Therapist-Recommended Reading

Many of my clients ask me about how they can get the most out of therapy. There are so many ways to continue your journey outside of a therapist's office and truly augment the benefits of therapy. Some people find it helpful to journal, read educational or self-help books, fill out workbooks, watch documentaries, join support groups, or listen to podcasts on relevant topics. These kinds of activities facilitate learning, reflection, and insight--all of which are essential to the process of personal growth and better relationships. Bibliotherapy, which entails writing or reading books to help in the healing process, has been an effective therapeutic intervention for years.

So, if you are interested in doing more for yourself outside of your therapist's office, I recommend picking up any of the following titles at your local library. I have been compiling this list of therapist-recommended books and resources for several years. This list is based on my own reading, as well as the input of my clients, other therapists, graduate school professors, friends and family members. I have only included titles that I or someone I personally know has found extremely helpful. It is important to note that these suggested books cannot serve you as well as getting professional help. I encourage you to reach out to a licensed therapist and seek mental health treatment if you are struggling.

Abusive Relationships


Assertiveness & Healthy Communication

Borderline Personality Disorder

Caregiver Stress

Childhood Physical Abuse

Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse podcast by Cathy Kezelman

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse:

RAINN: Rape Abuse & Incest National Network

Ritual Abuse During Childhood:

Male Incest Survivors:

Teen Survivors of Sexual Abuse:

Chronic Illness




All Romantic Relationships:

Sex & Intimacy:

Infidelity & Affairs:

Breakups, Separation, and Divorce

Difficult Childhood (Abusive, Neglectful, or Unhealthy Parents)

Resources for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect

Difficult Emotions & Painful Times

Free Mindfulness Podcasts

Depression & Anxiety

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Depression and Mental Health Social Community Support Groups

Confidence & Self-Esteem

Disordered Eating, Body Image, and Weight Concerns

Grief & Loss

For Survivors of Suicide

GLBTQQI: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex

Mental Health & Wellness  


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Identity Development

Adolescent Ethnic and Racial Identity Development (presentation)

Rape & Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)

Acquaintance Rape


Social Anxiety & Shyness

Setting Boundaries

Spirituality and Purpose

Stress Reduction and Management

Supporting Loved Ones with Mental Health & Addiction Concerns

"One Hour At A Time," a free podcast by Mary Woods

Al-Anon: Support and Resources for Family and Friends of People with Drug or Alcohol Problems

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness (Resources and Support for Family and Friends)

Talk Therapy TV - Videos about the warning signs, symptoms, and treatment options for mental illnesses and addictions.

Supporting Loved Ones Who Are Survivors of Assault or Abuse

Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Problem Drinking

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Prevention, Recovery, and Treatment)

Online Recovery Resource Directory

Tips for Reducing Alcohol Consumption

Teenagers & Parenting

Traumatic Experiences