Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology

by David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW

Psychology / Self-Help
232 Pages, 6x9
Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Kindle/Mobipocket
Retail Price: US $17.95 (CA $21.95)
ISBN 978-0-9852667-0-7 (paper)
Distributor: IPG / SPU
Publication Date: Feb 2013

IN THIS INNOVATIVE BOOK, counselor, coach, educator, and attorney David Bedrick introduces a fresh approach to understanding disturbing feelings and behaviors. Using examples from the television show Dr. Phil, he illustrates mainstream psychology's tendency to shame people into thinking something is wrong with them. He then debunks many standard protocols and "fixes." Drawing on provocative insights into such topics as dieting, sex, anger, addictions, domestic violence, and more, Bedrick goes on to present a love-based psychology rooted in the belief that there is profound meaning in our struggles, which can come to light when they are compassionately reframed.

Advance Praise

"[A] fun, psychologically educational, and brilliant yet easy-to-read book that dives into the essence and emerges with loving and realistic advice about everyday life."
—ARNOLD MINDELL, PH.D., author of Quantum Mind and The Shaman's Body

"At last someone is taking on Dr. Phil with good sense and good humor…A must read."
—NIKKI GIOVANNI, five-time NAACP Image Award recipient

"A modern-day Walt Whitman, Bedrick sings the beauty of our humanity and exhorts us to do the same…"
—JULIE DIAMOND, PH.D., Coauthor of A Path Made by Walking

"[Brings] us one step closer to creating a beloved community. A breath of fresh air."
—VASSILIKI KATRIVANOU, M.A., Member of the Greek Parliament

"A great advocate for stopping the madness of body hatred and dieting."
—JANE R. HIRSCHMANN AND CAROL H. MUNTER, Authors of Overcoming Overeating

   Photo Credit: Lisa Blair

   Photo Credit: Lisa Blair

David Bedrick, JD, Dipl. PW, is a speaker, counselor, attorney, and teacher. He spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and has taught for the US Navy, 3M, psychological associations, and small groups. He is an expert on the topics of shame, night time dreams, weight loss and body image, diversity and social injustice, and alternative psychological paradigms. David is the author of the forthcoming book Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change (Belly Song Press, 2017). David is a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post and counsels people internationally. For more information, visit