"There is a lot to commend in Dr. Sherene Suchy’s workbook In Balance. First, is it’s accessibility; it isn’t shrouded in psychological jargon and philosophical abstraction. Her conversational style of writing and her real stories from real people attract empathy; it touches the heart as well as appealing to the mind. From her vast, hands-on experience, she has developed a great skill in speaking with the idiom of her clients and the reader. Secondly, Dr. Suchy has created a workbook that is simple yet profoundly relevant. Her seven chapters are specific and to the point: there are no wasted words or concepts. Thirdly, in a social world that often over-emphasises materialistic goals, competition and fierce individuality, Dr. Suchy normalises the need for social support and self-care. Certainly her workbook is a guide towards resilience but along the way she helps her clients to develop responsibility, focus and self-kindness.”
Paul Bedson, Senior Therapist, The Gawler Foundation
“Every university student and counsellor as well as those with an interest in lifestyle, health and wellbeing should read this workbook. Dr. Suchy draws on her vast experience in the fields of education, psychology and social work, as well as her rich life experience, to provide the reader with sound and achievable strategies to develop mental, physical, emotional and spiritual balance. The detailed real life examples in the workbook give the reader a rich insight in to the issues faced by students and those who provide support and guidance. Whilst reading the workbook I reflected on my own past and current experiences in the counselling and mental health and wellbeing fields over four decades. I have since used the practical checklists and strategies to develop my own resilience triangle which I intend to use during my own doctoral studies, personal life and ongoing work.”
Len Kanowski, RN, MSc (Mental Health), Master of International Mental Health
- "We are all students of life and need gentle reminders such as IN BALANCE."
Shirley Campbell, DRU Yoga Instructor
- "It's just beautiful. Relational. Authentic. Warm. Accessible."
Social Worker and Researcher at ANU
“Congratulations on your book IN BALANCE - it is such a practical, intelligent and insightful guide for us all, but especially for students. I can see how you have deftly drawn on and synthesized your many, varied life experiences with your professional experiences, as well as your academic scholarship.”
Educator, Arts & Cultural Heritage - Sydney
"I have just finished reading your latest book, IN BALANCE. It has been so good for me to read given where I am currently with my health. So many wonderful clear, simple and practical reminders. You say it like it is, albeit with heart. I needed to be reminded of self care and soothing."
Spiritual Counsellor - Sydney
- “It is very readable with such practical approaches to problems we see very often.”
Academic – Australian National University
"I just finished reading IN BALANCE and thought… it's so obvious... self care is so important but no one shines a light on it like you have. Why is that? I also thought, IN BALANCE has been written for students, but there is such a need for the service providers working with students to be supported through a focus on self-care. With increasing demands on staff and shrinking resources in the Education sector, self care is set to become a clear priority .”
Cultural Diversity Coordinator -- Canberra Institute of Technology