A Deadbeat Dad and the bloody pandas (Paperback)
Truth sees no boundaries and sooner or later it comes out and expresses its need to be acknowledged. Relationships are needed and sustained throughout our lifespan and need sustenance through nurture, understanding and support. This incredible story, narrated with simplicity and humour, carries the reader through extremes of human emotion and relationships. It is a compelling story of a father's true horror, isolation and survival in his daily struggles to rear his two adoring and beautiful daughters. Upon the inevitable breakup of his family, in court every attempt for the revelation of the truth is thwarted as he tries to put forward his experiences only to suffer injustice at every step of the nightmare that unfolds in front of him. He advocates and instigates a campaign for equality and justice in the treatment of parents and grandparents through the halls of power only to be physically and emotionally drained by the very men he saves from self destruction. He challenges and exposes the incompetence of the system, the state, the legal profession only to be excluded from the media at every step of his struggle to survive while being wiped from government files and dubbed as a threat to the very same system that tried to destroy him. But truth runs much deeper and much closer to the heart, where life itself, the unconditional love of his daughters and friendships are continuously challenged.
At the age of eighteen Sam emigrated from Pakistan for new beginnings in the bright lights of London. With nothing except a degree in psychology and loose change in his pockets he worked every job that was available till earning a livelihood as a business consultant. In ensuing years he got married and with two beautiful children and a wife, life necessitated a move to Ireland where he pursued his chosen career as a counselor and psychotherapist. His quest for survival brought to fore the lack of government supports for men in mental health and acknowledgement in family law. He sought to highlight the need for better emotional and psycho-social interaction for men and conducted extensive nationwide research and workshops in his chosen field. Sam Butt has a degree in Counseling and Psychometric testing, a Masters in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Diploma in Community Education. He is also trained as a mediator in conflict resolution. He currently resides in Castro Valley, California.