem. When you truly believe in your own worth, discovering and developing your authentic self gives you the power to feel good and succeed in any area of life. You can learn to turn any life situation into a positive one and see mistakes and hurdles as opportunities and challenges. You can develop inner strength and peace. And you can make choices in your thoughts and actions that lead to positive outcomes with friends, family, dating, school, jobs, and activities.
So, stop being unkind to yourself! Start cultivating a deep and abiding belief in your own self-worth. You can create the life you want! The principles in this book will show you how.
About the Author
Emily Roberts, MA, LPC, is not your average psychotherapist. She splits her time between working in New York City and Austin, Texas. She has positioned herself as both a mental health expert and liaison between girls and their parents, with an emphasis on healthy and effective communication skills. She created The Guidance Girl as a brand to help girls, women, and parents feel confident and gain the skills they need to live happy and healthy lives.
Emily is aware of the challenges faced by both teens and women, and has built a practice by positioning herself as therapeutic mentor and consultant. Emily is a media contributor and is a regular guest on HLN's Dr. Drew on Call, educational speaker, author of several blogs and articles including HealthyPlace.com's Building Self-Esteem Neurogistics Corporation. You will find Emily leading groups for girls as young as young as five and as old as 40, as well as parents and educators on topics including: technology, self-esteem, trauma, dialectical behavior therapy skills (DBT), confidence, leadership, friendship skills, and stress reduction activities with an emphasis on creating healthy boundaries with technology.
Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, is the owner of Hartstein Psychological Services, a group psychotherapy practice in New York, NY. Hartstein works with children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of psychological diagnoses, and specializes in the treatment of high-risk children and adolescents. She has received intensive training in adolescent suicide assessment, and has specialized in this population for several years, using a variety of treatment approaches, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is on the advisory board for MTV's A Thin Line, which focuses on the digital behaviors of today's young people.