“In The Pile of Rubbish, Sandra Ormeno crafts a wonderful story to make an often difficult subject accessible and understandable and help both parents and children start the conversation about children’s mental health.”
About the book
A book to show the importance of talking about our problems and emotions
Why you need this book and what are all the things you will learn from it.
There was once a little boy who was quite special – he had a superpower!
He could transform his problems into objects. But like with anything, there was a little catch…
Learn the tale of Ulises’ superpower and how he got out of a messy, smelly, sticky pickle.
On this moving story, Sandra C. Ormeno, an experienced therapist specialised in complex trauma, shows us how we sometimes cope with emotions and problems, how easy they can accumulate if we don’t look after our mental health and the massive impact this can have, and how important it to ask for help when needed. Ulises’ story makes it clear to both children and adults that it is never too late to start your healing journey.
A peak inside
How the book was born
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
During my years of work as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and thanks to my academic background as pedagogue, it became very apparent how little emotional education children generally get, which, in my opinion, is one of the significant factors responsible for our suffering as adults. This suffering is inherited from generation to generation together with maladaptive coping mechanisms to deal with problems and emotions.
This has been very present for me for a long time and I can confidently say I see this in most of the clients that come through my practice doors. The most common way to cope with issues and unpleasant emotions is avoidance. We avoid, dismiss, brush under the carpet, deny, and neglect our mental health and all of a sudden it takes its toll and it becomes too much, it becomes unmanageable and we don’t know what to do. We can’t avoid anymore because avoiding becomes futile and we get lost, we only know we want to fix it now, we don’t want to look at what is happening and what is there, and often we go to therapy looking for quick fixes.
I work with metaphors a lot, I am a visual person and, as the book warm I am, I love stories, one day I came up with a metaphor, called the pile of sh** (yes, I do use swear words in my practice sometimes, especially if I know my clients will relate better to that, and because sometimes there is not a better word to describe something). I used this metaphor so much with my work with adults, it basically means to explain that in order to process our issues the only way is sitting on them, facing them, looking at them, exploring them, being uncomfortable, basically, the only way is through, avoiding is not going to work anymore, there is always a limit to how much we can avoid an issue or an unpleasant emotion.
So, I started to think how could more people benefit from this metaphor, how could I share this message for it to reach more people than just my clients? How can we get people to learn or understand this concept? What if we also share it with the little ones? Can they become adults who manage emotions and life difficulties better?
It was one day during lockdown, when I finally decided to do it. It was a sunny day, I took one of my many notebooks and sat down in my little side garden. I had the idea, but it took me quite a bit of time to figure out how to make it an engaging visual story that can be appealing to not only children but also young people or adults.
And so, one of those morning breaking my brains thinking in ways to make it fun, Ulises was born and with him his superpower, and it all made sense! Words started to flow, I couldn’t stop writing! And the rest is history…
What our readers say
Children’s mental health
Unique and important
The Pile of Rubbish is a unique story with a hugely important message that we can all identify with and learn from.
This book is a brave take on addressing our own struggles, and highlights the importance of speaking to others to lessen the personal burdens we all struggle with. An important lesson to learn at any age.
Brilliant, my child loved it!
Brilliant in every sense possible. My child loved it and it helped me open up the conversation about mental health and emotions.
The Pile of Rubbish is just incredible! The author takes you into a journey from page one to simply explain how important it is not avoid our problems and emotions and pile them away as this can spiral and make us very unhappy. What I like the most is how she portrays that it’s is okay to ask for help and even going to therapy, and that we need people in our lives and all of this is beautifully done through stunning images! I don’t think this is just a book for children, everyone of us should have a copy, I am definitely giving this as a present to a couple of my adult friends who struggle to express their emotions. Love it, love it, love it, just love it! A must have! Specially if you have children.
Who is it for?
A book for the little ones (and not so little)
The estimated children’s’ age The Pile of Rubbish is suitable to is approximately 6 to 12 years old. It is not a book of a few words but I believe we sometimes underestimate how much children can understand. Trust them and if in difficulty, explain further.
It can become challenging to know how, when and how much to talk to our children about emotions and mental health. This book can be the perfect excuse to start such chat. It can make it easier and enjoyable and it can definitely open up the conversation.
Schools and Mental Health professionals
This book is perfect to facilitate discussions about mental health and copying mechanisms. It’s a great aid to increase emotional education and introduce the importance of asking for help when needed. It breaks stereotypes and myths about how we should cope,
Young People & Adults
Often, simple messages delivered in the simplest way can have the most impact in someone. I believe in the power of metaphors, and even more if they are visual. This book contains a message everyone can benefit from, no matter the age. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Sandra C. Ormeno, a Psychotherapist specialised in complex trauma.
Originally Spanish I grew up in a big family. Since I was very young I was fascinated by anything to do with the human psyche. As a book warm I used to spend my days in the psychology section of my local library struggling to pick up only the 3 books I was allowed to take home.
At the same time, I was a super lively and creative little girl. My mum used to call me (with all her love) “the little silly girl of the plastic bag” because everywhere I went I had to carry a book to read, a notepad to write and draw, a colouring book and pencils, my roller skaters and an a skipping rope! And when I say everywhere, I literally say everywhere, even to the cinema! Ha! But my favourite thing to do was by far writing, I even used to write poetry!
Anyway, when it was time to go to University, psychology was excessively popular, reason why the cutting grade to access it was as the one on medicine. My whole world shattered when I found out I wasn’t going to be able to fulfil my dream of becoming a therapist. Little I knew back then what life had on store for me.
I had to settle studying Pedagogy (expert of Education, trainer of trainers), a degree with high psychology content where I discovered Personal coaching which is what lead me to Scotland over 15 year ago now. Although back then I was devastated because I couldn’t do psychology, I now know this was one of my biggest blessings and the key to me becoming who I am today. Who would have known?
In 2006 I moved to Scotland without knowing any English. I undertook an English course but not happy with my English after a year, I decided to go to university. I cried of happiness when I was told I could start the degree in Psychology from year 3 due to my Spanish degree. I completed my Honours degree and decided to continue fulfilling my dream of becoming a psychotherapist. Before completing my MSc in Counselling I got a job in a rape crisis centre working with complex trauma providing therapy for survivors of sexual violence. I haven’t stopped working and studying since.
As you can imagine writing books for the little ones (and not so little), to help in any way possible, has been one of my dreams for a long time. I am now privileged to combine my creativity with my passion to educate and help people navigate life and continue their development journey. And starting with children is the way to better impact the world.
Grisel , an experienced & talented artist and illustrator.
Grisel was born in Argentina but she grew up in Barcelona, in Spain, for most of her life. Her passion for music and her sound engineering job took her to London in 2010, but it wasn’t until she reached Scotland when she decided to use her artistic visual skills to pursue her dream of becoming an illustrator and character designer. The journey wasn’t easy and straight forward as she was rejected by 3 different Scottish universities.
However, this took her to qualify in Art and Design in Animation in 2018. After that she decided to take a leap of faith and set up her own business. She opened the doors of her first Illustration studio shop in Glasgow and, with lots of determination and hard work, she started working as a self employed illustrator and character designer.
AVAILABLE IN 3 DIFFERENT FORMATS in 2 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
The Pile of Rubbish was launched in memory of my mum on her birthday, the 12th of September 2021.
The paperback is a lighter option. Good to carry everywhere. A cheaper option if you want to buy multiple for various presents to friends and family. Size 8″x10″. 38 pages
This is the best option if you are buying the book as a present. The hardback will ensure longer durability and better presentation. Ideal if you want to have the book in display. Great for libraries or schools too as it will go from hand to hand. Size 8″x10″. 38 pages.
This is the digital option for those who prefer to have the book in a format that can be view in tablets and mobile phones. Great if you need to get the book faster and don’t want to wait for it to be delivered to you. (Note on pre-order period you will receive it on or after the 12th of September)
WHERE YOU CAN ORDER YOUR COPY
OPTION 1: UK based readers only, who want their copy signed with a personal note from the author + a cool sticker! Choose the format or formats you prefer and buy your copies adding them to your cart bellow
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