This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy

A No-Nonsense Guide to Improving Your Mental Health

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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2024
PESI Publishing | Bridge City Books

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Tired of feeling like shit but can’t afford therapy?

Finding a good therapist is hard. Finding a good therapist you vibe with―and who won’t break the bank―is even harder.

In This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy, seasoned therapist Liz Kelly brings the therapy office to you. So even if money is tight, your insurance doesn’t cover therapy, you can’t find quality practitioners in your area, or you’ve been stuck on a therapist’s waitlist for months, you can still feel better now.

With her cheeky humor, undeniable wit, and perfectly timed f-bombs, Liz has a talent for explaining complex mental health concepts in a way you can understand and can put into practice immediately. And don’t worry―at no point in this book will you ever hear the phrase “healing journey,” “your truth,” or any other over-used therapy platitudes.

Instead, you’ll learn how to:

  • Practice real self-care when life feels overwhelming
    (and no, shopping doesn’t count)
  • Quiet and tame your inner critic
    (because, let’s be honest, you’re way too hard on yourself)
  • Manage all the feels
    (even the ones you pretend you can ignore)
  • Set boundaries and master the art of saying no
    (especially when it’s really, really hard)
  • Maintain healthy relationships and find your people
    (I promise, they’re out there!)
  • Cope with the pain of grief and loss
    (even when it feels like it'll never get better)
  • Prioritize your values to create a more meaningful, kick-ass life
    (because you deserve it!)

Imagine if Tina Fey were your best friend and next-door neighbor… and she also just happened to be an experienced therapist. It is possible to feel better―just take that first step and let Liz be your guide.

Tired of feeling like shit but can’t afford therapy?

Finding a good therapist is hard. Finding a good therapist you vibe with―and who won’t break the bank―is even harder.

In This Book Is Cheaper Than...

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Very much looking forward to acquiring this book with mental health being so prevalent and not everyone being able to afford the resources or finding the advice to be relatable or helpful this book covers all of that and provided realistic solutions and answers in a conversational and relatable tone.

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I learned more tools in this book than I had in my most recent stint in therapy! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Five stars. I will need a physical copy for my self so I can refer back. Sharing the book with friends and much of my family as well.

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This book was a great read, it is indeed way cheaper than therapy and contains a lot of the things you'll learn in therapy. It's a good way to work on your mental health if you can't go to therapy, full of good advice.

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In "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" by the seasoned therapist Liz Kelly, your path to holistic emotional health begins without breaking the bank. Liz brings the therapy experience to your fingertips, making it accessible to all. With her candid humor and sharp wit, Liz demystifies complex mental health concepts in an approachable manner, void of overused therapy jargon. This book empowers you to master real self-care, silence your inner critic, manage your emotions, assert boundaries, nurture relationships, navigate grief and loss, and prioritize values for a more fulfilling life. Think of Liz as your witty best friend and experienced therapist rolled into one; it's time to take that first step towards feeling better with her as your guide.

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This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy: A No-Nonsense Guide to Improving Your Mental Health by Liz Kelly explains complex mental health concepts in a way the reader can understand and put into practice immediately.

The author uses humor and simple-to-understand phraseology to explain concepts. Two concepts that stuck out for me are how to set boundaries and master the art of saying no and quiet and tame your inner critic. Hard concepts sometimes to practice, but I found the suggestions realistic and some easy to implement or think about.

Overall, the information was presented in a fun way and the information was not like other books that delved too much into the psychology of explaining or reviewing the history of mental health. The book is also a reminder that I'm okay just as I am.

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In this post pandemic period, the mental health epidemic is no longer something that can be swept under the carpet. The fault lines were already there prior to the pandemic, but the loneliness, isolation and stress of that period simply made it impossible to pretend that things were okay any longer.

And that is even without taking into consideration the people who were already struggling with mental health challenges over issues related for example to past trauma - or even more recent grief, which was another happy side-effect of this period (yes, I was being sarcastic).

All this to say that this book is a very timely offering. Because not only can everyone not afford therapy, some people can also not always find the answers they are looking for unless they have the right therapist.

As an experienced therapist, Liz Kelly brings to bear her considerable educational qualifications as well as - perhaps even more importantly - a wealth of practical experience.

The book offers an understanding shoulder, as well as a range of techniques to choose from. I like how down-to-earth Kelly's approach to improving mental wellbeing is, and I suspect that most people will find something in this volume that benefits them. it is well worth checking out!

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Highly reccomended!! Easy, simple things anyone can try to put into practice to work through any issue. Also tips on finding a therapist and other resources.. There are action steps at the end chapter which are very helpful. Great tool for self help!

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Liz Kelly is a therapist, and goes through some of the topics her clients deal with. She discusses how to quiet your inner critic, coping skills, managing feelings, setting boundaries (often a problem for people-pleasers, since boundaries protect our mental, emotional, and physical well-being), maintaining healthy relationships, dealing with the pain of loss, and prioritizing your values. I especially liked the chapter on radical acceptance, where instead of saying, “I can’t handle this right now--why did this happen to me?” we restructure our thinking: “I accept that some things are out of my control, but I can handle challenging situations, or change my perspective.” Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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Liz Kelly is a therapist and goes through some of the topics her clients deal with. She discusses how to quiet your inner critic, coping skills, manage feelings, setting boundaries (often a problem for people-pleasers, since boundaries protect our mental, emotional, and physical well-being), maintaining healthy relationships, dealing with the pain of loss, and prioritizing your values. I especially liked the chapter on radical acceptance, where instead of saying, “I can’t handle this right now--why did this happen to me?” we restructure our thinking: “I accept that some things are out of my control, but I can handle challenging situations, or change my perspective.”

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Experienced therapist Liz Kelly provides accessible explanations of key mental health issues, providing possible strategies that are geared to help to guide and support you, bearing in mind a solution that may work for one person, may require a different approach for another. This is not a replacement for deeper trauma and issues, for that you will need the support of a practicing therapist, for which she offers advice on how to find and select one. Areas looked at include handling feelings of being overwhelmed by life's realities, grief, quietening those voices that are our enemy, critical, judgemental and unforgiving. Therapy requires self reflection, accountability, often moving into unfamiliar, perhaps uncomfortable, territory for an individual, to learn to cope, adjust and become more resilient, although it may take some time.

In a anxiety ridden and challenging world, I imagine there are many who will appreciate Liz Kelly's guide. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

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So thankful for this book. It has helped having a therapist friend to talk with about this book. Between them and the book, I feel like I have a good mental toolkit to make headway and move forward confidently to seek further help.

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I’m a sucker for a self-help book and this book didn’t disappoint. The author while teaching you ways to improve your mental health, kept the book easy to read with some humour and her own personal stories.

It was full of ways to actively try to work on yourself with coping skills, managing grief and changes, creating healthy boundaries and also action plans to help you move forward. There was also a section about how to choose the best therapist for yourself, with some great information.

Definitely worth the read and big thanks to netgalley for the arc.

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This self-help book has really inspiring title, that the book is as well a good source to start improving your mental health when you cannot afford therapy.

And really it is, it has many good tips, self-reflection questions.

Personally for me, the section 'How to Find a Therapist That Doesn’t Suck' was irrelevant for this book.

Thank you NetGalley, PESI Publishing, Bridge City Books, Liz Kelly for an advanced e-copy of This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy

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A great value about the mental health, a personal issue, skill and subject everybody must understand and manage

Easy to understand and with a lot of practical info to put into practice ASAP.

Enjoy it!

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I have been considering therapy for quite some time, but was hesitant due to the expense. I jumped at the opportunity to read Liz Kelly's book, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy." She provides actionable steps in a clear and compassionate manner. I loved that every chapter ends with the key "Action Items" from the chapter. This helped me understand what steps I need to take and where to start. I felt empowered to take action to help myself, and I felt understood and not so alone in my struggles. I appreciated that she ends the book with information about how to find a good therapist if you decide to seek it.

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I loved this book! It felt like a mini dive into therapy. It’s full of helpful tips, action items, and reassuring words. I wanna gift a copy to everyone I know.

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It seems like there are a lot of books out this year related to the topic of therapy, and I’m not mad about it. Making it more accessible and removing the stigma around it isn’t a bad thing. This book was great. Easy to read, relatable, and full with helpful tips. I will read it again and share with friends.

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4/5 stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

-- 4.5 stars --

"I like to think of the mind as a garden. You nurture and grow the flowers, vegetables, and fruit (your beneficial and realistic thoughts) and discard the weeds (your unhelpful and untrue thoughts) before they overtake your garden."

I'm not exactly what you'd call a voracious reader of self-help books; not because I don't need the help (lol), but because I find most of the advice to be rather vague, intangible, and, well not all that helpful. Oftentimes I walk away feeling confused and overwhelmed, with no idea where to start, or how to put the principles I just read about into action.

But Liz Kelly's THIS BOOK IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY? *This* is the self-help book I've been looking for.

A LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker) and therapist practicing in the Washington, DC area, Kelly offers a plethora of practical advice for surviving and thriving if/when therapy isn't an option.

This includes sections on:

- Self-care (including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, recreational, financial, and professional); pro-tip: self-care isn't always doing what feels good

- Cognitive distortions; countering and reframing negative thoughts; naming your inner critic and putting them on trial; and positive self-talk and affirmations (be your own damn cheerleader!)

- Breaking the cycle (downward spiral) over overthinking

- Practicing self-compassion (ask yourself: "Would you treat your best friend this way?")

- The mind-body connection, including activating your "rest and digest" system (parasympathetic nervous system) to promote calmness: by using grounding techniques; mindful breathing; meditation; visualization; progressive muscle relaxation; power posing; being in nature; mindfulness, activating the vagus nerve (by singing, yawning, or gargling); yoga nidra; massage; practicing gratitude; cold water immersion; and hugs, cuddles, and weighted blankets

- Regulating your emotions

- Radical acceptance

- Establishing and enforcing boundaries (a "fuck budget")

- Dealing with emotional dumpers (eve if that person is you!)

- Building and nurturing connections by finding and meeting good people; active listening; fighting fair; and apologizing like a pro

- Dealing with grief and loss (including collective grief)

- Finding meaning in your life through belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling

- Identifying your core values and constructing a life that honors them ("Turning your values into action allows you to live with intention rather than let the momentum of the daily grind take over.")

- Finding a therapist and getting the most out of therapy

Each chapter ends with three "action items" that expertly distill the main points of the section into concrete steps that you can take today, this week, or even in this moment. I especially love the action items in the final chapter (on finding a therapist); like I said, I often walk away from self-help books feeling lost and overwhelmed, but these final three action items encourage the reader to create an achievable, realistic path forward by choosing just one or two takeaways and putting them into practice.

Kelly has a cheeky, conversational style that I found engaging, but might not be for everyone; if you don't appreciate a well-placed f-bomb, maybe keep walking. (Tbh, she had me with the Fred Rococo reference.)

As a youngish widow, I found the chapter on grief especially poignant ("Grief sometimes feels like being homesick for a place that doesn’t exist anymore."), if necessarily brief. In the other direction, I found the relationship stuff ("This Is Your Brain on Love") a little out of place. Dating advice feels like a whole other conversation/book/genre. But maybe that's just because I'm single, cranky, and not looking (see, e.g., "young widow").

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I really enjoyed this book and found it helpful! It has a blend of personal anecdotes, psychological theories, questions to ask yourself, and ways to apply her suggestions.

As someone who can’t currently afford therapy, but still hopes to find coping mechanisms, this book is great. I appreciate how the author chose to make this info accessible. Therapy is expensive in the US!

The disclaimers at the start were great. The care and kindness in them told me that it was going to be a good (and safe!) reading experience.

This had so many good quotes and nuggets of wisdom. I want them printed on fridge magnets or in an app that makes them pop up on my phone periodically throughout the day! It also had a summary of action items at the end of each chapter. Compiling some of the standout items from each.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for granting me an early e-copy!

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First I’d like to thank Netgalley and PESI Publishing for the ARC.

I really enjoying reading this self-help book. I will be the first to admit that they are usually not my thing but the title caught my attention and made me curious what was in this book.

This book covers lots of topics from self-care to managing feelings to keeping healthy boundaries to looking at your mental health in the future as well. I think all her topics were super relevant in today’s world.

I think my favourite section was the self-care section. I loved how she pointed out about how self-care is so in right now but there are tons of misconceptions about it. She also gave lots of examples and ideas to use practically in your life.

Overall for a self-help book it was straightforward and easy to read. I enjoyed it.

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I'm genuinely grateful for the opportunity to delve into "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy," courtesy of the Publisher and Liz Kelly. Drawn in by its enticing cover and intriguing title, my initial impressions were met with a conversational style and a dash of common-sense wisdom. While the information shared was familiar and lacked the depth I found in Lori Gottlieb's "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone," I appreciated the author's humorous touch, especially in naming her inner critic "Nelson."

The exploration of buying unnecessary items as a coping mechanism resonated with me, as did the emphasis on regular physical exercise. Having drifted from a once-active lifestyle, this book served as a motivational nudge to rekindle my commitment to physical well-being. The discussion on grief and loss, though well-worn territory, provided a timely reminder of the importance of addressing these emotions.

In essence, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" may serve as a beginner's guide, offering valuable insights for those starting their self-help journey. While not groundbreaking, it triggered a positive response in me, motivating a return to healthier habits. Whether it's a must-read depends on individual preferences and experiences, but it certainly has its merits. Thanks to Net Galley, Liz Kelly, and PESI Publishing Bridge City Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this novel!

This book is a great starter-kit to learning how to take charge and change your life for the better. There are so many topics this book covers in a to-the-point, digestible manner such as grief, self-care, and trust.

Whether this book is purchased to read in one setting or to be consumed in hopes of bettering yourself in a specific way, it will surely be beneficial no matter what!

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This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy is a thought-provoking book offering wise counsel and advice for those contemplating therapy. Although each chapter is chock full of tips, ideas and strategies for coping and getting through the many battles life offers, the author, Liz Kelly, makes it perfectly clear that if none of these offerings work or if you are depressed, anxious, stressed, and feeling defeated, therapy may still be your best option. I respect her for outlining that in the beginning of the book, which helped me keep an open mind throughout reading. Much of Ms. Kelly’s advice was helpful to me for thinking things through, and I hope it will be for you too.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC. I enjoyed reading this book. "This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy" by Liz Kelly was very insightful. I like that she lays things out and gives options on how to deal with different situations. I connected with Chapter 5 "Healthy Boundaries". Its actually helped me in a few situations this week. Although there were some chapters I didn't relate to, I do believe this would be very beneficial to someone that's never gone to a therapy session.

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This book takes you through the process of managing yourself, without the office visit. I appreciate the reminders to question your thoughts origins and consider different ways to replace negative thoughts.

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I was drawn to this book because of its catchy title, "This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy: A No-nonsense Guide to Improving Your Mental Health." Author Liz Kelly is a professional therapist who wants to help her readers take control of their mental health. Kelly starts by encouraging her readers that taking care of yourself isn't selfish. Instead, it's an act of survival. She negates several common myths about self-care, such as that it's expensive, unnecessary, and time-consuming. Kelly talks through the various types of self-care (mental, emotional, physical, etc.) and then shares practical tips and action items for the reader to complete.

While many books about mental health feel too rigorous and like more of a textbook, this book is full of practical tips and ideas for the reader. I found many of these tips very helpful and easy to complete. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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This book is a very good primer for someone who is unfamiliar with therapy and is reluctant to or unable to see a therapist. People who are further along in their self-help journey may have heard these things before. However, it's a good refresher. Very approachable entry into a sometimes difficult subject.

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this was such an incredible book! i am so thankful to netgalley for letting me read it early. it was just a pure delight and i think everyone should read this one!!!

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This book indeed was cheaper than therapy. Thank you to NetGalley and PESI Publishing, Bridge City Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
A great book filled with comedy and insightful ruminations about various struggles that we go through. Kelly provides a wealth of knowledge on how to understand and practically approach different mental health topics. While not a substitute for therapy, it provides a great foundation as well as resources and mental health reinforcements.

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To be honest, I picked up Liz Kelly's book, This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy, because of the cheeky title and colorful cover. To my delight, this book is filled with useful ideas, tips, and reminders. There are a couple of sections that did not speak to me at this time, but I think the goal of any book like this is for the reader to take what they need in that moment. There are certainly many pieces that I can put into practice right now, and I can imagine myself referring back to this book in the future.

Each chapter ends with optional Action Items for the reader to consider. There are also other books suggested for similar reads. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was thoughtful and informative while still being readable. As a therapist, I can 100% see how this book could be a good introduction to the idea of therapy and many of the themes that we work on in office.

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As a counselor with over 20 years experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields- I think this book is a great tool to learn the basics of mental health and relationships. It’s a great overview of common issues most of us struggle with and it provides basic info and tools to help the reader navigate through these issues. This book doesn’t replace working with a therapist directly and shouldn’t replace treatment for significant mental health issues. I received a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy is a practical book for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by work, family life, or caregiving. It reminds readers that TV binging, junk food, cigarettes, alcohol, and shopping add to life's stresses but a simple walk outside will give a person time to breath. The key point is finding what brings joy and remembering to take advantage of that. Highly recommended for college students and people who are new to establishing a work/life balance. Also recommended for people of all ages who are stuck in a rut.

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This is a very good book that helps people to recover themselves from anxiety, depression or any such trauma related things.
It is a very motivational book that helps people who want to improve themselves.
I would like to thank the author and net galley for the arc.

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As I delved into "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" by Liz Kelly, I was pleasantly surprised by how much it resonated with me. The author, a therapist, brings her expertise straight to the pages of this book, making complex mental health concepts easily understandable and applicable to everyday life.
Kelly's writing style is refreshing and engaging, filled with humour and wit that kept me entertained. I appreciated her no-nonsense approach, leaving out the typical therapy platitudes and offering practical advice on practising authentic self-care, managing overwhelming emotions, and setting boundaries effectively.
One of the book's highlights was the section on quieting and taming your inner critic. As someone who tends to be overly self-critical, Kelly's tips and insights gave me a new perspective on challenging negative self-talk and fostering self-compassion. Kelly's guidance was clear and actionable, making it easier to implement these changes in my life.
Overall, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" is a gem resource for anyone looking to improve their mental health and well-being. It's like having a supportive friend and experienced therapist rolled into one, guiding you through self-discovery and growth.

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Holy crap!!! 5/5 Stars!!! Thank you, NetGalley, PESI Publishing, and Bridge City Books for granting me my wish on this eARC of This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy by Liz Kelly!

First off...can I PLEASE be friends with this author?! I was hooked from beginning to end and I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Loved the dark humor and how realistic she was throughout the whole book. I have my own therapist that I love and adore and 100% with Liz Kelly about finding the one that clicks with you and (in my case) calling me out on my crap because I need it. I WISH I could've read this book in my twenties after graduation and learned about healthy boundaries. THAT is a huge lesson itself and I encourage everyone that I meet to always work on that if they haven't yet. I love the reminder at this time too because being a mom to children with special family comes first and I'm not afraid to say no if I'm too exhausted or close to burning out. In addition to loving everything else about this book, I love the list of book suggestions to read on the side - especially "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb.

My favorite part of this book is the Grief section - mainly because that is the current stage of my life right now. After losing my third son at 22 weeks in 2022, everyone is different and the way to grieve is up to the person. I could not have connected more when she talked about grieving over the holiday! AMEN! And also the reminder of being human and that it's okay to feel the way that you do.

I would recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who are in the trial-and-error stage of finding their best-fit therapist.

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This book is readable and easily accessible to the average person. I found it helpful and informative. I enjoyed the humorous and down to earth presentation.

Thank you to Bridge City Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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As the author states at the beginning of this book, she did not write it to replace the practise of attending a therapist. She offers her book as an addition or alternative to therapy if you can’t afford a therapist or cannot find one that you can connect with. I do have the personal experience of not “clicking” with therapists and it took me a long time to find someone who I found to be a good fit for me.
I think generally that this is a good book to read as a guide to improving your mental health overall and it gives useful ideas and tips to the reader to enhance their experience.

Thank you to Netgalley and PESI Publishing and Bridge City Books for a review copy.

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This book was really eye-opening. I feel like most self help books sound… very know-it-all-esque, but this was genuine and helpful. It made attempts in ways others failed. Overall, I found it pleasant and useful. Emotional.

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This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy
Written By Liz Kelly
Published By PESI publishing, Bridge city books
Release Date March 19, 2024

This book has more inside it than any therapist office. Loss and grief, depression, and hopelessness were the many reasons I wanted to read this. The author holds nothing back. It is raw, balanced, and loving. Whatever your reason for reading this book, you will get out of it what you put into it.

Practice real self-care when life feels overwhelming

I felt that was my biggest problem. I mean when does life NOT feel overwhelming? Everyday I need to learn that I have the power over my emotions and feelings. The author gives the reader ways of coping when life becomes too difficult. And it’s ok…….it’s ok if you feel like you just want to scream.

Cope with the pain of grief and loss

I have lost a son, a sister, and a mother. Need I say more? Grief has been my biggest downfall. I fought with God over this. Why did it happen and why so many and so fast? This is not a Christian aspect but rather one that brings it all out and allows YOU to find a way to move forward. I have read this book two times and each time I bring something new to the table and take something else away.

Quiet and tame your inner critic

Ah this one. Who does not criticize themselves? I do all of the time. What I like about this book is that it has ways that the reader can choose how to become a friend to yourself and learn to love yourself. Some people think that it is taboo to read self help books. However, I think this book goes above and beyond because the author shares with candid humor, sharp wit, and polished ideas to help the reader. This book I found was better than my visits with my therapist and I feel much better now. You need to give this book a try. Written by a licensed and someone who dumbs it down for people like me who try to understand therapy talk.

If you need to just breathe. Or to find a way to love YOU again………read this book. Read it twice or three times. Liz Kelly will have you laughing and crying and laughing again.

5 +++++ stars

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

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I have to admit it was the humorously clever title of This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy: a non-nonsense guide to improving your mental health by Liz Kelly that first grabbed my attention. Now I should point out the obvious, which is that when it comes to self-help books what you get out of them is often dependent on how open you are to the ideas and how much work you put into it. Now I will say I’ve read many such books over the years so was fairly familiar with a great many of the concepts presented, but I will admit I really enjoyed the author’s style and use of humor. I especially got a huge laugh out of her suggesting you name your inner critic and the fact that she had chosen the name Nelson. (Inside joke for me because of someone I know named Nelson.) Her relaxed style and conversational tone will make her advice easily accessible/understandable to a wide audience, but as I said at the start of this review, it’s a self-help book so you have to be willing to put in the work yourself. I’d like to thank PESI Publishing, Bridge City Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of This Book I Cheaper Than Therapy.

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I loved how Liz Kelly explained practical concepts of psychology with examples and loads of humor. It's a helpful resource and I especially loved how she explained radical acceptance, self-care and incorporating values.

I'm sure I'll be coming back to the book as I've highlighted a lot of it. There are action plans at the end of each chapter which I found very useful too.

Thanks to Netgalley and PESI Publishing for the e-copy! I highly recommend it to anyone regardless of whether you're in therapy or are hoping to get your life together without one.

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This book is a great read for everyone who is struggle post pandemic. It's a great self-help book to keep refering back to, so I'll be pciking up a hard copy once it's out.

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for this ARC

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I'm on a mission to improve my mental health and this book was a great resource. This is full of helpful tips and tricks for really working on putting myself in a better place mentally. I really enjoyed what it had to offer.

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The synopsis accurately describes what is in this book. The author knows that sometimes people can't get therapy right away for various reasons, so she has provided a some tips for things that can be done in that absence. The topics listed in the synopsis are the chapters of the book. Each chapter sets out definitions and examples of the topics. The chapters are very good overviews but do not go very deep; interesting action points are provided at the end of each chapter.
I enjoyed reading this. The author has a light and entertaining style, and several points made me stop and think. I particularly liked the chapter on self-care. Personally, I grew up familiar with therapeutic techniques, so this book reminded me of what I knew. However, my husband did not grow up that way, so this book would be full of revelations for him. I think this book would be really useful for someone who is not familiar with therapy and is curious about what to expect before trying it.

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"You are not "weak" if you practice self-care. In actuality, practicing self-care is a sign of strength. It shows you value yourself."

Anyone who is seeking a therapist or in need to but can't find one. This book helps you with the first steps before entering that door.
It tackles subjects such as :
Self Care - Grief - Mental Health etc ...
Its simple and easy to read without overwhelming you with clinical or scientific information.
It offers mechanisms and ways of coping with certain issues.
It gets you hooked from the start coz the author approachs the readers with humour and simple writing.
All in all, its a practical, easy-to-follow conversational guide to improving your mental health and it offers action steps at the end of chapters that can help to achieve what you've read.
Highly recommend
Make sure to read it.
Thanks to @netgalley and the publisher for granting me an ARC of #ThisBookIsCheaperThanTherapy in exchange for my honest review.


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I would like to go to therapy---if I could find a local therapist so I jumped at the chance to read this book. Feels like a lot of self help books I've read in the past, but she gives some good action plans and explains some of ways we think. It was helpful to me!

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Thank you PESI Publishing, Bridge City Books for the ARC of "This Book is Cheaper Than Therapy". Happy pub day to author Liz Kelly

Ms Kelly presents fantastic tips and information to help transform your life, whether you're a 50 year old mom of 2 or a fresh out of college young adult. 

I loved her ways to say no and need to commit them to memory! They're so respectful and also prevent any rational person from prying further. 

Throughout her book she presents various ways to deal with situations or your own thought processes. Some of them are things I already do and she made me feel heard by stating that these are valid ways to deal with issues. And other things I had never thought of and were excellent advice.  I specifically enjoyed her discussion of boundaries and as a mom, I tend to have big problems establishing boundaries and need that extra boost and ways of handling it. I also really enjoyed her discussion about handling relationships that aren't working for you - platonic or romantic.  At this point in my life,  some of the relationship advice is obvious but it wasn't when I was a young adult. Reflecting back,  I wish I had been mature enough to see these truths in my 20s when struggling with certain platonic relationships. It's too bad I didn't have this book!

Her book is easy to read, informative, non judgy and written in such a way that you can easily go back to reference certain behaviors or topics. She provides action items at the end of each chapter. If you need further help she provides all kinds of resources and how to get the best resource for you. 


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I’m not a big nonfiction reader, but I was drawn to the cheeky title and potential for a more lighthearted take on self-help. This book isn’t necessarily comedic, but it feels less clinical than a lot of self-help books out there and managed to get me to chuckle a few times. To me, this book felt like a toolbox filled with a variety of methods and suggestions one could pick and choose from, based on preference. A lot of the information wasn’t necessarily new to me, but this book puts it all in one place and describes things in a way that’s easy to understand. I especially liked the numerous real-world examples given throughout the book, helping me understand the concepts the author was trying to convey. There’s a lot of great information here, and I made lot of bookmarks and highlights throughout so I could refer back to those sections. It’s obvious that this book isn’t meant to completely replace therapy, but it provides a great reference to the types of skills one would work on in a therapy environment.

Thank you to PESI Publishing, Bridge City Books and NetGalley for the advance review copy of This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy! All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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"This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" by Liz Kelly is a delightful and uplifting read that offers a welcome dose of humor, insight, and encouragement for anyone navigating life's ups and downs. Kelly's witty and relatable observations on the absurdities of everyday life, combined with her warm and empathetic storytelling, make this book a must-have for anyone in need of a pick-me-up or a reminder that they're not alone in their struggles.

At its core, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" is a celebration of the human experience in all its messy, imperfect glory. Through a series of essays, anecdotes, and reflections, Kelly tackles a wide range of topics, from the challenges of adulthood to the joys of friendship, love, and self-discovery. Her writing is infused with humor and heart, offering readers a refreshing perspective on life's trials and triumphs.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its authenticity. Kelly doesn't shy away from the messy and the mundane; instead, she embraces them with open arms, finding beauty and humor in the most unexpected places. Whether she's recounting embarrassing moments, sharing life lessons learned the hard way, or offering sage advice on navigating relationships and career challenges, Kelly's voice rings true and resonates with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Another highlight of "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" is its relatability. Kelly has a knack for tapping into universal experiences and emotions, making her writing accessible to a wide audience. Whether you're a recent college graduate struggling to find your place in the world, a busy parent juggling work and family responsibilities, or anyone in between, you're sure to find something in these pages that speaks to you.

But perhaps the most valuable aspect of this book is its message of hope and resilience. Kelly reminds readers that it's okay to stumble, to make mistakes, and to sometimes feel lost or overwhelmed. What matters is how we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep moving forward, one step at a time. With its gentle humor and heartfelt wisdom, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" is a reminder that laughter, love, and a little bit of perspective can go a long way toward healing the soul.

In conclusion, "This Book Is Cheaper Than Therapy" by Liz Kelly is a delightful and uplifting read that will leave you smiling, nodding in recognition, and feeling a little bit lighter. Whether you're in need of a good laugh, a sympathetic ear, or a gentle nudge in the right direction, this book has something for everyone. So pour yourself a cup of tea, cozy up with a blanket, and let Liz Kelly's wise and witty words work their magic. You'll be glad you did.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for an advanced copy to review for my honest opinion.

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