Recommended self-help & Counseling books.
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Bumps on the Road of Life is now available in both Kindle and paperback format.
Bumps on the Road of Life.
Your cruising along the road of life and then wham, something knocks you in the ditch
Sometimes you get your life going again quickly. Other times you may stay off track and
in the ditch for a considerable time. If you have gone through a divorce, break up or lost a job you may have found your life off track. Professionals call those problems caused by life-altering events “Adjustment Disorders.” Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of Adjustment Disorders, how they get people off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.
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The robbers wanted more than money; they planned to kill Arthur’s fiancé and her boss.
Arthur Mitchell was trying to start his life over with a fiancé and a new job. That all ends when the casino robbers shoot Arthur, kill his fiancée, and her boss. Arthur would like to forget that horrible day, but the traumatic nightmares and constant reminders won’t let him, and someone is still out to get him. When he tries to start over by running a rural thrift store, someone knocks him unconscious, vandalize the store, and finally tries to kill him. His only chance to find peace is to figure out what the killers want from him and why.
Casino Robbery is a novel that explores the world of a man with PTSD who has to cope with his symptoms to solve the mystery and create a new life.
Casino Robbery is available now in both Kindle and paperback editions.
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Links to suggested books.
Here are some books that I have found useful or that have been recommended by clients and colleagues. No book is a substitute for professional therapy but many of the things we talk about in therapy are explained in more detail in self-help books. The links will take you to the Amazon.com listing for the books.
More titles will be added as time permits. If you have suggestions for this list send them along. Leave a comment or there is a contact form available.
Self Help books
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow Elizabeth Lesser. The story of how painful events can be the impetus for personal growth
How To Control Your Anger Before It Controls You Albert Ellis. One of the primer books on how to avoid anger rather than trying to mange it after you have become angry.
The Feeling Good Handbook David D Burns M.D. A wonderful resource of techniques to treat depression without medication. This book also includes a guide to medications and when they may be helpful. Most of these interventions are of the Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) type.
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & … Tolerance (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook): Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & … Tolerance (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Some interesting observations about how men and women understand relationships differently. Not everything applies to everyone but you may well see large parts of your relationship behaviors depicted in this book.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts Chapman. You show love one way, your partner shows it in another. What if you are not showing your love the way your partner needs you to? This book can help you two get on the same page in expressing your love.
Children and Parenting
Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Children and Adolescents by Violet Oaklander
Raising Good Children: From Birth Through The Teenage Years Thomas Lickona. How do people learn the difference between right and wrong and why do some people stay stuck at low levels of moral reasoning.
Alcoholism, addiction and recovery
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous The classic text on Alcoholism, recovery this is the book that started off the whole 12 step phenomenon.
Alcoholics Anonymous from The Anonymous Press At 99 cents this is such a bargain. This edition needed a separate listing. No kindle reader? No Problem, if you have a computer you can download a free Kindle reader. A link for a low price Kindle is below.
Other Mental Health Books
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Theory and counseling techniques
These books are recommended for professionals, interns, and students. They may also be of interest to some clients or consumers.
Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (Guilford Substance Abuse) Lisa Najavits. This manual includes excellent resources for treating clients with PTSD especially those with repeated and complex trauma and substance abuse issues.
Boundary Issues in Counseling: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities, Third Edition Barbara Herlihy – ACA
Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward James O. Prochaska. This is the book that started the Stages of Change model. It explains how people change.
Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy Aaron Beck. The story of how to do talk therapy when someone has psychosis.
Uncommon Therapy: The Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Jay Halley. The story of Milton Erickson’s very unusual and very effective way of conducting therapy.
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