I am often asked for good book recommendations. Below is a list of books that I have read, utilize in treatment, and would recommend to clients. Also, do not forget to check in with your local library. Many libraries have an online database for books and audio books!
Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab
- I cannot say enough about this book. It assists folks in setting boundaries for all aspects of their life. It also helps depict boundaries in a manner that is attainable and easy to manage. It also has a workbook affiliated with the book, but I have not looked into the workbook.
- This book discusses the different aspects of the Trauma and Community Resiliency model, paired with its IChill app, this is a wonderful tool to utilize in further understanding our biological response to trauma
Unf**k yourself: Get out of your head and into your life by Gary John Bishop
- This is a self help book that looks into a more, direct way of helping yourself out of whatever you are going through.
The subtle art of not giving a f**k by Mark Manson
- This is a self help book that challenges the mantra of other self help books. This book is more direct when it comes to self help, and has no problem calling the reader out on their “BS.”
Codependent no more by Melody Beattie
- This book is geared toward individuals looking to help with codependency on their partner, family, friends or job.
De-clutter your mind. How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety and eliminate negative thinking by SJ Scott and Barrie Davenport
- This book discusses the different aspects of clutter that could cause anxiety in ones life. It discusses three main portions of our lives and discusses how to de clutter each of them
The highly sensitive person by Elaine N Aron
- This book addresses those individuals that were told they have been too sensitive throughout their lives. This book displays the research regarding the possible reasons why someone might be sensitive, discusses how to manage being a sensitive person, and how to discuss with others the way in which to approach a sensitive person.
The body keeps the score by Bessel van der Kolk
- This book discusses how trauma is stored in the body, and how the body needs to heal as much as our mental self needs to tell the story.
No drama discipline By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
- A parenting book that discusses how to take the drama out of disciplining a child. This book discusses the different ways of negative and positive reinforcement as well as raising emotionally intelligent children
Gender Identity by Dara Hoffman
- This book is a self help book regarding Gender Identity. This book discusses different types of gender identify and is a “work along” style of book that has the individual answer questions while reading the book.
Bunny Bear by Andrea J. Loney
- This is a children’s book that encompasses how we are all different, and the different struggles that one has in being accepted by their own community.
Getting Gamers by Jamie Madigan
- This is a psychology based book regarding understanding gamers, and how gaming has made its way into the mainstream of our day to day.
Tidying up by Marie Kondo
- Due to it’s popularity, I read this book to further assist others in understanding how their environment effects their mental health. This book hits on the reasons why a space becomes untidy and how to regain control over things in our environment.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
- This book took a spiritual approach to how we deal with external triggers in our lives. This book utilized some approaches that metaphorically paralleled to energy that we deal with on a daily basis, and how to “untether” our soul from these energies.
I am not in anyway endorsed by these authors and simply made this list as a suggestive list for those looking at certain topics.