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Below are some books, U-Tube video urls and CDs that I sometimes recommend to my patients or others that I think can be useful for a variety of reasons.  Clicking on the icon for the object will take you directly to that object in Amazon or U-Tube. I have tried to divide them into groups with a brief introduction explaining what they are and why they are included. For some I have included part of the Amazon review.

In the section below are a group of manuals and books that can help you learn more about and deal with some of the issues that often bring clients to therapy.  They can be a helpful guide and tool depending on the issue.  They are all written from the ACT perspective so fit with the work that I do with those who see me.

Get out ofYour

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

ACT is not about fighting your pain; it’s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer. It’s not about resisting your emotions; it’s about feeling them completely and yet not turning  your choices over to them. ACT offers you a path out of suffering by  helping you choose to live your life based on what matters to you most.  If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or problem anger, this  book can help.  Clinical trials suggest that ACT is very effective for a  whole range of psychological problems. But this is more than a self-help book for a specific complaint, it is a revolutionary approach to living a richer and more rewarding life.

Act of Love

ACT with Love

Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The  inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all  couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But  that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship.  Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new  mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage  fully in the process of living and loving together.

Act on Life not Anger

Act on Life Not on Anger

If you've tried to control problem anger before with little success,  this book offers you a fundamentally new approach and new hope. Instead  of struggling even harder to manage or eliminate your anger, you can  stop anger feelings from determining who you are and how you live your  life.

 

Anxiety & Shyness

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness

OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

Living Beyond your pain

Living Beyond Your Pain

Here is an approach to living with chronic pain unlike any you've seen  before, one that breaks through pain to help you live the rich and full  life you deserve.

Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap

Are you, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find  happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress,  anxiety, and depression.

Workbook for Anxiety

 

Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

Attempts to manage your thoughts or get rid of worry, fear, and panic  can leave you feeling frustrated and powerless. But you can take back  your life from anxiety without controlling anxious thoughts and  feelings. You can stop avoiding anxiety and start showing up to your  life.

Wisdom to know the difference

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Maybe you've just started on the road to recovering from addiction. Or  you've tried to stop abusing alcohol or drugs before, but haven't been  successful. Perhaps you're making progress in a support group or 12-step program, but want to add an approach grounded in science. No matter how far you've come, how far you still have left to go, or which path  you've chosen, this book can help you end your struggle with addiction.

The Reality Slap

The Reality Slap

The reality slap takes many different forms. Sometimes, it’s more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a divorce, the  loss of a job, a freak accident, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it’s a little gentler. Envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment,  and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality  slap takes, one thing's for sure --it hurts! And most of us don't deal  with the pain very well.

Workbook for depression

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression

Addiction Workbook

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

Confidence gap

The Confidence Gap

Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence,  shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he  says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them.  Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it.

This next group includes books that are psychotherapy and growth-focused and could be of interest to anyone who is trying to learn more about themselves and about how people can operate more effectively in the world.

Brene’ Brown is a researcher and a story teller who has contributed a whole series of books about vulnerability, shame, power, and strength and what they really mean in our culture.  Further down you will find URLs to some of her YouTube presentations.

Rising Strong
gifts of imperfection
IThought it Was just me
Daring Grreatly

More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on  self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their  patients and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action  plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it  parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday  living.

University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of  isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities  and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as  obesity or smoking. A blend of biological and social science, this book  demonstrates that, as individuals and as a society, we have everything  to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for social bonds

selfcompassion
Loneliness Book
Forgiving Self

Facing the Shadow is the innovative workbook that helps readers  begin meaningful recovery from an often misunderstood addiction. This  book guides readers through the first seven tasks in Dr. Patrick Carnes' researched-based thirty-task model of treatment the most respected  therapy model available for treating sex addicts.

Kelly Wilson’s book approaches the problem of anxiety a little differently than most.  Instead of trying to help you overcome or reduce feelings of anxiety, Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong will help you climb inside these feelings, sit in that place, and see  what it would be like to have anxiety and still make room in your life  to breathe and rest and live, really and truly live, in a way that  matters to you.

facing the shadow
Things might go

Robert Karen illuminates the struggle between our wish to repair our  relationships on one side and our tendency to see ourselves as victims  who want revenge on the other.

Several other books I recommend as being useful and interesting:

Drama of the gifted self
Flow
if you meet strangers to ourselves
Nothings Wrong
Thinking fast slow
You Dont Have to

Finally, below you will find some URLs for YouTube videos as well as some internet URLs and some Amazon connections for CDs that allow you to learn more about some of the books above and also introduce you to the beginning steps of learning MINDFULNESS.

Headspace is one of the largest and most used Mindfulness apps in the world.  It can be found in Google or IPhone Apps as well as at https://headspace.com.

beginners
guided mindfulness

John Cacioppo on The Lethality of Loneliness

T-Mobile Commercial Welcome Home   Watch the faces and stay open.

Brene’ Brown on Shame

Brene’ Brown on Vulnerability

Kristin Neff on the Three Components of Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff on the Space Between Self-Compassion and Self-Esteem

       

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