You can tell a lot about a person by watching their friends. You can also tell a lot about a therapist from the books they read, or resources they use. Here are some of the books and resources that influence my therapy practice.
Please investigate any item listed before purchasing. Some of these maybe available via your public library and or as an audio book.
These resources are not ranked in any particular order. I listed them in categories that made sense to me.
“Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery,” workbook by Patrick Carnes
“A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery,” by Patrick Carnes
“Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts,” by Anthony D. Rodriguez, Mari A. Lee, and Stefanie Carnes
“Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction,” by Robert Weiss
“In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction,” by Gabor Maté, MD
Attention Deficit Disorder
Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It,” by Gabor Maté, MD (also has a discussion of attachment disorders).
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology,” by Jack Kornfield
“Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening,” by Stephen Batchelor
“The Buddhist Psychology of Awakening: An In-Depth Guide to Abhidharma,” by Steven D. Goodman
Dissociation, PTSD, Trauma
“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” by Bessel van der Kolk
“Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists” (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology), by Kathy Steele, Onno van der Hart, and Suzette Boon
“Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy,” by Francine Shapiro
“Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character,” by Jonathan Shay, MD (covers Moral Injury)
“Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming,” by Jonathan Shay, MD (covers Moral Injury)
“PTSD Coach” as a mobile app or on line. By the National Center for PTSD and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Health & Illness
“Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” by James Nestor
“Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client‑Centered Practices,” by Deb Dana
“The Art of Solitude Hardcover,” by Stephen Batchelor
“Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber,” by Ken Wilber
Psychedelic Drug Therapy
Resource for podcasts, education, training, links
Navigating Psychedelics, Integration, Planting Seeds of Change and Growth
Navigating Psychedelics, Trip Journal
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, MAPS.org
Resource for research, education, training, books, links
Resources for harm reduction and training
“How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence,” by Michael Pollan
“Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens,” Edited by Charles S. Grob and Jim Grigsby