What Your Therapists Are Reading April 2015



Therapists from all over have contributed for this months What Your Therapists Are Reading April 2015.  We have a great list for you this month with a lot of variety.  We have added some quick thoughts about the book to share with you.  Also, again this month you will learn we don’t always read books on psychology and therapy.  We have fun ones too!

What Your Therapists Are Reading April, 2015

cracked not broken

Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt by Kevin Hines

I am reading this book after it was recommended by a presenter at a suicide prevention and assessment training I attended in March 2015. It is engaging and tells an important story of resiliency.  You can connect with Bethany Raab, LCSW at www.raabcounseling.com

when I first held you

When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood by Brian Gresko

This is an amazing collection of essays by modern authors writing (very!) honestly about becoming dads. You’ll find men who were surprised at the news, the ups and the downs of being a father, and what they continue to learn from this unique yet universal experience. Highly recommend! You can connect with Justin Lioi, LCSW at www.ParkSlopeTherapist.com


The Seven Story Mountain: An Autiobiography of Faith by Thomas Merton

Merton’s spiritual autobiography is an inspiration, not only from the perspective of the human condition and the spiritual journey, but, for me, as a writer, his lyric prose verily dance off the page. You can connect with Michael J. Formica at michaeljformica.com


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This is the amazing true story of the US Olympic crew team competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I was thoroughly engaged despite the fact that considerable attention is paid to the mechanics of rowing and I have no particular interest in the sport. If you enjoy a good story about human triumph, history and particularly World War II, or crew, you will love this book.
Sharon Martin, LCSW specializes in helping you decrease stress and anxiety in order to create a peaceful and balanced life. You can connect with Sharon at www.SharonMartinCounseling.com


The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Although this book is not about therapy, the points are grounded in moral psychology and research done in a variety of psychological disciplines. To be a therapist, I believe it is important to understand human behaviors on both a micro and macro level. This book helps draw the parallel to both with a focus on the macro level behaviors. A better understanding of macro level behaviors helps us to learn more about changing our individual characteristics and interactions with others in order to live a happier, healthier life!  You can connect with Stacey Steinmiller, LCSW at www.ascounseling.com


Easy to Love but Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories

by Tricia Bliven-Chasinoff & Lisa Davis

A collection of essays about living with “invisible disabilities” by the affected people and their family members. I am gaining insight and increased empathy, as well as some discoveries about subtle everyday experiences and challenges that my clients would not think to share.  You can connect with Debora Davidson, PhD, OTR/L- Bright Futures in Focus, LLC; St. Louis, MO; at  b-futures.com



Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction by Steven Martin.

I found this via an online article with the author about collecting. It was a harrowing but fascinating read and it made me think a lot about the nature of collecting and of addiction particularly when the author talked about the rush of acquisition.  You can connect with Dawn Friedman MSEd LPC at www.BuildingFamilyCounseling.com


12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse Through

Self-Awareness and Right Action by Allen Berger, Ph.D

 A quick, easy and insightful read about chemical dependency recovery. This book summarizes common traps which often cause people to relapse (believing that sobriety will fix everything, pursuing recovery with less energy than pursuing addiction, not making amends etc.) and how to avoid them. I’ve been using each chapter or “stupid thing” as a topic for discussion in my men’s recovery group and its very relatable! You can connect with Erin Corey, MHC, CASAC at www.yourpathtowellnesscounseling.com


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I am constantly reading for both honing my craft and for pleasure.  Jodi Picoult’s writing is always an effortless read; her character development is so captivating! You can connect with Katia Callan, LCSW-C at www.callancounseling.com


“Love, Always: partners of trans people on intimacy, challenges & resiliency”,

edited by: Jordan Johnson & Becky Garrison

Dr. Lily A. Zehner, MFT-C

This book is beautifully honest and raw. Each essay presents the reader with a window into the world of relationships- the intimacy, challenges, and the resilience- of those who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female and their partners. As the editors summed up perfectly in the introduction, “relationships are complicated and take tremendous amount of commitment, communication, vulnerability, and strength to endure, no matter what” and the relationships shared in this book are no different. You can connect with Dr. Lily A. Zehner, MFT-C at http://authenticintimacycenter.com/



Sally Hogshead comes from a branding background and adds a dash of psychology in her book, How the World Sees You. The average person currently has the attention span of a goldfish, how do we stand out in business, relationships, and to our kids? Unlike most personality assessments that focus on how we see the world, Sally helps us understand how the world sees us when we are at our best. This is an essential read for counselors, entrepreneurs, and people that want friends.  Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC practices at his Traverse City counseling practice, Mental Wellness Counseling. He is also a private practice consultant through his website, Practice of the Practice. He enjoys sailing and watching his two little girls learn about the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read What Your Therapists Are Reading for April, 2015.  We hope you have found this helpful and pick up some new books.  We have now been doing this for 4 months, so don’t forget to check out the previous January, February, and March.  If you are a therapist and would like to share what you are reading, feel free to email me at jlfcousenlingservices (@) gmail (dot) com, as we will be doing this every month.
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
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About Jessica Fowler, LCSW

Jessica Fowler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of JLF Counseling Services in Rochester, NY specializing in working with families affected by addiction and new moms transitioning to motherhood.

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