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Welcome! I'm so excited that both my books, How to Like Yourself and The Resilience Workbook for Teens are now available, published by New Harbinger! I had a blast writing both of them. I hope you get something out of them that can help you be whoever you want to be, and achieve whatever you want to achieve! The books go great together, or can be worked through separately, too.

My writing journey started with How to Like Yourself. Why did I write this book, you ask? Well, when I was trying to find a good book to refer the students to on the topic of how to like yourself, I noticed something missing in the current self-help book selection – all the books that talk about this kind of stuff talked about LOVE. That's a big step to take when starting off any relationship. How to Like Yourself starts off where YOU start – at the beginning. Everyone knows that “like” comes before “love!” So I started writing some material to get students started on this idea, and it eventually turned into a book! I hope it helps people bridge the gap as they learn more about their relationship with themselves. As you read through it, you will learn about many of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in our modern world: forgiveness, confidence, rejection, and more. These building blocks are the keys to the most important relationship you will ever have - your relationship with yourself!

For my second book, The Resilience Workbook for Teens, I wanted to add a little something extra to the ideas and activities found in How to Like Yourself . I realized how hard it is for many young people to come in to counselling sessions or receive help (for so many different reasons!), so I wanted to do what I could to help make some of the ideas and exercises that I work through with people available on an even bigger scale. The more people that can get this kind of help, the better! Many of these exercises are step-by-step, word for word, what I work on with young people (and people of all ages!) in one-on-one sessions. I wanted as many people to benefit as I could reach, as I know I can only see so many people one-on-one in my practice (and I am so often full or on a waiting list!), so hopefully this can help reach and help even more people. When you put these two books together, you have a beautiful start to your self-growth journey.

Besides writing, in my spare time I love spending time with my golden retriever/lab mix, Darwin, and his Australian Shepherd and Keeshond mix sister, Kiara. We rescued them both as puppies - Darwin is now 9, and Kiara is 3! Now, when I say "we rescued," I mean my husband Andrew and I. Andrew and I were married in the summer of 2013. He’s an amazing guy :) We met in high school and now live together near Waterdown, Ontario. I also spend time at the barn with my horse, Sunny, whenever I get a chance. On weekends and evenings, I love hanging out with friends and family, particularly when it involves sushi or nachos. Prior to focusing solely on my private practice and my writing/speaking, I also worked as a counsellor/therapist at the University of Guelph for three years, and previously I worked as a counsellor at Sheridan College for almost four years prior to that, with a background in teaching, too. I also am working on a third book (very exciting!) that will be coming out in the Spring of 2020 - I’m very excited!.

I’m so glad you stopped by this page and I would love to hear more from you! You can follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, or email me at


Cheryl M. Bradshaw

P.S. Don't forget to check out my blog, including Surviving Self Help Books: 5 Tips!

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