I've chosen a few psychotherapy-book-recommendations if you need help in a particular area or are in psychotherapy and would like some outside reading. The list includes books I often recommend.

This will be an ongoing list, so feel free to give me any feedback you may have about a good book out there!

Recommended Books by Category


Barriers to Intimacy: for People Torn by Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors. Gayle Rosellini and Mark Worden. Ballentine Press.

Of Course You’re Angry: A Family Guide to Dealing with the Emotions of Chemical Dependence. Gayle Rosellina and Mark Worden. Harper/Hazelden.


When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within. Matthew McKay, Peter Rogers, Judith McKay. New Harbinger Publications.

The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing Patterns of Intimate Behavior. Harriet Lerman. Harper Publishing.

See More About Anger


*The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Edmund Bourne. New Harbinger Publications.

See More About Anxiety
For a Review of Bourne's Book


*Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself. Melody Beattie. Hazelden Publishers.

*Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time. Melody Beattie. Hazelden Publishers.

For More on Codependency
Advice on Codependency
Review of Melodie Beattie's Books

Domestic Violence

Violent No More: Helping Men End Domestic Abuse. Michael Paymar. Hunter House.

See More on Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders

Insatiable: The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and its Power. Eve Eliot. Health Communications, Inc.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Marya Hornbacher. Harper Perennial.

For More on Eating Disorders
Advice on Eating Disorders

Grief and Loss

How to Survive the Loss of a Love Harold Bloomfield, Melba Colgrove, Peter McWilliams. Mary Books/Prelude Press.


I’m On Your Side: Resolving Conflict with Your Teenage Son or Daugher. Jane Nelson.

Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting our Children. Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson. Harper/Hazelden.

Adult Children Parenting Children: Sparing Your Child From Codependency Without Being Perfect Yourself. Randy Rolfe. Health Communications.

After the Tears: Parents Talk About Raising a Child with a Disability. Robin Simons. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.

See More on Parenting
Advice on Parenting

Personal Growth

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Susan Jeffers. Fawcett Columbine.

Why am I Afraid to Tell You Who I am. John Powell. Tabor Publishing.

Learning to Live in the Now: 6 Week Plan to Personal Recovery. Ruth Fishel. Health Communications.


Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. Harville Hendrix. Owl Books.

The Couples Companion: Meditations and Exercises for Getting the Love You Want. Harville Hendix and Helen Hunt. Pocket Books.

Couple Talk: How to Talk Your Way to a Great Relationship. Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller. Personal Power Press.

The Intimacy Dance: A Guide to Long-Term Success in Gay and Lesbian Relationships. Betty Berzon. Plume Publishers.

The Dance of Intimacy: How to Create a Remarkable Relationship. Harriet Lerner. Harper Publishers.

Holding Back: Why We Hide the Truth About Ourselves. Marie Lindquist. Harper/Hazelden.

For More on Relationships
Archives on Relationship Case Studies

Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault and Rape

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. Harper and Row

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child. Laura Davis. Harper Perennial

Recovery of Your Inner Child. Lucia Capacchione. Simon & Shuster.

Inside Scars: as told by a survivor and her therapist. Sheila Sisk and Charlotte Foster Hoffman. Pandora Press.

Journey to Wholeness: Healing the Trauma of Rape. Vicki Aranow and Monique Long.

Surviving Sexual Assault. Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. Condon & Weed.


*These Books are Reviewed on the Website

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