New Book Uses Psychology, Greek Mythology and Sports to Help Readers Take a U-Turn onto the Road of ‘Love’s Labor’s Won’

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Author Maura Matarese’s “Finding Hope in the Crisis” Helps Readers Heal Their Past Relationship Patterns and Live Authentically

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As a psychotherapist, Maura Matarese found her clients living quiet lives of desperation, when they really wanted to live authentically doing what their souls longed for. After realizing she needed to give her clients the tools to make those authentic choices, heal their inner attachments and help them live their desired realities, she decided to pen a book for others.

In “Finding Hope in the Crisis: A Therapist’s Perspective on Love, Loss and Courage,” Matarese uses her background in psychotherapy to explain concepts and the underpinnings of modern relationships, focusing on one’s attachment style, which she calls “relationship maps,” that often lead people down the road of ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ and parlays into crises such as divorce, infidelity, manipulation and human loneliness.

The book uses analogies from classical stories such as the tale of Cupid and Psyche, which teaches readers about the legacy of gender inequality in relationships, as well as Mythology, e.g., demonstrating the development of narcissism, both malignant and benign, through the Greek myth of Narcissus. These stories show readers how to identify unhealthy relationship patterns stemming from years of conditioning and in turn, develop healthy relationships with themselves and their partners.

Matarese also integrates clinical case studies with sports examples, e.g. teaching the stages of relationships in parallel with the stages of a sporting season: from the excitement of "opening day" through the ups and downs of many seasons together, culminating into the eventual end of an era. These appear as "featured stories" throughout the book.

“My goal is to help readers find their inner anchor of hope and courage so they can free themselves to be authoritative in their choices and lives and have emotionally open and satisfying relationships,” Matarese said. “Through my work as a psychotherapist, I want to enable readers to understand the crises of ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ and how, through psychotherapy, they can rise from the ashes of their crisis by healing their inner attachment style, re-creating their relationship map, and getting back onto the road of ‘Love’s Labor’s Won.’”

In “Finding Hope in the Crisis: A Therapist’s Perspective on Love, Loss, and Courage,” readers will learn how they can live and love fully, once they understand how their relational patterns lead them to their crisis in the first place. Not only will this book empower the reader to survive seemingly unbearable pain, more importantly, it will teach them how to thrive in their lives because of it.

“Finding Hope in the Crisis: A Therapist’s Perspective on Love, Loss and Courage”
By: Maura A. Matarese, MA, LMHC
ISBN: 978-1-9822-0442-6 (sc); 978-1-9822-0443-3 (hc); 978-1-9822-0450-1 (e)
Available at the Balboa Press Online Bookstore, Barnes and Noble and Amazon

About the Author

Maura A. Matarese is an expert in her field as an author, speaker, and psychotherapist . She holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University and a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northeastern University. Matarese is also a former actress and television producer who began her career as a P.A. in sports television. She uses her experiences in these fields and her expertise in psychology to help people heal themselves and live their authentic lives. In her therapy work, Matarese aims to help people find meaningful connection and authenticity in their relationships. For more information about the author and her book, please visit: https://mauramatarese.com/

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