Self help book reviews

On this page are a selection of the early review’s of Gael’s latest book and a very small selection of reviews of Gael’s other books. More reviews and readers’ feedback can be found at

The Emotional Healing Strategy

  1. “Gael Lindenfield’s website is not exaggerating when it says that she is a ‘role-model for bouncing back from setbacks.’ ….Gael is a fully rounded personality, both forceful and cheerful………her latest book The Emotional Healing Strategy, which is essentially about achieving happiness, provides mere glimpses of her past. This is a key element of Gael’s very British, restrained and practical approach to the self help genre.”
    Sunday Mail – YOU magazine
  2. “So prepare to be guided through your own emotional setback step-by-step. We guarantee you’ll emerge fully recovered and happier than ever before.”
  3. ‘So many of my readers’ problems – particularly around relationships – are underpinned by past hurt. Now I can recommend The Emotional Healing Strategy, knowing that Gael’s wonderful seven-step process will help them bring their lives – and their hearts – back into balance’
    Susan Quilliam, author and agony aunt
  4. ‘Gael Lindenfield has written a highly readable book that will, quite literally, help you to be happy. She provides very practical strategies for dealing with adversities that come from her own profound experiences. This book is an emotional treasure trove. I thoroughly recommend it!’
    James Reed, Executive Chairman, Reed Executive
  5. ‘I found the seven-step structure for dealing with emotional hurt a really useful framework. Each step is wonderfully adaptable for hurts large or small, old or recent, personal or work-related. I particularly loved the tone of the book: it was so warm, engaging and sensitive. The sharing of Gael’s own story and experience was very powerful and will be of help to others’
    Julie Lowe, Organisational Psychologist, Royal Bank of Scotland Group
  6. ‘Gael Lindenfield brings us on a journey of healing which she herself has trod. The book is packed with wisdom, good sense and practical examples. It is a self-help book which could be very helpful for victims of crime and abuse’
    Dr. Bill Lockhart, OBE, Chartered Forensic Psychologist, Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency, Northern Ireland.
  7. ‘Doctors are trained in hospital medicine to make sense of patients’ stories to come to a diagnosis. But if, for example, a heart specialist meets a patient for whom a cardiological cause cannot be found, it is time-honoured practice to refer back to their GP. This book describes a useful way for GPs to help patients who have had an emotional experience that is affecting their lives. It gives a structure for the path to recovery that the patient and GP can discuss and use. I shall be recommending The Emotional Healing Strategy to my patients. Gael’s use of her own experiences and strategies for coping will give a lot of readers hope and ideas for their own future recovery’
    Anne White, Senior General Practitioner
  8. ‘After a major loss I used the strategy myself with great effect. Now I use it in my work and find it can also be useful for smaller emotional hurts as well. It has been very helpful to use with mothers who are feeling sad about leaving their babies when their maternity leave has finished’
    Carolyn Roberts, Senior Health Visitor
  9. ‘Living and working within a culture which encourages us to get over hurt primarily by ignoring it, The Emotional Healing Strategy provides a way of dealing with it without sentimentality or over-indulgent navel-gazing. Gael Lindenfield makes us see hurt for the normal state of affairs that it is. She has experienced hurt, made mistakes, considered revenge . . . just like the rest of us. Her approach is not ‘‘holier-than-thou’’ but neither does the Strategy allow for self-indulgence. She aims to develop our self-awareness and The Emotional Healing Strategy provides a practical, usable tool to enable us to function more effectively in work, relationships and life’
    Claire Coldwell, career management consultant, career agony aunt and author of ‘Take Charge!’ a practical career guide
  10. ‘It works! Clear, simple and practical advice that anyone can apply.’
    Anne Nicholls, agony aunt
  11. The main privilege of the new book of Gael Lindenfield, a prominent psychotherapist, is that everybody needs it, because it concerns problems arise not only because of illnesses, but just because of life itself. Not at all everyone is able to overcome such problems, moreover – even to recognize them. The book helps to develop active life position, because it is crucially important not just to survive, catching a ring-buoy, but to continue swimming on your own.
    Gael’s book is a precious self-help guide, that teaches “to lick” both small psychological scratches and deep emotional wounds. It is important to underline that it makes easier the process of healing and prevents forming rough scars in a soul.
    The book is particularly precious in a way that the besides her psychotherapeutic expertise the author uses a deep analysis of her personal experience.
    The book contains a lot of concrete recommendations and illustrated with many examples. Gael’s psychotherapeutic skills together with her utmost sincerity make her book extremely useful for every reader.
    Professor Vladimir Rotstein, – Psychiatrist.
  12. I found your book extremely illuminating although at times quite tough! It certainly challenged my own thinking and perceptions and made me really get a grip of where I am at the moment as it does not allow you to hide behind convenient truths.
    Sandra Morris – HR Business Partner, Vodafone Group Services
  13. “This book offers a beacon of light to people in their darkest hours of despair by being utterly practical, realistic, yet hopeful and full of truth and understanding.  I will recommend it to my own counselling clients as a tool to reach for when they’re desperate, alone and the chips are down.”
    Corinne Sweet, relationship psychologist, writer and broadcaster.
  14. I really like this book. I find it really powerful because Gael is able to empathise so deeply with people who have suffered loss – because she has been there.
    Lesley Coles – Chair Oxfordshire Association of Counsellors in Primary Care and Medical Settings

Self Esteem

  1. “The best book ever written on this subject. An absolute must for anyone who needs more self confidence”
    Suzie Hayman, Author, Broadcaster and Counsellor
  2. “The beauty of this excellent-value book is its practical step-by-step approach”
    Daily Mail

Assert Yourself

  1. “A real boon to those who want to realise their full potential”.
    Virginia Ironside

Super Confidence

  1. “It is a pleasant change to see a realistic book that teaches confidence”.
    Daily Express

Managing Anger

  1. “Sensible, practical and exceedingly useful”
    Claire Rayner, Author, Broadcaster and Agony Aunt
  2. “ I recommend Managing Anger –it is one of the few books on the subject, is practical and easy to read”
    Tim Field, Author of ‘Bully In Sight’

Confident Children

  1. “Good advice about how to help children face the world”
    Times Education Supplement

Confident Teens

  1. “This book is a storehouse of sensible suggestions on how to handle emotional and behavioural problems in non-confrontational ways….”
    Sonia Jackson, Co-author of ‘Looking after children – good parenting, good outcomes’

Self Motivation

  1. “A practical guide to improving your belief in yourself”.

Success from Setbacks

  1. “A fascinating insight into how high performers bounce back”.
    Time Out

Emotional Confidence

  1. “Down-to-earth and sympathetic. Everyone should have a copy”
    Slimming Magazine

Shortcuts series

  1. “Shortcuts are really accessible. I will recommend them to my patients. Thank you for another therapeutic tool”
    Dr Anne White, GP Tutor
  2. “The simple formula of the ‘Shortcuts’ series approach means you can get stuck into solutions straightaway. The exercises are easy and fun. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to my readers”
    Anne Nicholls, Internet Agony Aunt
  3. “Very snappy, very useful, very readable, – and very very wise. I will certainly recommend Shortcuts in my columns. I’m always looking for simple, straightforward (non-academic, for heaven’s sake) books for my readers, but there are so few out there”
    Susan Quilliam, spokesperson for Relate and The Samaritans and Agony Aunt for FHM and That’s Life Magazines

Shortcuts to Getting a Life

  1. “Finding it hard to juggle a career and family? Is work taking over your life? Then this is the book for you. There are lots of tips and techniques which you mix and match for yourself.”
    Health and Fitness Magazine

Shortcuts to Making Hard Choices Easy

  1. “by the end of this book you’ll be able to make your choice and stick by it with less worry and more confidence”.
    Zest Magazine

Shortcuts to Bouncing Back from Heartbreak

  1. “sensible strategies to help you recuperate, heal and let go of torment”
    Liverpool Echo