Mama, You Are Enough

Mama, You Are Enough : How to Create Calm, Joy and Confidence Within the Chaos of Motherhood

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4.25 (57 ratings by Goodreads)

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Being a mother is a hard, tiresome role that, although not regularly discussed, can often bring up feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, disgust, and embarrassment, or as clinical psychologist and mother Claire Nicogassian Psy. D. calls them, shadow emotions. This compilation of clinical advice and practical strategies guides struggling mothers through understanding these shadow emotions, working on overcoming them and ultimately moving to a place of self-care, where they can enjoy mothering their children once again.

Claire offers readers treatment from a variety of angles, with professional advice drawn from her 20 years as a psychologist, and personal insight from both her own experiences as a mother of four and the stories of her patients who've experienced similar hardships in parenting. The clinical focus explores different shadow emotions, helping mothers analyze the core of these feelings and identify triggers within themselves, suggesting strategies for cooling down, staying in control and working through the negative emotion. Unlike other parenting self-help books that focus on telling women to remain happy and positive, Claire teaches practical solutions, skills and strategies to help mothers move away from being controlled by their negative emotions and anxieties surrounding parenting, and into a place of well-being and balance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 141 x 209 x 28mm | 349g
  • Essex, United States
  • English
  • 1645670694
  • 9781645670698
  • 878,162

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"Being a mom is hard--and most books just set the bar even higher! Instead of giving you yet another long list of ways you could be better at it, Mama, You Are Enough shares the real secrets to thriving as a parent--learning how to manage your emotions and show yourself deep compassion. This is essential reading for all moms. It took me decades to learn the advice I read in just the first chapter!"
--Carley Roney, Founder, The Bump

"Mothers around the world are standing up to say, "This needs to get better"--Claire's book is their rallying cry. It is beautifully written, thoughtfully crafted, genuine, and oh-so-needed. Claire's expertise and gentle guidance combine into a true gift for mothers. This book will change lives."
--Diana Spalding, Digital Education Editor at Motherly (, Certified Midwife, Pediatric Nurse

"Mama, You Are Enough provides the support and encouragement that every mother in the world needs. I recommend this book to every mom I know. Motherhood will always have its challenges, but Dr. Claire's insights, compassion and wisdom remind us that we don't have to go through them alone."
--Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"As a new mom, one of the most challenging things is managing intense and seemingly conflicting emotions. In Mama, You Are Enough, Dr. Claire Nicogossian reminds us that these emotions are normal and okay. Whether we're feeling weepy and sad, exhausted and inexplicably angry, or downright giddy with joy, we are enough--for our kids and for ourselves. Nicogossian gives us the permission we didn't know we needed to feel all these emotions so that we can embrace the experience of motherhood with a full and open heart."
--Christine Organ, Associate Editor at Scary Mommy

A gorgeous and important book. By turns practical and inspiring, with exercises throughout, Mama, You Are Enough embraces a powerful, healing truth: it's impossible for mothers to to feel confident and caring all the time; accepting that with compassion is not only comforting, it's also the key to being a more confident caring mother.
--Dr. Craig Malkin, Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer Harvard Medical School, author of the internationally acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism
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About Claire Nicogossian

Claire Nicogossian Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience. In the last ten years, Claire has specialized her practice in maternal mental-health and well-being. She also founded, and online resource that's helped thousands of parents increase self-care. Claire currently lives and practices in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
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4 32% (18)
3 19% (11)
2 2% (1)
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