Tell our readers why you wrote I Would, but MY DAMN MIND Won’t Let Me!
I run a private practice focused on helping people overcome anxiety, depression, and many other problems quickly and permanently. The results are life-changing, and my clients began to ask if I could provide them with a cheat-sheet, to help them put the concepts into practice and apply what they’ve learned. So, the fundamentals that I teach every client in practice are all condensed into this book.
As the text began to take shape, I became quite excited about the potential of reaching so many more teens, and helping them learn to understand and control their thoughts and feelings, through a new groundbreaking book.
Incidentally, the name of the book was given to me by my clients. When asked why they did not pursue the things they want, my clients would often respond with, “I would, but my mind fights me”, or “My Damn Mind won’t let me!” Thus, the current title was born!
How do you use this book in your practice?
I still teach the contents of the book to all new clients, and very often we use these concepts during subsequent sessions. The clients then have access to the book either as a paperback, audiobook, or eBook to refer to as needed. There are also times when I have an initial consultation call but the client is not quite sure if they are ready to begin the work. I suggest they read or listen to my book, and more often than not, they call back after reading the material and schedule their first session.
Can teens who read this book really change their ways of thinking? Or will they need additional counseling?
Teens can definitely change their way of thinking after reading the book. Of course, how much their thinking changes, and the level of competency they gain, depends on their personal situation and what they choose to do with the information they learn.
If a teen is committed to using the material contained in the book with each instance of negative thinking, then yes, that teen can and will notice a moderate to significant change. If a teen is not committed to using the information, or uses it arbitrarily, then the likelihood of them changing their way of thinking is much lower. As with any tool, it takes commitment and practice to fully benefit.
Now of course even with commitment and dedication, some teens will require external help, whether it’s with extra support, coaching, or therapy because of their individual situation. Even so, this book is a good primer and at the very least a first step to helping teens take control of their thoughts and feelings.
Being able to recognize and control your thoughts and feelings is great, but changing the old programs completely is even better. In one instance, you are using tools to continually “fight” your negative thinking. In the later instance, you change your thinking from the root and you install new programs, so that rather than having to fight your way of thinking, your thoughts automatically change and become more positive and optimistic.
How can parents help their teens understand what this book is telling their children?
I wrote the book in a very straight forward, simple way, so that most teens will be able to read and understand the content themselves. However, if parents want to help their teens understand it, they can also read the book and have discussions with their teen. Modeling is another great way to help teens understand the content better. If a parent has been using negative words to speak to their teens (even when the intention is highly positive), they can change the way they speak and show their teen a different way of being.
In addition, I am completing a home study program based on the book. The home study program will dive into each step a little deeper and provide further examples and instructions so that teens (and parents) can master the content even faster.
Anything you want to add?
Well, for a limited time I am offering the full version of my audiobook for free! Getting this material into the hands of teens who are ready for change and a better life is that important to me. Just text, #freebook to (828) 705-3883 to get your copy of the audiobook and other surprises and freebies too.
You can find out more about my private practice at www.TeenConfidenceAcademy.com and follow me on Instagram at @msletran.com. I would love to connect with you.
C.M. Huddleston's 5 Star Review:
Jacqui Letran markets her books for teens. As I mother, I know from experience that the teen years are difficult for many. As I read Jacqui’s book for this review, I also saw how it might help may young adults and even older adults suffering from self doubt and depression. Jacqui’s book is much better than many self-help guides in that it provides direct instructions on how to change your way of thinking. With many teens being reluctant to or unable to obtain counseling, I believe this book can bring about positive changes to their lives.
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