Boyes, Alice. (2015). Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points. New York: Penguin.
A former clinical psychologist and researcher-turned-writer talks about how we can better manage and move forward with anxiety
Alter, R. (2011). Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination: A New Model for Helping Parents and Children Manage Anxiety. Thornhill: Alter Psychology.
Practical advice on managing the anxiety that can result from "runaway imagination."
Real, T. (1997). I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret of Male Depression. New York: Scribner.
A classic that talks about overt and covert depression
Burns, D. (1993). Ten Days to Self-Esteem: In 10 Exciting Steps You Will Learn How to Do. New York: Harper-Collins.
Workbook type publication providing practical guide to promoting happiness and well-being
Siegel, D. & Hartzell, M.(2004). Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. N.Y: Penguin.
Tsabary, S. (2010). The conscious Parent: Transforming ourselves, empowering our children. Vancouver: Namaste.
Tsabary, S. (2017). The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children. New York: Penguin.
Damour, L. (2016). Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. New York: Penguin Random House.
Shanker, S. (2016). Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Cycle and Successfully Engage in Life. Canada: Penguin Random House
The number of books in this section speaks to the importance of supportive curious parenting to raise healthy children
Being Different and the importance of self-acceptance:
Attwood, T., Grandin, T., and others (2016). Asperger’s and Girls: World renowned experts join those with Asperger’s syndrome to resolve issues that girls and woman face every day! Arlington: Future Horizons.
A collection of readable essays helping us understand the special challenges faced by Autistic women
Mate, G. (1999, 2012). Scattered Minds: The origins and healing of attention deficit disorder. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
Physician, author, and sought after speaker talks about his own ADHD and links the condition with the importance of attentive, benevolent parenting
An Autistic mental health worker provides a website where people can explore how OK it is to be different: www.sociophenomenal.com
Women and Girl Power:
Pipher, M. (2005) Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. New York: Riverhead Books.
A therapist talks about the "girl-poisoning" dangers of the many expectations placed on girls by society and how we can rediscover our resilient, powerful selves
Trauma and invalidation is often a bigger part of our emotional pain than we realize. Various kind of abuse can have a lasting impact on our body and mind:
van der Kolk, Bessell (2015). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. New York: Penguin.
Comprehensive discussion of the sometimes devastating impact of abuse by a pioneering trauma researcher
Walker, Pete (2014). Complex Trauma: From Surviving to Thriving (A guide and map for recovering from childhood trauma).Lafayette: Azure Coyote.
An experienced therapist with his own developmental trauma shares a practical guide for healing and recovery
Shame is deeply rooted feelings of unworthiness that result when we are abused and invalidated, especially as children growing up:
Bradshaw, J. (2005). Healing the Shame that Binds You. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications
Famed pastor, author, and television host describes family patterns that result in shame, the way we cope, and helpful recovery strategies
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love. New York: Penguin.
Relates adult patterns of distress with different styles of attachment (relationship behaviours grounded in level of emotional safety with primary caregivers)
Mate, G. (2012). When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. Toronto: Vintage.
A lively and personal exploration of stress and the body/mind connection
Dayton, T. (2000). Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy. Deerfield Beach: Health Communications.
Frames addiction as a common way of responding to trauma and sees compassionate self-care as the best path to recovery
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