What Your Therapists Are Reading February 2016


Welcome to What Your Therapists Are Reading February 2016.  We have such an amazing list for you this month!  Parenting, mindfulness, relationships, adult children of alcoholics, novels about mental health and so many more topics.  This series just reinforces how many great books are out there to enhance therapists skills, but to share knowledge for those who want to learn and grow for themselves.  I know people will find something that will be interesting to them.  I have a never ending reading list with this serie

the art of asking

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I began this book because I loved Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk about willingness to ask for help and our innate need for belonging and connection. The book has touched on that theme, but while I had hoped she might be able to dive deeper into the race, class, and other privilege related to her crowdfunding politics, it never really came up. While some of her musings about artists and creatives (many of my clients) tension between insecurity and intense inspiration are valuable, I think I should have stuck with the TED Talk. You can connect with Gina Senarighi, MFT, www.amplifiedgood.com


The Intimacy Factor by Pia Mellody

 I recommend this staple relationship book for all couples. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of the conflict you experience in your current relationships and how it relates to historical dysfunction and emotional trauma in your formative years. This book rings true to family systems and will explore healthier ways of relating in adult relationships, how to establish healthy boundaries, as well as how to heal the emotional wounds of the past. You can connect with Liz Higgins, MS, LMFT Associate at  www.lizhigginsmft.com or at https://www.facebook.com/LizMFT/


The Road to Calm Workbook: Life Changing Tools to Stop Runaway Emotions by Carolyn Daitch and Lissa Lorberbaum

I am currently reading this workbook. As I began going through it I knew it would be helpful to several clients. This workbook uses a psychoeducational and mindfulness approach to help readers identify what is happening when they’re flooded with emotions and implement practices to improve affect regulation and functioning. Great resource!  You can connect with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C at www.laurareaganlcswc.com


 “The Go-Giver: a little story about a powerful business idea”

by Bob Burg & John David Mann

 This book focuses on a brilliant and simplistic business idea that can and does apply to life. A quick read that packs a punch, I highly recommend this book whether or not you’re a business owner, these principles apply to every human. You can connect with Dr. Lily Zehner, MFT-C at drlilyzehner.com


After the Tears by Jane Middleton-Moz & Lorie L. Dwinel

This book is extremely helpful for those that have an ACOA-D (adult children of alcoholics-dysfunction) past. This book aides in the development of how to cope more effectively despite struggling with the traits and dysfunctional patterns that were shaped in a chaotic childhood. I highly recommend this book! You can connect with Michelle Hall, M. Ed., LPC-S at https://www.facebook.com/positiveframeofmindcounselingpllc/


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

This is a very interesting and easy read about a young girl who started experiencing weird, random, medical symptoms. The book takes you through her intense experiences and suspense of the ups and downs on her disease. I specifically enjoyed the book due to my knowledge of brain function and psychiatric symptoms she experienced. You can connect with Stacey Steinmiller, LCSW at www.ascounseling.com


 Too Good to Leave, Too bad to stay by Mira Kirshenbaum

Many couples in stressed or unfulfilling relationships live in a state of being stuck between staying or leaving. This book provides, through examples, how one can evaluate their relationship and what to expect on either side of staying or leaving. I’m enjoying the examples in which the turning point happens for the subject and they decided one way or the other that the relationship either is worth saving or not.  You can connect with Colleen Mullen, Psy,D., LMFT at CoachingThroughChaos.com


May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

 This is a 6week guide book that offers morning and evening meditations and reflections to transform your thinking. A great starter on practicing self-compassion. You can connect with Mallory Grimste, LCSW at Http://www.mallorygrimste.com


Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Diffuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship

by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Great book that describes attachment styles in simple terms that are easy for non-clinical people to understand. The author uses a strength-based approach in describing each attachment style and provides helpful exercises throughout the book for couples to practice. He also describes how each attachment style isn’t fixed; it can change, depending on your partner’s own attachment style. You can connect with Zoe Reyes, LMFT at www.thepeakcounselinggroup.org


The Happiness Makeover by M.J. Ryan

A practical and easy-to-read book: 53 short chapters so it’s easy to read one a day. Excellent tips, life hacks, and new perspectives to help you become the happiest you’ve ever been. I’ve underlined a lot of wisdom in this book and plan on re-reading it upon completion! You can connect with Erin Wiley, MA, LPCC at erinwileytherapy.com


Discipline without Damage by Dr. Vanessa LaPointe, R. Psych

Dr. LaPointe combines parenting advice with scientific research and child development giving parents a grounded introduction to positive parenting. She keeps her strategies simple, helping parents focus on the big picture, being in-tune with themselves and their children, and providing practical tips for managing those tricky discipline situations. You can connect with Nicole Schwarz, MA, LMFT at http://www.imperfectfamlies.com


Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

I enjoyed this historical fiction about a young social worker and her clients in 1960 North Carolina during the forced sterilization of the “feeble-minded and mentally defective”. It’s written by a former social worker and brings up many thought provoking issues around class, race, ethics, counter-transference, and boundaries. You can connect with  Sharon Martin, LCSW at http://socialworkcoaching.com/


The Mindful Way through Depression (Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness)

by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

This book reminds us or introduces us to the notion of staying present and mindful to allow ourselves to heal. It describes mindfulness and allows the reader to be introduced to meditation or see it in a different light-allows the reader to engage. The key is to become aware of our own body and how we are experiencing it in the day to day rountine of life. You can connect with  Stefanie L. Juliano, LMHC at https://m.facebook.com/Stefanie-Juliano-Therapy-136605406425349/


The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

I can see why she is Oprah’s parenting guru! Dr. Shefali challenges parents in a gentle and informative style to move beyond our ego’s and see our children as authentic and creative beings; here to teach us just as much (if not more) than we are to teach them. Empowering and practical.  You can connect with Kelly Rose, MA, LMFT at www.lakeshorefamilytherapy.com

Great list, right?  I am always honored that therapists from all over take the time to share the books that they are reading each month.  Make sure to connect with these great therapists.  As always, follow along with this series as we do it each month.  You can check out January here.  You can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are a therapists and would like to share a book you are reading to What Your Therapists Are Reading, feel free to email 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 mental health treatment, please contact a local therapist.

About Jessica Fowler, LCSW

Jessica Fowler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worke in Rochester, NY. She works with families tranistioning to parenthood, specifically perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition she works with those struggling with addiction or co-depedency.

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