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helpful reading

In this information age, we are lucky to have so many outlets for help, advice and new ideas. Therapy is a powerful choice for exploring the obstacles that get in the way of achieving change, healing, or growth, and the options for overcoming difficulties in life. But if you’re looking to enhance therapy with additional sources, this is a list for you. The more input you have regarding any given life struggle, the more likely you’ll find the unique solutions for you.

“There is nothing like looking

if you want to find something.

You will certainly find something if you look,

but it is not always quite

the something you were after.”

—J.R.R. Tolkien

personal growth

  • Conscious Living: How to create a life of your own design (Gay Hendricks)

  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

  • The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)

  • Heal Thy Self (Saki Santorelli)

  • If the Buddha Got Stuck: A handbook for change on a spiritual path (Charlotte Sophia Kasl)

  • Life Is a Verb: 37 days to wake up, be mindful, and live intentionally (Patti Digh)

  • Making Sense of Life’s Changes (William Bridges)

  • Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)

  • Spontaneous Happiness (Andrew Weil)

  • Taking Flight (Kelly Rae Roberts)

  • Unstuck: Your guide to the seven-stage journey out of depression (James S. Gordon)


substance abuse

  • Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down: 50 things every alcoholic and addict in early recovery should know, or how to stay clean and sober, recovery from addiction and substance abuse (Georgia W. Many)

  • Many Roads One Journey: Moving beyond the 12 steps (Charlotte S. Kasl)


grief & loss

  • Healing After Loss: Daily meditations for working through grief (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

  • On Death and Dying (Elizabeth Kübler-Ross)

  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart advice for difficult times (Pema Chodron)


couples & relationships

  • 365 Questions for Couples (Michael J. Beck, Stanis Marusak Beck, Seanna Beck)

  • And Baby Makes Three: The six-step plan for preserving marital intimacy and rekindling romance after baby arrives (John Gottman)

  • Attached: The new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find— and keep— love (Amir Levine, Rachel Heller)

  • The Divorce Remedy: The proven 7-step program for saving Your marriage (Michele Weiner Davis)

  • Financial Bliss: A couple’s guide to merging money styles and building a rich life together (Bambi Holzer)

  • Getting the Love You Want: A guide for couples (Harville Hendrix)

  • The Hard Questions: 100 essential questions to ask before you say “I do” (Susan Piver)

  • If the Buddha Dated: A handbook for finding love on a spiritual path (Charlotte Sophia Kasl)

  • If the Buddha Married: Creating enduring relationships on a spiritual path (Charlotte Sophia Kasl)

  • Keeping the Love You Find: A personal guide (Harville Hendrix)

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A practical guide from the country’s foremost relationship expert (John Gottman)

  • The Ten Conversations You Must Have Before You Get Married (Guy Grenier)

  • Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America’s Love Lab experts share their strategies for strengthening your relationship (John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Joan Declaire)


for parents

  • If the Buddha Had Kids: Raising children to create a more peaceful world (Charlotte Kasl)

  • Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical parenting from birth to six years (Jim Fay, Charles Fay)

  • No-Drama Discipline: The whole-brain way to calm the chaos and nurture your child's developing mind (Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson)

  • Peaceful Parenting (Nancy S. Buck)

  • Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child: Eliminating conflict by establishing clear, firm, and respectful boundaries (Robert J. MacKenzie)

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive (Daniel Siegel)


for parents regarding adolescents

  • Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain (Daniel Siegel)

  • Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A parent’s guide to the new teenager (Anthony E. Wolf)

  • Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens + teens (Laura S Kastner, Jennifer Wyatt)

  • The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans: How to decode their behavior, develop trust, and raise a respectable adult. (J. Shipp)

  • I’d Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to say and not say when parenting teens (Wolf, A.)

  • Parenting Teens With Love And Logic: Preparing adolescents for responsible adulthood (F. Cline & J. Fay)

  • Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds (T. Phelan)

  • The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens: Strategies for unlocking your child’s full potential (D. Haddad)

  • Who Stole My Child?: Parenting through the four stages of adolescence (C. Pickhardt) 

  • The Yes Brain: How to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child (Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson)

  • Yes, Your Teen is Crazy! Loving your kid without losing your mind (Michael J. Bradley)


for parents regarding special needs

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with special needs: Stories of love and understanding for those who care for children with disabilities (Heather McNamara, Karen Simmons)

  • Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and coping with attention deficit disorder from childhood through adulthood (Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey)

  • Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A survival guide for ordinary parents of special children (Gina Gallagher)


for children

  • The 7 Habits of Happy Kids (Sean Covey, Illustrator Stacy Curtis)

  • A Boy and A Bear: The children’s relaxation book (Lori Lite)

  • Bubble Riding: A relaxation story, designed to help children increase creativity while lowering stress and anxiety levels (Lori Lite)

  • How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (Elizabeth Verdick, Majorie Lisovskis)

  • The Invisible String* (Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Geoff Stevenson)

  • The Next Place* (Warren Hanson)

  • Tear Soup* (Pat Schwiebert, Check Deklyen, Illustrated by Taylor Bills)

*These are great books for grief of any kind—even for adults!


for teens

  • The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens (Sean Covey)

  • The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens (Sean Covey)

  • Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens (Franz Metcalf)

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers: 101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Teens (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark)

substance abuse
grief & loss
personal growth
couples & relationships
regarding adolescents
regarding special needs
for children
for parents
for adolescents
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