You Are Not Alone

A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
268 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2019
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Author Biography

Debbie Augenthaler, LMHC, NCC, is an author and psychotherapist in New York City, where she has specialized in trauma, grief and loss. She is a faculty member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and teaches workshops about grief and loss. She also co-leads an on-line writing workshop, Write Your Grief Story, with Laura Lentz. Prior to becoming a therapist she had a successful career in the financial industry for more than twenty years. 
Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and received the NYU Steinhardt Award for Outstanding Clinical Service in 2012. She completed a two-year Advanced Trauma Studies program at ICP and is trained in various modalities that inform a holistically based practice including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Energy Psychology, and Hypnosis.
Her book, You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope combines her personal story of devastating loss with practical insights and simple suggestions for healing. Her articles and essays have appeared in Spirituality and Health Magazine, PBS Next Avenue, Women You Should Know, and numerous other online publications.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide to Grief, Healing, and Hope by Debbie Augenthaler is the author's personal story of grief, trauma, and loss after losing her husband. Grief connects people and there is no particular way to grieve. It can be messy, chaotic, and hard. Through her book, the author tells people that it is okay to be a griever and healing and recovery does not mean that the person has been forgotten. The purpose of the book is to help others deal with their feelings of grief and offer them tools to deal with their inconsolable loss. The healing insights offered will guide readers who are grieving through their personal maze of loss and healing.

You Are Not Alone is a beautifully expressed book that will give readers the confidence to deal with their loss and grief, and appreciate the deeper compassion they develop while dealing with grief. Coping with grief is not easy and it is something that has to be learned. The book is honest and straightforward. The themes of loss, grief, healing, recovery, and a spiritual journey will connect with readers. The combination of prose, poems, and tips for quick meditations make it an interesting guide and, at the same time, it shows readers how to find their direction. Most importantly, the book gives hope to all those who are grieving. This book is not only about the author's personal loss but also her road to recovery and her spiritual journey.