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Suggested Self-Help Books  

The books listed below are suggested based on their rating from the Authoritative Guild to Self Help Resources in Mental Health and/or my personal/professional experience over the years working with clients.

The information contained on this page is intended to provide general information on books about various issues.  This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and care.  

 

Abuse:

       Sexual Abuse: 

    • The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.  On adult woman’s recovery from child sexual abuse
    • Victims No Longer by Michael Lew.  On adult man’s recovery from childhood sexual abuse

     Domestic Abuse:

    • The Battered Woman by Lenore Walker
    • Getting Free by Ginny NiCarthy

     Verbal Abuse:

    • The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans

Anger:

    • The Dance of Anger by Harriett Learner.  For woman who want to understand and moderate their anger.

Anxiety, OCD, Fear and Self-Doubt:

 

    • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety By John P. Forsyth, George H. Eifert

    • The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder By Bruce M. Hyman, Cherry Pedrick

    • The Confidence Gap: A Guild to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Russ Harris

Assertiveness:

    • Your Perfect Right by Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons

ADD/ADHD:

    • Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley.  For parents of ADHD children.
    • Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J Ratey.  For adults with ADHD

Depression:

    • The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris  (You can get the 1st 2 chapter free from the Happinesstrap.com website under Resources)
    • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes, Spencer Smith
    • The Reality Slap:  Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts by Russ Harris

Parenting:

    • How to talk so Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
    • How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! By Sal Severe
    • The Joy of Parenting:  An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guild to Effective Parenting in the Early Years by Lisa Coyne & Amy Murrell
    • WHY Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen By David Walsh

Loss (Death and Grieving):

    • How to Survive the loss of a Love by Melba Congrove, Harold Bloomfield and Peter McWilliams.  On coping with loss of any kind, including death
    • When Bad things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner.  A spiritually based approach to death, dying and grief.
    • Working It Through by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  On coping with death.
    • How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rand
     

Marriage/Love/Relationships:

        Marriage:

    • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail by John Gottman.  On healthy and unhealthy martial styles.  Reaseach based.
    • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman.  Exercised for couple to do to become closer.
    • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love By Sue Johnson
    • ACT with Love:  Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Russ Harris

       Infidelity:

    • After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis A. Springs

        Intimacy:

    • The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner

    Other:

    • Obsessive Love by Susan Forward.  For those who are obsessive lovers and their targets.
     

       

Weight Management • Healthy Eating:

  • The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, Judith S. Beck
  • Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food, Susan Albers
  • The Appetite Awareness Workbook: How to Listen to Your Body And Overcome Bingeing, Overeating, & Obsession With Food  by Linda Craighead
  • The Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks By Thomas Cash
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling By Anita A. Johnston.