Friendships are like any other relationships — when they are healthy and happy, they make our lives infinitely better. When they aren't healthy, or are hard to find, they can cause distress.
Gina Handley Schmitt saw an increasing number of people making their way to her therapy couch in an effort to fill friendship voids in their lives, and she was compelled to find a way to help her clients (and struggling others) to find the meaningful, lasting friendship connections we all need and deserve.
In her book, you'll learn her FIVE core skills for making and keeping healthy, happy friendships as an adult:
• How to be more AVAILABLE
• How to be more AUTHENTIC
• How to be more AFFIRMING
• How to be more ASSERTIVE
• How to be more ACCEPTING
Life is so much sweeter with good friends by our side!
Gina Handley Schmitt, MA, CMHS, LMHC has been a psychotherapist in the Seattle area for over seventeen years, specializing in achieving her clients' intrapersonal and interpersonal goals. She teaches Psychology at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College and has been a featured speaker at a number of local conferences and events. Handley Schmitt lives with her handsome husband off the shores of Lake Washington, where they enjoy planning their next adventure.
"Which goes to show Friending isn’t just a self-help book. Schmitt also adds in personal experiences with her friends and clients to give her theories a more practical platform. We know Schmitt’s theories can work because she’s illustrated them with relatable examples."
"That is what makes this book such a great read. Friending isn’t meant to be consumed in one go—you are supposed to pick up the sections of the book that pertain to you. Looking to create friendships? Read the chapter on being available and answer those questions. Can’t handle a friend who is being rude or judgmental? Find out how to solve the issue in the chapter on assertiveness." (Women Write About Comics, 11/19)