I am thrilled to be featuring Yvonne Williams Casaus' new book on my blog today. As I learned more about her (see my interview below) I discovered we have much in common. If you or someone you know struggles with depression or is concerned about suicide prevention, then this book will be helpful. You can enter to win a copy.
Book Title: A Drop Of Water: A Spiritual Journey by Yvonne Williams Casaus
Category: Adult nonfiction, 208 pages
Genre: Memoir, Spirituality, Self-help, Personal Growth, Grief, Loss, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention
Publisher: Laughing At Myself, LLC
Release date: September 2016
Content Rating: PG + M (There is no bad language, but author discusses her husband's suicide)
In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.
It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.
This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.
Buy the Book: Amazon
My Interview with Yvonne Williams Casaus
LCR: Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for chatting with us about your new book A Drop of Water. In 20 words, can you describe to us what your book is about?
YWC: I share my healing journey as a Suicide Loss Survivor and Therapist to show how we are all connected.
LCR: I read in your bio that you do Play Therapy. As a former Special Care Counsellor myself, I have used this with children with astounding results. The children would disclose private feeling to the puppet I would use but not to me personally. Can you tell us how your experience as a therapist has influenced your own healing?
YWC: Play Therapy is very powerful; speaking through metaphor (play) is a way to express emotions they may not be able to with words. It helps get their defense mechanisms out of the way so true healing can occur. Being a therapist made it very easy to ask for help and know my children and I were going to need support. I knew how important it was to have my children go to therapy and process their feelings. Helping others has helped me heal and grow more than I could have imagined. I learned to have more compassion for myself. We could all learn from very young children. They do not struggle with self esteem and are not afraid to ask for what they need. We all need to learn how to have uninhibited, childlike fun, we all need nurturing, we all need love.
LCR: Your title is catchy and intriguing. Can you tell us how you came up with it?
YWC: I found a connection between my grief, my tears, my healing journey and water. It became a metaphor for my spiritual journey. I realized that we are all connected. It all starts with that one drop. A drop of water, an ocean of water, it is all the same.
LCR: How will readers benefit from reading your book?
YWC: They will learn that they too can use water to overcome those dark and lonesome moments. It will remind them that no matter how lonely they feel they are never alone. I was spiritually inspired to share my healing journey and in the process a lesson came to me. We are all connected, through nature, through spirit, through water. I realized that the messages in these words could help everyone find their way through the darkness. Finding my way out of the murky water helped me discover the real me. I am the drop and I am the ocean. Water connects us all.
LCR: If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is struggling with depression, what would it be?
YWC: If you are struggling with feelings of hopelessness, reach out. Asking for help is a strength.
Remember that no matter how alone or hopeless you feel, you are never alone. We are all connected. It is hard to remember when we are sad and depressed. We feel so lonely or frozen like ice. We get rigid and cold, but even in ice, we are connected.
I believe that if a person can hold on for just another moment, they can make it for another hour. Then if they can make to another hour, they can hold on for another day. There is always love and encouragement even when we are choosing not to see it.
LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
YWC: That is a hard one. I am a pretty independent woman, and women did not have as many rights as they do now. I had thoughts such as how interesting it might have been to see my parent’s wedding. The Renaissance period has always fascinated me. I love the style of painting and sculpture from that period. I would love to see Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael working on their masterpieces.
LCR: Can you share what books you've read and loved?
YWC: Like you, I read a variety of genres. I recently read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, I found myself laughing out loud and loved how she described her experience with depression and anxiety. I have read all The Artist Way books by Julia Cameron. I believe that really allowed me to embrace my creativity. I love Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, I reference her positive affirmations on a regular basis. However, I must say my guilty pleasure is reading young adult supernatural and paranormal books. It also makes me very happy to see coloring books everywhere and more readily available. I have been recommending coloring books to my clients for years.
LCR: Do you have a project or book you're working on next?
YWC: Yes I am halfway through my next book which is a fictional fantasy dealing with spirituality. It is a young adult book. I work with many adolescents so I was drawn to this genre. I consider this genre one of my guilty pleasures. I have really enjoyed fiction and creating my own fantasy world. I sense some vampires coming.
About the Author:
Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.
Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
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