Kristen Morrison, Ph.D.
Below are some of my favorite self-help books, which can be used alone or as a supplement to therapy. All of the books below cover therapeutic approaches that research has demonstrated to be effective.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith
This workbook introduces concepts that can help you to embrace life more fully, to disentangle yourself from unhelpful thoughts, and to use mindfulness in order to cultivate awareness of the present moment. ACT has been shown to help people with a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, chronic pain, coping with illness, and employee burnout.
The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Stephen S. Ilardi
This book describes a holistic, lifestyle-change approach to treating depression. It includes practical advice on areas such as incorporating exercise, improving sleep, creating stronger social connections, and using dietary supplements, all of which can alleviate symptoms of depression.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (5th Ed.)
Edmund J. Bourne
This workbook provides an overview of many anxiety-related problems, and it also gives information and guidance about a variety of treatment directions. Some of the topics covered include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (one approach for addressing unhelpful thoughts), relaxation skills, mindfulness, assertiveness, self-esteem, diet and exercise.
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Andrew Christensen & Neil S. Jacobson
This book provides ideas for improving your relationship with your partner, both through practical tips on changing problem areas, and through the concept of accepting each other more fully.
The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like your Looks (2nd Ed.)
Thomas F. Cash
This workbook gives specific tips and strategies for changing the thoughts, behaviors and emotions related to your body image.
Man's Search for Meaning
Though not for the faint of heart, this moving book is well worth the read. Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, writes about his experience as a prisoner in Auschwitz and other concentration camps during WWII. He observes that finding meaning gives us the strength to endure even the most unfathomable suffering.
Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On -- Together or Apart
Douglas K. Snyder, Donald H. Baucom, & Kristina Coop Gordon PhD
This book provides practical tools and advice to help you recover from an affair in a productive and healthy way.
This enjoyable and enlightening film explores some of the factors that have been shown to make people happy. It investigates cultures all around the world, and incorporates fascinating scientific research, in order to help us understand the variables that can facilitate a fulfilling and vital life.
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