Resources for Therapy/Wellness

I include these helpful resources on this page because I found myself continuing to offer the following information to clients. I wanted to have a central database of what has provided me with essential information about well-being and mental health, in addition to what has helped others with the issues they face. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. And, remember, check the following out for yourself and get feedback with your doctor or therapist as needed before making any major changes.


For healing from trauma:

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Ven Der Kolk

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Dr. Peter A Levine

“Healing Trauma” guided meditation CD/Audio by Bellaruth Naparstek


For spiritual growth/cultivating mindfulness:

The Power of Now: a Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

The Journey: The Practical Guide to Healing your Life and Setting yourself Free by Brandon Bays

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan to Find Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl

For improving partnerships/relationships:

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by Dr. John Gottman and Nan Silver

The Man’s Guide to Women: Scientifically Proven Secrets from the “Love Lab” about what Women Really Want by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman

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

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

For female empowerment, especially for counseling professional women in the workplace:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage their Careers (Revised and Updated) by Dr. Lois P. Frankel

Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

Ask for It by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

For managing chronic pain/illness:

“Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief” CD/Audio by Jon Kabat-Zinn

How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard

“Ease Pain” guided meditation CD/Audio by Bellaruth Naparstek

“Relieve Headaches” guided meditation CD/Audio by Bellaruth Naparstek

Heal Your Body by Louise Hay; she also has great website for suggestions on positive affirmations and other resources

For general holistic healing/health:

Earthing (Second Edition) by Clinton Ober, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker

Quantum Healing by Dr. Deepak Chopra

Your Hands Can Health You: Pranic Healing Energy Remedies to Boost Vitality and Speed Recovery from Common Health Problems by Stephen Co and Dr. Eric Robins


For body positivity:

The Body is not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

For Highly Sensitive People/Empaths:

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive when the World Overwhelms You by Dr. Elaine Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person Workbook: The Practical Guide for Highly Sensitive People and HSP Support Groups by Dr. Elaine Aron

The Empath’s Survival Guide by Dr. Judith Orloff

For better understanding and recovering from addiction/substance abuse:

“Pleasure Unwoven” by Dr. Kevin McCauley and The Institute for Addiction Study

“Addiction”, an HBO Series

“A Guided Meditation to Support your Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drugs” CD/Audio by Bellaruth Naparstek

“Stop Smoking” guided meditation CD/Audio by Bellaruth Naparstek

Additional guided imageries (all by Belleruth Naparstek as she is a great source for support on topics of all kinds, some of which are not even listed here, including depression, sleep issues, panic attacks, etc.):


Books on nutrition and mental health:

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Dr. Jason Fung

The Anti-anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods you Eat can Help you Calm your Anxious Mind, Improve your Mood, and End Cravings by Trudy Scott

The Anti-anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic Free by Ali Miller

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection by Dr. Leslie Korn; you can also find her website, with much more information here

Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs by Tim Noakes

The Craving Cure: Identify your Craving Type to Activate your Natural Appetite Control by Julia Ross (Also a great resource for any kind of addiction, not just issues with food!)

The Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect your Brain – for Life by Dr. David Perlmutter

The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan: Boost Brain Performance, Lose Weight, and Achieve Optimal Health by Dr. David Perlmutter

Keto. by Maria Emmerich

The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever by Mark Sisson

Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (Third Edition) by Paul Pitchford

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition by Phyllia Balch

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