I’m frequently asked by clients, friends and other professionals about self-help and self-study books that they can use to help them understand themselves, their struggle, or even their children. This list will be ever growing as I love learning and reading. I will also link to different book reviews I’ve written so you can get a stronger sense of what the book is about. Should you have any questions about a topic that is not on here, please let me know. *Amazon affiliate links are embedded throughout this post. See below for disclosure*
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Understanding Psychological Abuse and Toxic People
“Healing from Hidden Abuse” is a phenomenal book that helps to understand the toxic people in your life. It has such great examples about what this looks like in the workplace, religious settings, family members (including in-laws), friendships, and intimate partners. It’s a great guide to help you identify it, validate yourself, understand it, and ultimately, heal from being a part of a toxic relationship.
“Radical Acceptance” “Aceptacion Radical” is by far one of my favorite books of all time and I recommend it to all my clients and loved ones.
ADHD – Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
Read my review for After the Affair here
Coping with Depression
I love the “Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal” because it prompts to think about things that you’re grateful for even in the face of adversity/depression.
Coping with Medical Illness (for self and loved ones)
For children ages 9-12 whose loved one has a medical illness
Caring for people with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Memory Loss
Coping with a Loved One’s Life-Threatening Illness
Cuentos de la Vida (Español)
“How Do I Tell the Children?”.
The Night Dad Went to Jail. Read my review.
Sitting Still like a Frog is a great way to introduce anyone of any age to mindfulness meditation. As a bonus, it comes with a CD for guided exercises.
The Enlightened Brain is on audible and it is a fantastic tool to understand brain processes. As an added bonus, it has guided meditations too. Clicking on this link will get you your first two books for free with audible (for new accounts).
“Llama Llama Misses Mama” for Children going to daycare/school for the first time. It was one of my favorites when transitioning my daughter to daycare.
Support for loved ones (Empathy) – When you don’t know what to say!
Spirituality and Faith
The Body Keeps the Score is an essential read to help people understand the way trauma impacts the body.
Read on my page about vicarious trauma for Helping Professionals and Burnout
For children 4-8 years old. Could be used for any trauma.
For adults focused on finding meaning
Women, Empowerment and Healing
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*Disclosure: These recommendations are not meant to replace professional help. Please seek professional mental health services to further understand your problems, symptoms, and situation.