“Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within”


Holli Kenley is on a mission to heal…

Holli Kenley is on a mission to heal the pain and shame associated with relapse. Whether you are recovering from years of self-betrayal or substance abuse, Holli, through her professional insights and personal experiences, will gently guide you to a place of healing and understanding. And I can’t think of a more caring or qualified person to walk with you on your journey back from the heartbreak of relapse. If you are ready to embrace the gift of self-discovery, Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within was written for you.

Dawn Clancy
Writer & International Speaker
Creator of Growing Up Chaotic

An empathic, insightful and compassionate look at the universal pain of betrayal and relapse.

The second edition of Breaking Through Betrayal offers an empathic, insightful and compassionate look at the universal pain of betrayal and relapse.  Like an experienced wilderness guide who can skillfully navigate treacherous terrain, Holli Kenley points out the steep cliffs and the quicksand, while gently encouraging each traveler to claim their own unique vistas and hidden treasures on this journey. The process outlined through narrative and activities includes restorative practices that lead to increased hope and resiliency. Like its author, this book is a wise and compassionate companion on the journey.

Rajani Venkatraman Levis, LMFT, PPS, CTS
Psychotherapist & Certified Trauma Specialist

Read it and “recover the peace within.”

Holli Kenley shares her comprehensive approach to a situation most of us experience at least once in our lifetimes – betrayal. As a former therapist, I appreciate the author’s ability to take a complex topic and turn it into an uncomplicated and well-organized read, including easy-to-follow exercises at the end of each chapter. This book is an important resource for anyone experiencing grief and loss as the result of betrayal. Read it and “recover the peace within.”

Janet A. Hopkins
"In Recovery" Magazine

A riveting, well-written tour of uncharted waters…

This book is the outcome of the author’s own experiences as a marriage and family therapist and as a person who has been betrayed by a member of her family. When autobiographical epiphany gives rise to intellectual rigor, we usually have a winner and this book is no exception: as promised by the author, it is a riveting, well-written tour of hitherto largely uncharted waters, replete with numerous case studies, a systematization of the emotional and cognitive components of betrayal and its consequences, a plethora of self-help measures, and self-evaluation questionnaires. About half the book is dedicated to recovery from betrayal. It belongs in the libraries of mental health practitioners, people who suffer or have suffered from betrayal (and who hasn’t?), and those who monitor intriguing and promising emergent ideas in psychotherapy and clinical psychology.

Sam Vaknin
Author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited"
Reviewer – Amazon.com

A valuable handbook to maintain in any reference library.

Overall, this work will be extremely useful to anyone going through a betrayal personally, or trying to help a friend or loved one navigate their way through. Written in a style easy to understand and relate to, it offers help to anyone at any step of the recovery process. Because the book is well written and detailed, those in a helping profession can utilize these steps and activities with clients of any age who may be experiencing betrayal in any of its many forms. A valuable handbook to maintain in any permanent reference library, this reviewer highly endorses this fine work.

Laurie Crumley Coates

Kenley knows her subject well.

Within the first few pages, it becomes evident that Kenley knows her subject well. Drawing from both her professional involvement and from her own painful personal experience, Kenley conveys her understanding of betrayal and its pain from many angles. In her practice, Kenley discovered that the experience of a betrayal was often behind issues such as depression, grief, anxiety, and anger… Writing in a caring voice that reminds readers to pace themselves and pause when needed, Kenley provides rare, honest glimpses into the pain and thought processes that accompany betrayal.

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Sherri McGregor
Author of "Parents of Estranged Adult Children: Help and Healing"