In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.
It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.
This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.
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Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.
Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
1- Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes, I love working as a Counselor and Play Therapist. I have a private practice, and I have been working with adults, adolescents, and families for over eleven years. I am a certified EMDR therapist and I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma. I have a bumper sticker that says “MY WORK IS CHILD’S PLAY” which I absolutely love.
2- In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
I wrote the first half of my book on paper. I used an unlined drawing pad and wrote from the heart in longhand. When the words started flowing faster than I could write, I switched to the computer and wrote with my eyes closed. I feel this really helped me stay focused and let my Divine Author Within come through. Technology is great, but it can stunt the creative flow if you notice every error as you are writing.
3- What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Despite sky diving and snorkeling with sharks, I would have to say putting my personal story out there for the world to read has been the most terrifying thing I have ever done. Therefore, that must be the most courageous thing as well. I tend to be a very private person, so sharing the loss of my husband to suicide was not easy.
4- Favorite travel spot?
I have always been drawn to the ocean. I love to be near the water. One of my favorite places to visit is Florida because I crave the warm water of the Atlantic Ocean. Out in the ocean is where I feel most connected to my spirituality.
5- Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I love music. Going to Rock Concerts is one of my most favorite things to do. I play the guitar and love to paint. When I was young I played the violin. I have always been crazy about anything with leopard print. It must be the wild side in me. I have so many things with leopard print, from clothes, to purses, to phone cases, and shoes. Finally, I have always loved the water. I swear I was a mermaid before.
6- If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
I believe in quality time vs. quantity time. So when I am with my children I try to be truly present with them. I write and edit when they are busy at school or while waiting in the car during gymnastics practice. I would take an hour in between volunteering in a kindergarten classroom and seeing a client in my private practice. Prioritizing is important. I would get up early to write before the weekend got busy with practices and birthday parties. Sometimes I had to make a choice. Do I finish my book or do the dishes? It’s not always easy.
7- If there is one thing you want readers to remember, what would it be?
Of the 8 billion species on earth, there are 7.24 billion people of different cultures, ages, and genders. What is the universal link that connects us all? Water. A drop of water, an ocean of water, they are the same. We are never alone. There is always love and encouragement that we choose not to see. But, you have never been alone, you can never feel alone again. Water connects us all.