Meet The Author


Parenting challenging children and teenagers, counseling teenagers, raising boys who don’t like sports, sport psychology for equestrians.

Child & Adolescent Psychologist

Therapeutic Conversations with Adolescents

Helping Teens in Therapy Thrive in an Ultra-Competitive, Screen-Saturated World

“…an unprecedented and extraordinary guide for therapists treating teens and families. Janet invites the reader into her practice with examples of how to communicate candidly and creatively with this challenging clientele. An elite handbook emerges that clearly demonstrates to clinicians what to DO in session…”

Joe Dowling, MS, LPC, author of

Zonefulness: The Ultimate Guide for Student Athletes 

Available at Routledge.

Therapeutic Conversations with Adolescents takes readers into the office of a seasoned therapist, where they can be a fly on the wall of live therapy sessions. Full of actual dialogue and the processing behind the choice of responses and interventions, this book stands in contrast to the dozens of books about adolescent therapy that discuss only theory, conjecture, and generic strategies.

Teenagers today need therapists who can offer robust and unpretentious therapeutic relationships, as well as conversations that matter enough to hold their clients’ attention and make them want to come back for more.

Readers will come away from this book understanding how to tread the delicate balance between the support and confrontation, the forthrightness and discretion, and the humor and tenacity that therapists need to make a real and lasting impact with teenagers.

Are you raising a boy who doesn’t like to play sports?

The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood

Read the book Parents magazine calls a “MUST READ” and “a wowing and enlightening guide for any parent”

“ … chock full of valuable information on a topic that is so rarely spoken about.” — Dorri Olds

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In our competitive culture that makes heroes out of athletes, it’s not easy being a boy who doesn’t like to play sports.

Overlooked by a society that reinforces impossible standards of “masculinity,” boys who are uninterested in competitive sports or have non-aggressive personalities are often vilified and bullied for being different as they grow up in the shadow of America’s obsession with bigger, faster, richer, and stronger. Compassionate, empowering, and instructive, The Last Boys Picked will help parents, teachers, coaches, and caregivers identify the social and emotional hurdles that these boys face, and offer specific action steps to help any child build resilience and a healthy self-esteem.

The Last Boys Picked was written to help parents, educators, coaches and others whose lives intertwine with children appreciate the social and psychological challenges these boys face, and help them feel valued in a world that aggrandizes athletic prowess and dismisses aggressive behavior in males as “boys being boys.”

Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent

Do you walk on eggshells around your teenager?

Teenagers have become very adept at keeping their parents off balance and making them second guess their decisions.

“#3 Best Parenting Book for Parents of Teens!
parenting blogger/author”

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Stop Negotiating with Your Teen was written to help parents avoid being taken advantage of by their own kids who threaten to become more aggressive, more depressed, more moody, or just more “difficult” as their parents insist on greater responsibility, accountability, and courtesy.

Stop Negotiating with Your Teen can help you to: 

  •  turn a confrontation into an opportunity for communication
  • talk to your teen when you don’t know what to say 
  • respond to disrespectful remarks with dignity and composure 
  • break through your teenager’s verbal intimidation 
  • disarm manipulations without escalating the conflict 
  • manage your teenager’s sense of entitlement or privilege 
  • balance compassion with accountability through genuine engagement

Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place

“She deals very thoroughly with the engagement issues that recur when working with clients who have been brought to her (usually by parents) with only nominal consent.” Debate (Division of Educational Psychologists)

“Offers therapists a different way to help disengaged…young clients and their families find dignified, face-saving ways out of problems.” – Adolescence Journal

Available at B& | IndieBound

Focusing on establishing genuine and unaffected relationships between therapists and teens, this book offers techniques for clinicians who want to engage and connect with their adolescent clients. The goal is to bring about conversations that are candid and therapeutically effective so that teens and their families can find dignified and durable solutions to their problems.

Thorough and lucidly written, Adolescent Therapy that Really Works shows therapists how to become partners with their clients, maintain their authority while also drawing teens into comfortable conversation, and read body language and facial expressions to better convey understanding and respect. Every therapist who works with adolescents and their families will benefit from the wisdom, skill, and honesty exhibited in Edgette’s therapeutic approach.

The Handbook of Hypnotic Phenomena in Psychotherapy

“This immensely readable book addresses the selection, eliciting, and therapeutic use of hypnotic phenomena that are natural outgrowths of trance… Numerous case examples vividly illustrate intervention with anxiety disorders, trauma and abuse, dissociative disorders, depression, marital and family problems, sports and creative performance, pain … and other conditions… In summary, I feel that The Handbook of Hypnotic Phenomena in Psychotherapy is an excellent book.” 

Joan Murray-Jobsis, Chapel Hill, NC

Available at B& | Taylor & Francis

Includes sections on using: age progression • age regression • hypnotic dreaming • hypermnesia • hypnotic deafness • catalepsy • positive and negative hallucinations, and other hypnotic phenomena.

Heads Up! Practical Sports Psychology for Riders, Their Families & Their Trainers

Heads Up! is designed to help equestrian athletes enhance their experience of riding, training, competing, and loving horses.


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Learn how to

  • Ride well in spite of feeling nervous
  • Learn to compensate for the way in which anxiety affects your riding.
  • Perform more consistently under pressure
  • Manage the social and family stresses of competitive riding
  • Balance your passion for riding with your devotion to a spouse or kids
  • Evaluate training programs for yourself or your children
  • Incorporate sportsmanship into training programs that are geared toward winning championship points
  • Identify sources of stress in young riders and what you can do about them

The Rider’s Edge: Overcoming the Psychological Challenges of Riding

From his Foreword in The Rider’s Edge:
“Like all of Janetʼs works, this one you wonʼt want to miss. Read it, enjoy it, savor it, digest it, and I guarantee your game of riding — as well as your game of life — will improve.”


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  • Dealing with performance nerves
  • Confidence building, recovering from falls, and managing fears
  • The psychological side of riding, learning, and training
  • Relationships, conflicts, jealousies, and sportsmanship
  • Balancing riding with everything else in your life
  • Buying horses and losing them
  • Self and body image
  • Advice for young riders


Save $5 with the Heads Up! and The Rider’s Edge two book special bundle.

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