Inspiration

I'm passionate about reading and research as a way to support self-care and personal well-being. The following are links to books, documentaries, websites, and podcasts to extend your healing experience outside of the therapy room.

Websites

Dr. Dan Siegel — Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and is the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Brene Brown — Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

David Grand — David Grand, Ph.D., LCSW is a therapist, author, and world reknown expert on brain-body based therapy for emotional trauma. He is the discover/developer of the cutting edge technique Brainspotting with over 8,000 therapists trained internationally. 

The Gottman Relationship Blog — The Gottman Institute is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships.

Esther Perel — Esther Perel is a therapist, author, and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couples therapy.

Tara Brach — Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.

 

 

Books, Docs & podcasts

TRAUMA RECOVERY

  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

  • Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change by David Grand, Ph.D.

  • 8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance by Robert Scaer and Babette Rothschild

  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild

  • Crash Course: A Self Healing Guide to Auto Accident Recovery by Diane Poole-Heller & Laurence Heller

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

  • Buck: Documentary by Cindy Meehl, 2011

CREATIVITY & PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

  • The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D.

  • The Gifts Of Imperfection / Daring Greatly / Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW.

  • This is Your Brain on Sports: Beating Blocks, Slumps and Performance Anxiety for Good by David Grand, Ph.D. & Alan Goldberg, Ph.D.

  • On Being Podcast with Krista Tippett

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh and Vo-Dihn Mai

  • Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity by David Lynch

  • Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

RELATIONSHIPS

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. & Nan Silver

  • Get Closer: A Gay Men's Guide to Intimacy and Relationships by Jeffrey N. Chernin, Ph.D.

  • Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships by D. Merilee Clunis, Ph.D. & G. Dorsey Green, Ph.D.

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

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help you Find - and Keep- Love by Amir Levine & Rachel S. F. Heller

  • Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples by Glenda Corwin, Ph.D.

  • Where Should We Begin? Podcast by Esther Perel

PREGNANCY & PARENTING

  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.

  • The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, M.D.

  • The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience in Your Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, M.D.

  • Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings

  • No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

  • Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY

  • Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz

  • The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors by Lance M. Dodes, M.D.

  • Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody

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

GRIEF & LOSS

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

  • The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and other Losses by John W. James and Russell Freidman

  • Griefwalker: Documentary by Tim Wilson, 2008

  • Young at Heart: Documentary by Stephen Walker and Sally George, 2007