Japan Today Article

Twitter has allowed me to ‘meet’ people all around the world including the Editor of Japan Today an English language newspaper in Japan.  What a stroke of luck!  He kindly allowed me to send him a press release and then printed it!  I feel very honoured and absolutely thrilled to know that people in Japan know about me and my self help ebooks.  How marvelous the internet is for all of us!  It’s life changing for me!

Here is what was printed in Japan Today:-

“New Help for those with nowhere else to turn…

Tokyo – Domestic violence, rape, bullying, depression and alcoholism are more common in relationships than we care to think.  They are all issues most women don’t ever dare speak about, even to their mothers or closest friends.  But the wall of silence often surrounding them means many people have nowhere to turn for help they desperately need. 

Psychotherapist and Author, Susan Jane Smith, recognizes this is a problem potentially facing Japanese society, among others.  Her self-help book, “Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth” offers practical, sensitive guidance on dealing with these taboo subjects and many forms of emotional pain. 

( It is now available in Japan for the first time via http://Amazon.jp./gp/product/B005FFTNEY)

Subtitled “The View from the Therapist’s Office”, the book also includes chapters on love, parenting through divorce, stress and bereavement.  Smith has over 20 years’ experience as a psychotherapist in the UK and the USA.  She has counselled thousands of women – and men – in ways of coping with all manner of emotional challenges, both within and outside marriage and relationships.

“Nothing shocks me,” she says.  “But I know how difficult it can be for people to speak openly about things like domestic violence or abuse, particularly in non-Western cultures.  My book is designed to help them confront and manage all sorts of types of emotional pain.  This pain needs healing before a person can have the emotional wealth required for a happier life, hence the title of my book.”

“If you feel you can’t speak to anyone about your emotional problems or you just want to better understand how to deal with them, then “Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth” will give you support and guidance.”

Smith’s other self-help book “Pre-Marital MOT: A Relationship Inspection” is also now available in Japan.  It is designed to enable betrothed couples to assess their relationship before the wedding and to highlight and hopefully address potential emotional problems.  As Smith states: “Marriage is so much more than just the ceremony.”

Pre-Marital MOT: A Relationship Inspection” can be downloaded from Amazon on http://amazon.jp/gp/product/B005LSD62A

 Personally, I am very grateful that Japan Today published this information so if you know anyone in Japan please share it with them. 







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My Twitter followers number over 1800 now and many are following, I suspect, because I am open about being a survivor of incest, rape and domestic violence.  My childhood suffering has driven a need within me for knowledge and understanding.  I’ve read all the self help books I could and I re-trained to do counselling when in my thirties. I trained as a divorce mediator also.  I’ve spent over twenty years looking at other people’s lives as well as my own.  You can find out more about me in my Amazon Author Bio and on the About Me page of www.EmotionalHealthForEmotionalWealth.co.uk

One theme runs through a lot of my observations:  domination.  It does not need to be as severe as abuse.  It can be as subtle as not saying what you actually want.  It may be that one person in a relationship controls the money and, therefore, can chose where the couple live, what they eat, clothes they wear, and where they go.  This is an unbalanced relationship.  One person has more control than the other.

Negotiating a win win is the most equitable style of living togther so you both get some of what you each want. In a compromise, each person has to give up something to get to the middle, so negotiation is the best way forward.

When a persom is dominant it is being driven by fear and their inadequacies and an inability to cope. They usually have poor communication skills and those could be improved if the dominent person had the incentive to do that work.  In my opinion, counselling and personal growth is the only way forward.  Sadly for many who are dominent their very fears (particularly of change) keep them trapped and unable to seek help.  Frequently destroying a relationship – so sad.  Further, not a good example to any children of the relationship.






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Creating Healthy Emotions!

Did you know that this website (www.EmotionalHealthForEmotionalWealth.co.uk) has a sister site in the making?  We recently delivered our draft to the designer for www.HealthyEmotions.co.uk and it will launch within the next few weeks.  My business partner (Elaine Barnes) and I are very excited about this project.  We are intending to bring audio material to people with dyslexia and those people who have similar difficulties with reading.  The focus will be on emotional issues because that is where our expertise lies – we are both experienced Counsellors..

Thus, I have been reading the e-book Like A Virgin by Richard Branson to see if I can learn to think like an entrepreneur!  I admire not only his business expertise, but the fact that he thinks “outside the box”.  The more research I have done into dyslexia the more it appears that thinking differently to other people may well be a hallmark of someone using dyslexia to develop creative solutions.  Just because a person did not fit into the conventional educational system does in no way mean that they are stupid.  Being a square peg in the round hole of academia may be uncomfortable and alternative learning found.

Since Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group of businesses) is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, what he has to say about business struck me as appropriate learning for me.  My bachelor’s degree is in business management, but from 1985, so well out of date!  Tips that I have learnt from reading Like A Virgin:- take calculated risks, be willing to change your mind or direction if something isn’t working, focus on the future – don’t dwell on mistakes, bring talented people together, communication is key – listen to customers and staff.  Above all have fun!

There is a lot of other knowledge in Like A Virgin so I would thoroughly recommend you purchase a copy for yourself if you are in business.

Watch my blogs at www.Goodreads.com for more of my thoughts about what Healthy Emotions Ltd. can learn from Virgin!

Please contact us at Healthy Emotions if you are dyslexic or have a loved one who is dyslexic.  We would like to hear from you about your experiences.

Email:  Susan@HealthyEmotions.co.uk or Elaine@HealthyEmotions.co.uk




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Hypnotic Gastric Band

Paul McKenna has just brought out a new book with a CD and DVD.  I believe it is excellent and will revolutionise the world!  It’s for sale on Amazon ISBN 978-0-593-07074-1 for just over £8.  So much cheaper than surgery and pain free!

I was a Psychotherapist for over 20 years (see my training and experience on the About Me page).  Now I am a writer of self-help books – check out my Author Bio on Amazon (20 e-books and 3 paperbacks).  I have also struggled with my weight all my life.  I’ve been up and down and overweight for the last 30 years.

I have used Paul McKenna’s other work – especially to help me lose 2 stone recently.  Now I am delighted he has done this latest book.

At 61 years old and 5’3″ I weighed 16 stone 6 lbs and had type 2 diabetes.  Enough was enough and I knew I had to take responsibility for my body and my health.  It’s been a bumpy two years since then.  I managed to get myself off insulin (I had bad insulin resistance) and all diabetes medication by reading a book I found on the internet “Diabetes without Drugs” by a pharmacist, Suzy Cohen RPh.

When I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was told that it is a degenerative disease I lost the will to live.  I felt defeated.  The NHS unwittingly took away my hope.  The doctor and the diabetes nurse specialist didn’t do anything wrong – they were simply following the system and current thinking.

When I decided to change my life it was because of the internet.  On Twitter I kept glimpsing the idea that if you lost enough weight you could get rid of Type 2 diabetes.  I still don’t know if this is true or not but I decided it was worth a try.

Recently, if I understood him correctly, there is a surgeon on the TV programme “Weight Loss Ward” that believes the NHS could save millions of pounds (money & fat that is) by providing more weight loss surgery. It would reduce the drug bills.

I won’t have any proof that Paul McKenna’s hypnotic gastric band works until April when I am due for my  next set of blood tests and diabetic review.  I will blog again then with the results so watch this space!

I have decided to tell the British Prime Minister and the Health Secretary about the hypnotic gastric band now just in case they want to order some research on the subject.  I am not very hopeful.  I am also about to send out a  press release internationally just in case this could help obese people all over the world.  I have no financial connection to Paul McKenna – I just think he is on to something that could improve people’s quality of life.

What I can tell you so far from my personal experience is that my stomach simply does not want me to eat more than half a cup or 2 oz of nutritious food.  This is a massive change in my portion sizes so that alone would improve my weight over time.

If you cannot believe it could work please do some independent research for yourself into hypnosis and trance logic and at least read his book.

Paul McKenna worked with Dr Mark Cohen an Endocrinologist who specialises in treating obesity.  I am willing to bet that the system they have come up with is revolutionary so why not give it a try if you are overweight?  What have you got to lose?


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They Wear Western Style Lounge Suits!

This picture shocked and disgusted me.  I came across it by accident in the comments on the Facebook page for Southall Black Sisters.  Please take a look for yourself to see what the person said about the Military acting with impunity in India.  I find this barbaric.

I was on that Facebook page to find out about the demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in London which does not seem to be reported by the UK press (7th January 2013).

I went on to try to email the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, with this photo but the form would not go through.  I sent the photo to the Indian High Commissioner in London so if you think you could say something about your feelings about rape and the photo above, his email address is:  hc.office@hcilondon.in  The High Commissioner is Dr. J. Bhagwati.

I sent the photo to Mr Hague the Foreign Secretary for the UK.  Filled in the form for the Prime Minister to know about this too.  Mr Hague can be contacted by emailing: haguew@parliamentuk

I also sent the photo to the world press including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Reuters.  I a wrote to Janet Street-Porter because she is a journalist/presenter that I admire.  The photo also went to a woman’s magazine in India -Feminina.  Further to ‘Loose Women’ an English tv programme.

I will be tweeting about this blog – will you?

What can you do? Apathy is not an option because this is an international issue for women.  It is not acceptable to just close your eyes and say I cannot make a difference – you can.  Also don’t think that this is just a problem in underdeveloped countries…horrific abuse happens to women in the UK and the USA and Europe.

Rape is a crime of violence not sex.  It is perpetrated by inadequate men who think it will make them feel better through the illusion of power, control, domination and humiliation. Not all men rape.  Some men get raped.  This is an issue for all civilized societies.

Today a friend wrote to me eloquently about this and I repeat it here with her permission:

“Because countries like India are making great strides economically and because many of their educated classes speak excellent English, we tend to lose sight of the fact that the country is light years behind The West culturally and sociologically.  This also applies to most countries in the Middle East [and I would suspect Africa, China and Russia].  The fact that their men wear smart western-style lounge suits does not make them civilised by our standards.

Globalisation has brought such matters to the fore, but I think we are deluding ourselves if we think things will change [and I would add - without media pressure].

So-called multi-culturalism in the UK is turning the clock back here as far as women are concerned.  The UK government should do more to stop arranged marriages, ‘honour’ killings, and other barbaric practices that continue in a country where women have equality by law.  The government is far too lenient and certainly should not bow to the Muslim lobby that wants Sharia law to prevail over British law in certain circumstances.

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By Susan Jane Smith B.Sc.


Forget ‘Dancing Queen ‘ (song by Abba) I think I’ve become the Self-Help Queen now that my 23 books/e-books are for sale on Amazon!

I am a survivor of incest, rape, domestic violence and the miscarriage of my baby.  I spent 3 years in counselling in the U.S.A. and turned my life around personally and professionally.  I re-trained.

Over 20 years as a Psychotherapist and 5 years as a Divorce Mediator followed.  Now I am writing self-help e-books to help other people.  I hope my books will inspire you to change your life if you are sad, angry, stressed, depressed or unhappy.

My 17 e-books in the Little Book Series of Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth were written to give you a starting place – some basic information and support.  Through Amazon they are selling world-wide:  U.S.A., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, India, Brazil, Japan, China and via http://www.Amazon.com in Australia and New Zealand.

If you read self-help books please check these out:-

Sexual Abuse & Incest

Physical & Emotional Abuse Hurts the World as Well as The Child

Rape Not Sexual Assault

Charming Men and Chauvinists (about domestic violence)

What Passes for Passion on TV (about loving too much/obsessing)

Walking on Egg Shells (about anger)

My Drinking Isn’t A Problem!

Feeling Down?

Parenting Your Way Through Divorce

Food and Thought

Superwoman Does Not Exist (about stress)

Loss is Part of Life (about bereavement and other loss)

Why Walk Into a Therapist’s Office?

What Every 16 Year Old Needs to Know About Love

How a Functional Family Might Look Like

How Not To Be A Doormat


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Profile Update! Social Media Takes Time!

Well, I have had a busy few days updating my profile on www.Goodreads.com, www.facebook.com/EmotionalHealthForEmotionalWealth.co.uk, Linked In, and have still to do Google + and Twitter!  I have also got my website designers to update my website so take a look at the store page in a couple of days – it should show 23 books for sale by Christmas!

Updating my biography has taken the longest and I am publishing the updated version here too just in case you want to know more about me!

I have been motivated by authors like Louise Hay, Susan Jeffers, Susan Forward, Rhonda Byrne, and Paul McKenna.  Now it is my chance to inspire positive change in other people.  I turned to books to learn about how to heal and create a happier life.  As a survivor of incest, rape, domestic violence and the miscarriage of my baby, I went against my family norm and undertook counselling to sort out my feelings.  I turned my life around and hope that you will be able to gain some insight and support from my self-help e-books.

After a career in admin I gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in my thirties.  I then re-trained because I felt that there had to be more to life than pushing paper around!

I was a Psychotherapist in private practice from 1987 until 2009.  I was born in New Hampshire, U.S.A. and because of my English Mother, I grew up in Lydney, Gloucestershire, England.  I returned to this area and live with the tranquillity of the beautiful Forest of Dean.

Previously, I had a successful counselling practice in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England for 17 years.  My professional education comes mainly from the U.S.A. where I was awarded a degree in Business Management and went on to study for a master’s degree in community psychology.  My Father died and I returned to England with my Mother.

I was also a Divorce Mediator for five years with the Family Mediators Association and a Professional Practice Consultant for the U.K. College of Family Mediation.  I bring that broad range of experience to my books “Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth” and “Pre-Marital MOT: A Relationship Inspection”.  See the About Me page of my website: www.EmotionalHealthForEmotionalWealth.co.uk for more information about my training and experience.  Both of these books are currently available in paperback from my website or via the book stores.  Both are Kindle e-books, available on my website also, and are e-pub available for other e-book readers via the major retailer’s on-line book stores in the U.K. and the U.S.A.

My latest book “Hugs & Emotional Wealth Change the World” is about how people can be kinder to each other using hugs and take personal responsibility for their quality of emotional wealth by understanding themselves better.  Thus the individual’s efforts will change the world as more people take care of themselves and thus others and the world in general.  Please do take a look at this book for all our sakes and especially for those of your children and grandchildren.

My Little Book Series of Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth are re-packaged sections from the original book formulated as e-books.  They allow people to purchase information about specific topics and see what I have to say about them!  Amazon now offers:

Sexual Abuse & Incest

Physical & Emotional Abuse Hurts the World as Well as The Child

Rape – Not Sexual Assault

Charming Men and Chauvinists

What Passes for Passion on TV

Walking on Egg Shells

Worry Doesn’t Fix Anything

My Drinking Isn’t a problem!

Feeling Down?

Parenting Your Way Through Divorce

Food and Thought

Superwoman Does Not Exist

Loss is Part of Life

Why Walk Into A Therapists’ Office?  (Journey, Benefits and When Therapy Won’t Work)

What Every 16 Year Old Needs to Know about Love

How a Functional Family Might Look

How Not to be a Doormat

I would like people to stop and think about their relationships and would love people to feel empowered to create an emotionally wealthy world!





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Women Be Warned – Charming Men Can Have a Dark Side

A man who makes a woman feel great about herself is very seductive.  It feels wonderful to be that woman.  The trouble is that somewhere down the road you will realise that your self esteem was poor in the first place since you needed that man to make you feel good about yourself.  Then if he takes that away you can plummet to the depths of despair if you are not careful.  Ever been in this situation?  I certainly have, repeatedly, until I figured it out!

When a woman’s self esteem is good she has a solid sense of who she is and what she wants from life.  She no longer has to accept what other people give her.  That is the best place to be and if you are not there do go to counselling until you get to that good place please.

The connection for me between a charming man and a chauvinist is control issues.  What a charming man does is use that charm to get all that he wants and when he does not get his own way you may find that he quickly becomes Mr. Nasty and spite-full.  That is because his self esteem is poor and underneath the facade he feels inadequate and probably is emotionally inadequate.

A chauvinist is also into control because he believes men are superior and thus should be in control.  Obviously, since I believe women are equal and different I cannot agree that we should be in a one-down position.

Want to know more about what I think about living with a controlling man or in a domestic violence situation?  Read my latest Kindle e-book “Charming Men and Chavuinists” £1 from Amazon or go to the store page of this website: 


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Dyslexia – Does it Affect Your Life?

A colleague, Elaine Barnes, and I are just setting up a website called www.HealthyEmotions.co.uk for people with dyslexia and for their family, friends, employers etc.  We would love to hear from you if you are dyslexic or have been affected by it in someone you know.  Please email us:  Susan@HealthyEmotions.co.uk

We have also set up a Facebook Page called Healthy Emotions so you could contact us via that too if you prefer.

You can follow us on Twitter:  Elaine Barnes @HealthyEmotions

What we would like to hear from you is how it affected you because it seems every person’s story is slightly different.  We want to know what would be useful to you and what emotional impact it has had on you.

We are therapists and therefore we are coming at this project from an emotional perspective – has low self esteem been an issue for you, lack of confidence, frustration because other people don’t understand?  Whatever it is we want to know about it please.  You do not have to disclose your name if you would prefer not to do so.

Also, would having an “agony aunt” be useful for you – to have someone who will listen to how you feel?

In the meantime I’d recommend a book by Michael Ryden “Dyslexia:  How Would I Cope?” ISBN 978-1-85302-385-9


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E-Book Publishing Adventure

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.James has sold brilliantly and yes, I am jealous that my book Emotional Health For Emotional Wealth is selling slowly.  What I wrote as a Psychotherapist is the polar opposite of the ‘mummy porn’ which includes sadomasochism in Fifty Shades.  My husband wants to know why I don’t write books like that as they make money – well, I would not dream of it, because what you read affects what your mind is willing to tolerate in real life and, in my opinion, Fifty Shades opens women up to tolerating abuse in their sexual lives.

This promped me to take a second look at what Rachel Abbott (author of Only the Innocent) wrote as a guest blog on www.AuthorsElectric.co.uk  (30 July 2012) about marketing e-books.  My paperback of Emotional Health for Emotional Wealth sold at Foyles and Waterstones so I investigated how to get the e-book sold there too.  It already sells on www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.co.uk as well as on this website www.EmotionalHealthForEmotionalWealth.co.uk

Waterstones came back to me saying that I needed to work with one of the content aggregators that they use: www.eBookpartnership.com (Mint Associates Ltd.) or Easy Press Technologies (www.easypress.com).  Rachel Abbott speaks well of her experience with eBookpartnership on their website so that is who I will probably use.  They also have the advantage of including Barnes & Nobel and Ingrams in their ‘stable’ of distributers/retailers.  Further, Gardners Books Ltd. (a major UK distributor) work with them which opens up 77 retail possibilities including Tesco, Foyles, and Hive.  Of course, Amazon & Apple are places where eBookpartnerships send your e-book too.

Waterstones require VAT registration and I have not done that as my sales do not warrant it yet and I hate the thought of the paperwork.  That is where using a content aggregator helps because they are VAT registered and there is VAT on e-books I understand!

Waterstones require an ISBN connected to the Enhanced Service of Nielsens.  This is available via eBookpartnership for a yearly fee.  As a small publisher I could buy Nielsen’s Enhanced Service, but for now at least the eBookpartnership option is a smaller upfront cost.  Waterstones apparently will not deal with Lulu nor Smashwords so whilst I have published one of my e-books via Smashwords they don’t look so good an option now if I want the broadest of marketing possibilities.

I’ve read the contracts from eBookpartnership and they do make it clear that whilst they can ‘push’ the information about my book out to their retailers, those retailers have their own approval process prior to listing me on their websites.  What is worse, the retailers control the price they charge for my e-book and if they decide to discount it my royalties shrink.  Still worth the risk?

I think Matt Horner of eBookpartnerships has been clever in the format that has been  created for this enterprise – they get their fees upfront so they cannot lose.  Hats off to them.  EasyPress Technologies and Smashwords take commission on sales, is my understanding, so that might be a more effective system for authors.  I simply cannot agonise over the options!

It is not enough to write a book or e-book – you do have to be willing to market your work through press releases, book reviews, book signings (obviously for paperbacks not e-books), talks to groups of readers, use Twitter, Google +, Facebook, Linked In, www.Goodreads.com, forums, and as many places to tell people about your work as you can find!


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