5 Minute Therapy w/ Dr. Faith G. Harper
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Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN is a bad-ass, funny lady with a PhD. She’s a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, certified sexologist, and applied clinical nutritionist with a private practice and consulting business in San Antonio, TX. She has been an adjunct professor and a TEDx presenter, and proudly identifies as a woman of color and uppity intersectional feminist. She is the author of the book Unf*ck Your Brain and many other popular zines and books on subjects such as anxiety, depression, and grief. She is available as a public speaker and for corporate and clinical trainings.
Unfuck Your Anger
Anger is a vital emotion for survival, but when it gets out of hand, or if you always bottle it up, it can be disastrous. When you feel irritable all the time, or if your rage is getting the best of you, calm your breathing, reset, and take advantage of this companion workbook to Unfuck Your Anger by the inimitable Dr. Faith. Filled with helpful exercises, worksheets, the workbook can be used on its own, and walks you through building an anger narrative, identifying your rage triggers, and identifying where you get stuck, as well as skills like meditation, communication, and breathing. Turn your anger into fuel for treating yourself and others well and living the life you want.
Unfuck Your Breathing
Take a deep breath... now exhale. Breathing is the best free medicine you can give yourself, calming your nervous system, massaging your organs, and helping get your body and mind in sync—and it's available anywhere, any time. Dr. Faith recommends breathwork exercises in her therapy practice all the time, and she's compiled the most effective ones she's found here in this slim zine. You'll find advice for engaging with breathwork if you're dealing with trauma, and contraindications for when not to do any of these exercises. Includes seven different breath exercises, six of which were previously published in her book Unfuck Your Body, plus a bonus bubble-blowing exercise at the end. You've got this—keep breathing!
Unfuck Your Burnout
Are you stressed as fuck and you're not sure you can take it anymore? You're not alone. And it's very possible you're experiencing burnout—a legit mental health condition that's usually only regarded as being work-related, but that is 100% absolutely possible for anyone who is chronically stressed and overwhelmed with whatever they're doing in life, from school to parenting to activism to just existing during a pandemic. Dr. Faith gets it, and has been there, and offers an overview of what we understand about burnout and individual as well as relational strategies that really work for getting yourself out of it. Because, sure, sometimes you can fix burnout by taking a day off for self care, but usually it takes a more social-relational-level change—and that is totally possible!
Unfuck Your Friendships
Friendship deserves more credit in a society obsessed with romantic and sexual relationships. In reality, friendship is the key to our mental and physical health, happiness, and social cohesion. Dr. Faith Harper, therapist and bestselling author of Unfuck Your Intimacy and Unfuck Your Boundaries applies brain science and her clinical and personal experience to help understand this vital type of relationship, offering insight into how to choose and make friends, sustaining and strengthening your friendships, friend group dynamics, friend breakups, setting excellent friendship boundaries, handling conflict, and managing all the different kinds of relationships we encounter in our lives. Includes a series of original advice columns honing in on the details that make our friendships work.
Unfuck Your Sleep
Sleep is so, so, so important! We spend a third of our lives doing it... well, ideally we do. In reality, we get far less sleep than our bodies and minds need. Microcosm Publishing bestseller Dr. Faith makes a strong case for upping our sleep game and gives an abundance of clinically-proven advice to help you sleep better. She also weighs in on the various drugs and potions out there that promise sleep assistance—some are terrible and others work alright but with some precautions. If you have problems sleeping, you'll likely find the recommendations you need here.
Unfuck Your Stress
Stressed? Yeah, you are. Capitalism pretty much demands it. But you don't deserve to feel like you're constantly being chased by your monstrous, growing list of responsibilities, or, worse, like you have to say no to positive opportunities because you just can't take another thing. Dr. Faith offers here a brief intervention, explaining what stress actually is, how it isn't necessarily bad for you, and what exactly happens to your body when it gets out of hand. Symptoms of chronic stress and adrenal fatigue are paired with advice for talking with your doctor about what is going on with you. She follows this with some practical exercises for understanding and managing your own stress response, so that you can get yourself out of the quagmire of constant, mounting distress and feel excited and engaged with your life again.
Unfuck Your Work
Are you freaking out about work? Horrified at the idea of getting to your workplace? Have a boss that makes you want to burn the world down?
Microcosm Publishing bestseller Dr. Faith is here to the rescue in this quick-read zine dedicated to helping you get through those bad days when you're watching the seconds tick past until you can bolt home. Some of it may seem obvious at first, but how many times do you actually sit down and think about these things, or talk them through with others? If you're two steps from flipping your desk over and screaming, now might be the time to sit back, assess your priorities, and figure out how to survive the work you have while looking for the work you want.
If you're in a work-related stress/emotional over-load, check out the detailed tips on things like not taking things personally from people that don't matter, owning your mistakes, giving praise whenever due (even to your self), getting what you need by knowing what it is, remembering who it is you're really supporting, and making escape plans to get you through!
Detox Your Masculinity
Body image problems and eating disorders have long been considered mostly to be women's problems. But did you know that men are even more likely than women to suffer from distorted or dysmorphic body image? Essentially we're all affected by patriarchal ideals of how we ought to look. Whether you're self-conscious about your weight, looks, muscles, hair, penis size, or whatever, unrealistic expectations can control your life in scary ways. In this zine, Microcosm Publishing bestseller Dr. Faith and Dr. Aaron walk you through how to know if you've got a problem and provide practical, science-based ways to cope by improving not only your image of yourself but also your physical and mental health. Whether you're cis or trans, learn to be comfortable in your body and let the cycle of toxic masculinity stop with you.
This is Your Brain on Addiction
Addictions replace relationships, says Microcosm Publishing bestseller Dr. Faith, in her latest series of zines that use brain science and swearing that'll make you laugh, think, and take the practical steps you need to. If you would like to not be addicted anymore, then this zine walks you through the array of options, from total abstinence programs to the many shades of harm reduction and replacing your problem relationship with more positive things. Worth reading if you're struggling with addiction yourself or if you're wondering how to help someone else.
This is Your Brain on Anxiety
Anxiety is a survival skill gone haywire. It happens when our brain is working so hard to protect us that it forgets to notice that the danger has passed. It feels like choking, stifling, smothering, tingling, panicking—our brains cut out and we start to make bad decisions—all normal anxiety reactions. Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of the bestselling Unfuck Your Brain and This is Your Brain on Depression packs a ton of knowledge and help into this practical manual. She helps us understand the history and science of anxiety, realize when it's become a serious problem, know the difference between anxiety and other conditions, and cope with it in the moment as well as addressing it long term. This book is a lifesaver for panic attacks, breaking out of flight-fight-freeze responses, similar and co-occurring conditions, and for chronic anxiety. Straightforward, funny, kind, and judgment free, it includes a wide range of tips, exercises, and medical interventions. It's also good for people who aren't burdened by daily anxiety but want to cope better with the tough life situations we all face. Read this book and breathe!
This is Your Brain on Grief
Microcosm Publishing bestseller Dr. Faith adds to her series of zines, writing this time about grief. It's hard to imagine anyone else being able to make understanding the grieving process... well, funny, while also being genuine and compassionate. As always, Faith nails it. This zine contains words of solace and helpful wisdom for when you're dealing with grief... but most of all it's full of helpful advice for when you are trying to figure out how to support someone else in their grief and what to say. Grieving is a natural part of life, and having the space to do it the way you need to is vital. Show this zine to the people around you when you need them to give you that space and comfort.