About Jeffrey H. Sumber:
Jeffrey received degrees from Colgate University as well as Southwestern College before attending Harvard University for an advanced degree. He also had the opportunity to live and study in Zurich, Switzerland at the prestigious C.G. Jung Institute in 2005. Jeffrey had the privilege to study with some of the brightest teachers in the field of psychology and relationships of the past twenty years including Wayne Dyer, Harville Hendrix, Irvin Yalom, Sue Johnson, Arnold Mindell, and Lawrence Stibbards. Mr. Sumber recently began advanced studies through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
His experience includes work with individuals and couples, engaged premarital counseling, performing marriage and commitment ceremonies as well as a “past life” as a behavioral therapist, crisis team leader, mental health community liaison, and even as an advisory council member for Senator Tom Cullerton. He is licensed both in Illinois and New Mexico.
Opportunities to teach have taken him to National-Louis University, Stanford University, Colorado State, and Oregon State.
With degrees in political science, theology and transpersonal psychology, Jeffrey came to understand that beneath all of the wisdom of the world exists the most basic foundation of life, our relationships. He served as an associate professor of psychology at a local Chicago university before completely devoting his time and energy to work more closely with individuals and couples and to develop his unique approach to relationship transformation.
Jeffrey strives to support both men and women in their journey to uncover the path to deep renewal, empowerment and a sense of abiding joy in and out of relationship. His main message is that we are all capable of loving and being loved once we liberate ourselves from the distorted expectations and projections that keep us stuck.
What inspires you to write?
I write because it offers me a broader link to people I might be able to support in the world. I enjoy the challenge of converting thoughts and feelings into language that appeals and inspires others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write stream of consciousness until it feels like there is a consistent theme and underlying message that is worth developing. Then I create a working outline and generate more structure.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s easier to actually accomplish this goal than you ever imagined…
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I considered going the path of traditional publishing but after witnessing many of my colleagues and friends go through the process of agents, contracts and forced revisions not to mention the significant financial differential, it became very clear to me that I wanted more autonomy than what was possible with the big houses. While there were moments I felt frustrated creating my new wheel, the overall process was a delight and I would do it the same way again!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing is a high speed, solar powered train that will decimate alternatives.
What genres do you write?: self-help, inspirational, relationships
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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