It’s All About Relationships!

It's All About Relationships, book cover

New Ways to Make Them Healthy
and Fulfilling, at Home and at Work

206 Pages, $16.95
Paperback, 6.69 x 9.61
ISBN: 978-0-9896274-2-9

Karen L. Rancourt, Ph.D., has enjoyed over 50 years of varied experiences: elementary school teacher, college professor, corporate consultant, executive and career coach. She writes an advice column, Ask Dr. Gramma Karen, hosted by, a national parenting resource. She is also a columnist for GRAND Magazine. All of these have added to her expertise in personal and professional relationships.


When the manuscript for It’s All About Relationships! New Ways to Make Them Healthy and Fulfilling, at Home and at Work was done, I reached out to readers of my advice columns as well as to professionals I knew with practices in the helping professions, e.g., therapists, counselors, psychologists, and social workers. I wanted those who would have either a personal or professional interest in the topic of relationships to provide me feedback. The comments I received were thoughtful and detailed, including specific examples of how they found the book readable, actionable, and empowering. Here are a few examples:

  • “I was especially taken with how well the stories/anecdotes are integrated with your analyses. That brings home the points you’re making so very well. In fact, for me that is the great organizational strength of the book.”
  • “I like the simplicity, directness, and clarity of your writing style and of the exercises.”
  • “The examples cover both personal and professional situations, which were fun and entertaining to read and helped put the text in real experiences.”
  • “Helped to organize my feelings into words, gave me a way to think about and talk about my relationships to myself and to others. I never realized before how important it is to have a lexicon for relationships.”
  • “Each chapter invites me to drill down a bit deeper, or to pick up where I’ve been stuck understanding possible confusion, avoidance, or general resistance to increasing healthy interactions.”
  • “I now am more able to understand the many facets of each type of relationship, being mindful of good reasons to keep them going or let them fall by the wayside.”
  • “I can now see that it makes sense to ask myself questions before certain interactions. How deep do I want this conversation to go? How much do I want to share? The concept of the two main types of behavior I can control [before I respond in an interaction] had never occurred to me.”
  • “I have already applied so many of the guidelines and building blocks from the book into my relationships. I now feel so good, honest, and true about actions I have taken in regards to certain relationships with the decisions I’ve made, how I arrived at them, and how I have acted on them.”