HOW DO I LOVE THE SELF-ESTEEM SHOP? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!!
Full disclosure, I am happy and proud to call the owners of the Self Esteem Shop my very good friends. In fact, I have gotten to know them over years and years of attending conferences and doing book-signings. They also publish some of my monographs so we have lots of business and personal relationships.
I remember meeting Deanne at a conference in 1982 or so. She made an impression on me with her depth of knowledge about books. We had hours of conversations about books: What professional books were needed, what was selling well, what kinds of books children liked the best. I also have a love of reading and it was fun to meet a kindred spirit. As time went by, I was intrigued by how much Deanne knew about her business. A brief story:
I love tuna fish. When I prepare it, I put in special, secret ingredients and I take my sweet time. I always make it in a special bowl and I serve it only to my very special friends, once they have revealed a true love of tuna fish (not what usually goes for tuna fish in delis… a little fish in a massive wad of mayo!!!) How does this relate you ask?
Well, Deanne is like me and tuna fish with her books!! She thinks of them as little treasures, she treats them with respect, she knows them inside out, and she’s excited by them. She loves to serve them to special people who express their love for books or people who want to help a particular child with a particular problem.
One of Deanne’s other fabulous traits is that she is able to quickly identify whatever you might need. I remember once having a therapy session with a child who had just menstruated and was scared to death. Deanne sent me a great book on menstruation the next week that I was able to review with this child. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had unique needs: A child with developmental delays, a child with a mentally ill parent, a child with selective mutism, etc. etc., and Deanne knows what I need. She’s read most of the books she recommends and can quickly differentiate between two books that are similar. And if this was not enough, Deanne has one of the best Spanish libraries around. This is a great resource for us all.
Deanne takes feedback really well. She is receptive to the needs of her customers. And in case you don’t know, she is one half of a dynamic duo: Harry is her one true love. Harry is quite the hard-working partner in this business who loads all the books in and out of the truck, drives countless hours to conferences and workshops, and has a quick and efficient way of selling during very crowded conferences. Together, they are like Batman and Robin! Or Superman and Clark Kent. Or Wonder Woman and Robin. You get the picture.
On a more serious note, I also want to encourage you to support the Self Esteem Shop not only for all the reasons I mention above (unique customer service and depth of knowledge are standouts) but because this is a privately owned small business and we have to make room in our Amazon-ridden culture, for the little businesses to thrive. All the electronic media is hurting the small book-sellers but nothing more than the fact that we frequently turn to Amazon to buy our books. I like Amazon too but I limit my book-shopping to the Self Esteem Shop because it matters to send a message to the small business owner that what they do matters. It’s different, it’s priceless, and it matters. That’s my two cents.
I am a fan of Deanne and Harry and the fabulous business they’ve worked so hard to build and keep strong. This holiday season, if you think of giving gifts worth giving (books), think about them first.
And have a wonderful holiday season and may 2016 bring us all good health, a more stable world with creative solutions to peace, and a healthier environment for us and the future generations.
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My first experience at the Self Esteem Shop has me wanting to go back right now for more! As a new clinician, I found the owner of the store to be so knowledgeable and helpful in helping me select some new toys for my play therapy toolkit. She also went above and beyond to assist me in picking out some books that are perfect for some of the little ones I'm working with. I will definitely be back, probably after my next paycheck! 🙂
This store is AWESOME! Any and everything you need concerning the human service/helping profession. But, not only for the clinicians but the clients as well. This is a store that I love to visit. And, the prices are competitive as well. DeeDee (the owner) is very knowledgeable and must of read every book in the place. Also a great resource for teachers... I can't say enough great things about this store. Please go, visit, and shop. You'll be so glad you did.
The sand tray kit is sooo AMAZING!!!!!! I could not be more happier with the finished product and the computer pictures did not do it any justice at all. The collection was so well balanced and in tune to the population we serve here at Safe Shores. I can't wait to begin using the miniatures with my clients as I know this will truly help unlock the door to hope and healing for so many children and parents.
Thank you for all your efforts in selecting pieces that captured my personality while meeting the needs of the clients I serve. This is such an extraordinary starter collection and truly your calling!
P.S. My colleagues and Executive Director were also extremely impressed and blown away by the collection so don't be surprised if you get more inquires about creating similar collections for Safe Shores in the future.
I would not be promoting the Self Esteem Shop if it was not a wonderful resource and if the people behind it were not so amazing and special to me. BUT THEY ARE! When I reflect on the book recommendations from Self Esteem Shop, they have been perfect and so powerful in my work healing clients. Those who know me know that I am passionate about the things I believe in. I love you, Dee Dee!
What makes the Self Esteem Shop stand out is the knowledgeable guidance that they offer. In this day and age, there are many options for buying books. None compare to Self Esteem Shop. Whenever I have a child with a certain concern, I can rely on DeeDee to offer expert advice about what books work well for similar children. In a given day, I use several books in bibliotherapy to address issues ranging from relaxation/mindfulness to feelings identification to trauma. I am grateful for DeeDee and Harry!