Self-care by building resilience

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Through her many years as a therapist, author Deborah A. Kearney observed how people are often emotionally depleted. Because she believes that greater emotional reserves can help one to better cope with stress, she started using the metaphor of “Sand in Your Sandpile” (published by Balboa Press) for self-care to build emotional resilience. She also wanted to make basic psychological concepts and practices available to anyone.

This easy-to-use book shares with readers concepts on how they can build emotional reserves through nurturance and comfort, self-esteem and empowerment. It examines what keeps them from doing the self-care they know they need. Using stories and metaphors, Kearney examines life attitudes that influence one’s ability and willingness to take care of oneself. The collaboration with Kearney’s daughter using her artwork makes this book extra special. She also plans to offer seminars using the concepts and framework of the book.

“This book as well as the seminar speaks to this basic issue we all have – building resilience so we can better cope with life,” Kearney points out. “It is practical, accessible and relevant. Plus the book’s artwork is wonderful!”

“Sand in Your Sandpile” is about love and respect toward self and others with the goal of building a psychological immune system. Kearney hopes readers will keep this book and come back to it not only because they find the concepts useful, but also because her daughter’s artwork draws them in. She also invites people to a “Sand in Your Sandpile” seminar in Savannah, November 14, 2015. More information is available at

“Sand in Your Sandpile”

By Deborah A. Kearney, Ph.D.

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 74 pages | ISBN 9781452588667

E-Book | 74 pages | ISBN 9781452588674

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Deborah A. Kearney, PhD, a practicing psychologist for over 30 years, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia in 1982. Her commitment to people’s healing led her to create this workbook as a way to expand the reach of healing psychological concepts. Her admiration of her daughter’s talent led her to incorporate her daughter’s artwork conceiving of the project as one they could create together.

Emily Kearney-Williams, who has been an artist since age two, is now a college sophomore and has won numerous awards for her drawings and paintings, including some of the ones in this workbook.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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