List of Self-Help Books

Books are a wonderful way to enhance the therapeutic process.  I suggest that when reading a book you keep an open mind.  Not everything in a book has to apply to your situation therefore draw upon what speaks to you.

I have read the following books either because of an interest in a particular topic or they were highly recommended by my clients.

Please feel free to mention any books that you found to be helpful so that I may share them in this list.

Meditation and Relaxation

The Meditation Bible by Madonna Gauding

Learn to Relax, Practical Guide to Easing Tension and Conquering Stress by Mike George


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

An Owner’s Guide to Parenting Teenagers by Pat James Baxter & Cynthia Dawson Naff

Parenting with Pride –Latino Style by Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PhD 

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg 

Que Se Puede Esperar Cuando Se Esta Esperando by Arlene Eisenberg What to Expect the First Year by Sandee Hathaway 

What to Expect the Toddler Years by Sandee Hathaway

Women's Issues

Get out of Your Own Way by Mark Goulston, MD & Philip Goldberg

Conquering Your Quarter Life Crisis by Alexandria Robbins

On My Own by Florence Falk

Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Stop Running from Love by Dusty Miller, Ed.D

The Maria Paradox by Rosa Maria Gill, DSW & Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PHD

The Wisdom of Menopause by Christine Northroop, MD

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

Men's Issues

I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real Unmasking Male Depression: Recognizing the Root Cause to Many Problem Behaviors Such as Anger, Resentment, Abusiveness, Silence, Addictions, and Sexual Compulsiveness by Dr. Archibald Hart

Loving a Depressed Man: Understand the Symptoms, Find the Help He Needs and Maintain Your Morale (Coping With Illness) by Douglas Bey Jr. 

How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout by Anne Sheffield, Mike Wallace, and Donald F. Klein 

The Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing the Four Key Causes of Depression and Aggression by Jed Diamond

How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Larry King

He-motions (Even Strong Men Struggle) by T.D. Jakes

Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat by Michael Baisden 

10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kor

Trauma and Loss 

Trauma & Recovery by Judith Herman, MD

When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Leslie Matthews   


Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It by Philip G. Zimbardo 

The Struggle for Intimacy by Janet Geringer Wotitz, Ed.D

Claiming your Self-Esteem by Carolyn M. Ball, MA

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, Elaine N. Aron, PhD

Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key Balance and Self-Acceptance, Ann W. Smith, MS, LMFT

Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life, Christine Hassler

Heal Your Body, The mental causes for the physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them, Louise Hay

It’s Not How Good You are Its How Good You Want to Be, Paul Arden 


The Emotional Incest Syndrome by Dr. Patricia Love with Jo Robinson

Codependence & the Power of Detachment by Karen Casey

Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome by Amy J.L. Baker

Liberating the Adult Within by Helen Kramer

Birth of a Self in Adulthood by Dorothea S. McArthur

Recovery of your Inner Child by Lucia Capocchine, PhD

The Hungry Self by Kim Chernin 

The Language of Letting Go, Daily Meditations on Codependency by Melody Beattie


The Relationship Cure by John M. Gottman, PHD & Joan DeClaire

Thriving Despite a Difficult Marriage by Michael Misja, PHD & Chuck Misja PHD

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson

Getting Back Together by Bettie Youngs, PhD,EdD & Masa Goetz, PhD

Transcending Post Infidelity Stress Disorder by Dennis Ortman, PhD

The DNA of Relationships by Dr. Gary Smalley

The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner 

Surviving Your Worst Nightmare: A Guide For the Betrayed by Patti Snodgrass 

How to Help Your Spouse Heal From Your Affair: A Compact Manual For the Unfaithful by Linda J. MacDonald, M.S. 

Healing Your Marriage When Trust is Broken: Finding Forgiveness and Restoration by Cindy Beall 

When Good People Have Affairs: Inside the Hearts and Minds of People in Two Relationships by Mira Kirshenbaum 

Phantom Stress: Brain Training to Manage Relationship Stress by Phillip Romero, MD

All about Love: New Visions, Bell Hooks

Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself, Shahida Arabi

The Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

Outing Yourself, Michelangelo Signorile

Anxiety and Obsessions

Let Go of Clutter by Harriet Schechter

The Hoarder In You: How to Live A Happier. Healthier, Uncluttered Life by Dr. Robin Zasio

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts by Christine Purdon PhD., C. Psych & David A Clark PhD, L. Psych

Anxiety Disorders and Phobias by Aaron T. Beck & Gary Emery with Ruth Greenberg

The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner

The Divided Mind by John E. Sarno, MD

Transforming Anxiety into Joy: A Practical Workbook to Gain Emotional Freedom, Arthur Ciaramicoli, Ed.D, PHD

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers, PhD

Living with it, Bev Aibett


Get it Done When You’re Depressed by Julie A. Fast & John D. Preston, PsyD., ABPP

When Someone You Love is Depressed by Laura Epstein Rosen PHD & Xavier Francisco Amador, PHD

Is He Depressed or What by David Wexler PHD

A Secret Sadness by Valerie E. Whiffen PHD

Depression, The Mood Disease by Francis Mark Mondimore, MD

Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick

Stop Walking on Eggshells by Randi Kreger with James Paul Shirley, LMSW

The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

Changing Your Inner Voice-A Journey through Depression to Truth and Love, by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, ED.D, PHD

The Missing Commandment Love Yourself, by Jerry Basel and Denise Basel

Bipolar Disorder

Welcome to the Jungle by Hilary Smith

The Bipolar Handbook by Wes Burgess, MD , PhD

Bipolar Demystified by Lana R. Castle

I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! by Xavier Amador, PhD

The Up And Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder--the Good, the Bad, and the Funny (Lynn Sonberg Books) by Paul E. Jones & Andrea Thompson 


Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood by Marsha Sinetar

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles  

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected by Devora Zack

Toxic People by Lillian Glass, PhD

Coping with Toxic Managers, Subordinates & Other Difficult People by Roy H. Lubit, MD, PhD

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Decide Better! For A Better Life by Michael E. McGrath 

Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent, And Lead by Brene Brown and Karen White

Start Something that Matters, Blake Mycoskie

Finding Your Element- How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, Ken Robinson


Quiet Your Mind and Get To Sleep, Rachel Manber, PHD and Colleen E. Carney, PHD

Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night's Sleep, Colleen E. Carney

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