Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power (Hardcover)


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Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power (Hardcover)

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"If you’re timid when you should be tough and resigned when you should be resolute, this book is the antidote. Drawing on her own life story along with a stack of research, Dr. Luana Marques will help you break free from limiting patterns and create a life of meaning and purpose.”

— Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestseller author of Drive, When, and The Power of Regret

Turn your anxiety into strength with Harvard-based psychotherapist Dr. Luana Marques’ 3-step method to living boldly—her clinically-proven approach inspires her clients from CEOs to at-risk teens and echoes lessons learned growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil.

Bold Move is Harvard-based psychotherapist Dr. Luana Marques’ unique, tried and tested method to get you out of your rut and give you the courage to create a more confident and meaningful life. Dr. Luana pinpoints the anxiety at the root of avoidance and shows you how to overcome it and achieve your goals.

Dr. Luana understands anxiety. After decades of research, teaching, and clinical practice, she realized that the coping techniques she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil mimicked science-based CBT therapy. Now, she has synthesized that knowledge, developing a 3-step path that works for everyone—from teens in crisis to executives experiencing burnout.

Bold Move includes concrete examples and exercises backed by the most recent clinical and scientific research. Dr. Luana’s 3-step plan:

·        Helps you recognize thinking patterns that leave you feeling tense, anxious, and worried

·        Outlines the many forms that avoidance can take

·        Explains the importance of being your own “thought lawyer”

·         Shows you why “just do it” doesn’t get it done.

·        Strategizes how you can build on your values to establish boundaries and make room for your dreams

A blend of Unwinding AnxietyDon’t Believe Everything You Think, and Do Hard Things, Bold Move is a groundbreaking, transformative program that works for everyone. This book will be invaluable for people looking to jumpstart their dreams and for clinicians working with a diverse client community.


Dr. Luana Marques is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard University, founder and director of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Massachusetts General Hospital, which brings clinical and training initiatives to underserved communities, and served as the first Latina president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

"Marques molds complex neuroscientific concepts into relatable and realistic advice (readers shouldn’t practice her tools on “the most challenging situation” their lives, she writes; baby steps are the best bet) and discussions of her own trauma are refreshingly candid. Readers who feel their anxiety is insurmountable should give this a look." — Publishers Weekly

"If you’re timid when you should be tough and resigned when you should be resolute, this book is the antidote. Drawing on her own life story along with a stack of research, Dr. Luana will help you break free from limiting patterns and create a life of meaning and purpose.” — Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestseller author of Drive, When, and The Power of Regret

  “My team and I have featured Dr. Luana Marques prominently both on our podcast and our app. Each time, the audience has loved it. Luana knows anxiety from the inside and can smoothly and compassionately guide you out of it. I’m quite confident this book will engage readers and help them.”
Dan Harris, bestselling author of 10% Happier

"If there ever was a handbook for navigating today’s anxiety-ridden times it is Dr. Luana’s, BOLD MOVE. Not only does she help us understand how our brains process the challenges we face daily but she gives us concrete tools to help us get a handle on our emotions and become our best and most productive selves. I couldn’t put it down!"  — Gloria Estefan

“If avoidance is robbing you of your best life, this book will get you unstuck. Dr. Luana coaches us to Shift the stories we tell ourselves so that we can transform our automatic pilot lives into meaningful conscious living. By transforming yourself, you will become your best partner, parent, friend. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a mindful and meaningful life.” — Dr. Shefali, bestselling author of A Radical Awakening

"To be human is to be anxious, at least some of the time. But for far too many of us anxiety dominates our lives with threats and insurmountable challenges around every corner. Dr. Luana, one of the most prominent experts on anxiety in the world, distills decades of scientific research and her own very rich personal and clinical experience to provide effective strategies for coping and overcoming. For anyone suffering the ravages of anxiety this well-written and entertaining book will be a godsend." — David H. Barlow Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus, Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University

"Dr. Luana is a refreshing voice in personal growth, walking the journey of building a bold life with you. Her words encourage, her vulnerability inspires, and her cutting-edge tools work. The Bold Move is a must-read!"   
Jenni Schaefer, Author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life

[Dr. Luana's] approach is straightforward and simple without ever feeling simplistic, and she’s written out methods for dealing with anxiety that are actionable rather than overwhelming.... While the reflection prompts in this title may not be a substitute for therapy, they are thoughtfully rendered so as to encourage readers to move forward out of anxiety. — Library Journal

"Dr. Luana takes evidenced based approaches to reducing anxiety and makes them doable, palpable, and compelling to read…. I highly recommend this book to those who suffer from anxiety and/or are avoiding what they know they need to do…." — -Steven A. Safren, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology, University of Miami 

"Dr Luana [invites] us to … become our best selves through mobilizing courage, developing (and tolerating) introspection, mastering new skills, and grounding these in deliberative, active alignment with our core values. Her voice is personal, engaging and seemingly casual, as she brilliantly interweaves science with clinical expertise… This is a remarkable book …." — Derri Shtasel, Associate Professor Harvard Medical School 

"Dr. Luana’s memorable analogies, real-life examples, visuals, and prompts make building new habits totally attainable (and fun!). As someone who struggles with anxiety and works adjacent to the mental health industry, I would highly recommend Bold Move to anyone seeking a better understanding of their emotions…as well as any mental health professionals…. an insightful, witty, and resonant read!" — Delanie Fischer, Co-Host, The Self-Helpless Podcast/Business Consultant For Mental Health Professionals 

"Reading The Bold Move is like having a conversation with your smartest, most relatable friend - who also happens to be an Ivy League Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Luana shares practical, relatable tools, backed by science, that will move you toward the life you want to live."
  — Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

"Running a fast growing tech startup can create stress and anxiety, especially when having an underlying mental health issue. Luana has helped guide me on a path out of anxiety, and this book is an amazing companion on that journey."
Paul English, Founder of Kayak.com and the Bipolar Social Club

“A good read for anyone looking for tangible, science driven strategies to help them overcome life challenges and live a life with purpose." — — Kenneth Cole, Founder the Mental Health Coalition

“It’s hard to imagine a person who would not benefit from reading this honest and accessible book. Dr. Luana levels the playing field by speaking as both an expert in the field and as someone who has danced with suffering and learned to lead. Her attention to illustrating how CBT can lead to a more fulfilling and valued life across a broad range of human experiences is remarkable, as is her faith in the potential for change within all of us.”  — — Corrine Cather, PhD, Director, MGH Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systemic Research Department of Psychiatry, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

“Dr. Luana has a unique talent for distilling evidence-based mental health interventions into everyday life lessons and valuable skills that any reader can apply to help achieve their personal goals.” — — Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School , Director, Division of Education and Training, The Fenway Institute 

“Bold Move” by Dr. Luana is a terrific guide that shows readers a very practical three-step process for aligning one’s emotional energies with what one intellectually wants to get out of life. I have worked with her to help others and have come to admire her impactful work and endorse her approach that has helped so many already.   — Barbara Dalio, Founder and Director of Dalio Education