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Friendship is hard, especially as you get into your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. As a young therapist, Gina Handley Schmitt was distressed by an encounter with a client whose close friendships had all faded away. Gina writes:

“This sweet client was to be the first of many who would sit on my therapy couch and confide in me their struggles to make meaningful, enduring friendship connections. Some of these clients had lost their connections over the years due to their changing life circumstances. Others had never developed these meaningful connections in the first place. But either way, one thing was the same: all of them were desperately wanting healthy, long-term friends—as I have come to believe most of us do.

The more this situation played itself out in my counseling practice, the more I realized that our society is experiencing a “crisis” of sorts. In fact, my research since then has revealed that 25% of adults report having zero trusted confidants. That is 1 in 4 people without a single person to share the most intimate parts of their lives with. One in four. I realized that this lack of meaningful, enduring friendship connections in our society seemed to be driving more and more people to my therapy couch in an attempt to fill this void. But for those who were lonely but could not afford therapy, I wondered what replacements they had chosen. These hard realities motivated me to think more seriously about how this had happened, what societal factors may have contributed, and what I might know that could help people struggling to make and keep adult friends.”

The resulting book is Friending: Creating Meaningful, Lasting Adult Friendships. It’s 192 pages, 5×8″, and comes out on November 12, 2019. Kickstarter backers will get it a month early!

This book is for anyone who wants to be a better friend, make new friends, or troubleshoot and enhance the friendships you already have.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify and reach out to potential new friends
  • How to maintain long term friendships through busy times and life transitions
  • When and how to state your needs and set boundaries with your friends
  • Skills for strengthening your friendships by resolving conflicts
  • The difficult art of ending a friendship

You’ll do all this using the five core skills of being available, authentic, affirming, assertive, and accepting.

The book is charmingly illustrated by Trista Vercher. And each chapter contains workbook pages so you can process what you learn.

As of August 26th, this project has raised $2,500 of their $4,000 goal. This project has 24 days left to raise the $4,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get one ebook.  For a pledge of $15, you will get one paperback copy.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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