Denisia J. Hockley: Your Child the Little Scientist
If you understood the way in which your child thinks, would that make you a better parent? Author Denisia J. Hockley believes she has the answer to that question in her new book, “Your Child the Little Scientist” She took time out of her busy schedule to speak with us and we’re about to find out the meaning of her title and what’s inside to convince that there is a little scientist inside all of our children.
Hello Denisia, thanks for your time. Please introduce yourself to our reading audience.
I’m Denisia J. Hockley and I’ve been a Clinical Psychologist for 17 years based in Australia but the majority of my time is spent in the United States. In my practice, I work with all types of clients from victims of trauma and abuse to ordinary families struggling with typical life issues. I also have treated clients with psychiatric disorders. My style is laidback, informal and solution-focused.
As a therapist, I worked in the outback, Aboriginal settlements, men’s correctional facilities, addiction programs and private practice. I’m also an ex-policewoman with a colorful and diverse career.
I’m also the Mother of a daughter named Amanda who is in law school in Australia.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for many years including professional manuals and psychology articles. I later I started writing programs and articles for clinical depression groups and this resulted into me writing and editing a manual covering depression, anxiety and living.
What inspired you to write your book Your Child the Little Scientist?
I was working with a family in 2011 and the husband made a remarkable shift in his approach interacting with his 2 year old. The family inquired if there was a book or manual where all this stuff was written.” More and more my patients kept telling me I need to put my theories in a book. I began in my work with clients writing elements of my theories and practice down and giving it to people as handouts in therapy. From there it grew into my book “Your Child The Little Scientist.”
My book stresses that parenting is not just about what is happening right now as it is about what is being programmed into your child’s hard drive(mind) and how that impacts the rest of their life. “Your Child The Little Scientist” takes you into a child’s mind, perceptions and reasoning. My book shows the reader how to interpret the world of children and how this impacts not only on their behavior but how they determine their own self-worth.
I’m big on using humor, cartoons. I think people learn better if it’s short, entertaining and gets to the point!
What steps did you take to publish your book?
Late 2011, I started a new practice and developed my own website: I created my cover and began writing my manuscript from my experiences from working with my clients. I then researched if I was going to completely self-publish or work with a Publisher on Demand (POD) company. I researched several companies and decided to work with Tate Publishing. The company handled all aspects of my book from editing the manuscript to the final printing of my book.
What’s your favorite part?
My book is small but powerful read and each chapter is informative but also a very easy read. If I had to narrow down my favorite aspect of my book it would be that I love my babies on the cover as they are all so adorable. I want just to cuddle them and protect them all. Inside the book the pictures I selected and the captions are entertaining and each one has a powerful message.
Outside of writing this book, I understand you’re involved in other projects. Would you mind sharing what those are with us?
I have recorded 13 CD on various Therapies including hypnosis, meditation, sleep, anxiety and relationships. My book is the first in a series of “Your Little Scientists.”
Do you plan on attending any events soon? If so, please tell us where you will be?
I’m working on identifying book fairs that I will be attending in the upcoming season. In the meantime, I’m working on getting my name and book into the public by participating on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I also plan on future interviews in various forms of media.
How can the readers contact you if they would like to receive a personal copy? Do you have a website?
My book is also available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble website.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out as an author?
Follow your passion as an Author. Seek help for areas that you’re unsure about especially if being an Author is a new industry. Be prepared to be patient getting your name and book out the public especially if you’re a Self-Published Author. It is a lot of work but in the end, it is very rewarding.
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
Firstly thank you so much for giving me this interview. To my readers: My book will almost definitely push some buttons, hit a nerve or to, but read the book right through, (twice if necessary) with an open mind, and remember it is never about ‘blame’. Every parent (including me) screws up: pretty much every parent does (or did) the best they can with the resources they have/had, what they know, their own ‘tapestry’ , what they have learned and the programs on their own hard drive. Your parents were also once Little Scientists doing the best they could to make their world work.
Note: You may find a copy of Ms. Hockley’s book here