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Publisher's Summary

As a clinical psychologist, Dr Nicole LePera often found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. Wanting more for her patients - and for herself - she began a journey to develop a united philosophy of mental, physical and spiritual health that equips people with the interdisciplinary tools necessary to heal themselves. After experiencing the life-changing results herself, she began to share what she'd learned with others - and soon The Holistic Psychologist was born. 

Now Dr LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world. In How to Do the Work, she offers both a manifesto for self-healing and an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, authentic and joyful life. Drawing on the latest research from a diversity of scientific fields and healing modalities, Dr LePera helps us recognise how adverse experiences and trauma in childhood live with us, resulting in whole body dysfunction - activating harmful stress responses that keep us stuck engaging in patterns of codependency, emotional immaturity and trauma bonds. Unless addressed, these self-sabotaging behaviours can quickly become cyclical, leaving people feeling unhappy, unfulfilled and unwell. 

In How to Do the Work, Dr LePera offers listeners the support and tools that will allow them to break free from destructive behaviours to reclaim and recreate their lives. Nothing short of a paradigm shift, this is a celebration of empowerment that will forever change the way we approach mental health and self-care.

New recording by Courtney Patterson.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Nicole LePera (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Computer generated/robotic reading of the book

I am so disappointed by the reading of this. I follow Dr LePera and had been looking so forward to this book. This is unlistenable though and I wish someone had told her it was for the best if she let someone else perform the narration. It is robotic and the tempo is disjointed and it almost sounds computer generated - it is utterly passionless which I know from watching her videos, is not reflective of her work.
I sped the book to 1.5 and it helped but have returned and will wait for the paperback to be available in Australia.

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Poorly executed

Dr LePera has been exponentially successful in connecting with an audience via her instagram account The Holistic Psychologist. Within the IG platform Dr LaPeras' evocative quotes, breakdowns and topical subject matter have struck a chord with her core followers. I am someone who has subscribed her account for some years and enjoy her snapshot insights into human relational nature and behaviour. This book I feel has not translated well into either a narrative, a self help book or a scientifically backed manual for those seeking to heal (a somewhat cryptic concept) or understand their own patterns of behaviour.

For a pHD I would have expected a much more rigorously edited and scientifically presented case towards self 'healing'. Yoga, mindfulness and somatic work have been established for 30 years within certain psychology sectors by pioneers such as Dr van der Kolk, Dr Pat Ogden and Dr Peter Levine. These practitioners have groundings in protocol and somatic techniques which I feel would be better discussed than the ad hoc approach presented in this book. Perhaps the argument of omission would be this not appeasing her target audience but Dr LaPera rarely if at all references any evidenced based practices or protocols within her approach. When she does make reference to published content it is almost without exception a disposable quote with limited context (Dr Gabor Maté as an example; who's name is mispronounced repeatedly).

Furthermore this book serves as testament to drive home a self narrative around Dr LaPera's perceived poor treatment as a child and adult child of an outwardly functioning family with dysfunctional internal dynamics. I use the word perceived because the accused(s) within her book (to my knowledge) have not been given recourse or a voice to provide their version of events or offer any defence. Rather than healthily consider the autonomous adult decisions that might have contributed to Dr Lapera's somatic symptoms and CNS dysfunction, Dr LaPera repeatedly reiterates her narrative without apparent insight into her own behaviour as an adult. I found this both challenging to read and frustrating from a point of what I understood as her own self imposed sense of determinism. I don't believe this is a message that offers hope to survivors or offers any real value, I am concerned in some cases it may promote apathy.

I truly believe Dr LaPera is attempting to help her audience on a level she herself found some level of comfort, I find her instagram platform the most useful to that end. I would strongly caution anyone with significant pathology or trauma to not invest in this book.

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  • 16-03-2021

Computer altered narration difficult to follow

The pace and pronunciation of the narration was unusual, robotic and difficult to follow detracting from the book content.

Given the heavy subject matter, which talks to a lot of the shortcomings in our upbringings, a less stern, gentler, non computer altered narrator voice would be easier to follow and more motivational.

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Narrated by a computer!!!

Gutted I wasted my credit on this! It's computerised/robotic!!! Want my money back! Can't listen to it!

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Amazing book

Thank you for listening to your readers and having the book re-narrated. I almost returned it as it was up listenable but grateful to have held off.
The content is so valuable, it would be helpful to have the activities on PDF for practically when “doing the work”.

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Needs PDF of the notes

I really loved this book but it would be helpful
To have a PDF of the “ do the work” notes as it’s hard to write while listening.

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Great content but narration needs to be fixed

I love Dr Nicole’s work and have been waiting for the book with excitement. I’m really enjoying it so far and getting used to the narration which is a bit slow (I find 1.3x speed works quite well). I’m a few chapters in and I think the narration is improving. The content is great!

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Great content

Loved the content!
Three stars because I believe the pdf should have all the Journal prompts and reflections. It is a complete pain to have to listen, pause and write then repeat every few seconds to write out the prompts so that I can do the practical parts of this work.

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Great book! - Better PDF Required

I absolutely love the book and love Dr Nicole LePera's work
The audiobook has been great though I had to purchase a hard copy, I found it very hard to follow the prompts from the "how to do the work" section in each chapter. It would be great to include these in the PDF as we see in other audiobooks.

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  • 03-05-2021

Had to return book - performance was just awful

I wanted so much to be able to listen to and learn from this book - unfortunately the narration is awkward and robotic and super slow and I tried really hard to listen thinking that the author would find her groove but after 1 hour just had to give up. Such a shame given how engaging she is when I see her talking in online videos. Maybe try the sample before you buy or get the kindle edition and read it for yourself. I wish I had checked the reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon AU before I bought it as they were more helpful than the ones on Amazon.com

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-2022

Opened Many Doors for Me

This book has been the grounding to me exploring so much more with other books too such as 'The Body Keeps Score'. I am healthier, I am wholer, I have less anxiety, I am more understanding and I am happier.

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  • AW Kapp
  • 02-03-2022

Reading it Again and Again and Again!

This book will be read Again and Again and Again!
Nicole is now one of my favourite writers and healing coaches!
Life changing!!

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  • Riaana Kirkpatrick
  • 02-01-2022

audio book.not working

I struggled with this audio book enjoyed 1 quarter and then the audio stopped

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-12-2021

The most life changing book for self healing

This book is everything I thought it would be and more! The practice guide at the end of each chapter ties in beautifully with Nicole's FSJ practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-2021

My experience in a book

Thank you Dr Nicole LePera. So much of this book sounded like it was written just for me. So glad I finally got to listen to this book that was strongly recommended by my psychologist. Definitely going to listen to it again. The struggle is difficult but the notion that you have to do the work every single day is a reminder to keep taking control, build self trust and not give up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-2021

saved me...

I am presently going through the dark night of the soul and found this book extremely well rounded into the journey of the inner self. I found Dr Nicole on Youtube 3 years ago and have been a follower of her work. Thanks for such an in-depth look at the nervous system, inner child, emotion patterns and attachment styles. I honestly am grateful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-2021

WOW

Thank you Dr Nicole for sharing this book with the world.. Not only did I learn about myself but it's going to help me tremendously with raising my twins as a single mom - Thank you

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  • ursuladesign
  • 26-04-2021

How to heal guide....

In my case, it was a guide that brought all the knowledge I was acquiring over last year's.
I ended up again in a narcissistic relationship. Now I know it was due to me growing up with a wonderful, very talented mother who suffered from schizophrenia and suicide herself as a result.

I had many others very traumatic experiences but I wanted to find a way to relieve the iner pain and live and create a happy, peaceful life.
I wanted to be able to recognize the triggers and manage them whenever the anxiety and pain was arriving.

Self-observation, reading, learning more and more. Self-evaluation, self-healing.... this book combined it all!!!

Now I see how important the 5 years of our childhood are and how it shapes our beliefs, personality, and future choices.

How empowering to know we can reprogram our inner beliefs, work on our subconscious level and live a happy life enlightened and in a harmony with ourselves, nature and others.

My energy goes to all of you who feel the need to connect again with the inner, bright light we all have in us.

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  • Shenaaz Moos
  • 23-04-2021

Mind Blowing 🤯 + Soul Evolving 🌀

I have always been a Dr Nicole fan and didn’t hesitate to buy her first book. It’s so insightful and makes difficult teachings easy to grasp. I plan to use it when I teach my own online course on Healing Your Inner Child & Reparenting, as well as Befriending Your Ego.

I would recommend this book to my therapy clients, friends and family looking for authentic connection with themselves and their Lives.
Just love love love ❤️ ❤️❤️

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  • Miss LAE Clapp
  • 11-03-2021

Audio sounds off

I really want to listen to this book, but the audio sounds disjointed and I can't bring myself to carry on listening. It's nothing personal, as I know it's read by the author, who I respect and admire - and I really want to listen to this book!!

I've even tried speeding up the audio, which makes it's slightly better, but the tempo still sounds off. Not sure if I'm ultra sensitive or if other people also have this complaint... (I don't have any issues with accents on screen or in person! But I have had this issue with a couple of other non British audios). It would be great if audio books had a couple of different listening options maybe??

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  • 13-03-2021

Really really hard to listen to

I agree with all the sentiments on here-I was really excited for this book and love Nicole’s content but the way she is reading the book is really off-putting..I can barely listen. The sentences have no flow and I cannot follow what age she saying. I will have to buy the book. It needs to be re-recorded

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  • 11-03-2021

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The audio is robotic & impossible to follow. So disappointed as I am sure it would have been a great listen.

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  • BeautyObsesssed
  • 11-03-2021

Audio sounds robotic?

I’m sure the content of this book is amazing and I’ve been excitedly waiting for it for ages...but the audio is awful! It sounds robotic/computer-generated. Is it just me?

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  • Washers
  • 12-03-2021

The sound is terrible

The audio is awful. Computer read. You can’t listen to it after a few minutes.

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  • Katherine Zoe Calleja
  • 14-03-2021

I want to love this

The audio is absolutely terrible, it's such a shame as I think the content will be amazing but I just can't listen to it..

I think Nicole LePera is amazing but could not recommend this audio version, sadly.

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  • G1008
  • 12-03-2021

Awful audio - takes away from valuable content

This audio is awful! It takes away from the valuable content of this new book.
Such a pity that a different voice wasn’t used. This audio sounds robotic & jerky and novice and doesn’t flow at all. I would recommend buying the paperback which thankfully I have.
Feel I’ve wasted an audible credit

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  • SeaCat
  • 22-03-2021

Terrible narration

I absolutely LOVE Dr Nicole, her content is gold dust. But I really think a professional voice artist should have done the audiobook. I think her team have let her down by not levelling with her about this. Dr Nicole, you are WONDERFUL and such a huge force for good in the world. But I think this audiobook can be better. (I say this with love, it is not my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings.)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2021

It sounds automated rather than conversational

I’m really excited for this book but I can’t get beyond a couple of minutes listening to it as it sounds so robotic I will buy a hard copy instead and will look forward to taking the wisdom from there

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  • Debbie
  • 12-03-2021

b9ok is very triggering! no warnings either.

not suitable for anyone not qlready going through tjerapy as very triggering for trauma survivors

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