Powerful Healing Resource for Parents and Educators Helps Children Overcome Shock and Trauma

Gilbert is a friendly, active and ambitious young groundhog.

But just under the surface, Gilbert is facing challenges no one should have to deal with: stage fright, no friends, and a bully out to get him.

For Gilbert, school is an exercise in put-downs, humiliation and embarrassment.

Then one day everything changes.

Courageous Gilbert meets an Old Oak Tree who teaches him a very special technique that will calm his anxious body and make him think about his circumstances in a different way.

At first things don’t go so well, but Gilbert doesn’t give up. He practices and applies what he learned, and eventually things turn around.

He is able to present his rock collection to the after-school club, make a new friend, and even stand up to the bully—all thanks to a newly discovered confidence he didn’t know he had.

This 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.

Courageous Gilbert learns how to face those fears in a fresh new way, using the simple yet powerful technique you will discover in this transformational book.

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  • "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 November 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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