During my years of practice and lifetime study of self-help and therapy books, I have identified a variety of books that I consider worthwhile for clients seeking to improve their lives. This section lists those books, which can be obtained through local bookstores,, or

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Panic, Anxiety, and Depression

Feeling Good; The Feeling Good Handbook - David D. Burns, M.D.
When Panic Attacks - David D. Burns M.D.
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (Fifth Edition) – Edmund J. Bourne
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide - David J. Miklowitz


When Anger Hurts - and other books by Matthew McKay
Angry All the Time - Ron Potter-Efron
Anger Busting 101 - Newton Hightower


Divorce Busting - Michelle Weiner-Davis
Rewriting Love Stories - Patricia O'Hanlon-Hudson and William Hudson-O'Hanlon
Relationship Rescue - Phillip McGraw, Ph.D.
The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
The Secret of Staying in Love - John Powell
Getting the Love You Want (A Guide for Couples) - Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Keeping the Love You Find (A Guide for Singles) - Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
The Verbally Abusive Relationship - Patricia Evans
Controlling People - Patricia Evans
Boundaries - Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Codependents Guide to 12 Steps - Melody Beattie
Marriage Rules - and other books by Harriet Lerner
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – and other books by John Gottman

Grief and Loss

Necessary Losses - Judith Viorst
When Bad Things Happen to Good People; Overcoming Life's Disappointments - Harold S. Kushner
Awakening from Grief – John E. Welshons

Personal Growth

Change 101 - Bill O'Hanlon
Do One Thing Different (Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life) - Bill O'Hanlon
Life Strategies - Jay McGraw
You Can Heal Your Life - By: Louise Hay
Happiness Is a Choice - Frank Minirth, M.D.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – and other books by Richard Carlson
9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life - Henry Cloud
If Life’s a Game, These are the Rules - Che’rie Carter-Scott
The Traveler’s Gift - Andy Andrews
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart - Gordon Livingston
The Road Less Traveled; Gifts for the Journey - M. Scott Peck
Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Learned Optimism – Martin Seligman
Authentic Happiness – Martin Seligman


Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life – Steven C. Hayes
Full Catastrophe Living - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness for Beginners - Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindfulness Solution – Ronald D. Siegel


Self Esteem - Matthew McKay, Ph.D. and Patrick Fanning
Living a Life That Matters - Harold S. Kushner

Women's Issues

I Thought It Was Just Me - and other books by Brene’ Brown
Kitchen Table Wisdom - Rachel Naomi Ramen, M.D.
Take Time for Your Life; Life Makeovers - Cheryl Richardson
The Dance of Deception; The Dance of Intimacy ; The Dance of Fear - Harriet G. Lerner


Parenting with Love & Logic (Teaching Children Responsibility) - Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay
Transforming the Difficult Child - Howard Glasser
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk - Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Driven to Distraction (A.D.D.); Answers to Distraction - Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain – Daniel J. Siegel
Parenting from the Inside Out – Daniel J. Siegel


Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens - Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Life Strategies for Teens - Jay McGraw
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide) - Sean Covey

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