"Connie Greshner’s book, Borderline Shine, is an inspirational roller coaster ride detailing a bright and resourceful woman’s path to recovery and liberation. Greshner writes in succinct, clear prose, describing a childhood marked by trauma, upheaval and years of struggling with impulsivity and emotional storms that people suffering from borderline personality disorder will surely relate to. Like many people with these challenges, Greshner’s incredible strengths kept trying to shine through, only to be obscured time and again. Her tenacity, compassion, and drive to help others gradually won out, and she was able to devote her career to helping others with mental health problems and establish a life worth living. I highly recommend Borderline Shine as an inspirational, honest, and intimate story of resilience and recovery."
Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator, Clinical Science Department of Psychology Simon Fraser University; President DBT Centre of Vancouver Inc.
"The book is a valuable insight into mental illness, and a reminder of human fragility. That Connie Greshner remains vulnerable is clear in her blog, where recent entries document events and feelings as the Pandemic closes in. What matters is that now she recognises the symptoms and knows how to deal with them. I wish her well, and I thank her for giving me the opportunity to listen to her story."
Phyllis Reeve, The Ormsby Review
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"Greshner focuses on her slow recovery from complex childhood trauma, and how she uses her experiences to now help and relate to clients at her job as a therapist. She breaks the secrecy around trauma and advocates for a non-judgmental response for people struggling with mental health. In saying that, the audiences that may benefit from this book are mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, therapists, and psychologists, as well as sociologists, doctors and those struggling with their own mental health and trauma. This book is also for those who do not struggle with mental health, for a reader who cannot relate to this story in any way the hope is that they develop compassion and learn that mental health is not to be stigmatized. “Borderline Shine” is a pleasure to read, emotional, engaging, and informative. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the field of mental health."
Canadian Journal of Family and Youth - Paige Murdoch
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"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in real stories about personal development, finding meaning in life, and working through trauma to realize one's potential. "Borderline Shine" is an interesting read for students of psychology and sociology, as it opens a window into how challenging life can be and the importance of a supportive network in combating mental disorders and recovering from severe trauma."
Canadian Journal of Family and Youth - Kamille Sandberg
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