As an avid reader, I often prescribe books to my patients that may help them with particular issues.
I have found that patients who read more about what we’ve been discussing in our work together allows more healing work to be done in our sessions and, in some cases, speeds up the healing process because more of the material is processed and solidified outside of the time we spend together.
The following isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list of the titles I recommend. Many more could be listed and I will continue adding more titles over the course of time. However, these are some favorites, and ones that have been particularly helpful to past and current patients.
I encourage you to review the books below, as well as do your own search and trust what speaks to you.
Addiction & Recovery
- It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up With Addiction As Youngsters, Adolescents, Adults by Claudia A. Black, Ph.D.
Coping with Grief & Loss
- On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
Help with Anxieties, Panic Attacks, and Phobias
- From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett
Help with Codependence
- Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller, and J. Keith Miller
- Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
- After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms Spring and Michael Spring
- Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
- What You Feel, You Can Heal: A Guide for Enriching Relationships by John Gray, Ph.D.
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John M. Gottman, Ph.D., and Nan Silver
Surviving and Thriving after Sexual Abuse
- The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis