Books Recommended by Therapists – [2023]

Therapists are trained mental health professionals who provide counseling and psychological services to individuals, families, and groups. They work with people of all ages and backgrounds to help them overcome challenges and improve their overall mental health.

Therapists use a variety of techniques to help their clients, including talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy.

There are many books that mental health professionals recommend to their patients. Here are a few that therapists say can help with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, and more.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do By Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do By Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do is a book by Amy Morin that explores what it takes to be mentally strong.

The book covers thirteen different things that mentally strong people avoid doing, such as ruminating on their past or dwelling on negative thoughts.

Morin provides readers with practical tips on how they can become mentally stronger. This book is perfect for those who are looking to improve their mental well-being.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits By James Clear

If you want to change your life, the best place to start is with your habits. That’s the premise of James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits.” The book lays out a step-by-step plan for breaking bad habits and building good ones.

Clear argues that habit change is not about willpower; it’s about creating a system that makes it easy to do the right thing. For example, if you want to exercise more, you might put your workout clothes by your bed so they’re the first thing you see in the morning.

The book provides practical tips for changing any kind of habit, whether it’s quitting smoking or eating more vegetables. If you’re looking for a roadmap to better habits, “Atomic Habits” is a good place to start.

Attached by Amir Levine & Rachel Heller

Attached By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller

In their book, Attached, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller explore the science of attachment and how it affects our relationships.

This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of relationships, whether they are romantic, platonic, or familial.

Levine and Heller take an evolutionary approach to attachment, drawing on research from fields such as biology, anthropology, and psychology.

They explain how the different attachment styles – secure, anxious-ambivalent, and avoidant – developed in response to different environments and situations.

Most importantly, the Attached provides readers with practical advice on how to create and maintain healthy relationships. Whether you’re looking for love or trying to strengthen your existing bonds, this book is a valuable resource.

Being and Loving by Althea Horner

Being and Loving by Althea Horner

In her book, Being and Loving, Althea Horner explores what it means to be a loving person. She draws on her own experiences as a mother, wife, and friend to show that love is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

She discusses how to express love in both words and actions, and how to receive love from others. This book is sure to help readers deepen their understanding of what it means to love and be loved.

BURNOUT by Amelia Nagoski

BURNOUT by Amelia Nagoski

In her book, “Burnout: How to Push Past Your Limits and Get the Most Out of Life,” Dr. Amelia Nagoski offers readers a fresh perspective on the phenomenon of burnout.

Through her research, she has found that burnout is not caused by working too hard or having too much stress in your life. Rather, it is the result of an imbalance between your expectations and reality. When these two things are out of sync, it can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiousness, and even depression.

Dr. Nagoski provides readers with practical tips on how to identify the signs of burnout and what they can do to prevent it from happening. She also offers advice on how to recover from burnout if it does occur.

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind By Jennifer Shannon

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind By Jennifer Shannon

Jennifer Shannon’s “Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind” is a book about how to control one’s thoughts in order to live a happier life.

Shannon argues that our monkey mind, or negative thoughts, are like a pesky monkey that always wants attention.

The only way to get rid of the monkey mind is to stop feeding it, or giving it attention.

Shannon provides readers with practical tips on how to control their thoughts and stop feeding the monkey mind.

“Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind” is an insightful and helpful book that can help readers live happier life by controlling their thoughts.

EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck

EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is a classic novel about the struggle between good and evil. The book tells the story of two brothers, Cal and Aron, who are caught in the middle of a bitter rivalry between their father and grandfather.

As the boys grow up, they must choose sides in the family feud and learn to live with the consequences of their choices.

East of Eden is a complex and multi-layered story that explores the nature of human beings. Steinbeck’s writing is beautiful and evocative, and his characters are richly drawn. The book is an important work of literature that has been enjoyed by readers for generations.

Empowered Boundaries by Cristien Storm

Empowered Boundaries by Cristien Storm

Cristien Storm’s book, Empowered Boundaries, is a guide to creating healthy relationships with yourself and others. In her book, Storm offers readers practical tools for setting boundaries and communicating effectively.

Storm provides readers with an easy-to-understand framework for creating empowered boundaries in their lives.

If you’re looking for a book that will help you create healthy relationships with yourself and others, Empowered Boundaries by Cristien Storm is a great choice. In her book, Storm offers readers practical tools for setting boundaries and communicating effectively.

By providing readers with an easy-to-understand framework for creating empowered boundaries in their lives, Storm’s book can help you take control of your life and create the relationships you want.

Feeding Your Demons by Tsultrim Allione

Feeding Your Demons by Tsultrim Allione

In her book, Feeding Your Demons, Tsultrim Allione teaches readers how to work with their demons in order to transform them. By doing so, we can free ourselves from the patterns of negativity and destructive behavior that they represent.

Allione begins by explaining what a demon is. A demon, she says, is anything that causes us suffering. This can be an addiction, a negative thought pattern, or even a physical ailment. Whatever it is, it has power over us because we feed it with our attention and energy.

The first step in working with our demons is to become aware of them. We need to recognize the symptoms they cause in our lives and pay attention to the thoughts and emotions they trigger. Once we know what our demons are, we can begin to work on transforming them.

Feel the Way You Want to Feel…No Matter What! by Aldo R. Pucci

Feel the Way You Want to Feel...No Matter What! by Aldo R. Pucci

Aldo R. Pucci’s book, “Feel the Way You Want to Feel…No Matter What!” is all about helping people learn how to feel the way they want to feel, regardless of what is happening in their lives.

Pucci says that one of the biggest factors that determine how we feel is our mindset. If we have a positive mindset, we are more likely to feel good, even when things are tough.

On the other hand, if we have a negative mindset, it can be very difficult to feel good, no matter what is going on around us.

One of the best ways to change our mindset is by using affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that we repeat to ourselves, either out loud or in our heads.

FINDING QUIET by J.P. Moreland

FINDING QUIET by J.P. Moreland

When the world is constantly noisy, it can be hard to find peace and quiet. But author J.P. Moreland says that it’s important to find ways to be still and reflect on life. In his book, “Finding Quiet,” Moreland offers readers tips on how to find moments of peace in their busy lives.

By taking time to be alone with their thoughts, Moreland believes that people can connect with themselves and the world around them in a deeper way.

Furiously Happy By Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy By Jenny Lawson

In her book, Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. With humor and honesty, she chronicles her journey from depression and anxiety to self-acceptance and happiness.

Lawson’s memoir is both funny and poignant, offering readers a rare glimpse into the mind of someone living with mental illness.

She candidly discusses her struggles with anxiety, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as the coping mechanisms she’s developed over the years.

Furiously Happy is an important book for anyone who has ever struggled with mental illness. It’s a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles, and that it is possible to find happiness despite our challenges.

Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi

Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi

In her book, Haldol and Hyacinths, Melody Moezzi chronicles her experience as a bipolar Iranian-American woman.

Moezzi expertly weaves together her own story with historical context, cultural commentary, and moments of levity. She offers readers a unique and much-needed perspective on mental illness, race, and gender.

Haldol and Hyacinths is ultimately a book about hope. In spite of the challenges she’s faced, Moezzi has remained resilient and determined to create a life worth living. This is an inspiring and necessary read for anyone who has ever felt like they’re fighting a battle alone.

Hardwiring Happiness By Rick Hanson

Hardwiring Happiness By Rick Hanson

A leading neuroscientist reveals how we can rewire our brains for greater happiness.

Dr. Rick Hanson demonstrates how to tap into the brain’s natural plasticity to install lasting happiness.

Hardwiring Happiness offers readers simple yet powerful tools for building a happier, more fulfilling life.

Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon

Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size, challenges the conventional wisdom that thinner is always better when it comes to our health.

Bacon argues that the current focus on weight loss is actually making us sicker, not healthier. She points to research showing that dieting often leads to weight cycling, which can cause problems like yo-yo dieting and obesity.

Instead of focusing on weight loss, Bacon advocates for a “health at every size” approach that emphasizes healthy behaviors like eating nutritious foods and being physically active.

This approach recognizes that people come in all shapes and sizes and that we should accept our bodies as they are.

Health at Every Size is an important book for anyone who wants to learn more about body acceptance and healthful living.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts By Gabor Maté

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts By Gabor Maté

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone By Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone By Lori Gottlieb

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It By Shad Helmstetter

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It By Shad Helmstetter

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies By Tara Schuster

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies By Tara Schuster

No Self, No Problem By Chris Niebauer

No Self, No Problem By Chris Niebauer

Out of the Woods by Brent Williams

Out of the Woods by Brent Williams

QUIET by Susan Cain

QUIET by Susan Cain

SET BOUNDARIES, FIND PEACE by Nedra Glover Tawwab

SET BOUNDARIES, FIND PEACE by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks

Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks

Taming Your Gremlin By Richard David Carson

Taming Your Gremlin By Richard David Carson

Thanks for the Feedback By Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

Thanks for the Feedback By Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

The Book of Awakening By Mark Nepo

The Book of Awakening By Mark Nepo

The Book of Joy By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, & Douglas Abrams

The Book of Joy By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, & Douglas Abrams

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz

The Gifts of Imperfection By Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection By Brené Brown

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) By David Emerald Womeldorff

The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) By David Emerald Womeldorff

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success By Peg Dawson & Richard Guare

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success By Peg Dawson & Richard Guare

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck By Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck By Mark Manson

The Untethered Soul By Michael Alan Singer

The Untethered Soul By Michael Alan Singer

Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older by Douwe Draaisma

Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older by Douwe Draaisma

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers By Robert Sapolsky

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers By Robert Sapolsky

You Are a Badass By Jen Sincero

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