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Recommended Reading


Below is a list of books my clients and I have found useful. Most of these books can be found on Amazon or at your local library.



  • Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build a Loving Marriage, by Ellyn Bader and Peter T. Pearson

  • The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation, by Alan E. Fruzzetti

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert, by John Gottman and Nan Silver

  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson

  • The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work, by Terrence Real

  • The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too), by Gretchen Rubin




  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross W. Greene (excellent advice even with kids who aren't behaviorally challenged!)

  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

  • The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, by Mary Pipher

  • Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell, see especially Chapter 8, How We Disconnect and Reconnect: Rupture and Repair




  • The Feeling Good Handbook, by David Burns

  • Positive Affect Treatment for Depression and Anxiety: Workbook, by Michelle Craske, Halina J. Dour, Michael Treanor and Alicia E. Meuret. (An unexciting title but a workbook that really helps when you struggle to feel joy and pleasure.)

  • Better than Before: What I Learned about Making and Breaking Habits, by Gretchen Rubin

  • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, by Martin E. P. Seligman




  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

  • The Right to Write, by Julia Cameron

  • Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, by Natalie Goldberg




  • Goddesses in Everywoman, by Jean Bolen, and Gods in Everyman, by Jean Bolen

  • The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals the Protect Us from Violence, by Gavin de Becker

  • The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By, by Carol Pearson

  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing, by Babette Rothchild

  • Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, by Reid Wilson

Informational Handouts


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