What Your Therapists Are Reading December 2015


IMG_0332This is the 12th edition of What Your Therapists Are Reading.  I cannot believe it has been a whole year for this series.  I am truly grateful for all the therapists who have shared their reading material and reviews.  I am also grateful for all of you who have read and shared this great resource.  If you have missed any of the blog posts from this past year feel free to check them out: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.  I hope everyone has been enjoying their holiday season and finding time to relax and get some reading in. As always, we have some great books for you to pick up for yourself.

magicBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

An exploration of creativity, perfectionism, and inspiration, Big Magic is not only fun to read but full of pep talks and tough love to help you get over yourself and take the permission to create and play. If you remember Elizabeth Gilbert’s amazing personification of depression in Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll find her descriptions of inspiration just as jarringly true. You can connecgt with Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS at  www.allisonpuryear.com


Raising Happiness in 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

I am currently listening to Raising Happiness in 10 Simple Steps and am enjoying it.  It has practical advice for parents and I love that she stresses the need for self-care.  Some of her steps include forming happiness habits, raising emotional intelligence, and teaching self-discipline.  What I appreciate most about this book is the authors use of her own stories that many can relate to about parenting.  You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at www.jlfcounselingservices.com


Neurobiology of We by Daniel J. Siegel, MD

I’m reading the “Neurobiology of We” by Daniel J. Siegel, MD. I’m enraptured and looking to pull together a group of clinicians to discuss it in depth. Dr Siegel presents a triangle of wellbeing comprised of how the brain, mind and relationships play together to shape who we are. The brain (and CNS) becomes the pathway for delivery of information and energy in the body, the mind regulates the process of information and energy, and relationships are our human process of sharing information and energy with another person/groups/communities. This field of interpersonal neurobiology is one of the most encompassing and compassionate pathways towards wellbeing I’ve yet discovered. You can connect with Rebecca Wong, LCSW, Relationship Therapist and creator of Connectfulness.com



 The intelligent Optimist’s Guide to Life: How to Find Health and Success in a World

That’s a Better Place Than You Think by Jurriaan Kamp 

Jurriaan Kamp does an excellent job at highlighting how mass media shapes our few of a terrible and unsafe world. He references statistics that point to how good the world really is and how we can live a higher quality life if we take the time to cut out the systems that do not help us live a life we find fulfilling and meaningful. You can connect wiht Brenda Bomgardner, MA, LPC, NCC, BA at http://www.CreatingYourBeyond.com

Please let us know your thoughts about these books.  If you are a therapist and have a book that you would recommend and would like to share, feel free to email me at jlfcounselingservices (at) gmail (dot) com

Happy Reading,

Jessica Fowler, LCSW

Please note that this post is for educational and informational purposes only.

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