What Your Therapists are Reading December 2016

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!
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
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 or
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
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
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Many therapist are challenged by working with clients with this diagnosis, and have been influenced by outdated thinking that they don’t recover.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
 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
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
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
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