Where's My Sanity? Stories that Help.

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We all know about those books that put a bounce in your step on the way back from the bookstore or lift you up with anticipation when you download them. The ones that you are so convinced will rescue you from your confusion, unhappiness and agitation - that you think: "This is it! This is how I'm going to change my life!"

But then, real life sets in. Maybe after only three chapters, those books completely lose their luster.  And now, you pass by them sitting lifeless on your bookshelf or unopened on your screen, filling you with dread, serving as yet another painful reminder of one more thing you cannot get to. 

Because even the best programs for change can fail us.  And there is a reason for this: you can't attain more sanity by trying harder to be a better person. It doesn't happen by trying to exercise a more positive outlook, or by working on being happier or more organized, or by letting go more, forgiving, meditating or even trying to nourish yourself better. These might all be great ideas. They may even lead to self-improvement. They just don't lead to sanity.

So, your sanity probably isn't where you've been looking so far.

What leads to sanity, when all reason fails, is this: emotional experiences.  Not ideas.  But emotional experiences.  Where's My Sanity? which has just been released on Amazon and on i-tunes, will show you where you need to go before you can make changes.

In Where's My Sanity? you'll read nine short stories that will show you some of the emotional experiences that have been effective me and my patients. And then, you can start searching for powerful emotional experiences yourself.

In these stories you'll meet people who may be struggling with the same things you are. Like Isabella, who came down with a temporary case of depression, or Angela who was impossibly stuck in a rut. You'll read about Terrell and Rosalia and their problems in and out of the bedroom, and about Mercy, who, at 16 years old, wants to get a tattoo. You'll hear about anxiety and anger, and about frustration and confusion. And about what happened to make things better.

This the book is been endorsed not only by psychoanalytic schools in New Jersey, Boston and New York, but also by the Society of Modern Psychoanalysis and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. But don't let that daunt you. The book, reviewers are saying, is hard to put down.

You will really want to meet the characters in this book. Here are the links.
Where's My Sanity on Amazon

Where's My Sanity on i-tunes



Refreshing! A. Morgenstern

I could not put this book down! It's an exceptional read filled with heart, humility, and humor. What's most encouraging about the case histories presented here is the courage and honesty of the author, a psychoanalyst who shares generously from her own life story as she engages each of her client's unique challenges. What gradually dawns on the reader is that sanity is not a product, it's a lifelong process that essentially requires only one thing: the ability to hear -- ourselves and others. 5.0 out of 5 stars  

A wonderful book packed with gems! Elaine L. Klonicki
Despite the call for increased mental health services and treatment, what goes on behind the doors of a therapist's office is still a mystery to many.

With her stories, Dr. Luiz has opened the doors a crack to give us a peek. But, unlike the "voyeurism for entertainment" model employed by reality TV shows, this is voyeurism with a purpose. Her fictional patients are us; the frustrations and disappointments and anxieties they feel are ours as well.

Her "new method for change" is to allow ourselves to simply experience that which we normally push away from us. Because when we're honest, transformation happens. And it has relevance not just behind the closed doors of hers or any therapist's office, but in our daily lives as well. 5.0 out of 5 stars 

Maintaining your sanity in an insane world is possible.  Eric Rangel-Ribeiro
This is a good read which provides strategies for dealing with depression, anger, family relationships. A book that even if all is well in your world you can learn from. 5.0 out of 5 stars.

A holiday companion. Kim Middleton
I picked up Dr. Luiz's book at the beginning of the Labor Day holiday weekend. A few sections of the book were so thought provoking I had to pause and absorb what was written. After a few such instances, I then found the book rather hard to put down. I particularly like where Dr. Luiz challenged some of our conventional thinking about negativity and sadness. I highly recommend. 5.0 out of 5 stars 

A helpful guide to keeping sane. Susan Kagan
This author's direct and straightforward language describing the problems encountered in her patients is both engaging and sensible on all levels. Observations and interpretations are easily understood by the reader, and there is never a hint of condescension on the author's part. Warmly recommended. 5.0 out of 5 stars 


A helpful and relevant book about change. Rory G Rothman
Dr. Luiz presents case vignettes that can speak to both lay and professional audiences in an easily digestible yet powerful and insightful narrative.

She conveys a wealth of emotional and clinical understanding, reflecting an accomplished synthesis of the art and skill of psychoanalysis. I highly recommend it! 5.0 out of 5 stars 
Insightful and captivating. Julia Moore
As a clinician, I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed reading from both the clinician's and client/patient's perspectives. What a captivating read! I only wish there were more...when is your next book, Dr. Luiz?!  5.0 out of 5 stars 

A refreshingly honest exploration of the struggle to change, and the subsequent journey to insight , in several vignettes.
Aviva Chansky Guttmann , LMSW 
Dr. Luiz offers, in a most honest and profound way, the essence of personal struggle and eventual transformation of several fictional patients in these illuminating vignettes. Not only does Dr. Luiz discuss the therapeutic approaches she utilized but offers honest self disclosures about her own position as the ideal ( if complete detachment and neutrality were ever humanly possible ) detached and objective analyst. 

Dr. Luiz's patients represent a cross section from many walks of life. When reading this wonderful book keep two perspectives simultaneously within your reach to fully benefit from the layers of insight offered- the patient's view, and the therapist's own professional dilemmas. 5.0 out of 5 stars 

Modern analytic techniques illustrated in short vignettes. Psychoanalytic Neophyte "Susanne"
As an experienced therapist but analytic neophyte, I found this book to be a real jewel. Claudia Luiz has found a way to make the concepts and techniques perfectly understandable, while weaving her own struggles and vulnerabilities into the stories. I recommend it highly to analysts, therapists, and clients wishing to get a personal glimpse of modern psychoanalysis from the perspective of this very creative practitioner. 5.0 out of 5 stars 

Read this. Faye Miller 
If you want inspiration for how to achieve new emotional experiences, this is the book to read. Dr. Luiz tells us the importance of finding someone in our lives who can listen and understand as we encounter struggles with ourselves and in relationships. 5.0 out of 5 stars 


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“Claudia Luiz clears up common misconceptions behind the common clichés of psychotherapy.”                           -- Peter Kramer, author, Listening to Prozac


“This is an original, unique voice.”
                                                 -- Russell Bishop, Senior Editor-at-Large, Huffington Post

“This is a new, refreshing voice that speaks with complete clarity and understanding about the way people really experience the world.”
                                                    -- Faye Newsome, Chair of the Board of Trustees
                                                           Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, NYC

“There are so few good mental health-related works that address the audience in a real and meaningful way these days.  Claudia Luiz’s work is so readable, light-handed, and relevant.”
                                                                 -- Mara Wagner, PsyD., Core Faculty
                                                                     Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

“Claudia Luiz's excellent clinical and theoretical constructs are matched only by the eloquence of her style.”
                                                                    -- June Bernstein, Editor
                                                                        Modern Psychoanalysis

“Claudia Luiz understands what leads to mental health, and makes it accessible to readers. This is an important book.”
                                                           -- Jane Snyder, President
                                                               Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

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