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Number-one New York Times best seller ·  Instant international best seller

From Dr. Nicole LePera, creator of "the holistic psychologist" - the online phenomenon with more than two million Instagram followers - comes a revolutionary approach to healing that harnesses the power of the self to produce lasting change.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera often found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. Wanting more for her patients - and for herself - she began a journey to develop a united philosophy of mental, physical and spiritual wellness that equips people with the interdisciplinary tools necessary to heal themselves. After experiencing the life-changing results herself, she began to share what she’d learned with others - and soon “The Holistic Psychologist” was born.

Now, Dr. LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world. In How to Do the Work, she offers both a manifesto for self-healing as well as an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, authentic, and joyful life. Drawing on the latest research from a diversity of scientific fields and healing modalities, Dr. LePera helps us recognize how adverse experiences and trauma in childhood live with us, resulting in whole body dysfunction - activating harmful stress responses that keep us stuck engaging in patterns of codependency, emotional immaturity, and trauma bonds. Unless addressed, these self-sabotaging behaviors can quickly become cyclical, leaving people feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and unwell. 

In How to Do the Work, Dr. LePera offers readers the support and tools that will allow them to break free from destructive behaviors to reclaim and recreate their lives. Nothing short of a paradigm shift, this is a celebration of empowerment that will forever change the way we approach mental wellness and self-care.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

©2021 Dr. Nicole LePera (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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If I have to hear systemic racism one more time

I thought I was getting a book on healing trauma. Instead, it’s 90% healing trauma and then BLAM systemic racism. Over and over and over again, yet not even tied to what she is saying. It’s like she finished the book and then went back through and sprinkled “systemic racism” across the pages like salt, in an effort to seem woke and appease the masses. Super annoying and makes it hard to take what she says seriously.

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Mindfulness advertisement

My therapist recommended this book so I decided to give it a chance. I enjoyed how the author took a scientific approach to her concepts, but by about chapter four I realized that the author started to repeat themselves about how their life was falling apart before practicing these concepts and it started to feel more like advertisement rather than a self-help book. I kept waiting eagerly to get to the special activities that could help me achieve the level of change the author talked about, but with each chapter I felt more and more disappointed. This book is nothing but advertisement for the mindfulness movement and offers little insight into how to change your life from a state of trauma to a state of inner peace.
The book’s argument is trauma is completely normal and unavoidable and the only way to overcome it is to become aware of yourself and make new habits that support healthy behaviors. It’s what therapists wish they could tell their clients who complain about the same problems and never do anything to change their life story (which funny enough the author talks about this type of client within the first couple of chapters).
The narrator was good at least. She spoke clearly enough to run this book at twice the speed.

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Good Book But Weirdly Obsessed With Racism

Good book with helpful info but once or twice in each chapter the author insists on veering off path to shoehorn in a sentence about racism. I don't know if the author's large instagram following demands performative statements or if she's simply trying to ride the wave of today's cultural climate but it doesn't fit in with the book's main topic and distracts the reader. However, if you can ignore those parts of the book there's lots of helpful info relating to recognizing the causes of your mental health challenges and learning how to treat them.

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Thank you God!!

So grateful that the powers that be listened and rereleased this. Sooo much better and now we can actually hear what Nicole is trying to teach!!!!

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Let the Healing Begin

I am a counselor who just started my practice and have been diving into my own process with clients. This book offers so much insight into the work that we all can do within ourselves. I found myself deeply moved and impacted by the book and the journey it has taken me on. Highly recommend!

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1st audiobook

I bought the physical copy months ago but I kept getting distracted. Audible allowed me to multitask while still healing myself.

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Not much grace for parents.

There are some good nuggets in the book, but maybe a better read as a physical book. It was a bit long for me at 9 hours. I was pretty sure by chapter 3 that this author had not raised a child. Giving parenting advice not having raised a child is a bit like teaching someone to drive when you’ve only ever been a passenger. I felt a bit bruised and unforgiven as an average parent.

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Insightful and Riveting

The narrator vocalized in a way that brought your mind into mentally seeing and living the moments. I found the authorist to be insightful, and peaceful. Love the way she embodied meditation and recognized the revelations in her life path. Many teachable moments are in.this read, along with how to stay in-tune with the current moments. Great read! I too, will be introducing this to my daughter whom, is finishing her licensure to become a Dr. of Psychology as well. Thank you!

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This book skimmed the surface. Grateful. MORE!!!

Please keep going Dr. P. This will get us started but there's so so much more to do. I read this right after watching The Wisdom of Trauma and the series of talks surrounding the film. I think they complement each other well. Thank you, Nicole. Your contribution is huge and the cost isn't lost on me.

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Strong start, lost me towards the end

This is a book I will definitely revisit. I was introduced to it through blinkist and decided I was intrigued enough to want to listen to the whole book.
I think a lot of people are struggling to find some direction and inner peace after the last couple of years and the content of this book will definitely get you thinking about where some changes may need to be made. There are some great nuggets of advice, but there are also some (at least for me) contradictions - or perhaps a better way of saying it is that some of the techniques and suggestions would be a personal contradiction for important beliefs I hold. I would definitely recommend this book - I think it has the potential to enlighten a lot of people who are open to it.

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