A Trauma and Shock Healing Resource

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Courageous Gilbert is a groundhog with stage fright, no friends, and a bully out to get him. He meets an Old Oak Tree who teaches him a deep breathing technique to calm his anxious body. By practicing what he has learned, Gilbert can confidently present his rock collection to the after-school club, make a new friend, and stand up to the bully.

The award winning book features Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing exercise to help kids think about a situation before they react, reduce tension, and fall asleep more easily.

This book also teaches readers how to feel and express their emotions, identify trauma held in their body and release it to prevent or treat shock. Doing these techniques empowers the reader to stand up for themselves, and feel awesome!

  • "Psychotherapist Regina E. McCarthy has written an amazing book to inspire children and adults with the wisdom of breath, awareness and self expression - an absolute gem which provides a practical solution for even minor P.T.S.D."

    Leighton Clark, L.C.S.W., Trauma & Body Psychotherapist, Creative Transitions, Ltd. & The Midwest Institute for Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Delightful and wise!  This book is a true gift and blessing for children and their parents. It will serve readers into adulthood as self-soothing tools are learned from Gilbert's experience — transforming energies that could have limited his future success and enjoyment of living. A warm, heart-opening, inspired book.

    Nancy Ging, LCSW, Holistic Psychotherapist, Columnist and author of Simplifying the Road to Wholeness
  • "As breathing is the access point to emotions, this book is a great introduction to breathing for healing and wholeness. Regina teaches children of all ages the importance of using their breath to slow down, stay connected to themselves, and know how to respond to life’s circumstances. "

  • "This book is a breakthrough in medical thought for both its elegance and simplicity. Breath work is a critical element in healing, accessing the subconscious where the beginnings of all chronic disease hides. Breath work integrates seamlessly with cranio-sacral Osteopathy and should be taught in all medical institutions. Congratulations Regina, a wonderful book."

    Dane Shepherd DO, Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon
The paperback edition of Courageous Gilbert the Groundhog is coming Summer 2019!    Learn More

About the Author

Regina E. McCarthy is president and owner of Blue Stone Healing Center in the Chicago area. She works with clients at the holistic level, helping them to heal at their deepest level. Regina is passionate about the work she does and feels extremely honored to be part of her clients healing journey. She is married and has three children. Her kids are her heroes because they constantly teach her courage, to be who she is, and not to worry about what others think of her. It takes courage to show your vulnerability. Learn more...
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