Suggested Reading For Therapy Clients

Books for Couples Therapy

Book Cover for Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Written By: Sue Johnson

Book Synopsis:

Heralded by the New York Times and Time magazine as the couple therapy with the highest rate of success, Emotionally Focused Therapy works because it views the love relationship as an attachment bond. This idea, once controversial, is now supported by science, and has become widely popular among therapists around the world.
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Book Cover for The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Written By: Gary Chapman

Book Synopsis:

Unhappiness in marriage often has a simple root cause: we speak different love languages, believes Dr. Gary Chapman. While working as a marriage counselor for more than 30 years, he identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. In a friendly, often humorous style, he unpacks each one.
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Book Cover for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, PhD

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Written By: John Gottman, PhD

Book Synopsis:

John Gottman's unprecedented study of couples over a period of years has allowed him to observe the habits that can make - and break -a marriage. Here is the culmination of that work: the seven principles that guide couples on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Straightforward yet profound, these principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts.
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Book Cover for The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage

Written By: Leslie Vernick

Book Synopsis:

You can't put it into words, but something is happening to you. Your stomach churns, your heart aches, and the tension in your marriage is making you feel weary and a little crazy. The constant criticism, disrespect, cruelty, deceit, and gross indifference are eroding your confidence and breaking your spirit.
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Book Cover for Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Written By: Lundy Bancroft

Book Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking bestseller, Lundy Bancroft - a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men -uses his knowledge about how abusers think to help women recognize when they are being controlled or devalued in a relationship, and to find ways to get free of abuse.
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Book Cover for Surviving Infidelity: Making Decisions, Recovering from the Pain by Rona B Subotnik

Surviving Infidelity: Making Decisions, Recovering from the Pain

Written By: Rona B Subotnik

Book Synopsis:

Nothing your marriage has sustained in the past compares to the pain of discovering that your spouse has been unfaithful. The betrayal, rage, sadness, and jealousy is unlike anything you've experienced before. And yet it is possible to move forward, decide what to do in your marriage, and most important, heal.
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Book Cover for How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage  by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage

Written By: Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Book Synopsis:

Relationship experts Milan and Kay Yerkovich explain why the ways you and your spouse relate to each other go back to before you even met. Drawing on the powerful tool of attachment theory, Milan and Kay explore how your childhood created an "intimacy imprint" that affects your marriage today.
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Book Cover for The Power of Two: Secrets to a Strong and Loving Marriage by Susan Heitler

The Power of Two: Secrets to a Strong and Loving Marriage

Written By: Susan Heitler

Book Synopsis:

This book details the communication and conflict-resolution skills that happy couples use to deal with differences. Psychologist Susan Heitler clarifies the basics of collaborative dialogue and shows how these techniques can be applied to even the most sensitive issues in ways that respond to both partners' needs and help to strengthen their relationship.
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Book Cover for Surviving an Affair by Willard Harley and Jennifer Harley Chalmers

Surviving an Affair

Written By: Willard Harley and Jennifer Harley Chalmers

Book Synopsis:

In Surviving an Affair, Drs. Harley and Chalmers describe the most common types of affairs, the reasons they begin and end, the best way to end them, and the best way to restore a marriage after an affair. But most importantly, they help readers survive the ordeal by providing them with step-by-step guidance that minimizes suffering and offers hope for rebuilding a trusting marital relationship.
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Books for Dealing With Bereavement and Grief

Book Cover for A Widow's Journey: Reflections on Walking Alone by Gayle Roper

A Widow's Journey: Reflections on Walking Alone

Written By: Gayle Roper

Book Synopsis:

Is there only you? Then join Gayle as she draws on her emotions during the loss of her beloved husband, Chuck, and offers you a compassionate devotional to encourage you through your darkest days. Gayle knows a widow's pain is deep. But she also knows God's love is deeper still. And it's in His love you'll find your deepest comfort.
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Book Cover for Grief's Courageous Journey: A Workbook by Sandi Caplan

Grief's Courageous Journey: A Workbook

Written By: Sandi Caplan

Book Synopsis:

Grieving the loss of a loved one is an intensely personal process. If you're grieving a loss, this book takes your hand and guides you, at your own pace, along the path of your own healing journey. Grief's Courageous Journey provides a compassionate program of steps to take for coping with day-to-day life and accepting the changes in yourself and others.
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Book Cover for The One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie

The One Year Book of Hope

Written By: Nancy Guthrie

Book Synopsis:

This book is for anyone who has been hurt in life and would benefit from a hope-filled daily companion. Critically acclaimed author Nancy Guthrie offers insightful daily reflections based on the Word of God to comfort, encourage, and uplift those who are feeling the aches of life - whether it's because of everyday disappointments or deep losses.
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Book Cover for A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry Sittser

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

Written By: Jerry Sittser

Book Synopsis:

A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life?one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
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Books for Dealing With Anxiety

Book Cover for Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Written By: Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith

Book Synopsis:

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life?
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Book Cover for The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

Written By: Elaine Aron

Book Synopsis:

Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
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Book Cover for The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life by Susan M. Orsillo PhD and Lizabeth Roemer PhD

The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life

Written By: Susan M. Orsillo PhD and Lizabeth Roemer PhD

Book Synopsis:

You can't just "get over" anxiety. In fact, the very things most people do to try to feel better - avoiding feared situations, pushing worry out of mind -only make the problem worse. Leading psychologists Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer present a powerful new alternative that can help you break free of anxiety by fundamentally changing how you relate to it.
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Book Cover for The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret Wehrenberg Psy.D.

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques

Written By: Margaret Wehrenberg Psy.D.

Book Synopsis:

Anxiety disorders-grouped into three main categories: panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety-are among the most common and pervasive mental health complaints. From the subtlest effect of sweaty palms during a work presentation to the more severe symptom of reclusion, anxiety casts a wide net.
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