Invisible Wounds
A Self help Guide for Women in Destructive Relationships

By Kay Douglas

This compassionate and practical self-help guide has helped thousands of women suffering from verbal and emotional abuse.
If you are living in - or recovering from - a destructive relationship this book is for you.
Emotional abuse can take many forms: ongoing mind games, control tactics, put downs, hostile silences, verbal abuse, paybacks, cutting criticism. It can lead to depression, anxiety, addictions and feelings of confusion and worthlessness.
Since it was first published, this compassionate and practical self-help guide has helped thousands of women suffering from verbal and emotional abuse.
  • With powerful interviews from 50 women this book:
  • Puts into words the confusion and distress of emotional abuse;
  • Explores the impact of emotional abuse on women and children;
  • Offers practical suggestions about how to address the issue of partner abuse;
  • Discusses why women stay;
  • Offers self-reflections questions to help readers make a decision about whether to stay or go;
  • Addresses the healing process after a desctructive relationship ends.
'Kay Douglas has written an extraordinary book Invisible Wounds is the strong wise companion every woman needs who doubts her right to a life free from emotional abuse. Kay Douglas understands suffering. But her own life, and the rich insights she has gathered for this book, show that she also deeply understands love, courage and freedom.'
Stephanie Dowrick.
Publisher: Penguin Books
Number of pages: 266

Living Life Out Loud
22 Inspiring New Zealand Women Share Their Wisdom

By Kay Douglas

'This book is based on the belief that we are all capable of achieving wonderful things. Our dreams hold our hidden potential. They are the bridge between where we are now and where we would like to be. They call us to participate fully in life - to risk, to strive and to grow - and in so doing we discover the courage, strengths and courage we need to live our lives out loud.' - From the introduction.

Living Life Out Loud is a positive and inspiring read, combining facinating first-hand accounts from some of New Zealand's most loved and respected women with practical, uplifting information about the achievement of dreams.
Kay Douglas has interviewed 22 New Zealand women - to learn how they achieved their success. Their stories are sometimes incredibly personal and honest and, as a result, are often inspirational. Their journeys are both inward and outward, and it is surprising how often a spiritual theme emerges.
The 22 wonderful women who shared their inner and outer journey's for this book are: Lucy Lawless, Barbara Kendell, Sue Bradford, Lois Muir, Celia Lashlie, Theresa Gatting, Sonja Davies, Kapka Kassobova, Hinewehi Mohi, Sue Kedgley, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, June Mariu, Judi Grace, Soala Wilson, Sukhi Turner, Leilani Joyce, Sally Synnott, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, Vicki Buck, Jill Mitchell, Barbara Koziarski and Caron Taurima.
A most satisfying read, and very heartening.
- NZ Herald.
Her interviews are like being let into a private conversation with a stellar array of role models, with some intimate revelations.
- North and South magazine.
Foreword by Helen Clark.
Publisher : HarperCollins
Number of pages : 256

Challenged by Childhood
Healing the Hidden Hurts of a Difficult Childhood

By Kay Douglas

Ideally childhood memories shouldn't hurt, but for some of us they do.í Not only does remembering childhood feel bad but the impact of those troubled times continues to disturb, inhibit, shame or otherwise play havoc with our lives. This New Zealand book offers encouragement, comfort and guidance to those with the legacy of a difficult childhood.
Challenged by Childhood:
  • Gently guides readers on a journey of self-discovery and healing.
  • Encourages readers to recognise their resilience and build on strengths.
  • Features the moving and inspiring stories of a 60 women and men.
  • Offers self-reflection questions and exercises for journal writing.
  • An excellent adjunct to counselling.
"Kay Douglas has created a best friend in a book. If you are a survivor of childhood abuse, who is on a healing journey, please take this wise, loving, compassionate book along as a companion." - Laura Davis, author of The Courage to Heal and I Thought We''d Never Speak Again.
Publisher : Speaking from the Heart
Number of pages : 336

Power Games
Confronting Others' Hurtful Behaviour and Transforming Our Own

By Kay Douglas & Dr Kim McGregor

This positive uplifting guide has been written for women who feel caught in power games on either side. It is a book for those feeling powerless or bullied; for those who worry that they may be misusing their own power; and for those wanting to claim and express power with integrity.
Power Games will help readers to achieve their aims while treating themselves and others with respect.
Power Games offers you strategies to help you:
  • Increase your sense of personal power
  • Understand power games within close relationships
  • Deal assertively with people who put you down
  • Address children’s behaviourial problems
  • Confront bullying in the workplace
  • Control your own hurtful behaviour
  • Defuse power struggles and resolve conflict
"...the supportive and practical content of this book incorporates conversations with more than 50 women discussing their situations. This style helps the healing process to begin as the reader is able to identify with others... A positive read which will help you move forward to achieve your aims and treat yourself and others with dignity and respect."
- Best Books
Publisher : Penguin Books
Number of pages : 276