How to Do the Work
Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self
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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 SelfHealing 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’re longing to steer your life in a new direction, Dr. Nicole LePera has your physical, mental, and spiritual compass. The clinical psychologist and self-help author has created a holistic system for overcoming past trauma and dysfunction. From nutrition to meditation to structured self-examination, LePera’s program takes a multipronged approach to combating anxiety, chronic pain, and fatigue. All of her advice feels smart and logical—we felt genuinely empowered by her guided tips for envisioning a different future for yourself, uncovering the effects of your personal trauma, and caring for your inner child. Best of all, LePera’s friendly, accessible approach is free from jargon and peppered with relatable details about her own journey toward peace.
Great book for healing journey
An honest review
Insightful on subjects like ego, everyday family drama (no real trauma) and enmeshment. Overall, there’s nothing I found in this book to be a revelation. Much of it has been written about time & again. The author seems to go-on about herself, especially in the beginning. She all but credits herself for inventing holistic therapy, which is weird, because it has been around for quite some time. The existence of Instagram, is the new element here. The ability to be incredibly public about one’s personal journey, should one choose to do so.
“The work” is generally addressing your inner child through journaling. I would definitely go down that path with a therapist as well. In real life. Not just a book. I think the book will be helpful to anyone who decides to.
So glad they updated with a new narrator before I finished the audiobook. The original narrator often took an incredibly pitiful & defeated tone, which was unbearably cring-ey. I found the last 2 chapters to be most uplifting.
Thank you for making these concepts accessible to almost anyone willing to be open to them. Your tools are applicable and effective.