Clients at New Perspectives Center for Counseling often ask for referrals to books to supplement their psychotherapy. “Bibliotherapy” can enhance and speed the process of psychotherapy. The following books are highly recommended resources for education and change. Click on the suggested book and you will be guided directly to the Amazon.com bookstore. These books are also easily found at your local bookstore and library.
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this powerful, comforting, and very readable book. The lessening of self-judgments, addictions, conflicts in relationships and loneliness is a primary target of psychotherapy. Many of my clients find the wisdom of this book to be a great supplemental resource for growth.
— Kate Northcott, Director, New Perspectives Center for Counseling
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life, by David Burns, M.D
David Burns, M.D is an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School. He conducts lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Canada for healthcare professionals and for the general public and has received numerous media and research awards. When Panic Attacks is his concise, humorous and effective workbook for dealing with panic, anxiety, depression and other painful mood states.
The Feeling Good Handbook, by David Burns, M.D.
David Burns, M.D is an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and has served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School. He conducts lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Canada for healthcare professionals and for the general public and has received numerous media and research awards. His bestselling book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, has sold more than four million copies worldwide and is the book most often recommended by American and Canadian mental health professionals to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J. Bourne
A classic, practical, hands-on workbook for the client struggling with Anxiety and Phobias.
Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder,
by Marsha M. Linehan
Linehan’s innovative and ground-breaking DBT Skills concepts are described in detail in this manual, written for the therapist and cient alike. This is the material that is used in any adherent DBT Skills Training Group.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook:
Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance,
by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood and Jeffrey Brantley
DBT Skills translated into a self-help workbook.
Psychotherapist Terrence Real believes that depression is a silent, hidden epidemic in men. He believes that problems that are thought of as typically male — difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage-are really attempts to escape depression. Real talks about how men can heal depression and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert,
by John Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver
John Gottman has used rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in great detail over many years. This is the culmination of his life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Written as a self-help manual for any couple, Gottman uses practical questionnaires and exercises to assist in the development of a more satisfying and happy relationship.
Feeling Good Together, by David Burns, MD
David D. Burns, MD, is an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and has served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School. His bestselling book, Feeling Good, has sold over four million copies. In Feeling Good Together, Burns develops his classic cognitive-behavioral methods into practical methods for couples.
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel
A respected voice on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a new perspective on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity explores the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire and discusses how to keep desire present in long-term relationships.