Therapist's New Self-Empowerment E-book Helps To 'Have the Life You Want'

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Self-help books are common, but how many are written by currently-practicing, experienced psychotherapists? How many of these are 20-year HIV survivors who are marking the 30th anniversary of AIDS by sharing tips for optimal living that apply to everyone? Popular Los Angeles psychotherapist, life/business coach, and motivational speaker Ken Howard, LCSW, announces the launch of his new e-book for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Barnes and Noble Nook, and other e-book readers, “Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want”: the “portable psychotherapist” for the problems you face today.

Cover, "Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want!"

“No matter where you are, no matter what’s going on for you, you survey the landscape of your life and ask yourself, What can I do to move things to the next level? Where are the gaps between how I live now, and what optimal living would be for me?

Self-help books are common, but how many are written by currently-practicing, experienced psychotherapists? How many of these are 20-year HIV survivors who are marking the 30th anniversary of AIDS by sharing tips for optimal living that apply to everyone? Popular Los Angeles psychotherapist, life/business coach, and motivational speaker Ken Howard, LCSW, announces the launch of his new e-book for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Barnes and Noble Nook, and other e-book readers, “Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want”: the “portable psychotherapist” for the problems you face today.

The innovative self-help e-book, for a general adult audience, teaches people how to “close the gap between how life is and how you would like it to be,” in important areas such as mental health, health, career, finances, family, community and spirituality. Poignant anecdotes make every lesson come alive.    

The book is based on nearly two decades of Howard’s experiences in his psychotherapy and coaching practice, working with thousands of individuals and couples in Los Angeles, California. The theme of his practice is self-empowerment, and he teaches tools for optimal living to survive and thrive after setbacks, barriers, and losses.

“No matter where you are, no matter what’s going on for you, you survey the landscape of your life and ask yourself, What can I do to move things to the next level? Where are the gaps between how I live now, and what optimal living would be for me?” he says. “Then, you empower yourself by using your internal and external resources to close those gaps.”

Thomas Kerrihard, MD, a prominent psychiatrist, calls Self-Empowerment, “Direct and accessible...which reveals a deep understanding of the process toward a self-empowered life….comprehensive…well-balanced and clinically-informed strategies…a thoughtful and sensitively-written book.”

Howard’s book has words of wisdom for each focus area, which he calls the “domains of life.” He adds a cautionary tale to each chapter in a section called “Challenges,” which tells you what to avoid if you’re going to be successful at closing those gaps. A case study success story concludes each chapter, based on real people in Howard’s practice (amalgamated to protect client-therapist confidentiality).    

Howard is most well-known for his work in the gay community. A survivor living with HIV for over 20 years, he was named one of the Top Ten “Dedicated and Deserving” Social Workers of the Year for 2011 by Social Work Today magazine for his work counseling people with HIV/AIDS, especially those who are newly-diagnosed and just coming to terms with managing a long-term, chronic disease.

Trained as a psychiatric social worker at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, Howard’s websites include HaveTheLifeYouWant.com, GayTherapyLA.com, and PozTherapist.com. Podcast episodes based on “Have the Life You Want” are available on iTunes, Zune, Podcast Alley, and other podcast providers. The e-book is available in Amazon Kindle format, BarnesandNoble.com, and Apple iBook via iTunes. Hardcover and paperback editions of the book are forthcoming.

Howard can be reached at KBHMSW(at)aol(dot)com.

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