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Books can expand on themes that people are exploring in therapy.
depression anxiety, career, couples, relationships, psychoeducation, mindfulness, meditation
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The Bookshelf (Resources)

Reading books can open up our minds to new ideas and expand on themes that we may be exploring in therapy. There are lots of self-help books out there. On Amazon alone there are 594,898 books under the category of self-help.

 

The narrowed down list of books below are written by credible experts. Before buying a book check your local library to avoid expenses. Plus a trip to the library is fun!
Topics:

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Career
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Online Resources
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Anxiety

The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David A. Clark, PhD and Aaron T. Beck, M.D., ISBN 160623918X. Strategies for identifying anxiety triggers, challenges for the thoughts and beliefs that lead to distress, and how to loosen anxiety’s grip–one manageable step at a time. Lots of worksheets.

 

Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice Updated ed., by David A. Clark, PhD., ISBN 1609189922. This is an authoritative and highly practical book that explores the five most common anxiety disorders.

 

Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes, M.D., ISBN 0451167228. Simple and straight forward, written in 1969 by an Australian physician/psychiatrist.

 

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, by John P. Forsyth, PhD and George H. Eifert, ISBN 162625334X. Set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, trauma, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear.

 

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Free Yourself from Fear and Reclaim Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook), by Nancy L. Kocovski, PhD and Jan E. Fleming, M.D., ISBN B00CSCO1RG. Research studies for the treatment of social anxiety disorder and related subclinical levels of shyness have shown that ACT can be an effective treatment.

 

Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, ISBN 1553379594, This is a picture book. Good for kids and adults.  Think Oh the Places you’ll Go for anxiety.

 

Memoirs
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind, by Scott Stossel, ISBN 0307269876. Detail of a life-long struggle with anxiety. The author is a journalist and current editor of Atlantic magazine.

 

On Edge:  A Journey Through Anxiety, by Andrea Petersen, ISBN 0553418572.  The author is a science and health reporter who offers a wry, bracing honest account of living with anxiety.

Depression:

Depression: Causes and Treatment, 2nd Edition, by Aaron Beck and Brad Alford, ISBN 0812219643. An updated version of a pioneering book on depression that was written 40 years ago by the father of cognitive therapy, Aaron Beck.

 

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (book & CD), by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindal Siegal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, ISBN 1593851286. Lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair such as rumination and self-blame. Guided meditations included by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

The happiness trap: How to stop struggling and start living, by Dr. Russ Harris, ISBN 1590305841. Presents information from the perspective of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Information to help clarify your values and develop mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment) so that you are able to find true satisfaction in life.

 

Rethinking depression: How to shed mental health labels and create personal meaning, by Eric Maisel, PhD, ISBN 1608680207. Bold presentation of an existentialist perspective on depression. New way of thinking about depression.

 

Memoirs

Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression, by Sally Brampton, ISBN 0393346080. The author wrote for Vogue and the Observer before launching Elle magazine in the U.K. during the mid-eighties. This is her honest account of dealing with paralyzing depression. She is very good at describing current therapies and alternative treatments. The book is often funny, brash & endearing,

 

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Soloman, ISBN 1501123882. The author is a professor of psychology at Columbia University, president of PEN American Center, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine. The book is a blend of personal experience and meticulous research.

Couples

And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives, by John Gottman, PhD, and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, ISBN 140009738X. Based on years of research, the authors offer skills needed to maintain healthy marriages, so partners can avoid the pitfalls of parenthood. Exercises included.

 

Couples Therapy Workbook, by Kathleen Mates-Youngman, LMFT, ISBN 1937661466. This unique guide has 30 guided conversations of the most critical relationship struggles. For each of the 30 topics, there is an introduction, goal-setting strategies and 10 scripted questions to ask each other – all presented in an easy-to-use mindful style to help reconnect and build intimacy.

 

Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships, by Sue Johnson, PhD, ISBN 0749955481. Focus on the emotional connection of every relationship by de-escalating conflict, creating a safe emotional connection, and strengthening bonds between partners. Sue Johnson is the pioneer of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

 

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel, LMFT, AASECT, ISBN 0060753641. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couple therapist, the author examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Using case studies and lively discussion, the author demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships.

 

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, by John Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver, ISBN 0553447718. Culmination of Gottman’s work with resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else. New research and exercises included.

Career:

Flow: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, ISBN 0712657592. The author studied states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. Studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is ‘flow’ – a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of a perfect state of happiness. This is included here because if you can find a career in which you experience “flow” you will be challenged and happy – drudgery & stress evaporate.

 

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series), by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, ISBN 0465024114.

 

Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, by Shawn Achor, ISBN 0753539470. The author’s research showed that happiness actually fuels success and performance, not the other way around. When we are happier and more positive we are more engaged, creative, resilient to stress, and productive. Practical advice on how to become happier and more successful at work.

 

The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt, by Dr. Russ Harris and Steven Hayes, PhD, ISBN 1590309235. Many miss opportunities due to a lack of self-confidence. Drawing on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), learn to stop struggling against fearfulness and find lasting freedom from it.

Online Resources

Organizational websites that may be helpful to you in researching symptoms and treatment modalities.

 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

www.adaa.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

www.dbsalliance.org

Mental Health America (MHA)

www.mentalhealthamerica.net

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

www.nami.org

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

www.nimh.nih.gov

Websites of authors and researchers that I find informative and helpful, perhaps you will too!

 

Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW – vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame

brenebrown.com

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. – ADHD

www.drhallowell.com

Greater Good. The Science of a Meaningful Life

greatergood.berkeley.edu

Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

www.mindfulnesscds.com

Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff

self-compassion.org

Sharon Salzburg – mindfulness meditation

www.sharonsalzberg.com

Tara Brach – mindfulness meditation and radical acceptance

www.tarabrach.com

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back, relax, all you need is a book.”

 Dr. Seuss