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!
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
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.
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
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
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
The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to Nurture Developing Minds
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.
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
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