Coping Strategies by Collette Christopher

In Collette Christopher’s Coping Strategies, professional, London-trained counselor, Collette addresses the issue of coping with unusual stress. She gives real-life examples of how others have dealt with loneliness, death of family members, living in a foreign country, family disputes, and other such examples. The stories deal with such emotions as depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling of being alone, and other such emotions that run high when one is in constant conflict. After sharing each example’s coping strategies, she uses her 10 years of experience and insight to give the reader further coping strategies for dealing with similar stressful situations.

Collette’s expert insight is a wonderful addition to this book. As a professional counselor, she not only has good strategies that aren’t imposing, but knows which ones work for most individuals. I particularly liked that she included people from different areas of the globe, different walks of life, and the way she captured each one’s unique way of handling things.

The layout was easy to follow and quick to the point. She shared enough of their story for readers to get a feel for the person and what they were feeling without losing its scope. Her point of view was mostly objective. Although it’s possible she might have a bias toward her tried and true methods than other strategies that may work as well, I like how at the end she left an open-ended way for readers to send her their individual insights and coping strategies.

My favorite part of the book was that she added possible underlining issues into each story. Although these may or may not exist with each individual, it helps the readers to dig deeper into their own issues to try and find the root of their stress.

My only complaint was that the stories, though each unique, tended to fall in the same typical categories. Although these situations tend to be the most stressful, it would’ve been nice to see a little more variety.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the insight it helped me to see in my own life. I appreciated the non-imposing, open-ended format of the book and would highly recommend it to people who are having a hard time dealing with stress or know someone who is.

Collette Christopher has been married for 20 years to her husband, 10 of which she’s been a student counselor at Christ University Bangalore. On her vacations, the couple travels to Ireland and other countries, where people often share their problems with her.
, professional, London-trained counselor, Collette addresses the issue of coping with unusual stress. She gives real-life examples of how others have dealt with loneliness, death of family members, living in a foreign country, family disputes, and other such examples. The stories deal with such emotions as depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling of being alone, and other such emotions that run high when one is in constant conflict. After sharing each example’s coping strategies, she uses her 10 years of experience and insight to give the reader further coping strategies for dealing with similar stressful situations.

Collette’s expert insight is a wonderful addition to this book. As a professional counselor, she not only has good strategies that aren’t imposing, but knows which ones work for most individuals. I particularly liked that she included people from different areas of the globe, different walks of life, and the way she captured each one’s unique way of handling things.

The layout was easy to follow and quick to the point. She shared enough of their story for readers to get a feel for the person and what they were feeling without losing its scope. Her point of view was mostly objective. Although it’s possible she might have a bias toward her tried and true methods than other strategies that may work as well, I like how at the end she left an open-ended way for readers to send her their individual insights and coping strategies.

My favorite part of the book was that she added possible underlining issues into each story. Although these may or may not exist with each individual, it helps the readers to dig deeper into their own issues to try and find the root of their stress.

My only complaint was that the stories, though each unique, tended to fall in the same typical categories. Although these situations tend to be the most stressful, it would’ve been nice to see a little more variety.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the insight it helped me to see in my own life. I appreciated the non-imposing, open-ended format of the book and would highly recommend it to people who are having a hard time dealing with stress or know someone who is.

Collette Christopher has been married for 20 years to her husband, 10 of which she’s been a student counselor at Christ University Bangalore. On her vacations, the couple travels to Ireland and other countries, where people often share their problems with her.