Did you ever want to be a hero? Have you ever dreamed of going on an epic quest to destroy monsters, defeat evil forces and fly on the back of a dragon?
This interactive new self-help book puts you, the reader, in a fantasy world where every decision you make and every path you take will influence the outcome of your journey.
When the seer Anka spirits you away to the world of Here, you find yourself proclaimed the Chosen One - the hero everyone is relying on to defeat the evil sorceress Mallena before she destroys everything. But you don't feel like a hero, do you?
If you choose to accept this quest, you will have an opportunity to learn the skills that you need and put together a crew of loyal friends and companions to help you with your journey. The skills are based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which has been shown through research to help people overcome depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, addiction disorders and many other common problems.
Your journey will be full of danger, loss and strange creatures, but it will also be full of excitement, adventure and fun, and will let you form life-long bonds of friendship, which no curses can break. This book is your call to adventure, an invitation to be the hero in your own story.
About the Author
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and a scientist at Alliant International University. She is experienced in using ACT to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition, she is the author of Superhero Therapy and has contributed chapters to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology, The Walking Dead Psychology and Game of Thrones Psychology.
'Dr. Scarlet's Therapy Quest is an innovative and fresh approach to taking care of your mental health. It's interactive, insightful and genuinely fun. Readers will be reminded of the choose-your-own-adventure books of their youths, allowing them to be proactive in their quest for self-help, and to be part of a story that promotes healing. I cannot recommend this book enough!' - Jenna Busch, Editor-in-chief, Legion of Leia
'Our life stories can be summarised in certain key pivotal moments. This charming book distils those moments into a small set of choices that science has shown reliably lead to life expansion or life contraction. Structured as an adventure created by the choices made, the reader gets a chance to acquire wisdom far beyond their years by focusing on what is most important: opening up, becoming aware, and moving toward your values. Give it to a young person you love: they may thank you someday for it. Highly recommended' - Steven C. Hayes, foundation professor of psychology, University of Nevada and co-developer of acceptance and commitment therapy
Although mental illness is still often stigmatized, society is finally starting to accept that there's no shame in going to therapy and working on your mental health. Seeing a therapist and reading books by trained professionals can teach you important coping mechanisms, and now, you can learn these skills via an epic fantasy choose-your-own adventure—Anna Sheffer, HelloGiggles
'Scarlet's latest breaks new ground... In Therapy Quest, the author has delivered a self-help program for young readers struggling with their psychosocial demons. As with Scarlet's previous books, the skillsets of this book are based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a respected and empirically grounded program... The cast is likeable; the fantasy is fun; and the tutorials are presented even-handed' - Journal of Youth and Adolescence