Think Forward to Thrive:

How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life
by Jennice Vilhauer, PhD

Anticipating a positive future is the key to well-being and mental health. Yet when many people think of the future they experience anxiety, depression, fear, self-doubt, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Most people, unaware of how to change the future, are trapped in a cycle of recreating their past over and over again. However, your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. You can break free, but only if you know how and have the necessary skills to do something different.

Future Directed Therapy (FDT) is a new psychological intervention developed to teach people to create their future with awareness and choice. Unlike other books about creating a better future, the skills in Think Forward to Thrive, are based on cutting edge cognitive science. Think Forward to Thrive will teach you step-by-step the psychological skills that can transform your life.

- Overcome negative emotions
- Identify what you want in life
- Transform limiting beliefs
- Take action
- Live ready for success

“Jennice Vilhauer’s breakthrough book turns psychotherapy on its head. Instead of focusing on regrets and worries, she moves us toward the future to achieve personal growth and well-being.  In a masterstroke for positive psychology, she gives us a compelling, step-by-step method for reaching our potential.”
-Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., author of “Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness,” “Learning Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,” and the computer program “Good Days Ahead”

“When you read Think Forward to Thrive, you hold in your hands a wonderful vehicle for getting unstuck from the ruts of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Jennice Vilhauer skillfully blends inspiring, anecdotal stories with evidence-based skills and tools designed to help anyone participate more fully in her or his life. If you’ve ever wanted to be more in control about where your own emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and actions were leading you, Think Forward to Thrive can give you the kind of positive traction necessary to move forward–and toward–a more fulfilling and transformative life journey. Highly recommended!”
-Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, author of “The Mindfulness Toolbox”, “One-Minute Mindfulness”, “The Mindfulness Code”, and “Living Kindness”

“Jennice Vilhauer has created a reader-friendly guide, loaded with powerful exercises, grounded in clinical expertise, to help readers focus their attention, develop skills, and choose the behaviors that will steadily manifest more authenticity and fulfillment in their lives.  A welcome gift.”
-Linda Graham, MFT, author of “Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being”

“The one thing we have dominion over in our life is our thoughts, but so many of us are trapped in habitual or worrisome thinking that is not creating the results we desire in life. With cutting-edge techniques, Think Forward to Thrive empowers us to think in a way that not only supports our well-being in the moment but also creates a desirable future.”
-Christine Hassler, M.A., author of  ”Expectation Hangover” and “Twenty Something Manifesto.”

A breakthrough direction in psychotherapy. This book revives the promise of advancing one’s quality of life by actively working towards a better future!”
-William W. IsHak, M.D., FAPA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Distinguished Fellow American Psychiatric Association.

If you feel stuck or find yourself struggling to meet your goals, this may be the most important book you will ever buy. Basing her work on current neuroscience research, Dr. Vilhauer has created an accessible guide for breaking free of the past and learning to live the life you want.”
-Marissa Burgoyne, Psy.D., Psychologist, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA

Think Forward to Thrive is an inspirational and practical guidebook for purposeful living with forward momentum.”
-Naomi Mendelson, Ph.D., Psychologist, New York, NY

As a veteran of many self-help books and therapies, I found Think Forward to Thrive to be unique in its ability to put forth a variety of tools to help me create a better life NOW. It is truly life changing.”
-Linda G., Los Angeles, CA

This book has helped me to understand that I can actively and positively influence the direction my future will take; I have already taken the first steps!”
-David P., Beverly Hills, CA