Just because it is hard to do, does not mean it is impossible to achieve

Just because it is hard to do, does not mean it is impossible to achieve

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Why Psychotherapy?

The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, by Jonathon Shedler, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine
"Empirical evidence supports the efficacy . . . "
American Psychologist, February-March 2010

The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
"The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self."
"Life is difficult . . . Dr. Peck guides his readers gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding."

The Value of Group Psychotherapy

"Why Group Therapy Worked", by David Payne, Opinionator, New York Times, August 11, 2015
This is a link is to a piece in the New York Times by someone who was in individual psychotherapy and then switched to group therapy. It makes an interesting point about the value of authentic feedback in group.

"Brain Wise Psychotherapy"

Practicing Psychotherapy informed by Contemporary Neuroscience, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Modern Attachment Theory, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, by Fran Weiss

Connection and Attachment Issues

Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
Tarcher, 2004

Stress, Anxiety, and Mindfulness Techniques

The Mind's Own Physician, edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, and Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
New Harbinger Publications

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J. Ratey, M.D., with Eric Hagerman
Little Brown and Company, New York

Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson, Onbeing with Krista Tippett, June 14, 2012
Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually "rewire" our brains. He's studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he's using his research with children and adolescents to look at things like ADHD, autism, and kindness.

Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Miller J, Fletcher K, Kabat-Zinn J.
Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 1995;17(3):192–200.

Effects of meditation on stress, health, and affect, Beauchamp-Turner D, Levinson D.
Medical-Psychother Int J, 1992;5:123–31

The relaxation response — a bridge between psychiatry and medicine, Benson H, Kotch JB, Crassweller KD
Med Clin North Am, 1977;61:929–38

Issues of Weight and Body Image

Body Images: Development, Deviance and Change, edited by Thomas F. Cash and Thomas Pruzinsky
The Guilford Press, NY, 1990

Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention,
edited by Thomas F. Cash, Ph.D., and Linda Smolak, Ph.D.
The Guilford Press, NY, 2011
The standard reference for practitioners, researchers, and students, this acclaimed work brings together internationally recognized experts from diverse mental health, medical, and allied health care disciplines. Contributors review established and emerging theories and findings; probe questions of culture, gender, health, and disorder; and present evidence-based assessment, treatment, and prevention approaches for the full range of body image concerns. Capturing the richness and complexity of the field in a readily accessible format, each of the 53 concise chapters concludes with an informative annotated bibliography.


"I Don't Want to Change My Life!" Diabetes and You, by Fran Weiss for Eating Disorder Hope website

The Double Whammy: Being Overweight and Diabetic, by Fran Weiss

Sleep Disorder

Weill-Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center

Empathy, Social Perception, Emotional Intelligence

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Checkhov, Pam Belluck, NYTimes Health | Science, October 3, 2013

Divorce, Separation, Remarriage and Children

Learning to Leave: A Woman's Guide, by Lynette Triere with Richard Peacock

What Every Child Would Like Parents to Know About Divorce, by Dr. Lee Salk

Children of Divorce, by Dr. Luise Despert

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Joint Custody and Co-Parenting: Sharing Your Child Equally: A Source Book for the Separated or Divorced Family, by Miriam Galper and Miriam Galper Cohen

Loving & Leaving: Winning at the Business of Divorce, by Bernard Rothman
Divorce Press, NY

Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for your Child — A complete guide for parents who are separated, divorced, or remarried, by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.
Simon & Schuster

The Pro Child Way: Parenting with an Ex, by Ellen Kellner
Published by Untapped Talent Unit 2

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, by John Gottman, Ph.D, with Joan Declaire
Simon & Schuster

Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
Tarcher, 2004

Books to Explain Death to Children

The best book to explain death to children is Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

Another is a workbook called When Someone Very Special Dies, by Marge Heegaard

Hana Upstairs and Hana Downstairs, by Tomie de Paola

Expectant Fathers

The Expectant Father, by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
Good advice from a father's perspective

Life Transitions

Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow, by Judith Viorst
Judith Viorst turns her considerable talents to a serious and far-reaching subject: how we grow and change through the losses that are an inevitable and necessary part of life. She argues persuasively that through the loss of our mothers' protection, the loss of the impossible expectations we bring to relationships, the loss of our younger selves, and the loss of our loved ones through separation and death, we gain deeper perspective, true maturity, and fuller wisdom about life. She has written a book that is both life affirming and life changing.

Imperfect Control, by Judith Viorst
In her remarkable national bestseller, Necessary Losses, Judith Viorst explored how we are shaped by the various losses we experience throughout our lives. Now, in her wise and perceptive new book, Imperfect Control, she shows us how our sense of self and all our important relationships are colored by our struggles over control: over wanting it and taking it, loving it and fearing it, and figuring out when the time has come to surrender it. Writing with compassion, acute psychological insight, and a touch of her trademark humor, Viorst invites us to contemplate the limits and possibilities of our control. She shows us how our lives can be shaped by our actions and our choices. She reminds us, too, that we sometimes should choose to let go. And she encourages us to find our own best balance between power and surrender.

Interpersonal Neurobiology

The Developing Mind, by Daniel J. Siegel
Guilford Press, NY, 2012
This bestselling book put the field of interpersonal neurobiology on the map for over 100,000 readers. Daniel J. Siegel goes beyond the nature and nurture divisions that traditionally have constrained much of our thinking about development, exploring the role of interpersonal relationships in forging key connections in the brain. He presents a groundbreaking new way of thinking about the emergence of the human mind and the process by which each of us becomes a feeling, thinking, remembering individual. Illuminating how and why neurobiology matters, this book is essential reading for clinicians, educators, researchers, and students interested in promoting healthy development and resilience.

Sensorimotor Therapy

A Sensorimotor Approach to the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, by Pat Ogden, Ph.D., Clare Pain, M.D., and Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, Clare Pain and Daniel J. Siegel

Trauma: Treatments Based on the Somatics

Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults): An Evidence-Based Guide, by Christine A. Courtois, Julian D. Ford, Bessel A. van der Kolk and Judith L. Herman

Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, edited by Bessel A. van der Kolk, Alexander C. McFarlane, and Lars Weisaeth

Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope, by John G. Allen, Ph.D.

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences, by Peter Levine, with Ann Frederick

The Body Keeps the Score: Memory and the Evolving Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress, by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Coping with Trauma: Hope through Understanding, by John G. Allen, Ph.D.


Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope, by John G. Allen, Ph.D.

Coping with Trauma: Hope through Understanding, by John G. Allen, Ph.D.

Neuroaffective Developmental Psychology

Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neurobiology of Emotional Development, by Allan N. Schore

Drinking and Other Addictive Behaviors

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola

Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp

The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors, by Lance Dodes, M.D.
HarperCollins, 2002

The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation, by Melody Beattie
Simon & Schuster, 2009

Sober Apps, list of downloadable apps for iPhone, IPad, Android and more
Drinking too much?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Social Anxiety Disorder, by Franklin R. Schneier, M.D.
. . . Cognitive–behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder addresses the vicious cycle of anticipatory negative thoughts ("My voice will shake and the audience will think I'm crazy") and behaviors (e.g. avoiding practicing before speaking in public), leading to increased situational anxiety and maladaptive behavior (e.g . . .
New England Journal of Medicine, September 7, 2006

Panic Disorder, by W.J. Katon
. . . pharmacologic therapy or cognitive behavioral treatment is a reasonable initial approach, because the two therapies are equally effective in controlling symptoms. The choice between them should be based on the patient's preference and the availability of competent cognitive behavioral therapists. SSRIs . . .
New England Journal of Medicine, June 1, 2006

Chronic Insomnia, by Michael H. Silber, M.B., Ch.B.
New England Journal of Medicine, August 25, 2005

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, by Gregory Fricchione, M.D.
New England Journal of Medicine, August 12, 2004

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by Michael A. Jenike, M.D.
. . . criteria are met. Treatment. Approaches to treatment that help patients with OCD include behavioral therapy (involving exposure to feared situations and the prevention of compulsive behavior), cognitive therapy (in which maladaptive thoughts — such as an exaggerated sense of risk, an enhanced sense . . .
New England Journal of Medicine, January 15, 2004

Bulimia Nervosa, by Philip S. Mehler, M.D.
. . . cognitive–behavioral therapy involving 60 bulimic patients; the rate of binge eating and purging behavior declined by 80 percent with either of these approaches. A reduction in the frequency of purging of 70 percent or more by the sixth session of cognitive–behavioral therapy is predictive of a good . . .
New England Journal of Medicine, August 28, 2003

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