The Book

Journaling while having coffee

Throughout my life I’ve always had a secret passion for writing. Stacks of journals accumulated over the years line my office book shelves. My first journal dates back to second grade. Back then I wrote about the activities of the day, the weather or the food I ate. Over time the writing became more inspired and more of an expression of my inner world, my relationships, losses, successes, dreams and aspirations.

In college and graduate school, I wrote as a way of communicating ideas, research and different views with others. My career as a psychologist led me down the path of writing extensively about the lives of my clients. Writing always inspires a deeper understanding and connection with my inner world as well as the particular subject about which I write. [click to continue…]


By Randy Kamen, Ed.D.

Loneliness, troubled relationships, failing marriages, serious parenting concerns, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and complicated pain problems. No one escapes being affected by one or more of these serious issues at some time in life. These difficulties can be managed and in many cases overcome. The secret to successfully moving through many of life’s challenges lies in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. At times our own light goes out and can be rekindled by a spark from another person.

What Women Need: The 12 Prescriptions for Gaining Balance and Happiness delivers the most effective strategies for establishing a healthy relationship with oneself, with others and gaining balance in everyday life. These are the stories of courageous women who were willing to put themselves on the line in an effort to find greater inner peace and joy. Each chapter reveals different relevant life struggles that we collectively share as women. This book can save the reader years of struggle in navigating through difficult life experiences.

What Women Need examines key factors for promoting women’s health, happiness and well-being. One of the central premises woven throughout the book is that when relationships thrive, women find themselves better equipped to face life’s challenges and realize their potential. Also, strong relationships and solid support systems contribute to both physical and psychological well-being. If one does not know how to develop and sustain healthy relationships, the loneliness, isolation, and pain that ensue can wreak havoc.

What Women Need teaches specific tools and strategies for navigating the stormy challenges of life’s transitions, losses, and disappointments. This book also provides a valuable, practical guide for women wanting more satisfying, resilient, and fulfilling relationships. Using compelling cases and narrative stories of women who suffer challenges in various life situations, this book explores universal themes of alienation, pain, happiness, and love—with friends, colleagues, partners, spouses, and children. Stories involve women ranging in age from mid-twenties through late fifties.

In addition, this book provides prescriptive advice at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book for easy reference.  These prescriptions highlight the strategies for women overcoming life’s challenges, gaining balance and learning strategies for happiness. The seven prescriptions focus on the relationship with oneself, with others, and the building of a support network. Each chapter’s text and prescriptions help the reader in:

  • Developing a comfort zone with oneself and appreciating time alone
  • Unleashing personal empowerment
  • Transforming relationships through better communication
  • Creating and sustaining reliable support networks
  • Balancing love, work, fun and adventure
  • Saving years of unneeded struggle

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Photos directly above by Laura Bergstein, all rights reserved; Portrait Photography of Dr.Randy Kamen by Janet Wolbarst Photography