Books are powerful tools to help us learn, heal and grow through the stories, wisdom and sacred vulnerability of others. Here are just some of my favorite books that have inspired and encouraged me on my journey! Click the link to buy on Amazon!
Therapy Book Spotlight
Seven Principles to Making Marriages Work by John Gottman: Offering years of extensive research and therapeutic wisdom from his own work with couples, Gottman helps married couples re-discover greater intimacy, connection and communication to support their marriages and avoid the painful outcome of divorce. If you are married or thinking about getting married, you definitely want to read this.
It Didn’t Start with you by Mark Wolynn: What if many of our mental illnesses today aren’t a cause of a chemical imbalance in your brain or the result of your immediate life experiences? What if it was passed down by our family members- including great and great great grandparents? Wolynn offers compelling research to support these questions that challenge everything you thought you knew about mental health.
Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns: You don’t always need medication to treat depression and anxiety. In fact, there are many tools and skills that you can begin practicing at home to help manage depressive and anxiety symptoms. When you have more skills, you feel more control and it can increase a more positive outlook on your life.
The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty and John Cihak: This book is a great intersect between spirituality and mental health. Using psychological research, psychopharmacology, and the wisdom of the Sacraments and Saints, Catholic Psychologist, Kheriaty offers a way to help people understand depressive symptoms and how to use both Catholic doctrine and aids, and psychotherapy to drive out the despair in depression.
Getting Past your Past by Francine Shapiro: Want to take control over your life without letting your past experiences get the best of you? This book not only helps readers understand EMDR therapy in a way that's easy to read and understand, but it offers practical skills to help manage trauma-related symptoms.
Be Healed by Bob Schuchts : Looking for a good mental health book that incorporates Catholic spirituality? If YES, this book is for YOU. Be Healed relies on the powerful love of Jesus to HEAL what's broken or fractured in your life.
The Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.: Ever wonder why when you're feeling anxious your stomach may start to hurt or after crying yourself to sleep your head hurts the next morning? Bessel Van Der Kolk recounts in this easy read just how much your emotions and your body are connected.
The Boy Who was Raised a Dog by Bruce Perry: Bruce Perry's honest recounts through the stories of traumatized children, help us to believe that healing is possible no matter how painful or broken our childhood was.
The Road Less Traveled by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. : M. Scott Peck integrates psychology, values and spirituality to help readers uncover their own psyche, actions, emotions, and personal identity. At the end of the book you will feel more enlightened and more whole.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Breneé Brown: This book will help you embrace who you are, imperfections included, with wholeness, truth and love. It is a heart-felt read that encourages you to confront painful emotions, such as shame and nurture your insecurities.
Buddha's Brain by Rick Hansen: Using the wisdom of Buddha, simplified neuroscience and practical tools such as mindfulness, this book encourages you to not shy away from the mind but embrace it as a way to bring your life more "happiness, love and wisdom."
The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren: Have you ever wondered why we have to experience certain emotions like anger and sadness? Have you ever wished certain emotions would just leave you alone? This book helps you uncover your emotions and learn the purpose it plays in your unique life.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay: "If you're willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed." This book empowers people to change their thinking so that they can heal their life. It may sound too good to be true, but what if good things are possible if we believe in our power to achieve them?
Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive: Depression isn't easy to live with. Those who experience depression can relate to the feeling of having life being sucked from you. However in this easy to read, step by step guide using Cognitive Behavioral strategies, this book can help you "survive" the life sucking emotional state so you can truly thrive and live life fully alive!
A Still Quiet Place for Teens: Is your teenage mind in a rampage spiral of negative thoughts? Is your stress level so high, it's hard to even function? Has it been difficult for you to be still and focus on what's in front of you? If the answer is YES to any of these questions then it sounds like you need a quiet place through this mindfulness guide to help you challenge debilitating thoughts and feelings to find peace.
The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Self-esteem is not easy to have in a world where you're never quite "good enough." Middle school and high school often times can feel like you're an arena fighting off wild lions to preserve your life. However this workbook can get you out of the treacherous arena to a grounded place of tranquility within the comforts of your mind.
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Using dialectical behavioral skills, this book helps train your mind to manage your emotions and rely on a more balanced perspective to help you process your experiences.