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Dr. Holly Sawyer

Dr. Holly Sawyer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Holly Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist, entrepreneur mindset coach, national mental health public speaker, author and college professor!

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Dr. Holly Sawyer’s background is in mental health, communications, nonprofit management and higher education. Her journey began with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Grambling State University where she studied and worked in TV production, Radio and print Journalism. She was also a substitute high school teacher. When she realized multimedia wasn't for her, she went to graduate school to study Nonprofit Management while continuing to teach. After earning her MPA in Nonprofit Management, she rose very fast in the nonprofit sector as an executive director. Dr. Holly again realized that the path she had chosen led her to a place that wasn't perfectly suited for her and this time, leaving the nonprofit sector to teach in higher education while pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership.

After going to therapy herself and not being able to find a Black therapist while living in Washington, DC for 11 years, she pursued a Master of Science in Professional Counseling. Upon moving to Philadelphia, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Holly has been featured on Philadelphia's Fox News, Bustle, Popsugar, Best Colleges, Psych Central and more.

Although her entrepreneurial journey began at the young age of 11, currently, she is the CEO of Life First Therapy, her solo private practice where she provides psychotherapy to professional Black women helping them navigate their life and career without using substances to cope with depression and/or anxiety when experiencing microaggressions in the workplace. She is also the CEO of the Therapy Loft Collective, an online group private practice with her team of dynamic therapists! She provides clinical supervision to recent graduates seeking licensure and a professional consultant to licensed professionals. Dr. Holly is also an Assistant Professor in Master of Arts and Human Services at Lincoln University.

Dr. Holly is a wife, mother of two teenagers, a national mental health public speaker and facilitates a variety of workshops and presentations on Entrepreneur Burnout, Stress Management, Targeted Self-Care, Microaggressions in the Workplace, Cultural Competence and more. Dr. Holly is a self-published author of "It's Time to Talk About Trauma" and "Get Your Mind Right, Get Your Money Right: The Mental Health Guide for Successful Entrepreneurs" and "It's Time to Talk About Trauma." Dr. Holly continues to expand her knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship and human psychology.
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Targeted Self-Care

Self-care is important, yet defining self-care, particularly identifying critical aspects of self-care has continued to be a challenge. The PEMSS Model will eradicate these challenges by identifying self-care behaviors that are effective for maintaining personal and professional well-being.

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Today, more people are experiencing anxiety, depression, fear, anger, helplessness, and lack of control in their lives for a variety of reasons. Many are also experiencing burn-out. Burn-out was included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon (World Health Organization, 2019). It has not yet been classified as a medical condition or clinical diagnosis partially due to concerns about a flood of request for disability coverage. However, the lack of an official diagnosis of burnout out limits access to treatment, disability coverage, and workplace accommodations (Maslach & Leiter, 2016). The rate of burnout among those employed in the health care field tends to be reported in the moderate to high levels and it is believed that the burnout risk in health care is higher than in the general working population (Maslach & Leiter, 2016). Without implementing targeted self-care, those experiencing burnout will continue to feel exhausted, poor mental health and an overall reduction in efficacy in both their personal and professional lives. There are a variety of burnout triggers so different symptoms require different solutions. Maslach and Leiter (2005) identified six areas of burnout:

1. Workload (too much work, not enough resources)
2. Control (micromanagement, lack of influence, accountability without power)
3. Reward (not enough pay, acknowledgment, or satisfaction)
4. Community (isolation, conflict, disrespect)
5. Fairness (discrimination, favoritism)
6. Values (ethical conflicts, meaningless tasks)

Self-care is always suggested for handling energy depletion, exhaustion, reduced professional efficacy or increased cynicism. Self-care is important because it allows you to maintain your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health. Yet defining self-care, particularly identifying critical aspects of self-care has continued to be a challenge, however this does not have to be difficult when using the appropriate assessment tool and model. The PEMSS model is a holistic approach that focuses on five areas (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual and Social) and properly implementing applicable, direct self-care in these five areas. Using this model will eradicate the challenge of identifying self-care behaviors that are effective for maintaining personal and professional well-being. The key takeaways from this book include:

• Examine the 6 areas of burn-out
• Define Targeted Self-Care
• Understand the PEMSS Model
• Identify your own untargeted self-care patterns and blocks to implementing targeted self-care
• Learn how to develop intentional, targeted self-care with mindfulness

Dr. Holly Sawyer is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in alcohol and drug use disorder. Dr. Holly specifically works with professionals such as CEOs, VPs, Politicians, Major League Athletes, Judges, and Social Media Influencers who experience microaggressions and burnout in the workplace and as a result have a host of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social issues due to using alcohol, drugs, or other types of addictions to cope. She empowers her clients to identify their self-care needs around their burnout areas to implement targeted self-care without using any unhealthy, habit forming substances to cope. Many don’t implement targeted self-care. Instead, they implement self-care that continues to leave them depleted and not rejuvenated and recharged.

Sales arguments

  • Dr. Holly has been featured on Philadelphia's Fox News, Bustle, Popsugar, Best Colleges, Psych Central. Followers: LinkedIn 292, Instagram 2,251 and Facebook 345
  • Over the past several decades, increasing attention has been given to the importance of self-care to practicing psychologists in preventing negative consequences of work stress and promoting positive outcomes such as optimal professional functioning and enhanced well-being (Rupert & Dorociak, 2019).
  • The Harris Poll (2020) conducted an online survey of 2,051 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older and 46% Americans reported struggling to find ways to maintain their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Moreover, 30% of Americans reported a lack of energy, 29% reported difficulty sleeping or exercising less and 47% reported feelings of social isolation.
  • Most (64%) reported being focused on their mental health now more than ever and 44% desired more guidance and support for practicing self-care.

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  • Targeted Self-Care is different because Dr. Holly focuses on 6 specific areas of burnout where you can assess where you are and use the PEMSS model toDr. Holly focuses on 6 specific areas of burnout where you can assess where you are and use the PEMSS model to identify self-care practices that are targeted specifically for your needs versus other books that gives you a list of self-care practices to implement on your own that isn't targeted or help you recharge.
  • The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals by Erlene Grise-Owens Publisher: The New Social Worker Press (March 7, 2016)
  • The Self Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Wellbeing by Robyn L. Gobin PhD Publisher: Althea Press (June 25, 2019)


Working professionals, men and women over 30

Advance praise

"Dr. Holly unearths the questions buried within while giving you a fountain of testimony that lead to a river of solutions. Get Your Mind Right, Get Your Money Right is a workout for you entrepreneur muscle. This raw, real and professional way of explaining her interview experiences, imposter syndrome and how to grow your money trees resonate deeply with me. Entrepreneurship is a mental health journey and Dr. Holly is a giving you all the goods you need to grow holistically." - Forward by Shelly Bell, Influencer, Founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures

"The steps to evaluate if self-care is actually targeted and helpful. The PEMSS model was really great to see each area of wellness represented to evaluate your whole self." P.T.

"I loved the breakdown of the model, which was incredibly useful." - L.C.

"It laid out a clear and straightforward model for assessing burnout, and whether current self care strategies are truly helpful or not. It also presented a model for designing and implementing effective self care practices and supported participants in allowing themselves to be human and have needs." - O.R.

"As a recreation therapist & leisure coach, I appreciated the specification that targeted self care activities are meant to refresh & rejuvenate us. This is different than the superficial activities most folx think of when the over popular term "self-care" is said today. Thank you." - Y.P.

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1106 Design, LLC

500 copies • Completed manuscript.
1106 Design provides book design, production, and publishing services for independent authors who seek all the quality of traditional publishing without forfeiting their rights and royalties in return. 1106 Design provides traditional publisher quality with one-stop, end-to-end services from copyediting to worldwide distribution. We operate just like a publisher with one difference: YOU maintain complete control of your book, your schedule, and most importantly, your payments.

In our model, distribution accounts are set up in your name. When a book is sold, the retailer takes a cut, the printing cost is deducted, and the balance is deposited directly into your bank account, never ours first. The difference can amount to several more dollars per book in net revenue to you. Our most popular package for non-fiction books, 50,000 words and under, including copyediting, cover design, interior layout, proofreading, eBook formatting, and distribution set up in your name is just $7,353. Fiction titles are slightly lower, $6,488.

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Atmosphere Press

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
Atmosphere Press is an independent publisher dedicated to author rights. We publish in all genres and have an exceptional editorial, design, and promotional staff. We stand for Honesty, Transparency, Professionalism, and Kindness. We want our authors and their readers to be blown away when they first hold that book in their hands. It needs to look good inside and out, and feel good to the touch. And, of course, the words need to be top-notch, and our editors are devoted to making that the case.

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  • Linda Brown
    on June 8, 2021, 3:43 p.m.

    Congratulations Dr. Holly, so excited for you and what impact this book will have to help so many people. Many blessings.

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:43 p.m.

      Thank you Linda! Your support and words of encouragement means so much to me. Blessings to you too :)

  • Elissa Frazier
    on June 8, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

    Hi Dr. Holly,

    Excited for the book.

    Love and light,
    Elissa Frazier

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:44 p.m.

      Thank you Elissa! I'm excited for you to read it :)

      Love and peace to you, beautiful!

  • Michelle Kagel
    on June 13, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

    Congratulations! I’m so excited to read your book and can’t wait to share it with clients.

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:46 p.m.

      Thank you Michelle! I'm excited for you to read and share with your clients. I appreciate your support :)

  • Dana Todd Pope
    on June 14, 2021, 5:12 p.m.

    Dr. Holly is whole mood! This book is another step towards the Dr. Holly show!

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:47 p.m.

      Ha lol I love you Dana!!! From one mood and vibe to another with love :) xoxo I appreciate you!

  • Tamika Coleman
    on June 16, 2021, 9:33 p.m.

    Thank you for doing this necessary work Dr. Holly!!!

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:48 p.m.

      Thank you Tamika for being you :) I appreciate your support!

  • Karen Morehouse
    on June 16, 2021, 10:17 p.m.

    Dr. Holly,
    I’m really looking forward to reading your new book!
    Karen Morehouse

    • Dr. Holly Sawyer
      on June 16, 2021, 11:48 p.m.

      Hi Karen,
      I'm looking forward to you reading it :) thank you for your support!

  • Jewel Bowlding
    on June 17, 2021, 1:26 p.m.

    I'm excited to read the book ☺️ and see what I can learn!