Friday, February 20, 2015

Vladimire Calixte, Author of Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships

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Today we are interviewing Vladimire Calixte, LMHC, CRC, author of the self-help/personal development book Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, coming in December.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Vladimire Calixte and I am a New York psychotherapist and the owner of Life Rebuilding. I specialize in individual, couple, family and group therapy with a strong concentration in relationships, self-esteem, domestic violence, bullying, trauma recovery, PTSD and addictions. My passion is to help people live powerful lives. As such, I have appeared on Here and Now with Sandra Bookman, CBS radio, Fox News radio, CentricTV.com  (BET Networks), and has been featured on Heart & Soul Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Hot 97 FM’s Street Soldiers with Lisa Evers, The Jennifer Keitt Show, and many others.

Describe the purpose of your new book, Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, in a few sentences.
Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships is for the person who is suffering in silence from rejection, abandonment, abuse, low self-esteem, hurt, pain and many other areas.  Part workbook and part memoir, Naked is an enjoyable yet informative must-read for women, men, and teens who suffer from low self-esteem, unworthiness, anxiety, shame, guilt, feelings of failure, and toxic relationships.

What inspired you to write about dealing with issues, such as low self-esteem?
I know what it feels like to grow up without a father. My mom did her very best as a single mother; however, my father’s absence was very painful for me for a long time. Living that experience was source of hurt, anger and feelings of diminishment. I know the feeling of “emptiness” and “worthlessness” because I thought at the time, that maybe I was not good enough for my father to stay around. Conversely, when I came to the understanding through self-awareness that he chose not to be around, I was able to journey from pain to inner peace.  The purpose of writing this book is to help readers find purpose in their pain by coming to know themselves at their core. Once you are self-aware, you become relationship conscious. We all bring our fears, vulnerabilities, emotional wounds, and issues from our past relationships to our new relationships. Until these issues are dealt with, they will infect every aspect of a person’s life. We cannot change what we are not aware of. Self-awareness allows us to pose the following question to ourselves: “Who am I attracting and why am I attracting this kind of person?”

When did you know you wanted to become a psychotherapist?
 I always had a very strong passion to help people. I have always felt a connection with people in a variety of different ways. From a very young age, I have felt a connection with people in terms of how they are feeling. People would confide their innermost thoughts with me, as they trusted me. Additionally, they sought advice from me. Finally, I have always been told that I am not judgmental. As such, becoming a therapist was a natural fit, as it enabled me to help people at a greater scale. It is an awesome privilege-one I do not take lightly to help people make better life choices. To help them consider how they can get better over time.

How do you think reading your book will impact people?
In Naked and Transparent: Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships, I reveal essential tools that will not only empower women and men who experienced abuse in their relationships, but will also provide tools for people who want to attract healthy relationships.  My new book will help people break the cycle of emotional and physical abuse because it helps people reclaim their power, embrace their true selves, and make healthier choices in life and love.

What do you have in mind for your next writing project?
I have a children’s picture book coming out in the summer of 2015 called The Power of My Word

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
My greatest accomplishment is helping people make radical shifts in their thinking and behaviors so that they accomplish their goals and live the life of their dreams. Rebuilding is so very important, as I believe that no matter what happens in life, we are all powerful, and can accomplish anything through self-love and the right mindset. I am passionate about teaching people how to succeed in the midst of adversity and challenge them to grow beyond their own expectations or perceived limitations.
“My passion is to help YOU succeed by meeting you where you are and helping to take you where you NEED to be.”  And this is what I hope to accomplish with Naked and Transparent.

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