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Mental Health Book Recommendations for Therapists and Everyone Else

I love books. Above my reading nook at home hangs a print of a girl sitting at the edge of an open book with her legs dangling into outer space. It’s a good representation of what reading does for me—takes me somewhere else, into someone else’s head. It’s also one of my favorite things about being a therapist, the privilege of inhabiting someone else’s worldview for a while and gathering their wisdom.

In the spirit of wisdom-gathering, I recently asked my social media world to contribute their favorite mental health-related books. I’m a feverish collector of book recommendations, so the resulting list is like a treasure chest for me, but I realized I’m not the only nerd out there. Sharing this by-no-means-complete compilation in the hopes that others benefit and comment with their favorites!

Healing Developmental Trauma by Laurence Heller & Aline Lapierre
Why Does He Do That? By Lundy Bancroft (Domestic Violence)
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (Trauma)
The Heart of Trauma by Bonnie Badenoch
Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, And Just Plain Fail to
Understand About Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole
Landwhale: On Turning Insults into Nicknames, Why Body Image is Hard, and How Diets Can
Kiss My Ass by Jes Baker
Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (Chronic addiction)
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Connie
Burk & Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–and How to Make The Most of Them Now
by Meg Jay
You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra
Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for
Healing by Sarah Peyton
The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom
The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by
Judith Lewis Herman
Simple Self-Care for Therapists by Ashley Davis
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by Nancy McWilliams
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
Being a Brainwise Therapist by Bonnie Badenoch
Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse
Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship
How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration by David Richo

How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving by David Richo
How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service by Paul Gorman & Ram Dass
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Greg Boyle
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women by Renee
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love
by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller
What Makes Love Last? By John Gottman
The Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for Couples by John Gottman
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher
The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by
Harriet Lerner
Eight Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin & Gwen Grabb
ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Russ

By |2019-01-09T01:24:05+00:00December 6th, 2018|Resources|0 Comments

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