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Suggested Readings


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (plus Handbook), by David D. Burns

Feelings Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety (2020), by David D. Burns 

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, by William Styron

On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression, by Kathy Cronkite

The Depression Workbook, by Mary Ellen Copeland

Mind Over Mood, by Dennis Greenberg

How to Stop Worrying and Star Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry, by Dale Carnegie, Andrew MacMillan, et al 

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World, by Max Lucado 

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks, by Barry McDonagh 

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, by Davis, McKay, Eshelman

Prozac Nation, by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Bipolar Disorder 

The Bipolar Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know, by David J. Miklowitz

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, by Kay Redfield Jamison

Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface, by Martha Manning

Living Without Depression and Manic Depression, by Mary Ellen Copeland

The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings, by Monica Ramirez Basco

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith


Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors 

Day by Day: Daily Meditations for Recovering Addicts, by Hazelden Meditations

Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop? by Cheever, Hoffman, Froemke, Nevins

12 Steps: A Spiritual Journey, by Friends in Recovery

Adult Children of Alcoholics, by Janet Woititz

I’ll Quit Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Alcoholism Treatment, by Vernon E. Johnson

Games Alcoholics Play, by Claude M. Steiner, Ph.D

Rational Recovery: The New Cure for Substance Addiction, by Jack Trimpey

Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention, by Terence T. Gorski, Merlene Miller

Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, by William Cope Moyers

The Recovery Book, by Eisenberg and Mooney

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can, by Barbara Gordon

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach

In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior, by Patrick Carnes

Recovery Dharma: How to use Buddhist Practices and Principles to Heal the Suffering of Addiction [2019]


Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex/Asexual (LGBTQIA+)

Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals, by Sheppard and Kathryn Kominars

Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development, by Richard Isay

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World, by Alan Downs

Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives, by Gershen Kaufman and Lev Raphael

Commitment and Healing: Gay Men and the Need for Romantic Love, by Richard Isay

Becoming Gay: The Journey to Self-Acceptance, by Richard Isay

Sex and Spirit: Exploring Gay Men’s Spirituality, by Robert Barzan (editor)

Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery, by Patrick Carnes

Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature, by Mark Thompson

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, by Shari Eisner 


Mindfulness/Meditation Training 

Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by John Kabat-Zinn

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Philosophy, by Jack Kornfield

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff

Turning Toward the Mystery, by Stephen Levine

A Gradual Awakening, by Stephen Levine

Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness and Acceptance: Expanding the Cognitive-Behavioral Tradition, by Steven Hayes, Victoria Follette and Marsha Linehan

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, by Pema Chodron

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears, by Pema Chodron

Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach

The Issue at Hand: Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice, by Gil Fronsdal 

Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart, by Tara Brach


Positive Psychology/Self-Esteem 

Radical Self-acceptance, by Tara Brach

Self Esteem, by Fanning and MacKay

Celebrate Yourself, by Dorothy Briggs

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life, by Barbara L. Fredrickson

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, by Martin Seligman

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin Seligman


Compassion Training/Buddhist Spirituality

Self-Compassion, by Kristin Neff

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions, by Christopher K. Germer and Sharon Salzberg

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, by The Dalai Lama and Nicholas Vreeland

Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach


Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) 

Walking On Eggshells, by Jane Isay

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me, by Jerold Kreisman

Lost in the Mirror, by Richard Miskovitz

Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, by Marsha Linehan

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, by Marsha Linehan

Eating Disorders 

Life Without ED, by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge

When Food Is Love - Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy, by Geneen Roth 

Thin, by Lauren Greenfield

Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, by Amy Liu

Eating By the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston

Women, Food and God - An Un Expected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth 

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works, 4th Edition, by Evelyn Tribole 



Not Just Friends: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity, by Glass and Staeheli

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by Gottman and Silver

How To Be an Adult in Relationships, by David Richo

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ, by Daniel Goleman

Opening Up: a Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, by Tristan Taormino

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and other Freedoms in Sex and Love, by Janet W Hardy 

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