Book Recommendations

I've been an avid reader since elementary school. One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunity to read and learn so many exciting things about human behavior and the world around me! I recognize not everyone shares this passion, but if you are someone who would like to supplement your therapy with a reading assignment, here are some of my favorites! (There are a few podcasts sprinkled in if that's more your style).

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Diet Culture

Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD

This book explores diet culture which is inherently racist, sexist and classist.  It helps the reader to understand how pervasive diet culture is in this society and offers tools to reclaim one's body, mind and life. Ms. Harrison also has a podcast Food Psych.

 

Race

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

White Fragility, written by a white woman for white audiences, discusses defensiveness by white people when examining race and confronting ones own racist beliefs. It examines how this defensiveness supports and maintains racial inequality.

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown is a Black, Christian author exploring her experiences living in a white world. This autobiography powerfully shares how ubiquitous systemic racism is in the US.

My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Exploring how decades of trauma impact white Americans, black Americans and police in America, Resmaa Menakem tackles the hard work we need to do in order to work through our historical traumas. This book includes many exercises to help notice what we feel in our body.

Podcast: Code Switch by NPR

Hosted by a Black man and a Puerto Rican-Iranian woman, Code Switch examines race and culture in this country. All episodes discuss race.

 

Relationships

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

Esther Perel is one of my favorite authors. As a therapist working with couples, she provides a new perspective of intimacy and sex. She discusses ways to sustain love and desire in long term relationships. She also has a podcast entitled Where Should We Begin. 

The State of Affairs by Esther Perel

This book unpacks the complexities of affairs including why they happen, how couples can rebound after an affair and how it might even be a needed spark in the relationship. Esther Perel also hosts some great Ted Talks.

 

Mental Health

Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith

This is a long read but comprehensive and powerful. It examines the impact of trauma from the lens of eastern and western medicine. Each chapter explores a different chakra, discusses the impact of excesses and deficits in the chakra, and exercises the reader can do to work towards finding balance.

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger is a journalist and special correspondent. This book explores the importance of belonging in groups, especially for military and veterans, and how these powerful connections are becoming rare in our society. These connections explain in part why some service members have difficulties reintegrating when returning from war.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Brene Brown is the author of numerous books which take psychological jargon and make them easy to understand. Daring Greatly looks specifically at vulnerability and shame and how people can transition their perspective of vulnerability from a place of weakness to courage. She hosts a podcast called Unlocking Us, has hosted TedTalks and has a Netflix move The Call to Courage.

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

Using a psychological approach called Acceptance and Commitment Theory this book examines values and mindfulness to allow you to get the most of out life without having to chase after the next best thing.

Private Practice for Therapists

Twelve Months to Your Ideal Private Practice by Lynn Grodzki

A helpful tool when starting a private practice, this book addresses many of the business concepts that were left out of our graduate programs. Included are concrete tools like a sample budget and exercises such as visualizing your ideal office space.