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Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

Dr. Janina Scarlet's book shows how heroic principles can be therapeutic.

Janina Scarlet/used with permission.
Source: Janina Scarlet/used with permission.

My quick review:

Her origin story is strong and her lesson is stronger. In Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma , Dr. Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others. Pain can be power. This fascinating resource can help therapists find ways to open dialogue with clients who are not ready to talk about their own lives, but might discuss the same issues through fictional examples. It is also a self-help book offering guidance for those who have trouble finding a path through life’s troubles. Superhero Therapy is a must-read with a valuable message, and there is no one better to share that message than Scarlet.

Book description:

A hero’s journey always begins with a struggle—what’s yours? For the first time ever, psychologist Janina Scarlet and Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Wellinton Alves join forces to create Superhero Therapy—a dynamic, illustrated introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you vanquish your inner monsters, explore your unique superpowers, and become a Superhero questing for what matters to you.

Haven’t you ever wanted to be a Superhero? Wished that you could have amazing superpowers, such as super-strength, the ability to fly, or the ability to heal people? Or maybe you wished that you could travel through time and space, enjoying the many adventures that you would encounter along the way? Many of us wish we had special abilities to help us navigate through life—especially when super villains like anxiety, depression, anger, or shame make an appearance.

This fun, unique, and “outside-the-box” self-help guide provides everything you need to begin your very own superhero training using evidence-based ACT and mindfulness skills. Within these colorful pages, you’ll team up with a group of troubled heroes—inspired by both fictional characters and real-life people—enlisted at the Superhero Training Academy. By learning to face up to their inner villains and monsters, these characters will inspire you to overcome your problems as well. When you’re finished, you’ll have a slew of new tools you can use—like mindfulness, self-compassion, and values—to help you conquer whatever life throws your way.

Sometimes life is hard, and it takes super inner super strength to succeed and reach your goals. With this fun and unique guide under your belt, nothing will stand in your way.

About the author and illustrator:

Janina Scarlet , PhD, studied at the City University of New York (CUNY) with a focus on behavioral neuroscience. Scarlet completed her postdoctoral training at the Veterans Medical Research Center, where she got an opportunity to treat active duty service members with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, Dr. Scarlet uses Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management. Scarlet also teaches at Alliant International University, San Diego.

Illustrator Wellinton Alves is well-known for his artwork for Marvel and DC Comics, including multiple issues of The Avengers, Spider-Man, He-Man, Nightwing, and many others. He resides in Brazil.

Full disclosure:

Dr. Janina Scarlet is a personal friend, one of the finest human beings I know, and a regular contributor who authors and co-authors chapters in the books in the Popular Culture Psychology series that I edit. In fact, she's the only person other than myself who has written something for every book in the series. Nevertheless, I would not endorse this book so strongly without believing in it.

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