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Book dealing with bitterness disorder to launch

Dr Barbara Louw, specialist counsellor, traumatologist, coach and mentor, at the pre launch of her book, Roots and All, at a guesthouse in Moreleta Park on 26 November. PHOTOS: Lisa Dewberry

Dr Barbara Louw, specialist counsellor, traumatologist, coach and mentor, at the pre launch of her book, Roots and All, at a guesthouse in Moreleta Park on 26 November. PHOTOS: Lisa Dewberry

Roots and All, a new book by Dr Barbara, Louw, specialist counsellor, traumatologist, coach and mentor, will be launched at Choose Life Church in Moreleta Park on 30 November. The book is based on research into Bitterness and Posttraumatic Embitterment Reactions and Disorder and provides insights into the prevalence of bitterness and embitterment in individuals, families, the community and workplace.

Dr Louw, who has almost 35 years experience dealing with effects of trauma and unwellness, says trauma and hurt is a personal experience which is an inevitable part of life and the book creates understanding of emotions and perceptions associated with them. She says the road to healing can be lonely and confusing with each person following their own path to discover wellness and Roots and All offers guidance on how to deal with emotions and the impact of trauma and hurt.

“The book enables you to get the big picture of what embitterment is and how it impacts people’s health, relationships and wellness. It begins by exploring the root causes of emotions and behaviours associated with traumatic and hurtful experiences exploring the impact of toxic emotions such as pain, bitterness and embitterment,” says the counsellor.

The book Roots and All is based on the research project ‘A holistic wellness approach for dealing with posttraumatic embitterment reaction’ as part of Dr Louw’s PhD in Management of Counselling.

The book Roots and All is based on the research project ‘A holistic wellness approach for dealing with posttraumatic embitterment reaction’ as part of Dr Louw’s PhD in Management of Counselling.

According to Dr Louw, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning and at the heart of this book is the process of creating meaning and allowing for thoughts about purpose, hope and forgiveness. She says this is not aimed at lessening or denying hurt suffered but rather an acknowledgement of the resilience in humans to overcome and thrive in adversity.

Roots and All offers knowledge and practical advice on how to overcome the negative outcomes associated with unwellness and trauma and includes advice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It focuses on the person who experiences trauma but also deals with the impact of these emotions and perceptions on individuals who live and have contact with them such as family, friends and colleagues,” says this counsellor.

Roots and All is evidence based as Dr Louw completed a PhD in Management of Counselling with a research project on ‘A holistic wellness approach for dealing with posttraumatic embitterment reaction’. It creates a holistic, practical approach for dealing with trauma and unwellness where the connection between body and mind is acknowledged.

Roots and All creates hope and systematically prepares the individual for change assisting them on a road to healing, wholeness and forgiveness. People can get rid of issues, limitations and pain of the past and fly higher than they ever did before,” says Dr Louw.