Discover your own superpowers, and be the hero you were meant to be!
Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or trauma? Have you experienced sexism, marginalization, or even sexual assault? If so, each day can feel like a battle. But you do have the strength within you to rise above life’s challenges. Using a unique blend of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and “superhero therapy,” this one-of-a-kind guide will help you get started.
In Super-Women, you’ll find tools to help you explore and process painful experiences, accept difficult thoughts and feelings, and use mindfulness and self-compassion to tap into your own unique superpowers. Alongside seven other heroic women, you’ll learn how to re-write your “origin story” and find compassionate tips and strategies to help you define your own heroic purpose.
Joining you will be notable women from all around the world, who’ve submitted their stories and words of encouragement. These women include writers, such as Anne Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Jane Espenson; actors such as Chase Masterson and Ruth Connell; and comedians, activists, and other women who like you understand first-hand how difficult—yet empowering—it can be to be female in a patriarchal society.
So, if you’re ready to rise from the ashes and join the leagues of super-women everywhere, read this book. You may discover powers you never even knew you had!
“If you remain unconvinced that from our deepest darkness and most crippling wounds springs our brightest light and transcendent strength, for you there are the words of Janina Scarlet. For those who’ve lost faith that recovery from life’s abuses is truly possible, Super-Women will restore you, persuade you the work is worth it, and show you the way to home. Innovative, inclusive, and expansive—this book is for ALL women!”
—Erica Mather, yoga therapist and author of Your Body, Your Best Friend
“In her therapy workbook, Super-Women, psychologist Janina Scarlet leads her reader through a journey of virtual group therapy to create the emotional safety and connection they need to thrive. In it, Scarlet presents a vibrant and diverse cast of female characters whose own healing experiences support the reader’s healing from chronic shame, trauma, and disconnection. Framing pain and vulnerability as portals to compassion and strength—and ultimately their own ‘superhero’ story—Scarlet has masterfully integrated the most advanced narrative and cognitive behavioral techniques available.”
—Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, psychologist, executive leadership coach, author of What You Feel Is Not All There Is, and coauthor of Emotion Efficacy Therapy
“Super-Women by Janina Scarlet is the book you didn’t know you needed—but you do. This book lets women know that it is okay to have emotional needs. I love that this book integrates diverse voices, amplifies women’s experience, and addresses the context in which women live today. Janina’s calm and steady voice invites you into a sanctuary where you can put down—for a moment—your arms, your masks, and just be. And in this stillness, you can find your strengths. I highly recommend it!”
—Lisa Coyne, PhD, founder and director of New England Center for OCD and Anxiety, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Stuff That’s Loud
“Janina Scarlet’s compassion, courage, skillfulness, abundant wisdom, and expertise shine through in Super-Women. Through many super-women sharing both their own personal experiences and their experiences of applying the skills necessary to become a superhero in real life, you too will get the opportunity to experience emotional safety and connection to give you the courage, compassion, and skills to become a superhero yourself in the face of the anxieties and traumas you have faced as a woman.”
—Aisling Leonard-Curtin, chartered psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, codirector of ACT Now Purposeful Living, and coauthor of The Power of Small
“When I finished reading Super-Women, I immediately texted Janina to share my appreciation and excitement for this manuscript. It is beautifully narrated, illustrated, and it does an incredible job blending ACT skills throughout every single page. This self-help book is a resourceful guide for readers on how to shift from painful experiences into personal moments of growth, purpose, and meaning. I hope every reader finds their superhero within!”
—Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD, author of Living Beyond OCD Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD
“Super-Women by Janina Scarlet walks women through a healing journey from building emotional safety to cultivating compassion. This ACT-based self-help book is a must-have for women struggling with the pain of trauma and other emotional challenges in their lives. I will be recommending it to my women clients. It will support them to not simply recover, but to fully engage in growth and meaning as they step forward into values-based living.”
—Robyn D. Walser, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, author of The Heart of ACT, and coauthor of Learning ACT and The Mindful Couple
“Janina Scarlet has provided a map for the journey to discovering your inner super-heroine. With compassionate courage and wisdom, this book will help you navigate the challenges of trauma, anxiety, and depression. Filled with helpful exercises and real-world examples, this book will be an indispensable companion for you as you join the ranks of real-life super-women that have faced dragons and unleashed their power into the world.”
—Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD, founding director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, and author of How to Be Nice to Yourself
About the Author:
Janina Scarlet, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, an award-winning author, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. Scarlet immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve with her family; and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has been awarded the United Nations Association Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for her book, Superhero Therapy. Her other books include Harry Potter Therapy; Therapy Quest; and Dark Agents, Book One.
Chase Masterson is a guest star on The CW Network’s The Flash, which won the E! People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama.” Her upcoming and recent feature film work includes Robotech, The Search for Simon, Yesterday Was a Lie, The Inspector Chronicles, and R.U.R.
Jill A. Stoddard, PhD, is founder and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management, a multisite outpatient clinic in San Diego, CA. She specializes in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related issues. Stoddard received her PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University in 2007. She is an award-winning teacher, recognized ACT trainer, and coauthor of The Big Book of ACT Metaphors. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two kids, and two French bulldogs.