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What Your Therapists are Reading December 2016

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I can’t believe I have been doing the blog post What Your Therapists are Reading for 2 years now. I am so grateful for all those who have contributed to this post, the authors, and the readers. It is amazing how quickly two years has passed.  I am so glad that it has been helpful to people.  I have found it a great resource for myself and my book list is ever growing.  As usual we have lots of books for you this month. So many choices to add to your Holiday lists!  Mindless eating, sibling rivalry, the gift of therapy, behavior challenges at school, and so much more!
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This book takes a fascinating look at the psychology of our eating habits and how companies capitalize on it. The author uses actual data from his own food laboratory to show the reader that we are not as accurate as we think we are when it comes to how much we eat. It’s such an interesting read and takes a unique perspective on the idea of psychology and how it relates to our food choices. You can connect with Laura Long, M.S, LMFT/S Business Coach for Therapists at www.YourBadassTherapyPractice.com
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by Irvin D. Yalom, MD.
I read parts of this book at the beginning of my career. I am now 10 years into my career and am re-reading the book through the eyes of a clinical supervisor. I believe it is a staple for any therapist’s desk – not just their bookshelf! I will be sharing pieces of Yalom’s wisdom with my supervisees in upcoming sessions. You can connect with Bethany Raab, LCSW at www.raabcounseling.com or www.denverlcswsupervision.com
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A great resource for parents and teachers who have tried traditional methods for behavior challenging children but need to try something different. This book stresses the importance of communication and hearing both sides of the story as well as using the children in developing solutions proactively and collaboratively. You can connect with Dane Wendell, LCPC Wendell Counseling, LLC  at www.wendellcounseling.com
 RisingStrong
This books speaks to how we need to face our own difficulties and grapples with anknowleding them head on. The author uses personal story to share her own experience of facing herself and rising strong after she does so. You can connect with Emily at www.paxfamilycounseling.com
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by Josephine Beatson, Sathya Rao, and Chris Watson
Many therapist are challenged by working with clients with this diagnosis, and have been influenced by outdated thinking that they don’t recover. In this book, the authors clearly describe the condition and how it comes about, but importantly describe what psychotherapeutic treatments lead to recovery (and long-term recovery rates are about 88%). This book offers new hope to both sufferers and clinicians who have despaired about the long-term prognosis for recovery. You can connect with Tim Hill, PACFA Clinical Member at http://timhillpsychotherapy.com/
siblings
 This book is so easy to read!! And it has real-life stories and examples. It also has cartoons depicting how TO say and NOT to say in response to certain sibling issues. This is definitely a book I will keep on the shelf as a reference!! You can connect with Amanda Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach. at www.busymomslifecoach.com
brainonfire
Medical evaluations are often overlooked and sometimes these medical symptoms can mimic symptoms of a mental health issue. In this book Susanna shares her story on how she was almost written off as having a psychotic illness when it fact she was suffering from a life threatening disease. This book is great for anyone in the medical and counseling field. You can connect with Minaa B. Archbold, LMSW at www.minaab.com
Find something that interests you on What Your Therapists are Reading?  If not, check out the lists from previous years.  You can find all the links to previous post from the rest of 2016 and 2015.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only.

How to Teach Your Kids About Feelings

Teaching kids about their feelings is a daily adventure that honestly, can be exhausting at times.  As a therapists, I am constantly talking about how feelings are neither Good or Bad, but rather just ARE. We all have feelings, all day everyday.  They change frequently and quickly.  Sometimes, we just need to slow down to recognize and feel the emotion. But as like most things, it is way easier, or so we think, to focus on the positive and try to move past the “negative emotions”.  I think as a parent this is one of the hardest things to do.  One reason being it is very difficult to see your child experiencing something hard.  The other is well, we have places to be and things to do.  Let’s face it, it can be really inconvenient for a child to have a meltdown when you have to get out the door to work.  We have all been there.  So what do you do?  Just like with anything else we teach our kids, we need to give them the words to be able to describe how they are feeling and what is happening.  We need to practice daily too. Here are a few simple ways to teach your kids the words to the feelings they are experiencing.

  1.  Talk about feelings.  It is helpful to talk about a feeling in our everyday language.  When asked “How are you”?  Think about how you are actually feeling, instead of just automatically responding with “good”.  “I am feeling happy today. I am feeling content today.  I am feeling stressed today”.  Using the word feeling makes it normal language in your house.
  2. When reading a book with your kids, acknowledge and ask questions about feelings.  “How do you think he feels that that happened?”  “How do you know that she feels that way?”  Simple questions to help them identify feelings.
  3. When coloring ask questions about feelings similar to how you would in a story.  “Oh, look at Superman, how do you think he is feeling?”  “Brave, what makes you say that?  Yes his stance is a brave stance.”
  4. When talking with kids, help them identify their feelings.  If telling you about something that happened at school, ask “how did you feeling about that?”  “I would have been really excited and would have had a hard time sitting, too”.
  5. Play games that include increasing feeling vocabulary.  There are lots of printable’s on Pinterest such as a feeling matching game.
  6. I am big on movement, as it is very helpful for moving past feelings.  So play a game such as “show me your brave stance”, “let’s see your angry face”, “happy face”.  With older kids, you can write down the feeling and have them act it out.  Don’t forget to play too.  This increases the family fun time together.  Get silly with it.

These are just a few simple ways to bring feelings into your home to help identify and provide the vocabulary.  It doesn’t have to be a “big thing” such ask asking about every character in every book, but rather a a question here and there.  Again, it makes talking about feelings normal for your home. Remember, learning about feelings is lifelong.  It isn’t necessarily something we know or don’t. It isn’t like riding a bike, but something that we continue to learn through practicing. I would love to hear any ideas you have for teaching about feelings!

 

Jessica

What Your Therapists are Reading November 2016

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 I feel like November is flying by.  Before the holiday’s come, please check out some of this months reading list of What Your Therapists are Reading.  Maybe there is a gift you could be buying a loved one?  This month is a range of various books from parenting, staying present, and understanding why men and women are so different! Plus so much more.
howtoraiseanadult
The author uses her experience as an undergraduate advisor and a parent to illustrate the ways we think we are helping our kids but really aren’t. She provides practical strategies to avoid being a helicopter parent and help our kids become competent and develop resilience. This book is for any parent who has kids from toddlers to college age.  You can connect with Julie Safranski, LCSW at www.juliesafranski.com
startwhereyouareat
A wonderful resource for helping us to access compassion when are instincts are to shut down or attack. You can connect with Monique A. Dauphin, LMHC at moniquedauphin.com
presence
This books presents a thorough, understandable and user-friendly explanation and conceptualization of what it means to have presence. Living authentically and present are concepts that I routinely explore in my practice, and this book has become a useful reference and resource personally and professionally. You can connect with Tiffanie Trudeau, LMHC, LPC, CSAT at www.thecounselingalliance.com
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 This book can be incredibly useful in helping people find inner strength and understanding of the inner workings of the human mind during difficult circumstances. Especially helpful for those feeling hopeless and helpless. You can connect with Jackie Flynn EdS | LMHC | RPT at  www.playtherapycommunity.com
supporting
 Tuppy Owen has been an advocate for the equal rights of people with disabilities to have sexual relationships. She knows her stuff and writes about it in a fun, accessible and jargon free way. This book gives practical advice and tips for support workers and practitioners working with people with disabilities. You can connect with Dr Natasha Alexander, Clinical Psychologist, BA (Hons), PGDip, DClinPsy, MAPS at www.consentability.com
holdmetight
A way for couples to reconnect and work out problems. The book is based on one of the most evidenced based couples therapy out there, Emotionally Focused Therapy. You can connect with Cindy Badamo, MSW, LCSW http://changerelationships.com/therapy-in-st-louis-county/
thequeenscode
I love this fable that is deceptively simple, yet has some profound intuitive learnings, that deftly explain how and why women and men are so different. Armstrong cleverly outlines how women can get much more from their intimate relationships if they are prepared to challenge themselves, take responsibility and change some of the ways they ask for what they need. A great read for anyone who wants greater intimacy in their relationship. You can connect with Marg Ryan, Relationship Counsellor and Individual Psychotherapist at www.counsellormelbourne.net
I hope there was something in this list for you this month of What Your Therapists are Reading.  I love doing this post each month and learning about what other therapists are reading.  I have found some great reads myself from this list and hope you have as well. As always, you can find past posts: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and 2015.
Happy Reading,
Jessica
*Please note that this post is for informational and educational purposes only

What Your Therapists Are Reading October 2016

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I love doing this blog post for several reason.  The first being is that I think it is a great resource for everyone, not just therapist.  I also love preparing What Your Therapists are Reading because I learn about new books to add to my resource list and it reinforces the ones that are a must read!  What I really need is just more time to read!  This month has a variety of self help books that will interest most everyone, helping your anxious child, and even a novel that is on my reading list! Enjoy!
anxious-kid
This book is for every parent who has an anxious child. It has great education and practical strategies on not only on how to parent the child, but also exercises for the parent to explore their own experience with anxiety. You can connect with Jenny Matthews, LMFT, LADC at www.chemicalassessmentsJM.com
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The book is about the author’s divorce but explores themes of strength, owning your own emotions, and personal growth. You can connect with Heather Rouillard, MA. Rouillhv@gmail.com or FB.
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A great guide to the intricacies of personal power, with special sections for particular professions, including therapists. It has a range of exercises to help you learn about your own history and sources of personal power, and the places you get triggered. A great read for clinicians and clients alike, and something we should all be learning in school really. You can connect with Liz Scarfe, Psychotherapist at http://cultivatingconfidence.net
RisingStrong
This book is so powerful and inspiring! Feeling vulnerable is something many of us may be uncomfortable with, but reading this book reminds us of how vulnerability helps us and empowers us to live fully and authentically. You can connect with Kristin Kelly, NCC, LMHC, Owner of Tranquility Counseling and Wellness at www.kkellycounseling.com.
thepowerofnow
The Power of Now is the most transformational book that I have ever read. It is the one book that if I had to give one book to everyone on the planet this would be it. And it’s only slightly followed by his second greatest book, ‘A New Earth.’ You can connect with Jason Adkins LCSW at Jadkins@onelovecounseling.com
One Plus One has Relatable characters. It provides perspective in lots of ways. You can connect with Jennifer Nakata, LPC at www.authenticjourneysllc.com
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by Jen Sincero
This book has been recommended to me several times and I finally picked it up.  If you need push to make changes in your life, I suggest reading this book.  It is inspiring and provides motivation that many of us need to create the life that we want to have instead of living in fear.  You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com
I hope everyone found a book that looks interesting enough that you end up reading it.  This blog post helps me find new books to read all the time.  If you are new to What Your Therapists are Reading, feel free to check out the previous blog posts: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and 2015.

Happy Reading,

Jessica Fowler, LCSW

*Please note that this blog post is for informational and educational information only.  If you are in need a counseling, please contact a local therapist.

What Your Therapists Are Reading September 2016

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 Welcome to What Your Therapists Are Reading for September 2016.  In my part of the world, we are entering cooler weather and my favorite season.  Although I am sad to see summer go, I am excited for some nice cooler weather.  Just like summer though, I will continue to enjoy reading outdoors.  This month seems to have a theme of accepting ourselves and authenticity!  Enjoy!
presence
It’s a wonderful exploration that interweaves both personal story and much research about how we face obstacles and access personal power, or don’t. And how with a few tweaks to our body language, mindset and behavior we can nudge ourselves into showing up more fully and powerfully ourselves. One of the most impressionable books I’ve read in a long time. Rebecca Wong, LCSW-R, relationship therapist, consultant and creator of Connectfulness.com
radicalacceptance
This book is a positive perspective mindset changer. It is about letting go of deep seated feelings of something being wrong with us and accepting ourselves. It is a how to and includes various activities along with story and cases. You can connect withErin Gibb, MSc, RP, CCC at Eguinyou@mail.niagara.edu
comfortablewithuncertainty
I am fascinated with our fears and discomfort with not knowing. It really is the basis for anxiety. This book talks about how mindfulness and compassion can help us change our thinking around uncertainty, and how freeing that can be. Read it with a pencil or highlighter — lots of great passages worth noting! You can connect with Gina Della Penna, LMHC at www.ginadellapenna.com
I hope everyone finds at least one book they are interested.  Please come back, as we do this each month.  You can find the previous months in the links: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.  You can find all of 2015 in What Your Therapists Are Reading here.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that this blog post is for informational and educational purposes only.  If you are in need of mental health services, please seek a local therapist.

What Your Therapists Are Reading August 2016

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Welcome to August edition of What Your Therapists Are Reading.  In my part of the world, it has been a very hot and dry summer.  If you are experiencing the same, I hope you are staying cool while reading. As always, we have a great list for you.  Mindfulness for kids, intimacy in relationships, trauma, dealing with difficult people at work and compulsive eating are all topics being explored in this months What Your Therapists Are Reading!
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Esther Perel argues that the need for security and passion (including the need for novelty and change) can be difficult for couples to maintain over time. She says it’s important for couples to be intentional in creating enough space and playfulness in one’s relationship to allow for eroticism. You can connect with Jennifer McAdams, Ph.D. (provisionally licensed psychologist) at www.drjennifermcadams.com
thebodykeepsscore
I just started this book but I have heard it is a wonderful resource when working with trauma survivors. I think body work is so important in trauma work so I am looking forward to gaining new insights. You can connect with Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC at www.progressioncounseling.com
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This is a classic book for therapists who work with eating disorders. I enjoyed reading this book and adopting Geneen’s mindset of trusting that you will make healthy, smart decisions and that your body knows what is best for you. She gives a lot of different rules to follow, some of which I was familiar with and some new, but I found it to be a great read to work on changing your relationship not only with food, but with yourself. You can connect with Stacey Steinmiller, LCSW at www.ascounseling.com
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by Michael E. Metz, Ph.D and Barry W. McCarthy, Ph.D.
This is a great resource for heterosexual males struggling with PE. This book provides concise steps to overcome PE. It also provides great information on how to talk to your partner about sex and your desires. You can connect with Sarah Watson, LPC & Sex Therapist at www.sarahwatsonlpc.com
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The subtitle at this book is “freeing yourself from emotional traps at work”. And that is exactly what it helps readers do. In my previous work as an internal EAP for Kaiser Permanente, I recommended this book to someone almost every day and also put together a workshop based on the concepts. It gives specific tools for coping with difficult people at work (including bosses). You can connect with Anne Goshen, Ph.D., LCSW at www.annegoshen.com
sittingstill
I just received this book and immediately read it.  The subtitle is “Simple mindfulness practices to help your child deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions”.  Most parents are looking for ways to help their children through their emotions and mindfulness is a great tool in doing that. This book will teach you and your kids ways to practice mindfulness.  It even comes with a CD!  You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com
I hope you found something to add to your reading list.  We do this every month and you can catch up on January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.  Lasts years list can be found here.  If you are a therapist and have a book you would like to share, please contact me.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that this blog post is for informational and educational purposes only.  If you are in need of assistance please contact a local therapist.

What Your Therapists Are Reading July 2016

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 Summer is in full swing where I am.  I am just trying to stay cool and enjoy the summer months.  I have even had time to read some fiction for fun. If you are looking for something new to read, we have some great choices for July’s edition of What Your Therapists Are Reading!  Aging, being broke, birth and a fiction by Yalom.  I hope you enjoy this months list!
beingmortal
Written by a medical doctor who describes the challenges people face as they age and the inadequacies of our current care system. Found the question “what does your best day look like?” a perfect starting point when having the difficult discussions with your aging person or even a question to have prepared for myself.  You can connect with Christine Burrell Townsend, LCSW, ACSW at christine@sunrisecounselingga.com
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Recharge your business practices or get going with your million dollar idea by harnessing the money you already have, utilizing your skills, and building a grassroots foundation. Motivation is provided through the stories of others who have made themselves successful with limitations. You can connect with Autumn Hahn, LMHC, CHt at www.clearmindgroup.com
mindfulbirthing
It applies the popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. It’s got me thinking way past that part of life to all sorts of ways that we can lean in to experiences, get curious about situations that may be uncomfortable, and derive more presence and pleasure from anything we go through. You can connect with Abby Thompson, MA, MFTi #76200 at www.abigailcthompson.com
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It is gripping, Yalom is one of my favorite authors and therapists so I think I picked it up because of my admiration for him. It is fiction and a wonderful combination of therapy talk and make believe. I love it. You can connect with Barkha Bajaj, MA, MA at www.aksfoundation.org
We do this every month, so make sure you stop by to get the lasts books that therapists around the world are reading.  We have been at this for awhile now, so feel free to catch up on What Your Therapists Are Reading in the links.  There will be something for everyone!  December 2015 (has all 2015 links), January, February, March, April, May and June.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that this blog post is for informational and educational purposes only.  If you need assistance please contact a local therapist.

What Your Therapists Are Reading June 2016

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 Happy Summer!  I love this time of year for reading.  Beach reading, while the kids are playing or just sitting outside at dusk are good reading times for me.  This months blog post of What Your Therapists Are Reading has books on letting your kids fail (this is on my reading list), hope, answering the question why certain smells bring back strong memories, millennial dating and women’s health.  I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and picking up a new book to read!
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By Jessica Lahey
The author, a teacher by training, encourages parents to allow children to fail and deal with challenges in order to raise confident, resilient kids. Lahey provides practical tips from her own mistakes as a parent as well as what she has witnessed in the classroom. I also liked that she offered suggestions of how to create a positive parent-teacher partnership. A good read for anyone looking for guidance in trying to avoid being a “helicopter parent”. You can connect with Julie Safranski, LCSW at www.juliesafranski.com
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by Dorie Cameron, LICSW This is an introduction to a way of understanding yourself which is based on Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). The book is really small, simple and quick to read. But there’s so much depth to the ideas here, and it has certainly made me want to learn more about IFS. Even if you aren’t a therapist yourself, you may find this book inspires you to think in fresh ways about your own inner life. You can connect with Emma Cameron, MA, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UK at www.emmacameron.com
scent
I’ve noticed my own deep emotional associations with certain smells for years. The scent of crayons can take me back to the first days of kindergarten and put me back there emotionally. A certain cologne can bring up feelings about someone nearly forgotten from the past. This book discusses the psychology and science behind these experiences. You can connect with Kevin Barrett, LCSW Freestone Psychotherapy at www.freestonepsychotherapy.com
modernromance
 If you’re a millennial looking for love in today’s world, this book will revolutionize the way you look at dating and how technology has changed (and in some instances, maintained) the way we have looked at finding “the one” for generations. Written with a humorous, outside-the-box approach, Aziz Ansari brings data, studies on singles and couples finding love, and his own cultural experiences to the table to explore how to understand and win in today’s game of love. As a therapist, I highly recommend this book for the young adult reader. You can connect with Liz Higgins, MS, LMFT Associate at www.lizhigginsmft.com, https://www.facebook.com/LizMFT, www.twitter.com/LizMFT, https://www.instagram.com/millennialcouples/
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I am currently reading Women’s Moods by Sichel and Watson and have found the information on women’s hormones, brain and emotional health extremely helpful.  The book was written in 2000, but for the most part is very relevant.  The book discusses a lot about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, however it is a good read even if those are not relevant just to have an understanding of the women’s body. You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com
I hope you have enjoyed this months list.  Make sure you check out the previous lists as well.  You can find all the links in last months blog post of What Your Therapists Are Reading May 2016.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that the information shared in this post is for educational and informational purposes only.  If you need a therapist, please contact someone local.

What Your Therapists Are Reading May 2016

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Happy Spring Readers!  Welcome to May’s What Your Therapists Are Reading.  In my part of the world we really have not had a spring, as winter lasted too long and now it feels like summer, thunderstorms as all!  Where ever you are, I hope you are enjoying your spring.  This month there is a great list for you.  The topics range from exercise, personality disorders, the teenage brain, relationships, gaming and so much more.

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8 Keys to Mental Health through Exercise by Christina Hibbert

You already know that exercise is great for the body and mind. But even when you know all the positives, you don’t always fully utilize exercise as a way to get or stay mentally well. This is why “8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise” is such a useful tool. Dr. Hibbert presents research to back up her claims and it’s full of reflective questions, writing prompts, and action items. You can connect with Sharon Martin, LCSW at www.SharonMartinCounseling.com

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The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

This book is a great read and really helps you understand how others express their love. This would be helpful for anyone for friendships, parenting and relationships in general.  You can connect with Jacqueline Dawson LMHC CAP SAP ICADC at www.facebook.com/jackieonappy

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Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain byDaniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Dan Siegel clearly values and honors the brain and teen with the brain, helping both teens and the adults in their lives make sense of this roller-coaster period of development. Information paired with tools for real life makes it an invaluable read for parents, teens, therapists, teachers, and well, anyone who ever has been or interact with an adolescent. You can connect with Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT at http://movement-matters.com

Getmeoutofhere
I LOVED reading this book because it gives you a realistic account of someone’s LIFE! It’s easy to view the personality of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder + get FRUSTRATED, but to truly understand their reality (based on this book and/or if you work with these clients) and empathize with them makes the helping process #1 client centered #2 that much more rewarding! Many therapists shy away from someone diagnosed with BPD clients, but I believe there is beauty in stories like Rachel Reiland! I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about BPD! You can connect with Seida Hood, LCSW at www.ftheartcounseling.com
treatingselfdestructivebehaviors
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C is an incredible psychotherapist, who specializes in treating trauma, and also provides training’s all over the world. Her style is clear and effective; her book is full of practical application skills and a deep understanding of clients who have experienced trauma. You can connect with Katia Callan, LCSW-C at www.callancounseling.com or at https://www.facebook.com/katiacallancounseling/
reality
Gaming and technology are part of our lives, and there are ways we can reconnect through gaming. There are ways to see the positive of technology to increase meaning in our lives. The book helps expand perspective on what it means to be a gamer. Recommended for gamers and their loved ones.  You can connect with Boonie Sripom, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern IMF#78298 at www.OrganizedMesses.com
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Having traveled around India for extended periods, I was recommended this book often. I finally found time on a recent holiday. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself cabin bound so that I could finish it before my cruise ended! A Fine Balance is set in India during the Emergency in the 1970’s, a period of political unrest and human rights violations which included detention, torture and forced sterilisation. 4 mismatched strangers come together to eventually form a close ‘family’ bond with each other. I was left at the end in deep despair so I describe the book via feelings: alive, delight, humor, love, connection, compassion, strength, moved, lonely, withdrawn, despair, loss of hope, sad and tragic. This is one of those rare books that will haunt you for life. You can connect with Jodie Gale Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist at https://www.facebook.com/mindfulwomen/
 therealityslap
When any form of grief slaps you in the face, this book is the one to read. It uses Acceptance and Commitment Theory or ACT, which is based in mindfulness. I appreciate the examples of different forms of grief the author has worked through, it’s filled with tears and joy. We aren’t taught to deal with the deep hurt and pain of grief but this will help you live your life again in a gentle, compassionate way. You can connect with Cait Wotherspoon B. HSc, B Teach, B Ed, Cert. A.T, Cert. Sandplay & Symbol Work, Grad Dip Psych at www.indigotherapies.com.au
I hope you all have found something off our list of What Your Therapists Are Reading!  If not, please check out the previous months of December 2015 (has all of last years), January, February, March and April as I know you will find something that is recommended.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that this list is for informational and educational purposes only.  If you are in need of therapy, please contact a local therapist.

What Your Therapists Are Reading April 2016

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Welcome to What Your Therapists Are Reading April 2016!  It is starting to feel a bit like spring in my part of the world, which means a lot of outdoor reading.  One of my favorite pass times.  As usual, we have a great list for you.  This month is full of some really great resources and must reads.  The list includes parenting, mindfulness, the neuroscience of happiness, self love and more!  There is sure to be something for everyone!
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by Tim Desmond, LMFT
The first third of the book explains the neuroscience behind self compassion and the remainder of the book offers exercises therapists can use with clients in session, complete with word for word examples of Tim using the technique with clients. That part of the book is filled with case examples and it’s very helpful if you’re serious about using self compassion as a therapeutic intervention. You can connect with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C at www.laurareaganlcswc.com
discworld
The Discworld series is funny, fun, and full of literature and life references. Reaper Man features Death, the personality, who is suddenly out of work and has to take a job as a farm hand while the world starts to go mad around him when the bits of life that he used to take with him are now roaming freely. Autumn Hahn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, anxiety, grief, and substance abuse. You can connect with Autumn Hahn at South Florida at  www.clearmindgroup.com.
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by  Rick Hanson, PH.D. with Richard Mendius, MD
The book explains the neuroscience involved with our moods and how we can change our brain. Practical ideas and meditations are provided to begin making small changes to improve your everyday life. You can connect with Kelly Darke, ATR, M.Ed., BFA at http://www.mindfulartcenter.com
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This book has great tools for self-love! You can connecd with Akiho Tanaka, Ph.D. at http://www.drakihotanaka.com/
Every week the influence of social media comes up somehow in session with clients. The “Fear of Missing Out” is a growing phenomena impacting our mental health. This book is a fascinating addition to the growing number of books addressing the impact of the digital space on our lives, mental health, relationships and work. It looks at dealing with the overwhelm of email, social media by bringing more intention, focus and mindfulness to our everyday work and includes appendices on dependency and addiction, contemplative practice in education, attention-training practices. You can connect with Sovann Pen MA Counseling, LPC. at  www.sovannpen.com
brain
by Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
 This book provides easy to understand neuroscience findings that help you understand your child in a new way. There are practical examples to draw from and there are so many ways to apply the knowledge to your own life. Who doesn’t want to find tools to make parenting a little more manageable? I am using principles from this book in my professional and personal life, and have seen some great results. You can connect with Erika Labuzan-Lopez, LMFT, LPC at ErikaLLTherapy.com
brainworkbook
by Daniel J. Seigel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
This is a great workbook for both therapists and parents.  Reading the Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Seigel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. is a great resource (I believe a must read) and this workbook just allows you to take that knowledge further.  It provides helpful and practical tools to implement the science in the Whole Brain Child.  You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com
I hope you have enjoyed What Your Therapists Are Reading April 2016.  Need to get caught up?  No problem.  December 2015 links to all of last year.  Here is this year:  January, February and March.  Let us know your thoughts about this months reading suggestions.

Happy Reading,

Jessica Fowler, LCSW
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