Here’s my list of top 8 books I recommend in therapy for a variety of issues, including self-esteem, mindfulness, meditation, parenting, and relationships.
I have recommended this book to several of my clients in the past few years. I have used chapters from it as a resource for clients while they are engaged in therapy. I found that it helped increase clients’ awareness regarding matters related to their self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence. Most of my therapy clients found this workbook helpful and a number of them purchased it as we wrapped up therapy as a tool to refer back to.
2) Wherever You Go There You Are [Abridged] [Audible Audio Edition]by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Author, Narrator)
I recommend this book in audio format to introduce mindfulness and meditation to my clients. It is an easy listen and a nice orientation to incorporating mindfulness and meditation in your life.
3) 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 [Paperback] byThomas W. Phelan PhD (Author)
Very effective and simple parenting book. I recommend for all my parents to encourage effective strategies for disciplining children. I have also either used or allowed the parents to borrow the DVD to further illustrate the 123 strategy.
4) Parenting From the Inside Out [Paperback]Daniel Siegel (Author), Mary Hartzell (Author)
This is a great book that I highly recommend for parents and parents-to-be. Be the best possible parent you can be by reading this book and discovering how your past childhood experiences influence your parenting decisions, and what to do to change unhelpful parenting practices and improve your relationship with your children.
From the book description on Amazon: “Drawing upon stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children.”
5) Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love UNABRIDGED by Amir Levine , Rachel S. F. Heller
Another attachment book that I highly recommend for improving interpersonal and romantic relationships. The book helps readers identify their attachment styles, as well as their partners’ attachment styles in order to navigate relationships in an effective and healthy manner.
6) ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life [Paperback] by Judith Kolberg (Author), Kathleen Nadeau (Author) http://www.amazon.com/ADD-Friendly-Ways-Organize-Your-Life/dp/1583913580/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368118540&sr=1-1&keywords=add+friendly+ways+to+organize+your+life
Having ADHD myself, I found this book helpful and I have recommended to several of my clients. It is easy to read, ADHD-Friendly, and full of resources and strategies.
7) The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts [Paperback] by Gary D Chapman (Author)http://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Secret-That-Lasts/dp/0802473156/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368118942&sr=1-1&keywords=the+five+love+languages
This is a very good relationship book. Easy to read, understand, and remember. The simple notion of identifying and understanding how you want to be loved and how similarly or differently your partner may want to be loved is a powerful one in improving relationships. That understanding can also be applied to a variety of other interpersonal relationships (i.e. with parents, children, friends, etc.).
8) The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older [Paperback] by Elkhonon Goldberg (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Paradox-Stronger-Brain-Grows/dp/1592401872/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368123489&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wisdom+paradox