Recommended Reading


General Self-Help

Changing for Good by Prochaska, Norcross, & Diclemente

Changing to Thrive: Using the Stages of Change to Overcome the Top Threats to Your Health and Happiness by James and Janice Prochaska

Change 101: A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Life or Therapy by Bill O'Hanlon & William Hudson O'Hanlon

Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life by Bill O'Hanlon

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom by William Glasser, M.D.

A Guide to Rational Living by Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D.

Feeling Good Handbook: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life by David Burns, M.D.

Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety by David Burns, M.D.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven Hayes, Ph.D.


General Self-Help Books on Stoicism, the Philosophy that Informs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson (read a review on this book by Ryan Holiday of The Daily Stoic by clicking here.

The Beginner's Guide to Stoicism: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Positivity by Matthew Van Natta

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control by Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez

The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual by Ward Farnsworth

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, Interpreted by Sharon Lebell


A Stoicism-Compatible Book About Society and Mental Health/Wellness

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt


Christian Self-Help Books

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle In Your Mind (Christian) by Joyce Meyer

Battlefield of the Mind Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think (Christian) by Joyce Meyer


Addiction and Recovery

Healing the Addicted Brain by Herald Urschel, M.D.

The Wellness-Recovery Connection by John Newport, Ph.D.

Changing for Good by Prochaska, Norcross, & Diclemente

A Hole in the Sidewalk: The Recovering Person's Guide to Relapse Prevention by Claudia Black, Ph.D.

Almost Alcoholic: Is My (Or My Loved One's) Drinking a Problem? by Robert Doyle, MD & Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. (for alcohol abuse vs. alcoholism)

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote and Carrie Wilkens


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD: Proven Strategies to Succeed at Work, at Home, and In Relationships by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.



Anger Mangaement for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients (Participant Workbook that can be downloaded for free or ordered for free from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information)



When Panic Attacks by David Burns

From Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett

Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body by Paul Wilson


Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD by Robert O. Friedel, M.D.

When Hope Is Not Enough by Bon Dobbs


Chronic Pain/Pain Management

A Day Without Pain by Mel Phol, M.D.

Pain Recovery Workbook by Mel Pohl, Frank Szabo, Rob Hunter, and Daniel Shiode

Pain Recovery For Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else's Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem, Too by Mel Pohl, Frank Szabo, Daniel Shiode, and Robert Hunter



Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns, M.D.

Feeling Good Handbook: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life by David Burns, M.D.


Gay & Lesbian Issues

The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias

Resource Guide to Coming Out for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans (free download from Human Rights Campaign)

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America by Rev. Mel White

What the Bible Says-and Doesn't Say-About Homosexuality (free download from Soulforce)

What the Science Says-and Doesn't Say-About Homosexuality by Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC (free download from Soulforce)

The Only Question That Matters: Do People Choose Their Sexual Orientation? (free download from Liberty Education Forum)

Is It a Choice? The Science of Sexual Orientation (free download from Liberty Education Forum)

Resources for Gay Christians (much thanks to Ms. McKnight's class for suggesting this page)

Our Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and Adults (free download from PFLAG)

Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (free download from PFLAG)

Faith in Our Families: Parents, Families, and Friends Talk About Faith, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity. (free download from PFLAG)


Guilt and Shame

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw


Intrusive/Unwanted Thoughts

White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control by Daniel Wegner

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts by Sally Winston and Martin Seif



Screamfree Parenting: The Revoluntionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel, LMFT


Relationships, Communication, Boundaries, and Codependency

Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

Codependent No More Workbook by Melody Beattie

Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time by Melody Beattie

The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation by Melody Beattie

The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Getting the Love You Want Workbook by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. & Helen Hunt, Ph.D.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find & Keep Love by Amir Levine, MD

Screamfree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer by Hal Edward Runkel, LMFT & Jenny Runkel

The Technology of Love: Successful Srategies for Low Maintenance Relationships by Joseph J. Ferrandino, Ph.D.

Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve by Aaron Beck, M.D.

Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work by David Burns, M.D.

After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D.

How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D

The Love Dare (Christian) by Stephen & Alex Kendrick

The Love Dare, Day By Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples (Christian) by Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin


Sexual Addiction

Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.

Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets by Claudia Black, Ph.D.

Faithful and True: Sexual Integrity in a Falling World (Christian) by Mark Laaser, Ph.D.

A Hole in the Sidewalk: A Recovering Person's Guide to Relapse Prevention by Claudia Black, Ph.D.


Sleep Improvement/Insomnia

Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed at Harvard Medical School by Gregg Jacobs, Ph.D.

Restful Insomnia: How to Get the Benefits of Sleep Even When You Can't by Sondra Kornblatt

The 24 Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives by Rosalind Cartwright



Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, MD

Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.



Healing the Fragnmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation by Janina Fisher

Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound by Eric Gentry, Ph.D.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.


Weight Loss & Health Eating

The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person by Judith Beck, Ph.D.


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