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Mary Jo Rapini experiences in psychotherapy have been diverse. Mary Jo was a counselor at Houston Child Guidance Center and at the Child Resource and Information Service. After ten years in Houston, she moved to Lubbock, Texas, for nine years. Mary Jo was an active volunteer for Contact Lubbock, training volunteers and monitoring a crisis line. In Lubbock, she was also active in oncology counseling, leading several cancer support groups and counseling at the University Medical Center.

Mary Jo is a frequent speaker at meetings for a variety of organizations. Lecture topics have included psychological issues of breast cancer, intimacy and sexual issues for the cardiac patient, sexuality of the working woman, stress avoidance tactics, loving yourself and marriage survivorship. She was a major participant in a symposium for young girls dealing with body image and helping girls become strong women. (More...)

Janine Sherman RN-C, MSN is a popular presenter on mother-daughter issues. She is actively involved with physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals as well as daughters, daughters' friends, and teens in general. (More...)


Start Talking contains more than 113 questions girls ask us every day about, well, everything: periods, sex, relationships, guys, eating, exercise, and more. There are also great ways to get your mom involved.

This book can be a fresh start for both of you. The truth is, daughters want to talk- to their moms. And, moms can learn how to listen-from their daughters. Start Talking is the place to start!