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The Power of Being Heard
The Cost of Unspoken Conversations
by Katy Byrne, M.A., LMFT
"The Power of Being Heard captured my spirit from the very first essay. Katy has a way of pulling me in and bringing me to a time and place in my own life when something like that was happening to me. She has always done that in her TV shows and newspaper features, but never better than in this audio book. This is the perfect bedside listening companion, but be careful, you might wake up finally ready to reexamine your life...or possibly to laugh at yourself."
-Alejandro R. Torres, Video Producer
About the Author
Katy Byrne has been a licensed psychotherapist for forty years in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She has written two books, The Courage to Speak Up and The Power of Being Heard: The Cost of Unspoken Conversations. Katy has been a columnist for a span of over 20 years at Women’s Voices News and currently at The Sonoma Sun. She’s enjoyed hosting radio at KSVY, KQED Perspectives Radio and KVON as well as being a public speaker.
Through wit, depth, psychology, immense honesty and true stories, Katy entertains and moves us to understand the confusing and helpful conversations we have with ourselves and in our relationships. We walk with her through life’s breakthrough changes in lost connections and through relationships that reunite through skilled conversations and radical reaching out. We see through her own experiences and insights the possibility of revitalization, both personally and politically, when we lean into crucial conversations.
Katy has simplified communications skills so that we can remember them. She’s deeply concerned about the anger that permeates our world: “We need a new narrative- real bravery is listening deeply and speaking up respectfully.” It’s going to take each one of us to change the world, not just our leaders or organizations.” Katy urges us to realize the desperate need for leaning into our communities and connectivity, instead of isolating, judging or blaming. Through family, friends, work, teaching children to hear each other, national and international conversation, we can build reconciliation and the wholeness of our systems.
Katy Byrne, MA, LMFT, takes a stand for keeping our relationships cleaned up, to learn from each other and to take responsibility for changing the world by working through conflict with each other. She sheds light on our human urge to belong and how that same impulse makes us avoid, shun and attack in order to protect our territories. Shamed by societies that don’t encourage us to be authentic, we have allowed our own powerlessness, fragmentation and separation. Katy Byrne is passionate about our need to unify. We are each a thread in the giant web of our world.
Cohesion is possible if we stop being complicit in our own dividedness. Our hope is us.
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