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Local Therapist Publishes First Self-Help Book
By Robyn Patterson - Tuesday Jul 06, 2021
Local marriage and family therapist Christina Hathaway took her professional coaching experience and published her first book, “Don’t Hold Their Poop,” earlier this year. The self-help book that doubles as a workbook provides lessons and activities to help readers process their thoughts and emotions that they may carry throughout their lives with them.

Hathaway, the founder and CEO of Ignite Ambition, provides a unique approach to the world of self-help books by comparing life’s big messes to the silly concept of “poop.” The book is only 60-pages and features fun, relatable graphics.

“I am hoping that the reader is intrigued enough to pick up the book,” says Hathaway. “With a funny and short synopsis about the book, the reader will quickly understand that “poop” is actually the emotions that other people project onto the reader and how the reader can begin recognizing when they have internalized poo.”

Hathaway created the book to make it easy for any reader to conceptualize the concepts of setting boundaries and managing their emotional expressions. Equally marketable to both men and women of all ages and professionals, students, travellers, and trade workers, with chapters called “Pop a Squat and Relax,” readers will instantly be encouraged to not take themselves too seriously.

As a family and marriage therapist, Hathaway described her therapy practices as off-the-cuff and down-to-earth. Her style of therapy has been translated into her writing style in “Don’t Hold Their Poop.”

“My goal was for my clients to leave therapy sessions remembering the shenanigans that came out of my mouth when they were triggered or in stressful real-life situations,” says Hathaway. “Per my client’s account, it worked.”

“Don’t Hold Their Poop,” which is illustrated by Brenna Lundy, is available for purchase on its website, on Amazon in both print and eBook formats as well as local bookstores, The County Seat and Changing Hands Bookstore. The cost is $19.99 for the print copy and $9.99 for the eBook. For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, visit