Consultations with Rhonda Findling: Individual and Support
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Powerpoint slide show of Rhonda and her brother growing up on Long Island that was presented at her reading/booksigning event for her memoir A Jewish American Princess Dethroned at the Long Island Museum of Art in Stonybrook September 13, 2009
A Jewish American Princess Dethroned
A Memoir by Rhonda Findling
It was the late revolutionary 60's: the era of civil riots and anti-war
demonstrations. Rhonda Findling's father walked out on his family and moved in
with another woman and her children. He chose not to pay child support, which
left her family impoverished. This is an inspirational, true story of a young
woman's journey to reclaim her self after the loss of her father's
"Rhonda Findling has re-enthroned herself by writing this beautiful forthright memoir: A Jewish American Princess Dethroned. Out of a troubled family - especially one with an irresponsible abandoning father as well as a panic-stricken mother - Rhonda eventually emerged miraculously gaining the ascendancy in her life, and became a highly respected professional psychotherapist as well as a successful published author. She did this largely because of her intelligence, and with an iron will to stay cohered in the midst of an incoherent environment. She also made and kept an irrepressible, irrevocable self-promise to succeed. This book is an essential reminder that the human spirit to never give up is still quite alive even in the face if significant emotional and physical privations. Rhonda's life reflected in this book is a testimonial to optimism itself, and to the love of life."
- Dr. Henry Kellerman, Ph.D., ABPP. (Psychologist/ Psychoanalyst, Author of Dictionary of Psychopathology; and, The Psychoanalysis of Symptoms)
"I can personally relate to the childhood life of poverty Rhonda experienced in her memoir A Jewish American Princess Dethroned, The example of her mothers' personal situation, and the profound disappointment of a father who seemingly was not interested in living up to his responsibilities. I cried when I read "I would never have to need a man for money, never", as it mirrored words I remember expressing to my own mother when I was only ten years old "I will never need to rely on a man for money, I swear I will learn how to make my own living".
As well, the way Rhonda expresses her feelings around her father, the bad memories faded over time, burning out, allowing the good to remain. I felt the same way after my fathers' death...it makes me feel that bad or negative things about a human being die with them, and the good remains behind. Surely, it takes a lot of time, allowing yourself to feel the feelings, negative, neutral and positive, to move forward into a new chapter in life!!!
I believe that it took a lot of courage for Rhonda to share her candid life story; no doubt her life experience has contributed tremendously to her brilliant insight with respect to troubled relationships between men and women; as well as her expertise in helping women develop the skills and insight in "letting go".
When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!!! As a person who can relate to many circumstances and experiences in the memoir, I her writing style and expression captured my thoughts, feelings and emotions perfectly.Brilliant!!!"
- Janet Weber