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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Herbert L Stricklin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1965 in Joliet, IL

-- Herbert L Stricklin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I was born in Joliet, IL. I grew up in Lockport, IL and attended Lockport Township High School. I went to loyola University for my undergraduate degree, and Benedictine University for graduate school. I lived for several years in Braidwood, IL, and now I reside in Wheaton, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

I have been a psychotherapist for 23 years. I have worked in hospitals, as well as in private practice. I have also taught for that same period of time at Joliet Junior College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Damocles on the Couch: How Simple Logic And Humorous Stories Can Lead Us To Healthy Living
ISBN: 1466972998

Trafford. 2013

Damocles On The Couch, is about getting your life straight, and it is about stories. Throughout history humans have used stories as vehicles to communicate and pass along information. Herb Stricklin, therapist and educator, has found that stories are a tremendous tool for relaying information regarding sound principles to live one's life by. Stories afford the listener an opportunity to take the information that they are hearing and apply it to their lives on a much deeper level than just hearing cold hard facts. Jesus used parables to relay some of his most powerful messages. Ancient Greeks and Romans used plays to both entertain and educate those witnessing the performance. Morality plays, such as The Sword Of Damocles, help us to learn life lessons and understand the human condition. In this story, Damocles finds himself placed in a chair with a sword dangling over his head suspended by a single hair. The angst and fear that he experiences is a universal experience for humans (not necessarily a sword, but we have all had things "hanging over our heads") Stricklin uses stories such as this to paint a picture for people regarding healthy and unhealthy ways of confronting life's many challenges.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Groups interested in mental health, psychology, or relationships.