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Amy’s Mental Health Reading List

Getting to the place we want to be in our relationships and in our emotional well-being is a process that evolves across our entire lives. When we are struggling we often need help family/friends or a professional like a therapist.

I also believe that great ideas can help us change our lives.

This is my suggested client reading list on a few mental health topics.

This list is for you to use for your own benefit and it is also useful if you are considering starting therapy with me and you want a glimpse at some of the ideas that informs my work.

It is important to find a therapist that aligns with your goals for therapy. (Note: I did not include texts written for therapists, but rather texts that therapist and clients alike might find interesting and useful.)


1. Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

2. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

3. How to Be an Adult in Relationships by Richo

Trauma and Attachment

1. The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté

2. The Body Remembers by Rothschild

3. The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller


1. Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté

2. Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel, MD


1. This Naked Mind by Annie Grace

2. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté


1. Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel Siegel, MD

2. Mindsight: Transform Your Brain with the New Science of Kindness by Daniel Siegel, MD

3. The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

4. The Mind and The Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz


1. Scattered Minds by Gabor Maté

2. Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey

Gender and Sex

1. The Will to Change by bell Hooks

2. Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New way to Think about Abortion by Gabrielle Blair

3. Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

4. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper


1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

2. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter of Meaning by Karen Barad

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