Lindsey Hall is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology and was the first recovered bulimic to appear on national television. She has co-authored and edited numerous books on eating disorders, the most recent being The Ritteroo Journal for Eating Disorders Recovery (2013). Lindsey has given presentations on self-esteem and recovery throughout the United States, and from 1990-1992, served as Executive Director of Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (EDAP), currently known as the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Leigh Cohn, who received an M.A.T. from Northwestern University in English Education, is the co-author of several books on eating disorders as well as the Editor-in-chief of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention (Routledge). He is a past-president of Independent Book Publishers of America (IBPA), formerly known as Publishers Marketing Association (PMA), a non-profit trade association of 3,000 publishing companies throughout the United States. He has been a featured speaker at universities and professional conferences throughout the United States and Canada, focusing on the topic of men and eating disorders. In addition to his writing for Gürze, Leigh has had several books published by other companies, the most recent being Current Findings on Males with Eating Disorders (2013). Leigh is also an enthusiastic and talented painter whose work can be viewed at LeighPaintings.com.

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Product Code: SET
ISBN: 978-0-936077-08-6

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ISBN: 978-0-936077-65-9
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Self-Esteem Tools for Recovery

Authors: Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn, M.A.T.


Ten years after they founded Gürze Books, Hall and Cohn wrote this simple, straightforward book to help readers experience their innermost selves—the source of true self-esteem. It is relevant for people in all types of recovery, but especially those concerned with eating disorders.

Included are 20 short, specific tools with easy-to-use exercises, inspirational stories, and relevant examples for learning to gain confidence in making decisions, forgive the past, overcome destructive thoughts and behaviors, and live in a state of love and compassion. No matter what kind of problem you have self-esteem will help you find guidance, acceptance, strength, and love inside of yourself—now and always. In this way, self-esteem is both the means to recovery and the goal.

"The most important part of recovery is recognizing and enhancing our inherent worth. When we practice and learn self-esteem, magical things happen. We love others. We attract good things to us. We 'do the right thing' and if a decision does not turn out so well, we forgive ourselves." — from the Introduction.

Used in several countries around the world, including China, Japan, France, and India.


1 – What’s your problem?!
2 – Your problem has served you well
3 – It takes courage to heal
4 – Our secrets keep us separate
5 – It’s your recovery
6 – Recovery begins when you’re ready
7 – Recovery is an ongoing process
8 – Whatever you do matters
9 – Who are you?
10 – Know where you are going and how to get there
11 – You have to add something if you’re taking something away
12 – Don’t be afraid of mistakes
13 – Acceptance transcends control
14 – Feelings: Are we having fun yet?
15 – Think and speak positively
16 – Face the truth about your family
17 – Be aware of the media’s message
18 – Keep good company
19 – Practice love
20 – Expect miracles


"People who read this book will come away with a sense of what self-esteem is, and will find the tools to help in the recovery-discovery process."
Sober Times

"Positive, upbeat, and practical. We recommend that you add it to your toolbox for your professional work and/or your own personal recovery."
The Eating Disorders Digest

"It inspired my self-esteem recovery immensely. The shortness of the chapter, clear tools, and examples made it very easy to do. I love the way you two write, the words just jump out of the book!"
— Karl E.

"I have been using it with outpatient groups. A 'user friendly' practical approach to recovery."
Jana Alayne Russell, CEDT, Executive Director, Comptreatment, Inc.

"Clearly put. . .The simplicity and straightforwardness of the style and the organization of the 20 'tools' for gaining or enhancing self-esteem make the book particularly useful."
The Small Press Book Review

"Your concise writing style (complete with examples and exercises) is the perfect tool to help students create a healthier sense of self."
—Tracy Mizell Moore, MPH, CHES, Director of Health Services, Tulane University