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“Tracie O’Keefe is a true force of nature and in her latest book Inspiration for Survive and Prosper she has given the world a precious and life-saving gift. Her utterly compelling life journey has clearly paved the way to a depth of insight and raw honesty which is at times quite arresting. She describes herself as a simple and practical person. This humility, together with a profound understanding of the kind of help people actually need, has produced an effective step-by-step process for personal recovery and transformation. Tracie says that ‘we are art in action’ and if this is the case then she’d have to be up there with the Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo. All is not lost while we have such women of courage, generosity and intelligence to guide and inspire us. She’s quite simply the perfect teacher.”

– Matthew Kalitowski

“Based on the extraordinary life of a most courageous woman, this book is all the more interesting as Tracie has many years of experience as a mental health and natural health professional. Having specialist knowledge in the mental and physical areas, Tracie approaches trauma from both the psychological and physical aspects. The book is a handbook on life, especially for anybody in trauma.”

– Leon Cowen
   Executive Director, Academy of Applied Hypnosis, Sydney

“I always find it a good idea to approach a self-help book with an attitude of ‘Take what you like and leave the rest’, and I am happy to say I found a lot to like in Tracie O’Keefe’s book. Tracie has written a practical self-help manual which will be inspiring for anyone in recovery from trauma. In letting us in to her life story she openly demonstrates that she not only talks the talk but she very definitely walks the walk. If you are feeling lost, in this book you will find useful, practical, and compassionate insight and guidance.”

– Gabrielle Hewison
Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the community Retired owner of The Feminist Bookshop

“Inspiration for Survive and Prosper is an extraordinary gift given to us by an extraordinary woman. Tracie spells out in the most simplistic of ways how anyone with trauma history can utilize tools to move out of the ‘survival’ mode and get to a place of ‘prosper’. There are many ‘How to’ books on the market written by some amazing, enlightened professionals.This book is one of the greatest books I have seen in a while to do life’s internal work.”

– Rosalyne Blumenstein LCSW-ACHP-SW
Clinical Social Worker California, author of Branded

“Tracie O’Keefe draws from real life stories and the experiences of others to skillfully guide readers through highly accessible therapeutic strategies towards a greater sense of wellbeing and confidence. From her own observations, specialised training and personal achievements, she has gifted readers with a reliable resource that supports the need to keep changing and growing. I’m well aware there are a lot of self-help books available. What makes this one stand apart is the compassionate intelligence of a true survivor. Tracie gives us hope – there is an ‘over the rainbow’. We can journey there from disaster to triumph, and this book shows us how.”

– Georgina Abrahams
Crisis Counsellor

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“Do not neglect this book as just another [one] on transexuality or transgenderism … It is written sympathetically and will temper insight for professional readers of different disciplines and those in gender studies. Trans people will be able to view lifestyles of others. Social commentators will be attracted.”

Professor AW Steinbeck, MB, BS, MD (Syd), PhD (Lond), FRCP (Lond), FRACP, previous of Facility of Medicine University of New South Wales, Sydney: Endocrine Society USA and Australia.

“For those who need proof and affirmations on positive human capacities, this book renders insights that human beings can move way beyond what is commonly perceived as sex and gender, and still they stay within the endless capacities of love.”

Eben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Physician, Associate Professor, University of Agdur, Specialist in Clinical Sexology NACS, Family Therapist IAP.

“Therapists working with transgender clients – and transgender readers too – should find intriguing insights in this collection, a rich and varied array of informative and provocative stories of relationships testifying to the love that transgender people experience and the complexities of transgender lives.”

Jamison Green, MFA, Post-Graduate Researcher, Manchester Metropolitan University, Author of Becoming a Visible Man.

“Dip into this book at random as you can be confident that each chapter is uniformly delightful but different.”

– Christine Burns, MBE, MSC, BSC, CeEng, MBCS, CITP, Vice-President Press for Change, UK.

“Perfect for anyone interested in exploring the often treacherous waters of love and relationships.”

Del LaGrace Volcano, Author The Drag King Book with Judith Halberstam.

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“This is a wonderful book to recommend to patients who are questioning their gender identity; it will lessen the isolation, inform, instill hope, and enrich psychotherapy.”

Michael F. Myers, MD, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, American Journal of Psychiatry 161:5, May 2004

“A book like this one saves you from feeling that you are alone.”

Polare magazine

“In bringing together this chorus of voices of “sex and gender diverse” individuals, Tracie O’Keefe and Katrina Fox have given sexologists a rare insight into the lives of transgendered and transsexual people.”

Dallas Denny, Journal of Sex Research, 41(4), p. 410.

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“This is a real gem. I would happily recommend this book to my clients.”

– Leila Hart, Chairman, James Braid Society for Clinical Hypnotherapists. Published in the Journal of the National Council for Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, UK, Autumn 2000

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“Nuggets of prize information and encyclopaedic knowledge from Dr O’Keefe, who obviously lives and breathes her work”

– Time Out, London

“This is a well researched book that advocates liberty for sexual minorities.”

– Alice Purnell, BSc, RGN, PGCC, Gendys Network

“An incisive insight into the complete scale of sex, gender and sexuality.”

– Yvonne Williams, Editor, Reflections International (Trans-Essex)

“A valiant and courageous attempt to help us become more in-tune and empowered within ourselves – the reading of this book is a must for every one of us.”

– Dr Napewastewin Schutzer PhD, Gems News, journal of the Gender Trust

“A very good book and so easy to understand.”

– Petra Klene, Humanitas, Netherlands

“All I can say is WOW!”

– Vanessa Murray, International Foundation for Gender Education, USA

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“This is a very important book. I congratulate the author for her courage and hard work.”

– Dr Basil Finer, MD, PhD Journal of European Society of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine

“It’s about time someone wrote a book like this.”

– Dr Prem Misra, psychiatrist and past president of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis, Scotland

“This is a controversial book, which deserves to be read by every hypnotherapist.”

– Dr Morris Berg PhD, National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists, and Psychotherapists

“A very comprehensive book.”

– Steve Jones, LBC Radio

“A powerful and revealing exposé.”

– Margaret Harper (Campaign Against Stage Hypnosis)

“Well put together and easy to read.”

– Derek Crussell, South London Hypnotherapy Practice

“An astounding piece of work.”

– Dr Miller, American Institute of Hypnotherapy on the thesis that formed the basis of this book

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“Every time I put it down, somebody pinches it.”

– Luisa Dillner, Health Editor, The Guardian and British Medical Journal

“Useful reading, particularly for teachers of Human Development and therapists dealing with clients questioning their identity.”

– The Psychotherapist (Journal of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists)

“A fascinating, useful resource on an interesting subject, accessible to all”

– Nursing Times

“Very readable sound information given with some humour”

– European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

“An absolutely fascinating book.”

– April Ashley

“A very detailed and well researched book.”

– The Tranny Guide 1997

“The most thorough and practical guide to gender dysphoria.”

– Gems News

“The most important book on earth.”

– TV/TS London News

“Fascinating and eminently readable.”

– TransEssex International

“An excellent book.”

– Press for Change

“An enlightening layperson’s guide to the transsexual experience.”

– Gay Times