Happy Summer! I love this time of year for reading. Beach reading, while the kids are playing or just sitting outside at dusk are good reading times for me. This months blog post of What Your Therapists Are Reading has books on letting your kids fail (this is on my reading list), hope, answering the question why certain smells bring back strong memories, millennial dating and women’s health. I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and picking up a new book to read!
By Jessica Lahey
The author, a teacher by training, encourages parents to allow children to fail and deal with challenges in order to raise confident, resilient kids. Lahey provides practical tips from her own mistakes as a parent as well as what she has witnessed in the classroom. I also liked that she offered suggestions of how to create a positive parent-teacher partnership. A good read for anyone looking for guidance in trying to avoid being a “helicopter parent”. You can connect with Julie Safranski, LCSW at www.juliesafranski.com
by Dorie Cameron, LICSW This is an introduction to a way of understanding yourself which is based on Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). The book is really small, simple and quick to read. But there’s so much depth to the ideas here, and it has certainly made me want to learn more about IFS. Even if you aren’t a therapist yourself, you may find this book inspires you to think in fresh ways about your own inner life. You can connect with Emma Cameron, MA, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, UK at www.emmacameron.com
I’ve noticed my own deep emotional associations with certain smells for years. The scent of crayons can take me back to the first days of kindergarten and put me back there emotionally. A certain cologne can bring up feelings about someone nearly forgotten from the past. This book discusses the psychology and science behind these experiences. You can connect with Kevin Barrett, LCSW Freestone Psychotherapy at www.freestonepsychotherapy.com
If you’re a millennial looking for love in today’s world, this book will revolutionize the way you look at dating and how technology has changed (and in some instances, maintained) the way we have looked at finding “the one” for generations. Written with a humorous, outside-the-box approach, Aziz Ansari brings data, studies on singles and couples finding love, and his own cultural experiences to the table to explore how to understand and win in today’s game of love. As a therapist, I highly recommend this book for the young adult reader. You can connect with Liz Higgins, MS, LMFT Associate at www.lizhigginsmft.com, https://www.facebook.com/LizMFT, www.twitter.com/LizMFT, https://www.instagram.com/millennialcouples/
Women’s Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, The Brain and Emotional Health by Deborah Sichel, M.D and Jeanne Watson Driscoll, M.S., R.N., C.S.
I am currently reading Women’s Moods by Sichel and Watson and have found the information on women’s hormones, brain and emotional health extremely helpful. The book was written in 2000, but for the most part is very relevant. The book discusses a lot about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, however it is a good read even if those are not relevant just to have an understanding of the women’s body. You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com
I hope you have enjoyed this months list. Make sure you check out the previous lists as well. You can find all the links in last months blog post of What Your Therapists Are Reading May 2016.
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that the information shared in this post is for educational and informational purposes only. If you need a therapist, please contact someone local.