What Your Therapists Are Reading March 2016


Welcome to What Your Therapists Are Reading March 2016.  As always, this month has a great lists of books from therapists all over.  Some highlights include topics such has guiding teenage daughters, poetry, mindfulness, trauma and business skills.  We hope you enjoy our list of What Your Therapists Are Reading.



Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour PhD

Written from the perspective of a psychotherapist and a mom to girls, the author provides great insight (and humor) into understanding your teenage daughter. This book is easily readable as she outlines 7 phases girls undergo during adolescence. The most helpful part of the book is the way she offers specific ways to phrase questions or comments to engage your teen in a way that parents won’t be dismissed. A fantastic read for any parent with teenage girls. You can connect with Julie Safranski, LCSW at www.juliesafranski.com



salt by Nayyirah Waheed

I recently discovered this poet’s work. Her poetry is poignantly beautiful and her ancestral pain of oppression drips from her words. You can connect with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C at www.laurareaganlcswc.com


Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clients and Clinicians by  Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN

I am a big fan of workbooks and this is by far my favorite! It has many fresh ideas to introduce concepts of mindfulness and suggestions of how to work on this topic collaboratively with your clients. It’s a clinician’s workbook, not a self-help book. You can connect with Debbie McJimsey, LMFT at DebbieMcJimseyCounseling.com


I’ve heard from many people that this book changed their lives. After I hear something a few times, I take up those recommendations. Thank goodness for AmazonPrime, I received the book within two days of ordering it. I just started reading this book but I’m very eager to learn the principles of how to better use my time, especially being in business for myself. I’m looking forward to finishing it and seeing the changes I can implement. You can connect with Amanda Patterson, LMHC, NCC, CAP at www.amandapattersonlmhc.com
 Van Der Kolk provides a well rounded, integrated, and evidence based approach to holistically working with clients who are struggling with the after effects of trauma. He writes in a very easy to understand style and provides personal accounts from his own career that has informed his development as a professional and human being. I sincerely appreciate how he integrates the importance of human relationship with the “medical model”, leaving no stone unturned as he looks for and provides insight into how our bodies and minds often respond to trauma and what needs to happen to recover. You can connect with Benjamin Reisterer, MA, LLPC at www.mindfulcounselinggr.com or on Facebook.
A resource for therapists who work with clients that deal with the challenge of having one spouse away from home frequently due to a long commute or business travel. The book provides 6 guidelines for helping clients cope with ambiguous loss, 3 mottos for reducing stress and overwhelm, and tips on helping kids managing having their parent away from home. The appendix includes questions for couples to explore together and are a great way to facilitate important conversations in session. You can connect with Megan Bearce, LMFT at www.meganbearce.com
This book covers every aspect of starting and creating a successful private practice. It includes how to attract the ideal client, set a price, generate referrals and even revitalize an existing practice.  You can connect with Traci valentine, M.ed, LMFT at Valentinecounseling.com
I am currently at the end of book 2. These are lovely written books about the relationship of 2 women that started when they were children. Very interesting cultural context and writing style. Great escape from the every day. -Shellie K Babcock LCSW.
I hope you enjoyed this list of What Your Therapists Are Reading.  Please come back each month to find more great resources for you or your practice.  If you need to get caught up, you can find a list from all of 2015 here.  If you just need to catch up from this past year, please check out January and February’s blog post.  If you are a therapists and would like to submit a book, just email me.
Happy Reading,
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
*Please note that the information in this blog post is for informational and educational purposes only.  If you are in need of therapy, please find a local therapist in your community.

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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