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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Amazing

So helpful and amazing insights into your own self help and growth.
It’s definitely one of best best modern books for personal development.

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Awesome content

The content is impactful & a path forward toward self healing. However, the audio needs to be fixed, it’s quite hard to listen to

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Good content but didn't like the narrating

Enjoyed the subject of the book, took a lot away from it I can relate and implement in my own life but the narrating was pretty hard to listen to. Very monotonous, robotic almost. A pity because it could have been a very engaging and emotive book to listen to if it was narrated well.

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This book changed my life

If you only ever read one more book for the rest of your life, let it be this one. I’ve been seeing psychologists on and off for 10 years, most of which has been in the last 5, and I have never felt like I had true clarity on why I feel and act the way that I do as an adult. Enter this book, whose explanation I resonated with more than anything else before. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, my soul, my mind, and my inner child. Big love.

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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.
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  • Isabeau Joubert
  • 07-04-2021

Life changing book!

Loved the genuinely good advice. Thoughtful and thought provoking. I will revisit this again and again to find focus and inspiration to change. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-2021

LIFE CHANGED!

Wow, wow, wow! You have changed my life, thank you for sharing this with the world! Simply incredible!!!!

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  • Shrusti
  • 14-03-2021

Informative Content

Very detailed explanation of all the topics! 👍 Quite insightful wisdom shared 🌸 Lot of ah-haa moments experienced!

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Corrina Starr
  • 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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  • MissKTLady
  • 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 Codlin
  • 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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  • Debbie King
  • 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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  • 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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