"Reading this book is like spending a sunny afternoon on a porch with a patient friend . . . who also happens to know a lot about therapy."
—Peter Blauner, New York Times best-selling author
With memorable stories and 100+ full-color illustrations, this lighthearted psychology self-help book shares mindfulness and psychotherapy practices for living your best life.
Between social distance and social media, meaningful connection in the 21st century is complicated—not just with others, but with ourselves too.
With decades of experience in psychotherapy, Gretta Keene warmly introduces positive psychology tools for elevating relationships, navigating challenges, and savoring the joy of being alive.
After all, like weather, life happens. You can't change the weather—but you can learn how to change your response.
Paired with whimsical artwork by William Murray, the friendly language of Your Way There makes concepts like "reparenting" and "new neural pathways" feel not just approachable, but possible.
Inside this guide on how to live a meaningful life, discover how to:
- transform your mind and change oh well to now what?,
- recognize your defensive "bodyguards" and relieve them of their duties,
- stop having the same old fight and stay connected when things get bumpy, and
- use awareness-boosting tools to reclaim your agency so life doesn't just "happen to you."
Full of stories that speak to the heart, Your Way There equips readers with the tools and know-how to manage life's more complex situations with wisdom, compassionate mind training, and even vital play.
A warm addition to the world of happiness self-help, this book pairs the uplifting encouragement of Matt Haig's The Comfort Book with the science-based approach of titles like Unwinding Anxiety and Stop Overthinking.
Whether you're already on your self-improvement journey or are "just looking" into therapy, life isn't about arriving at a destination. It's about Your Way There.
So may you find your way and learn to thrive,
Hopeful, awake, alive while you're alive.
"An owner's manual for becoming a more connected and contented human being."
—Peg Tyre, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author
Gretta Keene is a psychoanalyst, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and a certified sandplay therapist (CST). She is a spiritually-minded psychotherapist with decades of experience and a thriving private practice, Keene Murray Therapy. Gretta is an ardent kayaker, gardener, and music lover who lives in upstate New York with her partner in life and work, William (Bill) Murray, and their mini poodle, Ukulele.
William (Bill) Murray, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, visual artist, and composer. He is a spiritually-minded psychotherapist with decades of experience and a thriving private practice, Keene Murray Therapy. Bill is an ardent kayaker, gardener, and music lover who lives in upstate New York with his partner in life and work, Gretta Keene, and their mini poodle, Ukulele.
"Did you ever get the feeling that everyone else was issued a map that shows them how to navigate intimate relationships but, somehow, you never got one? If the answer is yes, buy this book. Coupled with William Murray's beautiful and evocative illustrations, Gretta Keene has created a guide to unpacking life's complexities in accessible, clear, humanistic, and compassionate terms. This book is an owner's manual for becoming an emotionally mature, psychologically skillful, and more connected and contented human being." - Peg Tyre, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author
"Who knew self-discovery could be so rewarding? Therapist Gretta Keene's magical guidebook tackles how we get stuck and shows you, step by step, how to unlock better ways to be happy. You will find yourself getting caught up in the stories in each chapter, eager to learn new skills for breaking through old patterns." - JoAnne McFarland, artistic director of the Artpoetica Project Space
"A guide to a spiritual journey that leads to wholeness and happiness. This book is full of wisdom that recognizes our fears and foibles and gently leads us to see them as the tools of transformation. The stories are told with great compassion for the human condition and great hope for the power to change." - Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts, Zen Roshi and psychotherapist
"Few things are braver than facing our anxieties and unhappiness head-on. Gretta's perspective is invaluable in becoming a fuller person with the tools to enjoy this wild ride . . . even when I really (really!) want to get off. Having Gretta's vast knowledge and uniquely comforting perspective — along with William's beautiful illustrations—collected in one place is truly a life-improving gift." - Elazar Sontag, editor at BonAppetit and cookbook author
"A book to cherish! I've been seeing Gretta weekly for over ten years and to say she's changed my life is an understatement. I'm so glad there's a book that holds all her teachings, expertise, and unique concepts for becoming a more mindful human." - Julia Rothman, New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and illustrator