Recommended Books and Workbooks

Author: Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.Less

In ten simple techniques, this pocket-sized, anxiety-busting guide boils down the most effective remedies for worry and anxiety, whether chronic or in the moment. From breathing exercises and relaxation practices to thought-stopping techniques, worry “containment,” effective self-talk, and strategies that put an end to catastrophizing once and for all, it’s your go-to guide when anxiety levels begin to boil.

Author: Regine GalantiLess

Dr. Regine Galanti teaches you how CBT-based skills and mindfulness techniques can help you manage your anxiety and reverse negative patterns. Through simple and effective exercises that help you change your thoughts, behaviors, and physical reactions, this helpful guide gives you the tools you need to navigate all of life's challenges and get you back on track to living a happy and healthy life.


- Quizzes and self-assessments to better understand your anxiety and emotions and discover their respective triggers

- 30 CBT-based tools to manage your anxiety along with practical strategies for dealing with challenging emotions such as anger and sadness

- 30 mindfulness practices to cope with your anxiety in the present moment through visualizations, breathing, meditation, and other exercises

Author: Megan DevineLess

Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, "happy" life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.

In this compelling and heartfelt book, you’ll learn:

- Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief

- How challenging the myths of grief allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve

- Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to "fix" your pain

- Tools to teach you the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting people you love through the grieving process

Authors: John W. James & Russell FriedmanLess

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity.

Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:

- Loss of faith

- Loss of career and financial issues

- Loss of health

- Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home

Author: Lindsay GibsonLess

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents’ emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you’ll learn how to create positive, new relationships so you can build a better life.

Discover the four types of difficult parents:

- The emotional parent instills feelings of instability and anxiety

- The driven parent stays busy trying to perfect everything and everyone

- The passive parent avoids dealing with anything upsetting

- The rejecting parent is withdrawn, dismissive, and derogatory

Authors: Karyn Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons SunshineLess

This book is essential for parents, caregivers, and loved ones of “kids from hard places” - foster care, adoption, etc. - and provides a trauma-informed perspective on parenting and attachment. It is an accessible read and provides insight on challenges related to the biology of attachment, social/relational interactions, and behavior-as-communication of children who faced early trauma. It also gives a lot of helpful vignettes to illustrate the principles of the book as they apply to parenting. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you:

- Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child

- Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders

- Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened

Author: Ron DealLess

Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily. Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily.

You'll discover how to:

- Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships

- Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse

- Handle stepfamily finances confidently

- "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend

Author: Dr. Sheri KefferLess

Drawing from her experience both as a marriage and family therapist and a woman who personally experienced the devastation of sexual betrayal, Dr. Sheri Keffer walks women impacted by betrayal through the pain and toward recovery. She explains how the trauma of betrayal affects our minds, bodies, spirits, and sexuality. She offers practical tools for dealing with emotional triggers and helps women understand the realities of sexual addiction. And she shows women how to practice self-care, develop healthy boundaries, protect themselves from abuse or manipulation, and find freedom from the burden of shame and guilt.

Author: Wendy MaltzLess

Renowned author, psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist, Wendy Maltz presents a comprehensive program for healing that sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques, and first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing. This compassionate resource can help you to:

- Identify the sexual effects of sexual abuse

- Eliminate negative sexual behavior and resolve specific problems

- Gain control over upsetting automatic reactions to touch and sex

- Develop a healthy sexual self-concept

TRIGGER WARNING: This book includes stories of survivors, as well as very direct language about abuse and assault.

Author: Shainna Ali, PhDLess

You need love from yourself as much as from others. When you have low self-esteem, low confidence or even self-hatred, it’s impossible to live life to the fullest. It’s time to build your self-love and transform your attitude, emotions, and overall outlook on life! This helpful workbook allows you to become aware of your own unique needs and goals while discovering how to better accept and love your true self. It includes a variety of constructive and actionable tips, tricks, and exercises, including:

- Interactive Activities - explore a variety of fun and creative ways to love yourself

- Reflection Prompts - unpack your experiences and connect them to new lessons

- Helpful Advice - deepen your understanding of self-love and utilize it in the real world

Author: Lori GottiebLess

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror, and courage, hope and change.

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of¬fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

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