BECOMING WHOLE: A HEALING COMPANION TO EASE EMOTIONAL PAIN AND FIND SELF-LOVE
by Bruce Alan Kehr M.D.

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Background

11 Sessions to Help You Feel Hopeful and Happier

Session One: Let’s Talk

“… the human heart is complicated—primitive, filled with dark corners, but with areas of illumination too.”

Perhaps you are in therapy but not seeing results—or, perhaps you have never been inside a therapist’s office, and have no idea what to expect. What goes on in therapy should not be a mystery. In this chapter, I pull back the curtain on what a session really looks like, guide you through what you can (or should) expect from your therapist—and begin to untangle your heart in the process.

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Session Two: Entering Therapy: It Takes Courage to Face Yourself

“We’re embarking on this journey together, with no defined roadmap…”

We live in a society that tells us our problems are ours alone to fix, asking for help is a sign of weakness, and vulnerability should be buried deep within. But these messages inhibit personal growth and connection with others. This chapter will help you open up, identify the feelings and behavior patterns that sabotage your life, and learn how to stop them.

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Session Two Soundtrack:
Talk by Coldplay

Session Three: Take Responsibility for Your Life, at Any Age

“Only by taking full responsibility will you be able to grow as a person and fully experience the richness that life has to offer…”

Do you know someone in your life who has an entitlement problem, or who always places blame on others? How’s that working out for them—or you? In this chapter, you’ll learn how your hidden unconscious feelings of anger and entitlement sabotage your prospects for happiness; and discover how to reverse this pattern, take responsibility, and achieve success at home and at work.

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Session Three Soundtrack:
It’s My Life,  by The Animals

Session Four: Help Your Child Following an Emotionally Disturbing Experience

“In the face of emotionally disturbing experiences such as bullying, betrayal, being cruelly ostracized, and the death of a pet or family member, how does a parent best respond?”

When a child experiences trauma, their lives can be affected forever. Managing PTSD in children can be one of the most difficult tasks a parent can face—but I’m here to help you through it. In this chapter, I will teach you how to become a more effective parent when your child experiences an emotionally distressing event, so that the risk of the emotional crisis being carried forward is reduced.

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Session Four Soundtrack:
Skyscraper, by Demi Lovato

Session Five: Heal an Existential Crisis in a Young Adult

“… in one form or another, there is a loss of an ideal, and what previously provided meaning, guidance, and purpose no longer works and is actively repudiated.”

If your high-achieving adolescent or young adult is starting to rebel or withdraw, they may be going through an existential crisis. What’s most important for their wellbeing is to develop meaning and purpose for themselves—rather than having it foisted upon them by others. In this session, you’ll gain key insights and advice about helping your child through this emotionally distressing time. It contains a workbook guide for your child to use, too.

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Session Five Soundtrack:
Demons, by Imagine Dragons

Session Six: Let Go of Your Child as They Become an Adult

“The challenge we face as parents is to let go yet remain engaged, recalling what it felt like to be young and scared as we ourselves once entered this phase of our journey.”

When it comes time for our kids to leave the nest, finding the balance between letting go and staying engaged can be difficult. In this session, I share crucial strategies to help you understand how to let go of your child as they become an adult, cope with your anxiety and emotional pain, and have them achieve greater independence, take more responsibility and achieve a better life outcome.

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Session Six Soundtrack:
Child’s Song by Tom Rush

Session Seven: What Is Mature Love, and How Do I Find It?

“…we must understand the constituents of mature love, as opposed to an idyllic fantasy.”

How do you create a love relationship that is resilient and unwavering? For many of us, this is one of the most challenging questions we face in life. In this chapter, I will help you to define mature love and explore some of the obstacles that arise in our search for an intimate connection. You’ll learn how to build happier, healthier love relations, and end the patterns that sabotage them.

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Session Seven Soundtrack:
I Want to Know What Love Is, by Foreigner

Session Eight: What Makes Commitment So Challenging?

“Marriage is one of the most challenging of all human relationships. It can also be one of the most emotionally rewarding…”

Marriage and other long-term committed relationships are characterized by highs and lows. If your marriage or long-term committed relationship is in a dark and unhappy place, there is work we can do together. Learn how to determine where your love relationship went off track, how to develop an atmosphere of emotional safety, and how to enable both you and your partner to move toward a more gratifying relationship.

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Session Eight Soundtrack:
The Way I’ve Always Heard It Would Be, by Carly Simon

Session Nine: Recovering from Empty Nest Syndrome

“All too often, the last child leaving for college is a wakeup call, and the couple is suddenly alone at home, facing one other for the first time in many years.”

When your last child leaves the house for good to begin their journey into adulthood, you may feel like you’re stuck in a house with a partner you don’t even know anymore. The empty nest era may provoke an internal emotional crisis and seriously strain your marriage or other committed love relationship. However, there are a number of steps any couple can take to prevent this from happening—I address them in this chapter.

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Session Nine Soundtrack:
More Than A Feeling, by Boston

Session Ten: Trauma and Intimate Relationships

“The after effects of trauma, especially childhood sexual abuse, can live deep inside our hearts and minds for our entire lives…”

How many of us live a life untouched by at least some significant trauma? However, if left unaddressed, our early-childhood relationships and trauma can and will haunt our adult relationships, making it nearly impossible to find stability. In a previous chapter, I discussed how we can manage this trauma as parents. In this chapter, I will teach you how you can begin to manage it for yourself—and how you can recover and feel more trust and closeness.

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Session Ten Soundtrack:

Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood

Session Eleven: Transcending Sexual Abuse

“…a caring and empathetic bond with the therapist is crucial to working through traumatic events without feeling overwhelmed, abandoned, or alone (yet again).”

If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, my heart goes out to you. You have traveled down a harder road than most. Not uncommonly, these experiences have profound effects on the development of one’s Self, and the ability to commit to and trust in another human being. In this chapter I teach you steps that you can take to begin to heal your heart, and improve your love relations.

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Session Eleven Soundtracks:

Blown Away, by Carrie Underwood
Tornado, by Jonsi

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Praise for
Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love

  • “This book definitely offers a lot of hope. I laughed and cried repeatedly throughout Becoming Whole, knowing that I have experienced many of these feelings that you explore, as well as just feeling general empathy and sympathy for the patients’ situations. The questions at the end of each session are really insightful and allowed me to be really introspective in examining my life, and especially in determining whether or not to look into therapy for myself or my loved ones.”
    Elizabeth R.
    Age 29
  • “Becoming Whole takes a new track in providing insights into the therapeutic process. Instead of it being a psychoanalytic mystery, the process of what the therapist is trying to help the patient accomplish is spelled out explicitly. Cogent case examples are given that further clarify the therapeutic interactions. These are in the setting of a holistic approach that also includes medicines, vitamins, and other adjuncts. Together, these provide an excellent road map toward wellness.”
    Robert M. Post, M.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine, Head of the Bipolar Collaborative Network, and former Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • "Becoming Whole is best described as a 'pocket therapist.' By sharing optimistic and compelling patient stories, personal reflections, and practical tools, Dr. Kehr literally becomes our “Companion Advisor” and provides a highly readable framework for understanding and solving many of the common problems we face throughout our lives. Weaving together self-help, psychotherapy, and medication, this book is a must-read for anyone striving to become whole and to create a more fulfilling life.”
    Harry L. Leider, M.D., MBA
    Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President of Walgreens
  • "Becoming Whole feels so personal, as if I’m sitting and talking with the doctor in his office. I love the vivid, real cases in which we can find ourselves, the step-by-step tactics to do something, and the songs to go with each lesson. It’s an emotional, visual, and auditory feast that adds a tactile hug to complete one’s transformation to wholeness. My brain is on fire with new energy about what it means to be human."
    Scott Halford
    Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author of, "Activate Your Brain"
  • “Becoming Whole takes a new track in providing insights into the therapeutic process. Instead of it being a psychoanalytic mystery, the process of what the therapist is trying to help the patient accomplish is spelled out explicitly. Cogent case examples are given that further clarify the therapeutic interactions. These are in the setting of a holistic approach that also includes medicines, vitamins, and other adjuncts. Together, these provide an excellent road map toward wellness.”
    Robert M. Post, M.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine, Head of the Bipolar Collaborative Network, and former Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • "My family is one of the millions who has a loved one with a mental disorder. Becoming Whole gave us game-changing, life-saving strategies that helped all of us. Dr. Kehr, who is as empathetic as he is brilliant, delivers on his promise to be a healing companion. The book is destined to become a classic."
    Mary LoVerde,
    Hall of Fame Speaker and Author of, "I Used to Have a Handle on Life but It Broke"
  • "Becoming Whole is an insightful, accessible, powerful and revealing self-help guide for therapy in which psychiatrist Bruce Alan Kehr M.D. artfully uses patient stories to illuminate the challenges we face in untangling our hearts. Because these challenges shape the way we experience ourselves and our lives, Becoming Whole is not only a healing companion, but a valuable life companion as well."
    Steve Sidel
    Founder & CEO, Mindoula Health
  • “A sensitively written guidebook full of engaging case histories and thoughtful action steps that empower readers to find their own solutions to difficult matters of the heart and mind. This book is invaluable for anyone seeking solace from pain.”
    Leslie D. Michelson,
    Author of, "The Patient’s Playbook"
  • “Dr. Kehr’s book should be lauded for providing strategies that alleviate biological and psychological factors underlying human suffering, and should be required reading for any young adult as a road map on the real life ahead of them, as well as for anyone wishing to expand their situational awareness.”
    Francis Mas, M.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine
  • “This powerful book will take you on a guided tour to the deep inside of your heart. Bruce Alan Kehr is an experienced and empathic companion on this journey. He encourages those with a tangled heart to answer the key questions of their emotional lives and shows an effective way to becoming whole again. I will share this book with many of my patients and just can`t wait for its international distribution!”
    Marcel G. Sieberer, M.D.
    Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Hannover (Germany) Medical School
  • “A renowned thought leader in the field of psychiatry, Dr. Bruce Kehr succeeds in demystifying the most complex challenges we face as humans, offering empathy and understanding as well as thoughtful and practical solutions for building the relationships and lives we deserve. This book belongs on every bed stand to serve as a ready resource as well as a helpful reminder of the hope and possibilities of a future when people care for and take care of the people around them.”
    Denise Brosseau,
    Author of, "Ready to Be a Thought Leader?"
  • "If you are suffering from the aftereffects of having been bullied, manipulated, controlled, neglected, or abused, then this book is for you. Becoming Whole offers innovative strategies to bring the emotional peace you long for. I highly recommend this book.”
    Sam Horn
    Author of six award-winning books translated into 17 languages, including: "Take the Bully by the Horns" and "Tongue Fu!" Sam Horn is also a top-rated speaker at the INC 500/5000
  • “Becoming Whole is an outstanding book written by an expert in the field of mental and emotional health. Dr. Kehr’s empathy and passion for helping patients is channeled into this well-written and thorough self-help guide. Becoming Whole teaches the reader how to put oneself into the shoes of the patient and then use that perspective to provide comfort and advice to others. Becoming Whole uses patient stories to provide the reader with valuable tools to help others and to live a more fulfilling and pleasurable life.”
    Michael Koffler
    President and CEO of Genomind
  • “This book definitely offers a lot of hope and feelings of relatability to most of the patients that you outline (everyone has felt ashamed, embarrassed, sad, disheartened, etc). While some of the patients’ circumstances are extreme, the general ideas and feelings of the patients are universally relatable. I laughed and cried repeatedly throughout this book, knowing that I have experienced many of these feelings that you explore, as well as just feeling general empathy and sympathy for the patients’ situations.” “I love that you have questions before and after the main story is revealed, priming the reader to think about certain things when reading your view on sessions with your patients. The questions at the end are really insightful and allow the reader to really be introspective in examining their lives, and especially in determining whether or not to look into therapy for themselves or their loved ones.”
    Elizabeth Riggins (age 22)
    College Student
  • “I found the self-help questions to be very useful. I actually found myself asking how my life related to these questions. It really made me think hard and even led to discussions with my wife at times since I had certain questions on my mind. I would say these self-help questions were a success for me because it got a conversation going. I think that is one goal of this book and it was accomplished with me. These questions really do open your eyes and get you thinking about ways to possibly change aspects of your life for the better.”
    Terry Vinston
    Age 29

About the Book

“Becoming Whole is best described as a ‘pocket therapist.’ Weaving together self-help, psychotherapy, and medication, this book is a must-read for anyone striving to create a more fulfilling life.”
—Harry L. Leider, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Walgreens
“Becoming Whole gave my family game-changing, life-saving strategies. Dr. Kehr delivers on his promise to be a healing companion. The book is destined to become a classic.”
—Mary LoVerde, Hall of Fame speaker and author of I Used to Have a Handle on Life but It Broke
“Becoming Whole feels so personal, as if I’m sitting and talking with the doctor in his office. I love the vivid, real cases in which we can find ourselves, and the step-by-step tactics to do something. It’s an emotional, visual, and auditory feast. My brain is on fire with new energy about what it means to be human.”
—Scott Halford, Emmy Award Winning Writer and Producer and Best-Selling Author of Activate Your Brain
“This book is invaluable for anyone seeking solace from pain.”
—Leslie D. Michelson, Author of The Patient’s Playbook

Ease Emotional Pain. End Aloneness. Find Self-Love.℠

Filled with warmth, empathy, and hope, Becoming Whole systematically teaches you how to ease emotional pain in your life and in the lives of those you care about. Powerfully illustrated by “sessions”—stories of patients in treatment—and for the first time unveiling what goes on inside the heart and mind of a psychotherapist as they heal a patient’s tangled heart, Becoming Whole is devoted to helping

  • Someone suffering from emotional distress that just won’t go away
  • Patients in treatment who have not fully recovered
  • Anyone wanting to improve their love relations

Insightful, powerful and revealing, Becoming Whole is not only a healing companion, but a valuable life companion as well.

Proceeds from your purchase of this book will be used to help victims of child abuse.

About Dr. Bruce Kehr

Author and national award-winning psychiatrist Bruce Alan Kehr, MD, is the founder and president of Potomac Psychiatry (PotomacPsychiatry.com) since 1981. Washingtonian magazine awarded him their Top Doctor designation from 2012 to 2017. In 2016, the magazine named him The Face of Psychiatry in their ”Faces of Washington” issue. Dr. Kehr serves on the Board of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania and served as its chairman from 2006 to 2009. The readers and editors of PharmaVOICE selected him in 2007 as one of the 100 Most Inspiring and Influential Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Dr. Kehr received training in psychiatry at Tufts New England Medical Center, where he was chief resident; in neuropsychiatry at the VA Boston Healthcare System—Jamaica Plain; and in psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He practices psychiatry and psychotherapy using the biopsychosocial model, designed to evaluate and treat the whole person by understanding each individual’s unique genetic, biological, psychological, social, and life-stage attributes.

Dr. Kehr lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Barbara, a psychotherapist. They have two daughters: Melanie, a family and immigration law attorney who represents battered and abused women and children and immigrants seeking asylum, and Lisa, a psychiatric nurse practitioner graduate student.

Why You Need
Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love

“Helping others brings me enormous joy. During my 40 years as a practicing psychiatrist it has been my honor to help thousands of patients ease emotional pain, end aloneness, and find self-love. While it has been a great privilege to be placed in a position of such trust, one of my deepest sources of frustration has been my inability to alleviate the suffering of greater numbers of people. The constraints of distance and time once seemed insurmountable. And so I write a weekly blog, and have written a book, with the hope that it will enable me to reach out and help many more people. Perhaps even you and the ones you love. If you suffer from emotional pain that just won’t go away, feel alone at work or at home, suffer from low self-esteem, or endure challenging love relations, read my blogs and my book. I wrote them for you.

– Dr. Bruce Alan Kehr

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