Recommended Book List

Self Growth

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
  • Ten Days to Self Esteem by David Burns, M.D.
  • How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration by David Richo
  • Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine
  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry St. Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships by Julie de Azevedo Hanks
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  • When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within by Matthew McKay
  • The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff

Dating

  • The Introvert’s Guide to Dating by Jordan Gray
  • Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
  • Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy by Ken Page
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Intimacy/Sexuality

  • Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides
  • Passionista: The Empowered Woman’s Guide to Pleasuring a Man by Ian Kerner
  • 101 Nights of Great Sex: Secret Sealed Seductions for Fun-Loving Couples Paperback by Laura Corn
  • A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship by Laurie B. Mintz
  • She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner
  • Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples by Glenda Corwin
  • Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Ph.D.
  • Hot Monogamy: Essential Steps to More Passionate, Intimate Lovemaking by Dr. Patricia Love and Jo Robinson
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Couples

  • The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D Chapman
  • We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson
  • How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving by David Richo and Kathlyn Hendricks
  • Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
  • His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love by Amir Levine
  • Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix Ph.D.
  • Together Forever: Gay and Lesbian Marriage by Eric Marcus
  • Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks
  • Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti by Pam Farrel and Bill Farrel
  • Wired for Love:  How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
  • 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

Infidelity

  • Healing from Infidelity: The Divorce Busting Guide to Rebuilding Your Marriage After an Affair by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms Spring
  • The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
  • Not “Just Friends”: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity by Shirley P. Glass
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Parenting

  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
  • The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen EdD
  • The Developing Mind by Dan Siegel
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker
  • Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World by Kathy Koch PhD
  • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions by Pat Harvey and Britt Rathbone
  • Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
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Step Parenting/ Blended Families 

  • Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today’s Blended Family by Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green
  • Wisdom on Stepparenting: How to Succeed Where Others Fail by Diana Weiss-Wisdom, PhD
  • Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade by James Bray and John Kelly
  • Step Parenting: 50 One-Minute Dos and Don’ts for Stepdads & Stepmoms by Randall Hicks
  • The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family by Ron Deal
  • Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way They Do by Wednesday Martin, PhD
  • 101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom by Laura Petherbridge
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Teens

  • The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide: Ten Tips for Making Friends, Avoiding Drama, and Coping with Social Stress by Lucie Hemmen PhD
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
  • Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are by Emily Roberts MA, LPC
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain
  • The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive
    by Jonathan Catherman
  • Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More by Jane Fonda
  • S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna
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Trauma 

  • Trauma Proofing Your Kids by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
  • Trauma Healing by Peter Levine
  • In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine
  • Allies in Healing by Laura Davis
  • Trust After Trauma by Aphrodite Matsakis
  • Highly Sensitive People by Elaine Aaron PhD
  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
  • It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion by Beverly Engel
  • The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships by Patrick Carnes

Addiction

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  • Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote
  • Addiction: The High-Low Trap by Irving A., M.D. Cohen

For Loved Ones of People with Addiction Issues

  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté, MD.
  • Loving Someone in Recovery: The Answers You Need When Your Partner Is Recovering from Addiction by Beverly Berg, MFT, PhD
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
  • Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody
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Grief/ Loss

  • The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents Paperback by Alexander Levy
  • Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman
  • Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
  • Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing by Hope Edelman
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt and John DeBerry
  • Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become by Hope Edelman
  • Death of a Parent by Debra Umberson
  • When Parents Die by Edward Myers
  • Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss
  • Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss
  • Helping Children Cope With the Death of a Parent by Paddy Greenwall Lewis and Jessica G. Lippman
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
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Divorce

     Adults

  • Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J. Elliott
  • Divorce Recovery: Proven Strategies for Divorce Recovery and Dealing with Divorce: The Fastest Way To Deal With Divorce And Set Up A Bright Future By Sarah Joy
  • Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser
  • Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends by Bruce Fisher

     Children/ Teens

  • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce by Vicki Lansky
  • Two Homes  by Claire Masurel
  • Where am I Sleeping Tonight? (A Story of Divorce) by Carol Gordon Ekster
  • The Divorce Helpbook for Teens by Cynthia MacGregor
  • You’re Never Alone…A Child of Divorce Searches for Happiness by Philip Nork

    Parents

  • Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Your Child From Conflict by Susan Blyth Boyan
  • Mindful Co-parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce by Jeremy S. Gaies Psy.D
  • The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults by Karen Bonnell
  • Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce by JoAnne Pedro-Carroll