Healthy Living Books
The first two sessions I spend with people is generally dedicated to gathering information about their history and lifestyle and covering the science behind relaxation, food, exercise and sleep and it's connections to mental and physical health. We talk a lot of biology and neuroscience in my office before we start unpacking psychological processes and for the duration of our therapeutic relationship I will always remind people of the biology of mental health. As such, I am very, very excited about the book The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr. Rangan ChatterJee and I HIGHLY recommend everyone pick up a copy.
My treatment philosophy is rooted in Existential psychology and Humanistic psychology. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neuroscientist and psychiatrist who fathered a form of existential analysis called logotherapy shared, "For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.” Frankl's memoir, Man's Search For Meaning chronicles his experience in Nazi death camps and how it shaped his view that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. It's an amazing book that I recommend everyone reads to help them formulate what really matters most to you in life.
Children & Adolescent Health Books
In The Whole-Brain Child, neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, reminds us that our children's brains work differently than our own and that the emotionally driven right brain is often dominant over the logic based left brain. I recommend this book to all my clients who have children and especially those who are struggling to understand behavioural issues such as tantrums and mood swings. Siegel offers a straight-forward, step by step explanation of how to best respond to your child to manage their behaviour and encourage healthy brain development.
The Whole Brain Child Workbook by Daniel J. Siegel is a great compliment to The Whole Brain Child, but can also be used as a stand alone book of it's own. Siegel provides and clear set of exercises to work through with your child to help you understand how their brain works and to encourage their healthy brain development along the way.
In my practice I often try to explain to clients the link between they're neurology and their behaviour. This is particularly important with children and how parents react to their child's behaviour. In No-Drama Discipline, Daniel J. Siegel provides a clear explanation how to break the cycle of negative reinforcement, and encourage positive, drama free growth.
Based on their book of the same name, the No-Drama Discipline Workbook by Daniel J. Siegel, provides a step-by-step guide to help you work through creating a positive reinforcement parenting style, and in doing so, helps you eliminate, tantrums and other highly stressful discipline with your child.
The ages between twelve and twenty-four can be challenging and confusing times and the brain undergoes tremendous change. Parents often struggle to understand why their child is behaving the way they are and often dismiss behaviour as typical without fully understanding it. In Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel helps guide parents through these difficult times to help them understand what's going on inside their child's head which is leading to their behaviour.
For generations, expectation of how boys should behave has ingrained into our society. Parents have been taught to treat boys as little men and raise them with a firm emotional hand. William Pollack's Real Boys challenges this conventional wisdom and encourages parents to help their boys develop in a more emotionally balanced way.
I've always said that raising boys can be physically exhausting by raising girls is far more emotionally challenging. In Untangle, Dr. Lisa Damour breaks down female development into seven distinct - and absolutely normal - transitions and provides tools to help guide daughters through each stage. She provides realistic examples and offers advice how to engage daughters and connect to them in constructive ways.
Adolescence can be and emotionally confusing time. Sometimes it's hard to understand why we feel the way we do. In The Feelings Book, Dr. Lynda Madison tries to help you understand emotions and deal with them in a positive way. I always encourage my clients to learn how to take control of their feelings and emotions and express them in a healthy, positive way.
DOMESTIC ABUSE BOOKS
Why Does He Do that? , by Lundy Bancroft is an invaluable tool for women to help them understand how abusers think and in turn recognized when they are being controlled. Armed with the tools in this book women can begin to retake control of their lives and escape the torment they've been living with.
I see time and time again in my practice how easy it is for women to ignore that they are being emotionally abused. Women tend to fall victim to the belief that if the are not being physically abused then their problems aren't that serious. In reality, emotional abuse can be just as destructive as physical abuse and sometimes the effects can be longer lasting. In The Emotionally Abused Woman. Bevery Engel provides a step-by-step guide to overcoming the damage inflicted on women who have been emotionally abused.