Therapy Resources

Here you will find a list of books and other therapy resources for your continued personal, relational, psychological, and spiritual growth.

Books: Relationship

Non-Violent Communication: Marshall Rosenberg.

 

This a great book , an essential for any couple learning to communicate in more constructive ways. The structure is simple: I feel… when you… because of… and my request is…

It sounds easy, but it requires us to start with how we are feeling, and this can take time to learn.

Wired for love: How understanding your partner’s brain and attachment style can help you defuse conflict and build a secure relationship.

 

A deep dive into why we respond the way we do in relationship to our partner’s habits, needs, and response to conflict. For a better understanding of how attachment works, see below.

Attached. The new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find—and keep—love.

 

This a great book , an essential for any couple learning to communicate in more constructive ways. The structure is simple: I feel… when you… because of… and my request is…

It sounds easy, but it requires us to start with how we are feeling, and this can take time to learn.

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love — Sue Johnson

 

Also based in attachment bonds, this book is based in the style of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This book helps to understand how our emotions are driving our habit patterns and miscommunication, and then learn to to express ourselves clearly and constructively, without activating our partner’s defense strategies.

Books: Parenting

No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Clm Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.

 

My all-time favorite book on parenting. It provides concrete tools for working with difficulty. Most importantly, it describes how our own inner reactions to our children have to be ackowledged and understood on a deep level. Otherwise, we are just trying to get our children to meet our own needs.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.

 

Based in a modern scientific understanding of the brain, this books describes all the changes in develoment that are happening in the child’s brain. It helps to understand that, for example, when a child is feeling strong emotions, it’s not because they are trying to irritate you or make your life any harder. Their brain just hasn’t integrated all its parts.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & and Listen so Kids Will Talk.

 

A simple and straighforward way to talk with your kids. We all just end up yelling at them and setting unrealistic boundaries, and this strategy is largely about us as parents, needing to exert control. It has little benefit for the kiddos. If we can learn to understand the child’s developmental ability to talk, then we can meet them where they are, rather than expecting them to make the developmental leap to where we are (this is of course impossible). 

*Note there are two different books for the different age groups.

Books: Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

 

A deep investigation of how traumatic experiences live in our bodies. Bessel Van Der Kolk is a leader in the field of trauma treatment and understanding. For a highly technical exploration of the field of trauma research, see his book Traumatic Stress (1996). 

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.

 

This book is a refreshing blend of biology, neuroscience, and body-oriented psychotherapy. It helps explain how trauma is neither a disorder or a disease, but rather a necessary response to pain that repeats itself when no longer necessary.

Books: Addiction

Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

 

The great thing about this book is that anyone can read it and find a great deal of use for it in their lives. It gets to the core of addiction in all of us, and de-stigmatizes it. Rather than it being a disease or a personality type, it’s a learning disorder.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

 

The mother of all books on addiction, this is a dense read, though it explains the origins of addiction as our basic longing for connection, safety, and love. When we can’t be in this kind of relationship with someone, we will be in relationship with something. 

The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path.

 

Another great book for all to read, regardless if you identify as an addict. It gets right to heart of all of our fragmented selves and frames our whole life in terms of this search for wholeness, belonging, and connection.

Books: Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology

Being Zen: Bring Meditation to Life

 

A great read for all levels of practice, this book gets right to the heart of Zen, and is a great resource for your growth and process in therapy. Ezra talks about how all the experiences in life a part of the practice—they are in fact the path itself.

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

 

Essential for all who practice the teaching of the Buddha, this book gets right to the teachings of the 4 Noble Truths, offers formal meditation techniques, and relates wisely to our own hearts in a profoundly wise and gently way. 

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearless in Difficult Times.

 

Pema is one of the greats. She delivers the historical teachings of the Buddha in a perfectly relatable way, speaking straight to our hearts. I can’t recommend her enough, and any book that you read from her will find its way softly into your heart and mind. 

Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation

 

For an inside look at my work as a psychotherapist, this book is perfect. It integrates the psychology of personal and spiritual growth into a cohesive, easy to understand, and deeply insightful teaching.

HeartMath

Heart Math Resources for Therapy

HeartMath is a very neat biofeedback technology that uses your Heart Rate Variability to determine the emotional state of your nervous system. When we are stuck in a loop of say, fight/flight or shutdown, this physiological state is reflected in the variability in our heart rate. Using mindful awareness and breathing techniques, we can return our inner state to a more calm and relaxed one, with the help of biofeedback. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to understand more about their emotions.

Heart math emotions resources in Hood River

Appreciation

Gorge Counseling and Psychotherapy

Frustration

Heart Rate Frustration