I loved Mending the Shattered Mirror, and was riveted page after page. I am in awe of Analie Shepherd's wisdom, grace, strength, and intuition, as both a writer and a survivor. I believe this will be the response of anyone who reads this book and is moved and helped by it. ~ Deborah Needleman Armintor, Associate Professor of English, University of North Texas
Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Mending the Shattered Mirror: A Journey of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy"" is an extraordinary account that will resonate with tens of thousands of others who have had to undergo psychological and psychiatric treatment that would prove problematic and dysfunctional. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library Psychology/Psychiatry collections and supplemental studies lists, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mending the Shattered Mirror" is also available in a Kindle format
Midwestern Book Review ~ Psychology Shelf
As a therapist, I cannot say enough about the need for this book to become a part of training for licensure. The very idea that the therapy relationship could become abusive, as Analie so painfully and beautifully tells us, becomes a reality that many people, and in particular, many therapists, cannot imagine, and in fact, decline to believe. This memoir is difficult to read at times due to the unimaginable cruelty that occurs in what should be one of the most trusted and safe relationships, but the truth, grace and perseverance that Analie possesses in her quest to find emotional safety is truly a journey well worth traveling along with her. The book brings a stark reminder to those of us in the profession, that "Do No Harm", is, without question, not only a responsibility but an ethical driver, meant to truly honor those that seek the healing that they desire. J. Darnell MFT
... I couldn't stop thinking about it. The book was hauntingly beautiful. Katy ~ Author and grateful reader.
... Mending the Shattered Mirror is a mesmerizing beautifully written memoir about the impact of therapy abuse and recovery complete with drawings and poems by the author. This book should be read by anyone interested in therapy abuse and even abuse in general. It gives an inside picture of the traumatic impact of therapy abuse and the difficulty of recovery and of finding safe subsequent therapy. This book should be required reading for therapists in training and in practice. It will also be of value to people who have an interest in the defense of dissociation and DID/Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Review by Wanda ~ retired Psychiatrist
Wow! Just, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading this intriguing and horrifying true story of the abuse that author Analie Shepherd went through at the hands of her therapist ... kept me reading into the wee hours of the night; I was that engrossed in the story.
I loved it. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it is absolutely how I felt about this amazing book. Author Analie Shepherd is clearly an amazing and resilient woman, and I thank her for being willing to share her very difficult story with the public. I could not give this book a higher recommendation, and I certainly hope that the author will consider writing a second volume that details her continuing life.
Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite ~ 5 stars!
"Mending the Shattered Mirror: A Journey of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy" is a true and compelling story of despair, hope and eventual triumph. This deftly crafted and deeply personal story is consistently compelling, insightful, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Helen Dumont ~ Midwestern Book Review (Helen's Shelf)
Analie's riveting story rings true in every word. It is beautifully written using actual email correspondence, poetry and narrative. I don't think there has ever been a book that so accurately chronicles the journey of therapists and a client. It also helps the reader to understand the life of one who lives with split personality. This is a book which should be required reading for every therapist and counselor. Most importantly, it is a book of great hope to those who find themselves in the care of a misdirected and abusive therapist.
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