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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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/