Recommended Books

Below is an ongoing list of books that may be useful, grouped by topic.  I’m not endorsing any particular books or authors, but these are books that I like or that have been recommended by my clients or other professionals.  Please note also that books, including self-help books, are not a replacement for treatment, but do have value on their own or as an adjunct to appropriate treatment.


Barkley, Russell. Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Hallowell, Edward & Ratey, John. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Matley, Terry & Solden, Sari. The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done

Puryear, Douglas. Your Life Can be better: Using Strategies for Adult ADHD

Ratey, Nancy. The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents



Glaser, Gabrielle. Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink- And How They Can Gain Control

Grace, Annie. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol: Find Freedom, Discover Happiness, and Change Your Life

Hemingway, Liz. How to Stop Drinking 30 Day Plan: 30 Days of Motivation to a Happier, Healthier Life!

Peltz, Lawrence. The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: Regaining Control over Your Life



Bourne, Edmund. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Osborn, Ian. Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Smith Myles, Brenda & Southwick, Jack. Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments



Lore, Nicholas. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a  Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success


Depression/Mood Disorders

Brown, Brene. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Greenberger, Dennis & Padesky, Christine. Mind Over Mood.

Harris, Dan. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works- A True Story

Knauss, William & Ellis, Albert. The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program

Strauss, Claudia. Talking to Depression: Simple Ways to Connect When Someone in Your Life is Depressed

Young, Jeffrey & Klosko, Janet. Reinventing Your Life



Forward, Susan. Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life

Gibson, Lindsay. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

McBride, Karyl. Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers


For Children

Brukner, Lauren. The Kid’s Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses

Kaufman, Gershen & Raphael, Lev. Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem

Moss, Wendy. Being Me: A Kid’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Building Self-Esteem


For Teens

Taylor, Blake. ADHD & Me

Bellace, Matt. A Better High: Laugh, help, run, love … and other ways to get naturally high! 

Bradbury- Haehl, Nora & McGarvey, Bill. The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything in Between

Entire, Jennifer. Bring Your A Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness

Harrison, Harry. 1001 Things Every College Student Should Know


For Therapists

Feldman, David & Silvia, Paul. Public Speaking for Psychologists

Smith Myles, Brenda & Southwick, Jack. Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments

Yalom, Irvin.  The Gift of Therapy


Grief and Loss

Goldring, Ellen. Why Did You Die?: Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss

Levy, Alexander. The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief And Change After the Death of Our Parents

Wolfelt, Alan. Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas

Wolfelt, Alan. Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart



Kondo, Marie. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing



Bernstein, Jeffrey. 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child

Bernstein, Jeffrey. Liking the Child You Love: Build a Better Relationship with Your Kids- Even When They’re Driving You Crazy

Cline, Foster & Fay, Jim. Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility

Cline, Foster & Fay, Jim. Parenting Teens Love and Logic: Teaching Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood

Lythcott-Haims, Julie. How to Raise an Adult: Break Free from the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Murphy, Tim. The Angry Child

Shapiro, Lawrence; Pelta-Heller Zach; and Greenwald, Anna. I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Mad: A workbook to help kids control their anger



Alberti, Robert & Emmons, Michael. Your Perfect Right

Beattie, Melody. Codependent No More

Bolton, Robert. People Skills

Evans, Pat. The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Kirshenbaum, Mira. I Love You But I Don’t Trust You: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust In Your Relationship

Kirshenbaum, Mira. Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-By-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship

McKay, Matthew & Fanning, Patrick. Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work



Winell, Marlene. Leaving the Fold