[blockquote author=”Charmaine Holmes
Social Worker/Family Therapist
Peninsula Life Therapies
I have been pleased to have tracked Bayley’s victories over the years in standing up to Worrythoughts and being adventurous and encouraged enough to find Happythoughts in all sorts of interesting places. Well done to Nicky in finding such a beautiful way to present these ideas, which started as a way to help Bayley.
I love the way Nicky’s books make the concepts of Narrative Therapy and ‘externalising the problem’ into a usable format for children and their parent(s). I will often lend my books to children and parent(s)to take home from a counselling session to read at home to consolidate their learning and hear that another child has gone before them in experiencing these difficulties and overcoming them .
I have lent the books to an adult or two also…..! When books are written simply enough to delight children they can be appealing and helpful to adults too.
Narrative Therapy and the concepts of externalising the problem are recognised internationally as effective in helping with all sorts of issues we confront, and they were pioneered by Michael White, an Australian Social Worker and Family Therapist.
It is fitting that these books are written by a talented Australian mother, teacher and illustrator. Well done Nicky, and I trust the fun, happy , adventurous and hopeful way you encourage us to view Worrythoughts continue to bless many more children and those who are hoping they can find Happythoughts in their lives.[/blockquote]
I think the mail man may have thought I was a very over excited mom as I took the parcel from him this morning! As the mummy of two beautiful children with special needs, I am looking forward to sharing this book, in particular with my son who is very much our little worrier. Thank you Nicky for creating something so beautiful and for taking the time to beautifully package and sign the books. Laura x .[/blockquote]
I have a Mr 8 and as a parent who taught him from a young age about resilience, I am constantly on seeking new tools to help me on this journey. What a delight it was to come across your book Mr Worry Thoughts in our local library, I was so excited to have something in my hands that was like a miracle for me, because it appeared at the right time. Mr 8 has been worrying about friends and school. It really helped to have a story in my hands to share with him. So thank-you so much for being that miracle… .[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Tamara, Vic”]
I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that I received the books and to say a big thank you for these books. Although it is early days as yet, I have been through the books with Julia and she has improved greatly in the last month with her outlook on life and being able to establish what her worry thoughts are and to be able to rid of them.
I am not sure if there is anything more upsetting than seeing your child so worried and upset about everything especially at such a tender age.
Hopefully we are now able to deal with this and move on to better times or ‘happy thoughts’. For that I owe you a huge THANK YOU.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Jemina, Vic”]
I am sending a very big thank you to you and your wonderful books. My daughter Jorja is being visited by Mr Worrythoughts and won’t go to school or leave my side. She used to be a very confident and mature 7 year old but Mr Worrythoughts has turned her into a shy scared little girl and I didn’t know where to turn.
One of my good friends told me about the books you have written and they have opened a world of understanding. When reading the books Jorja said, “It’s like Bayden is my twin” all the things he was feeling in the book was exactly how she was feeling, not eating or sleeping, it is like someone understood. Now she doesn’t feel so alone.
The books help her to communicate what was so mixed up inside, I can already see Mr Worrythoughts shrinking after talking about the books. So thankyou for helping bring my little girl back from such a lost place that I didn’t know I could return her from.[/blockquote]
We received your books yesterday and my almost 8 year old read them last night and enjoyed them. It’s so good to have tools to help him deal with his worries. Thanks for writing, illustrating and getting them published! Thanks for the prompt service too.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Sandy Hutchinson”]
My daughter loves her books (especially with personal signing) Easy to read and the message really gets through. Well done Nicky! I highly recommend these books for any child showing signs of anxiety.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Sally McRoberts, WA”]
My daughter and I both love your books. You can relate so well to Bayden having his worry thoughts and looking for his happy thoughts. The illustrations support the story too. You must buy these books. Everyone will go through stages like this at some point in their lives. They are an invaluable addition to our ever growing home library. The personal signing makes them all the more precious. Thank you Nicky[/blockquote]
Nicky, I’m a pre-service teacher who is always looking for great resources. Suffering from anxiety myself, I know how important it is to help children combat their ‘worrying’ thoughts. Thanks for creating such useful tools![/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Corinne ~ Southampton, England”]
The books arrived today – Alyssa was so excited to find the personal message written in each of them. We had a lovely cuddle and read them both together. She wants to take the books to school tomorrow to show her teacher.
She has started to put together her own “Happythoughts Box” – it is a co-incidence that I was able to share with her my own “Happy Box” which I have been putting together because of an Emotional Coping Skills course that I am attending. Alyssa and her sister, Gracie have also practised making the paper aeroplanes – they are now all over the lounge!
Many thanks, Corinne[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Laura Coleman”]
Having spent the first five years of my son’s life battling the worry demons, it has been amazing to discover the superpowers of Bayden. This book is great because it provides a really visual way to talk about worry feelings and even better, it gives some practical ideas of how to get rid of them. My son loves it already and as his mum, I feel I finally have a way to help him.[/blockquote]
Thank you Nicky, we received ‘Actually I Can’ and my Mr 8 was captivated by the words and illustrations. It has become a new bedtime favourite.[/blockquote]
Thank you Nicky, we received ‘Actually I Can’ and my Mr 8 was captivated by the words and illustrations. It has become a new bedtime favourite. [/blockquote]
Speaking Presentation Testimonials:
Mum of a little worrier”]
I went to your seminar in Essendon. It was just fantastic and I am in absolute awe of your accomplishments both as a mother and an educator. I was in tears from the start in relief to meet someone else with a child with severe anxiety. I am also amazed and motivated at how much effort you put in to helping your son and how well he now manages his anxiety. I wanted to thank you, your talk gave me some insights into trying to understand my son’s anxiety which is what I find hardest. It reignited my vigour by providing me with some further tools to help my son and it is comforting to know that someone else has been down a simliar path with fantastic results. Again, thank you – it was the most inspiring talk I have listened to and you should be congratulated on helping your son so well and then also assisting so many other parents out there to help their children.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Ann Doyle, President Casey Cardinia Integration/Teacher Aide Network”]
Nicky’s professional but down-to-earth manner made for an informative and enjoyable presentation. We all enjoyed pouring over her resources and many of us left with some of her fabulous books. More than anything I was impressed with her incite into the problems of anxiety and the many helpful strategies she shared with us, which we can in turn use to help the children we work with. Thanks Nicky for sharing your stories with us and for caring enough to take the time to talk with anyone who asked for your advice.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Karen McFarland
Early Years Community Facilitator
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council”]
Thank you Nicky, Bayley and Cooper for the contribution you made to the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ‘Making a Difference’ celebration. Thank you also Nicky for all the work you have done for the Shire’s Early Years team this year. Go Away Mr Worrythoughts has helped many of our children and your personal touch and willingness to share your story and talk with people gives hope and encouragement to many families facing the reality of early on-set anxiety.You are an inspiration.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Serpil Yalcin
ISIK COLLEGE Keysborough Campus”]
This week ISIK College Keysborough were very lucky to have the opportunity to meet Nicky Johnston who is an author and illustrator of children’s books.
Nicky spoke to the students about the effort needed to put into her work before she was able to publish her books. She spoke about the importance of being able to accept mistakes but making sure we learn from them. All and Staff the students were very inspired and had lots of questions to ask.
Many Thanks to Nick Johnston for coming[/blockquote]
Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria”]
For someone who fortuitously came across children’s writing especially writing that deals with the psychological stresses of childhood anxiety, Nicky Johnston seems destined for great things. Nicky’s presentation goes to show that the best remedies for problems of Anxiety are not instantaneous solutions, but ongoing support and compassion for a loved one; support and compassion that is seemingly limitless.
It’s these unique qualities that parents of children with anxiety contribute and go on contributing sacrificially until they find a remedy that works for them and their child. To become a children’s writer, a class of writing that I find to be the hardest in my writing experience, and to publish and distribute the book on her own illustrates a devotion to her children that came across so emphatically in Nicky’s speech. My hat goes off to her and her husband Andrew. Inspirational![/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”SELF-ESTEEM/Make-up Presentation
John Paul College”]
Thank you for your presentation today. Our 70 Year 9 girls listened with rapt attention and your message to them was affirming and positive. you delivered the message with humour and enthusiasm. I have already noticed an improvement in the appearance of the girls on the whole, so they must have listened well.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Octavia (Year 9 Student)”]
The talk was really good and had very helpful tips. I’m sure it will make numerous girls stop trying so hard to look like models who don’t actually look like that.[/blockquote]
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