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Aaron Dutil

Aaron Dutil

Aaron Dutil is a trained psychotherapist and resilience consultant. He has worked with everyone from teenagers to corporate professionals in his counseling practice. Previously, Aaron received an award in his counseling work with young adults struggling with mental illness. He has been interviewed by journalists as a subject matter expert in the mental health field and written various articles on psychological health. Aaron has been blogging on various mental health and wellness issues since 2010. When he's not working, Aaron enjoys reading philosophy, especially Stoicism and Jungian psychology, training in martial arts and keeping physically and mentally fit in his spare time. Since 2015, Aaron has been living traveling internationally as a digital nomad.

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Success! The Grateful Pessimist sold 15 pre-orders by May 5, 2016, was pitched to 10 publishers, and will be self published.

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The Grateful Pessimist

Start Developing Resilience Immediately

A self-help book for people who don't read self-help books.

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Journalism Self-Help
Washington, District of Columbia
65,000 words
50% complete
2 publishers interested

Chapter outline

Preface: Why I Wrote This Book/Why You Should Read This Book

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Grateful Pessimist

Chapter 2: Building The Road Map

Chapter 3: Cognitive Techniques

Chapter 4: Affective Techniques

Chapter 5: Behavioral Techniques

Chapter 6: Meaningful Work

Chapter 7: Additional Ideas

Chapter 8: The Importance of Resiliency

Chapter 9: Develop A Recording System



Meet the Author

For many years, I have been a state licensed mental health counselor working with people in a variety of settings and struggling with different psychological issues. I have witnessed first hand what happens when people lack psychological resilience.  I now want to share the method I use when I work with my clients. I call my resilience building system the CAB Method . It is based upon sound Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles and specific techniques devised from years of working with therapy clients. 

In my own life, I have experienced various high stress and traumatic situations from working as a police officer to going through a divorce after the dissolution of my marriage. These and other difficult situations and transitions have forced me to search and put together the most effective techniques to build resiliency in one's life and culminated in the creation of this resiliency building system. 

I have field tested this method in the real world with my clients. I have received a lot of positive feedback by many former clients. Do you want to increase your ability to overcome adversity and difficult life transitions? If so, then sign up and build a better you. 

Competing and complementary books

My book on building resilience is inspired by the following books:

Man in Search of Meaning- Victor Frankl

Letters From A Stoic-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People-Steven R. Covey

Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time-Brian Tracy

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy-David D. Burns

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It-Kamal Ravikant


Anyone who has experienced any kind of psychological trauma or struggled with a difficult life transition (i.e. divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, etc.) and needs concrete skills to rebuild their capacity to deal with this adversity, as well as future difficult circumstances.  According to a The World Health Organization in their 2014 publication; Preventing Suicide: A Global Health Imperative, "Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year – that’s one person every 40 seconds." Teaching people the ability to build their psychological resilience could protect them from committing such behavior.

Marketing and promotion

I have written about mental health topics on my website blog since 2010. I have written for other publications as well, such as: Medium, Nomadlist and Quora. I was interviewed by a documentary filmmaker as a subject matter expert on long-term travel and mental health. I am very active on Twitter and have a number of engaged followers, including influencers. I plan to leverage these technologies as well as contact various podcasts for interviews about my book, once it is released. I will also write articles for various psychology/personal development publications on the topic of building psychological resilience.


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  • Update #1 - Campaign has ended May 5, 2016

    Thanks for participating all. I plan to have the book completed by the end of the summer and early copies sent to those who purchased ...

  • Aaron Dutil on April 4, 2016, 11:22 p.m.

    It's ALIVE! My campaign is now active...please spread the work and let's build some resiliency in our lives.

  • Mariana Pimenta on April 6, 2016, 5:16 a.m.

    Hey! Pre-ordered! Can't wait to read it. More success in your "digital future" career!

  • Chris Howard on April 12, 2016, 1:41 p.m.

    Wishing you the best of success Aaron! Cousin Chris & Annie

  • James Laferriere on April 17, 2016, 12:32 p.m.

    Thank you, I can't wait to read this book! I'll start spreading the word because there are so many people who will benefit from your guidance.

  • Pat Burritt on May 3, 2016, 6:06 p.m.

    Looking forward to checking this out!

  • Aaron Dutil on May 5, 2016, 2:53 p.m.

    Thank you everyone for participating in this campaign. I truly appreciate it.

    I am still hard at work on finishing the book, as well as some other projects. I hope to have this book finished by the end of the summer, I will let you know when your copies are ready. I appreciate your trust in me and helping me to complete this book.

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