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Other than this introduction, there is nothing political about Sit Down & Shut Up. I certainly hope that what follows can be helpful to anyone dealing with anxiety, restlessness or just interested in establishing a daily meditation practice. But I want to dedicate the book to all who may be experiencing legitimate TAS (Trump Anxiety Syndrome), to whatever degree. My intent is to provide a good blend of provocative thought, instruction and humor that will offer tangible comfort for whatever ails you.
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Thom shares openly about his experiences from both sides of the therapeutic relationship, as therapist and as client.
"Some of my best training has come from finding my way back from my own personal darkness." -Thom

THOM RUTLEDGE, LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship -- as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. Thom's trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology. (INTRApersonal Therapy)


The author of several books, Thom also writes regularly for self-help/recovery publications around the country, includingSteps for Recovery (Los Angeles), The Phoenix (Minneapolis) and Recovery Today (national). Currently his monthy column, Nutshell Wisdom, is included with each edition of Serene Scene Magazine. His articles have also appeared in The Nashville Tennessean, The Indianapolis Star, The Chicago Tribune and The Philapdelphia Inquirer.


Thom is a frequent guest on talk radio shows from coast to coast and he has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Fox Network, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Australia's Channel 10 and he has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show.


Thom is the author of Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift and co-author (with Jenni Schaefer) of Life Without Ed. If you are interested in bringing Thom to your community or organization for a keynote speech or a workshop, call 615-327-3423 or e-mail

What Love Is about what it takes to actually stand behind the loving words we too often say without understanding what they really mean, or perhaps more accurately, without understanding what we must do in order to give our words meaning. Love doesn’t come with an instruction manual but this little book just might help.
The Greater Possibilities is a bare-bones guide to what genuine success is and how to get there. Nothing extra -- just simple principles, clearly explained with equally clear directions about putting it all to work in your life. Small book, bite-size reflections, big impact. And of course written with Thom's unique sense of humor.
The only reason this is not a quick read is that you will be rereading it. Don't just read The Greater Possibilities --- use it, put it to work. Buy more than one copy because you will want to make a gift of this one. Executives, Managers, Life Coaches: an excellent gift for employees and clients.
I love finding a unique little book to keep on hand as a gift. I have always wanted to write one that could be that for my readers. It has taken me a while, but I do believe this is that book.  -Thom



I call Thom  the shame whisperer.  – Carol Carter




Thom Rutledge, your book is changing my life and opening my heart up to his long-awaited gift of self-forgiveness. Thank you! 

- Natalie Machado




I discover something new about myself every time I reread one of Thom’s books. He has a gift for saying in a sentence or two what some writers say in ten! Thom’s words are straight to the point --- and go straight to my heart, where they can do the most good. Thanks, Thom.

–Janet LaLande


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