May 1 2012 By Child & Family Therapist, Toronto, Ontario
I was pleased to discover just how much I LOVE this book. I think it was definitely time that someone put together a book connecting anxiety and the imagination in this way. I immediately started using some of the concepts and tools in this book with my clients, and it has really helped me to connect with my young clients about their anxiety in new engaging ways, and I have seen significant progress with some of my clients within a short period of time. Many of my anxious clients are now celebrating their imaginations in new ways, and using the very force that contributes to their anxiety to begin to guide it in positive directions. I love many of the metaphors in this book that make it easy for children to relate to the concept of learning to guide one's imagination (i.e. the metaphor about learning to ride a bike). Of course it goes without saying that the section on skills & strategies is an invaluable resource. It contains many strategies similar to those I have already been using with children, but includes an abundance of others, as well as new creative spins on those tried and true skills and strategies. I love the emphasis placed on encouraging children to create their own strategies, which I have seen really helps children to own, and be motivated and invested to use, these strategies, as well as the additional benefit of children's increased confidence after providing such invaluable contributions to their own progress.
This book is for everyone! Therapists, parents... it even has a section specifically for children. To top it all off it is a pleasant and easy read. Dr. Alter has done an amazing job of including the necessary information to understand anxiety and its connection to the imagination, while using language and flow that allow for comprehension by almost any reader. I devoured this book as if it were my favorite novel, and reference it regularly. Definitely money well spent!
In summary, this book has changed the way that I think and talk about anxiety, and I have seen significant improvements with the children I work with. Many of the parents I work with have also purchased this book, and I have had much positive feedback from them as well. I am yet to hear any less than positive feedback on this book.
Thank you, Dr. Alter for this amazing contribution to children's mental health!