March’s edition of What Your Therapists are Reading will not disappoint. We have topics covering Acceptance and Committment Therapy, transition to parenthood, tapping, authentic self and infidelity. Whenever I do this post I always find something else to read and learn. I have a never ending list of books to read and for some that may seem overwhelming, but I love it. In my area of the United States, March came in with a big snow storm, and I am dreaming of reading on the beach. I hope you find something to take away from this months What Your Therapists are Reading and find a nice cozy or warm place to read.
‘It’s Not Always Depression: A New Theory of Listening to Your Body, Discovering Core Emotions and Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self’ by Hilary Jacobs Hendel
I really enjoyed this book, which explores how we can connect better to our emotions and and through that, feel more whole and centred. The book contains a wealth of wisdom and information and is very practical, giving clear examples of how to work with our feelings. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to both feel better and to understand their feelings and behaviours. You can connect with Emma Cameron, MA, Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapist in Essex, UK at http://emmacameron.com
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, by Esther Perel
This book is an in depth and nuanced discussion of infidelity. It explores all sides of the experience—from the unfaithful partner, the faithful partner, and the other man/woman—with an emphasis on what affairs can teach us about love and relationships. It also discusses ways to build a relationship’s intimacy and resilience. You can connect with Laura Wallace, PhD, LMFT at www.TwinLakesCounseling.com
The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living by Nick Ortner
I was introduced to tapping by a colleague when I was experiencing a traumatic response. Then I was attending a disaster mental health class and the facilitator also used a tapping technique. I was so intrigued I bought the book and have started to incorporate the techniques when I fly (I’m terrified of flying) and it has helped tremendously. You can connect with Jennifer Moon, LPC, CPCS at www.petrichorcounseling.com
Why Dads Leave: Insights and Resources for When Partners Become Parents by Meryn G. Callander
When I first read the title of this book a few years ago, I felt both shocked and elated. I knew from my counseling practice and my own research that becoming a parent can be tough on a parents’ relationship, but I hadn’t come across many books, any really, that were honest enough to talk about just how tough. This one does. I’m sure it is a validating read for the too many dads who feel sidelined through the experiences of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood and eye opening for those who care about them. You can connect with Elly Taylor, Parenthood Researcher, Educator and Author at www.ellytaylor.com
The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris
A few years ago, a colleague introduced me to Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT). I was intrigued, but didn’t pursue learning any further. After realizing how helpful other clinicians reported it to be, I asked that colleague for a book recommendation. She suggested The Happiness Trap and I am so glad she did. This book outlines what ACT is and isn’t. It is straightforward and provides a lot of resources on the website. I loved it so much, I can’t wait to take a training in ACT. You can connect with Jessica Fowler, LCSW at https://www.jlfcounselingservices.com
Thank you checking out March’s What Your Therapists are Reading. I hope you found something to add to your reading list. You can check out past posts from 2015, 2016, and February 2018 by clicking the links. If you are a mental health professional and would like to contribute, please contact me.
Jessica Fowler, LCSW
As always, this post is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not an endorsement of those that contributed to the article or the books. If you are in need of assistance, please contact you local mental health center.