BE FEARLESS: Change Your Life in 28 Days by Jonathan Alpert
By SMW Staff
If you’ve ever experienced talking to a therapist there’s no doubt that “So, how does that make you feel?” has come up during a session. It’s a question that infuriates Jonathan Alpert, New York psychotherapist and author of BE FEARLESS: Change Your Life in 28 Days (Center Street, April 24, 2012). For Alpert, the question is troubling, maddening and can even be harmful.
Alpert argues that today’s psychotherapists may actually be less beneficial in helping patients cope with their mental health issues. A significant part of BE FEARLESS examines what’s wrong with therapy and why many patients have become over dependent on therapists who don’t help them overcome their fears, phobias, or obsessions.
In BE FEARLESS: Change Your Life in 28 Days, Alpert and his co-author Alisa Bowman introduce an effective and easy-to-follow five step plan that provide readers the steps to lead a fulfilling life while reaching their goals. The plan includes:
- Define your dream list
- Break your fear pattern
- Rewrite your inner narrative
- Eliminate your fear response
- Live your dream
In addition, Alpert addresses the epidemic of an over-medicated society where therapists are too quick to jot on the prescription pads medication for anxiety and depression. For patients who are seeking more than a taciturn therapist who never challenges the patient to examine his life and what changes he can make, Alpert offers “shopping” tips of what to look when selecting a therapist
About Jonathan Alpert
JONATHAN ALPERT, a licensed psychotherapist and advice columnist, is one of the media’s favorite sources of no-nonsense lifestyle advice, quotes, and commentary. The New York Observer has called him “Manhattan’s most media-friendly psychotherapist” and “the media’s go-to guy for psychoanalyzing the City.”
His insight is regularly tapped by major national and international media outlets, including television, print, radio, and online. He has appeared on such nationally televised shows as TODAY, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX News, and NBC Nightly News. He is often quoted by Ladies’ Home Journal, Details, Elle, Men’s Health, the Associated Press, BBC, Time and countless other print outlets.
Alpert appeared in the 2010 Oscar winning documentary “Inside Job,” where he commented on the psychological underpinnings of the 2008 financial crisis.
His popular column, “No More Drama,” appeared in Metro newspapers in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, reaching more than one million readers weekly. In it he dished out no-nonsense, results-oriented advice on relationships, sex, lifestyle and hot-button issues, mental health, and career dilemmas.
As a therapist, he counsels everyone from corporate executives to professional entertainers to the general public. His style of therapy leads to astonishing results and many of Alpert’s clients see improvements by the end of the first session while most graduate from therapy within just a few months.
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