Getting to Know Lise Leblanc, the author of Conscious Caregiving Guide
Lise Leblanc is a registered psychotherapist and conflict resolution specialist. She applies her deep insights and effective strategies to each book she writes for the popular ‘Wish I Knew’ series. As well, her personal lived experience has shaped her dedication to helping people achieve an optimum state of wellness throughout their grief journey.
Join us as we chat with Lise about the ‘Wish I Knew’ series and her new book!
Why is this book important to you?
As a therapist for over twenty years, I’ve seen the devastating effects that caregiving can have on people, especially when they are not taking care of themselves. I experienced this first-hand during my own caregiving journey. While caring for my grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, I felt burdened, exhausted, guilty, resentful, and stressed out. I didn’t reach out for help when I needed it because I was afraid of being judged as weak, incapable or incompetent. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone.
Despite knowing all about self-care, I had a burnout. Since then, I’ve seen many clients, friends, and family members struggle with the same issues as they provide care for a loved one, whether it be a parent, child, spouse, or someone else. So, when my publisher asked me to write a book on caregiving, I wanted to make sure it addressed the REAL challenges, fears, communication problems, emotions, relationship changes, and lack of self-care that most caregivers face along the way.
I wanted caregivers to know that there are no perfect caregivers and every caregiver will have things they will need to forgive themselves for. But by sharing what I wish I knew when I was a caregiver and providing the strategies, advice, and practical information that I’ve learned along the way, I hope to make someone else’s caregiving journey a little lighter and a lot more forgiving.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am writing books for the “Wish I Knew” series which deals with difficult life transitions such as caregiving, grief, aging, stress, divorce, and empty nesting. The main theme of the books in this series is around self-care and developing conscious awareness in all aspects of life. The goal is to help readers maintain optimum health and wellness as they learn to get through life’s challenging experiences more mindfully and gracefully.
What did you edit out of this book?
Nothing at all. I bared my soul in this book and shared as much of my personal and professional caregiving experiences as I could.
What have you learned through your writing?
Wow I don’t know where to start. I learn so much through my writing. It allows me to process my thoughts and experiences at a deep, introspective level. Usually it is my own difficult life experiences that drive me to explore how other people are experiencing and dealing with the same challenges.
It is usually in digging in deep to get to the other side of my own messy life situations that I learn how to help my clients and readers find strategies to take care of themselves while getting through theirs. Through my writing process, I always learn more about myself and discover that I am not alone in my experiences.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write books I wish I had while going through my own difficult life transitions and experiences.
What does literary success look like to you?
When I started writing, I would have said literary success was getting published by a reputable publisher or becoming a bestselling author. Now, success is more about being proud of my work and helping as many people as possible through my writing. Of course, the best way to do this is by getting a good publisher and having a bestselling book, but my intentions and reasons are different. I am no longer looking for fame or fortune, but simply wanting to make a positive contribution through my writing.
Read The Book!
Are you a caregiver (or do you know one) who has overlooked self-care?