In this delightful and fun self-help coloring book, Ken Goodman teaches readers how to reframe their relationship to anxiety by externalizing it. He advises his readers (and clients) to lean into discomfort and uncertainty, and teaches them to play a game that helps people think outside the box when it comes to healing anxiety. Ken's work is based on three psychological modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Ken is a knowledgeable and compassionate guide, and his message is a hopeful one: it is absolutely possible to live life free from anxiety, phobias, and fears.
Ken does a wonderful job of demystifying anxiety, offering insight and strategies to better manage a daily part of life. He helps readers (and colorers) to build their own courage to work on taking back control of their lives. Anxiety can be overwhelming, especially without guidance on overcoming it. Ken, as always, does a beautiful job of compassionately walking readers through many of the tools needed to build a different relationship with anxious thoughts and feelings.
In this clever coloring book, you'll learn to play a new game that will help you go from what Ken calls "the Land of Misery" (which anyone who suffers from anxiety can relate to!) to "the Land of Freedom." He gives you effective strategies for seeing anxiety from a new perspective, for understanding what the anxiety monster is doing and why, and for taking steps to outwit the monster and make your life your own. I love Ken's approach: he helps you be tough on your anxiety monster but compassionate and kind with yourself. It's a great self-help guide or companion to therapy, and I plan to use it in my therapy practice with my clients going forward.
In this book, Ken Goodman makes understanding and overcoming anxiety simple and straightforward. His examples vividly illustrate concepts, making them easy to apply, and the exercises will leave readers with skills to effectively face anxiety for years to come! As a psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety, I find myself utilizing many of the concepts Ken uses in this book over and over again.
Amidst a recent sea of adult coloring books promising the user calm through mindful, meditative activity, Ken Goodman’s book has the distinction of being the first combination self-help/coloring book designed specifically for sufferers of anxiety. What sets Ken’s book apart is the inclusion of brief lessons, activities, and challenges to the reader, interspersed with coloring pages reinforcing main points of each lesson. The variety of lessons and activities (based in both evidence-based principles and Ken’s years of clinical experience) may well assist readers looking for concrete ways to better understand and manage their own anxiety, and are presented with Ken’s creative, often humorous tone and examples from his clinical practice. A fun, useful, engaging book!