From time to time, during the course of counseling, psychotherapy, trauma treatment or coaching, I may recommend certain books and resources to my clients. These recommendations are available on Amazon (generally) and may be purchased directly from the directory here below.

Dr. Z's Relationship Tips and Nuggets is a compilation of the counseling and advice given to couples who are dating, become engaged, and decide to get married.

A quick read in two dozen short chapters, for a total of 59 pages, packed with information and actionable Quick Guides on the most important topics, such as Communication, Conflict Resolution and Relationship Repair.

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A reflection on marriage and its consequences, for Christian couples, Safer Together Forever is a summary of the fundamental ideas that constitute the foundation of marriage.

Written by Dr. Z , it is appropriate for reading by couples of any faith background who accept that the principles of the Christian faith are sound and can help anyone create a lasting, loving and strong relationship with another person.

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I recommend this book by Patrick Fanning: The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide

These other two books are also very good on the topic of sex addiction:
False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sex Addiction by Harry Schaumburg
Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict by Patrick Carnes

Abused as a Child

I recommend this book by Eliana Gil: Outgrowing the Pain


This book by Greenberg and Padesky is the best on this topic, in my opinion: Mind Over Mood: Change the Way You Feel By Changing the Way You Think


This book by Colin Tipping will help you with forgiveness: 

And this other book is also very good:
by R.T. Kendall

Marriage & Relationships

The all-time classic that helps us understand each other: 

I recommend any and all books by Dr. John Gottman on the subject of marriage:

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

Premarital & Singles

A wonderful essay on a very important topic by Dr. Hendrix. Read the book: Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix and then get this workbook: Getting the Love You Want Workbook

Also very good reads:

by Harville Hendrix
by Barbara De Angelis
by Gerald G. Jampolsky
by Pia Mellody

Trauma Management

This is my favorite: Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss by Dubi, Powell and Gentry

by Pamela A. Malone
Trauma: Teaching kids all about trauma by Robert D. Edelman
by Mel Lawrenz Ph.D.
by Pauline Boss
by Paul J. Chara
by Sheryl Sandberg
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young

Spiritual Interests

The best-selling blend of psychology and Christian faith by Dr. Mark Baker:

by Mark W. Baker
Overcoming Shame by Mark W. Baker

by Joseph F. Girzone
by Max Lucado
The Future of Man by Teilhard de Chardin
by Joseph Campbell
by Andy Stanley

Clinical Research in Neuroscience (Professional Texts)

If you like neuroscience as much as I do, these are excellent books:

Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience by David E. Presti
by Dale Purves
Neuroscience For Dummies by Frank Amthor
by Laurie Lundy-Ekman
by Michael S. Gazzaniga
by Dean Buonomano


I recommend this book by Janis Abrams Spring: 

These three other books are also very good:
by James Dobson
by Jennifer P. Schneider
by Dave Carder M.A.

Anger Management

I recommend this book by Gary Chapman: 

These other books on anger management are also very good:
by Gary Chapman
by Lysa TerKeurst
by Lysa TerKeurst
by Andy Stanley
by Harriet Lerner
The Other Side of Love: Handling Anger by Gary Chapman

Grief & Loss

This book by Maggie Callanan can be particularly helpful: 

And this book can help explain the process of grieving:  by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Humor & Healing

Simple but profound wisdom, presented in a highly readable way:

Men's Issues

One of my favorites is:  by Bell Hooks

by R. W. Connell
by C. J. Pascoe
by Hunter Drew
by Rollo Tomassi
  by Lewis Howes
Man Up!: The Quest for Masculinity by Jeffrey Hemmer
by Robert Augustus Masters


I highly recommend this book by Dr. Popkin: 

And these other very good books on the subject:

by Micheal H. Popkin PhD
  by Myrna Shure
Raising a Thinking Preteen by Myrna B. Shure
by John Gottman
by Dr. Kevin Steede


The classic is:  by Daniel Goleman

These are also very good:

by Daniel Goleman
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
by Henry Cloud
The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition by M. Scott Peck


This is the best book on this difficult to discuss topic:  by Susan Forward and Craig Buck

by Ellen Bass

Stress Management

This is the book I recommend:  by Davis, Eshelman and McKay

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood
by Melanie Greenberg
by Allen Elkin
Comprehensive Stress Management by Jerrold Greenberg
Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies by Brian Luke Seaward
by Nanette E. Tummers
Stress Management for Life by Michael Olpin
Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide by Edward A. Charlesworth
by Robert M. Sapolsky
The Everything Stress Management Book by Eve Adamson
by David D. Chen
by Linda Westwood
by Sarah Rowland