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browse, or search for books with keywords using the links on the
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One thing you might notice is that we
have a bias towards workbooks. Change rarely comes from
passivity. Workbooks are an excellent way to be active with
the material being read. They involve the reader and help the
reader apply the material to his or her own circumstances and
experience. Many of these books are the same books that we
recommend to people in the course of our work. The list is
dynamic. We will add or change listings as we learn and
The Artist's Way
|The Artist's Way : A Spiritual
Path to Higher Creativity
by Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron does an
excellent job of making journaling an integrated part of one's
life, a path to creativity and a gentle means of self-exploration. Highly recommended.
You can use this link to see all of
Julia Cameron's Books.
|The Depression Workbook:
A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression
by Mary Ellen Copeland
Best workbook we've
found for understanding and working with one's own depression or
bipolar depression. Overviews of specific symptoms are
coupled with space for you to write in your own thoughts on
treatment, prognosis, and your ultimate goals. Checklists and
daily planners help to identify both areas of difficulty and
positive experiences. Charts are provided for tracking
medications, diet, and doctor visits. A section is devoted
to the establishment and maintenance of a support group. Ideas
range from open discussions with family members to seeking out
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
|The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
we've found for understanding and working with one's own anxiety,
particularly phobias and panic. The Anxiety & Phobia
Workbook is a practical and comprehensive guide offering help to
anyone who is struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social
fears, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or
other anxiety disorders. Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires,
and exercises will help to learn skills and make lifestyle changes
necessary to achieve a lasting recovery. The workbook can be
used to develop your own self-help program or as an adjunct to
Beyond Anxiety & Phobia
|Beyond Anxiety and Phobia:
A Step-By-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery
by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
While his first
book works more with the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, this one
moves into working with lifestyle changes that will facilitate
permanent change. Beyond Anxiety and Phobia provides an
array of alternative strategies for entering this long-term
healing mode; describes alternative therapies such as herbs, yoga,
massage, acupuncture, and homeopathy; and addresses the impact of
perfectionism and other personality issues.
The Faithful Gardener
|Faithful Gardener: A Wise
Tale About That Which Can Never Die
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
story format though a young girls eyes, this inspirational book
weaves themes of healing, renewal, connection, and faith.
Particularly recommended for those experiencing grief and loss.
Tuesdays with Morrie
|Tuesdays with Morrie: An
Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
A story about living,
dying, dignity, and meaning told through a young man's eye's about
his time with his mentor's last days. Inspirational and
healing, particularly for anyone who is close to someone else who
has, or had,
a terminal illness.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Principles for Making Marriage Work
by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.
John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using
rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married
couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the
culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide
couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting
relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises,
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive
guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its
Getting the Love You Want
Love You Want : A Guide for Couples
by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
Using both theory and exercises, the book is divided into three
sections. "The Unconscious Marriage" details how each
partner's family background and childhood experiences helped them
choose each other and influences their current interactions; "The
Conscious Marriage" proposes a marriage that fulfils those
childhood needs in a positive manner; and a 10-week program of
detailed exercises for partners to follow in order to learn how to
"replace confrontation and criticism ... with a healing process of
mutual growth and support."
Keeping the Love You Find
Love You Find : A Guide for Singles
by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
the same theories as "Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for
Couples", this book emphasizes finding and keeping love
particularly for people that find they have trouble maintaining
the relationships they start. It prepares readers to avoid
the same mistakes they have made before, deal with volatile
emotional issues from the past, and move from attraction to
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to
Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face
Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh (Preface), Joan
Excellent presentation of mindfulness practice
for general health, stress reduction, and coping with chronic
pain. Kabat-Zinn focuses on "mindfulness," a concept that
involves living in the moment, paying attention, and simply
"being" rather than "doing." While you can practice anything
"mindfully," from taking a walk to cleaning your house, Kabat-Zinn
presents several meditation techniques that focus the attention
most clearly, whether it's on a simple phrase, your breathing, or
various parts of your body. The book goes into detail about how
hospital patients have either improved their health or simply come
to feel better despite their illness by using these techniques,
but these meditations can help anyone deal with stress and gain a
calmer outlook on life.
Stop Walking on Eggshells
on Eggshells; Coping When Someone You Care about Has Borderline
by Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger, Larry J. Siever
Nuts and bolts description of Borderline
Personality Disorder and coping strategies for those living with
someone with a BPD diagnosis.
The Stop Walking on Eggshells
Walking on Eggshells Workbook: Practical Strategies for Living
With Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder
by Randi Kreger, James Paul Shirley
Companion to the previous text, this workbook draws
on extensive new research to provide advice for successfully
navigating life with someone who has borderline personality
disorder. Step-by-step suggestions help readers set and enforce
personal limits, communicate clearly, cope with put-downs and
rage, develop a safety plan, and make realistic decisions.
Throughout the text are worksheets, checklists, and exercises that
build on one another and enable readers to apply the suggestions
to their lives.