The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships


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$17.95  $16.69
New Harbinger Publications
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW, is passionate about helping women find their voice in their own lives, relationships, and in the world. She is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, author of The Burnout Cure, blogger, local and national media contributor, online influencer, consultant, award-winning performing songwriter, and founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy. A native Californian, Hanks currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband and their four children. For more information, visit

Foreword writer Riane Eisler, JD, is a systems scientist, cultural historian, author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations, and coauthor of Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. For more information, visit


"Julie de Azevedo Hanks has provided women with a much-needed and long-awaited resource for self-expression. Her compassionate and informative voice gently guides readers through potential obstacles with hands-on strategies, which are validating and empowering. The Assertiveness Guide for Women is a must-read for anyone seeking the support and tools essential for honest and healthy communication."
--Karen Kleiman, MSW, founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, and author of several books on postpartum depression, including Therapy and the Postpartum Woman

"The Assertiveness Guide for Women offers the skills you need to change and empower your life--including strengthening valuable relationships! Julie de Azevedo Hanks' down-to-earth, warm style invites you in and shows you you're not alone, as she provides a foundation of emotional awareness, understanding, and confidence to enable you to express your truest self. A powerful tool for women of all ages and stages, this book can, and if followed, will change you for the best!"
--Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, author of This is How We Grow, Who Am I Without You?, and 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise

"So many of us have experiences of silencing ourselves--sometimes for years and years. The Assertiveness Guide for Women is a powerful book packed with practical, thoughtful suggestions and poignant real-life examples to help us speak up, effectively express ourselves, and set strong boundaries. You'll also gain insights into your own thoughts, feelings, and relationships, and into your own challenges with being assertive. This book empowers you, even when you feel powerless and undeserving. I truly wish it was required reading for all women and girls. It's that important."
--Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, writer and associate editor at

"This informative, accessible guide goes beyond healthy communication techniques and delves into the psychology that drives our patterns of relating to others. With thorough information, relatable examples, and awareness exercises that personalize the experience, Julie de Azevedo Hanks provides readers with a highly applicable resource that can transform their relationships with others and with themselves. In a society that makes assertiveness challenging for many women, this book can be a life-changer."
--Elizabeth Anne Scott, MS, author of 8 Keys to Stress Management

"The Assertiveness Guide for Women provides helpful exercises and tools that will help any woman find her authentic voice. Julie de Azevedo Hanks helps readers identify the barriers that get in the way of assertive communication, and then provides the action steps necessary for achieving healthy self-expression."
--Amy Morin, LCSW, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do