Books reviewed and recommended by Dr. Z

From time to time, during the course of counseling, psychotherapy, trauma treatment or coaching, Dr. Z may recommend certain books and resources to clients. These recommendations are available for purchase on Amazon (generally) and may be purchased directly from the directory here below. A small percentage of your purchase goes to support Dr. Z's practice.

Dr. Z's favorites

The classic on life's journey | The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Read this if you’re looking for a mate | Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Or this if you’re married | The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman
This book is good for marriages on the brink | Why Marriages Succeed or Fail by John M. Gottman
Why your child needs a higher EQ | Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
For when anger is the enemy | Make Anger Your Ally by Neil Clark Warren
Man, myth, and reality | Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly 
Emotions are a brain matter | The Emotional Brain by Joseph Ledoux
An interesting take on the French philosopher | Descartes’ Error by Anthony Damasio
This is about how to do a reality check | The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion by Antonio Damasio
EQ vs. IQ | Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
A wonderful blend of psychology and Christianity | The Greatest Psychologist Who Ever Lived by Mark W. Baker
Take two by Dr. Baker | Jesus, the Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived by Mark W. Baker
Dr. Baker on shame | Overcoming Shame: Let Go of Others’ Expectations and Embrace God’s Acceptance by Mark W. Baker
Dr. Baker on emotions | Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You by Mark W. Baker

Addiction
An organized, easy to follow approach | The Addiction Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide by Patrick Fanning
One of the hardest addictions to conquer | False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction by Harry Schaumburg
Dr. Carnes wrote the classic manual | Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict by Patrick Carnes

Attention Deficit
Worth giving it a try | Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell A. Barkley

Abused as a Child
Yes, you can outgrow it | Outgrowing the Pain by Eliana Gil 

Depression
The classic on depression | Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Dennis Greenberger

Forgiveness
Don’t just forgive… do it radically! | Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping
As is often the case, sorry won’t cut it | When Sorry Isn’t Enough by Gary Chapman
Perhaps the most important person to forgive is you | How To Forgive Ourselves Totally by R.T. Kendall

Marriage & Relationships
Never been truer | Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray
A good book if you’re looking for a mate | Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
This is for you, if you’re married | The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman 
How to set it up just right | Why Marriages Succeed or Fail by John M. Gottman
Dr. Gottman knows what he’s talking about| The Relationship Cure by John Gottman
Only ten, but important ones | Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage by John Gottman

Premarital & Singles
Yes, this may be you | Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood
I’m in a relationship, now what? | Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide by Harville Hendrix
The answer to the key question | Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who’s Right by Barbara De Angelis
Fear and love don’t mix too well | Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald G. Jampolsky
Too much of a good thing | Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody

Spiritual Interests
Spirituality for today | He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado
Timeless | The Future of Man by Teilhard de Chardin
More insightful than ever | The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Stress Management
Everything you need to know and do | The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis
Authoritative and easy to read | The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood
Even easier to read | Stress Management For Dummies by Allen Elkin
Very thorough and well-researched | Comprehensive Stress Management by Jerrold Greenberg
Scholarly and approachable | Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies by Brian Luke Seaward
Wellness and stress, mutually exclusive |  Stress Management: A Wellness Approach by Nanette E. Tummers
Not just for a quick fix | Stress Management for Life by Michael Olpin
The classic | Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide by Edward A. Charlesworth
Funny and insightful | Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition by Robert M. Sapolsky
Comprehensive | The Everything Stress Management Book by Eve Adamson
How to tame it… and prevent it | Stress Management and Prevention by David D. Chen
Get all 17 if you can | Stress: 17 Stress Management Habits by Linda Westwood
This is where you start | Stress Management for Beginners by Sarah Rowland


Affairs
Dr. Dobson on love | Love Must Be Tough by James Dobson
How do you get back to trust? | Back from Betrayal, Third Edition by Jennifer P. Schneider
How do you put it all back together? | Torn Asunder: Recovering From Extramarital Affairs by Dave Carder
My favorite book on affairs | After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, 2nd Edition by Janis Spring

Anger Management
It is possible to tame anger | Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman
Anger is another way of expressing hurt |  The Other Side of Love: Handling Anger by Gary Chapman 
The consequences of anger | Unglued: Making Wise Choices by Lysa TerKeurst
Prayer helps with anger | Unglued Devotional: 60 Days by Lysa TerKeurst
Anger and its many effects | Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free by Andy Stanley 
A woman’s perspective on anger | Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide by Harriet Lerner 

Eating Disorders
When food becomes a prison | The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia by Hilde Bruch 

Grief & Loss
What the dying can tell us | Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan
A doctor explains it all | How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
The classic on grief and loss | On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Humor & Healing
Is it really small stuff? | Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Men’s Issues
A way to understand ourselves better | The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hooks
There are many kinds of men | Masculinities by R. W. Connell 
Analysis and reflection on men | Exploring Masculinities by C.J. Pascoe
A month’s worth of advice | 31 Days to Masculinity: A Guide to Help Men by Hunter Drew
Positive is the key word | The Rational Male – Positive Masculinity Rollo Tomassi 
Is masculinity a mask? | The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes 
Better advice was never given | Man Up!: The Quest for Masculinity by Jeffrey Hemmer 

Parenting
Dr. Dan Siegel’s best work on children | The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel & T P Brayson
Dr. Popkin’s best advice on teens |  Active Parenting of Teens Parent’s Guide by Michael H. Popkin 
Revised and updated edition | Active Parenting Today by Micheal H. Popkin PhD
A good book for thinking parents | Raising a Thinking Child by Myrna Shure
Especially for preteens | Raising a Thinking Preteen by Myrna B. Shure
Dr. Gottman on EQ and children | Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
There are many more than 10, but this is a good start | The 10 Most Common Mistakes Good Parents Make by Dr. Kevin Steede

Self-Development
EQ’s Goleman goes further | Social Intelligence: The New Science by Daniel Goleman
Self-image is everything | Who You Are When No One’s Looking by Bill Hybels 
A little bit of comfort, every day | Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach 
The classic | Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud

Sexuality
When it's really bad |  Betrayal of Innocence: Incest and Its Devastation by Susan Forward 
Abuse is survivable | The Courage to Heal – Third Edition – Revised and Expanded: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass

Trauma Management
The big four | Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss by Michael Dubi
Trauma in adolescence | Counseling Adolescents Through Loss, Grief, and Trauma by Pamela A. Malone
Trauma in childhood |  Trauma: Teaching kids all about trauma by Robert D. Edelman Ed.S.
When grief makes sense | It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine
Now what do I do? | Life After Grief: How to Survive Loss and Trauma by Mel Lawrenz Ph.D. 
The key word is resilience | Loss, Trauma, and Resilience by Pauline Boss
A book your child can use | A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief, Loss or Early Trauma by Paul J. Chara
Another take on resilience | Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience by Sheryl Sandberg
The classic | The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young

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