Good Books

My Own Favorite Books

Hey, we’re human and need to unwind and relax too. These are some we enjoy.

  • Authors
    • Laurel K. Hamilton
    • Deborah Harkness
    • Patricia Briggs

What I’m Reading Now

  • Emotional intimacy: A comprehensive guide for connecting with the power of your emotions, 2013, Robert Masters

Recommended Books

The following list is by no means all the books and references I use, but these are all very good. They are broken down by topic and include the title, publishing date, and author. I don’t sell them but all are available at booksellers such as Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, eBay, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t loan these out either. As an example, I’m on copy #6 of Katherine’s book on boundaries. One was loaned out and the rest were “borrowed,” never to be seen again, by clients over the years. Obviously a very good and useful book … at least to five clients.


  • Rage: A step by step guide to overcoming explosive anger, 2007, Potter-Effron

Boundaries & Assertiveness

  • Where to draw the line: How to set healthy boundaries every day, 2000, Katherine (a great practical book on boundaries)
  • Your perfect right, tenth edition: Assertiveness and equality in your life and relationships, 2017, Alberti & Emmons


  • The 36-hour day: A family guide to caring for people with Alzheimer disease, other dementias, and memory loss later in life, 4th edition, 2006, Mace

Domestic Violence and relationships

  • Getting free: You can end abuse and take back your life, 1997, NiCarthy
  • No more secrets: Violence in lesbian relationships, 2002, Ristock
  • The batterer as parent: Addressing the impact of domestic violence on family dynamics, 2012, Bancroft & Silverman
  • The macho paradox: Why some men hurt women and how all men can help, 2006, Katz
  • What Paul really said about women: An apostle’s liberating views on equality in marriage, leadership, and love, 1991, Bristow
  • When dad hurts mom: Helping your children heal the wounds of witnessing abuse, 2004, Bancroft

Emotional & Social Intelligence

  • Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, 2005, Goleman
  • Social intelligence: The revolutionary new science of human relationships, 2007, Goleman

Mental Health

  • A dose of sanity: Mind, medicine, and misdiagnosis, 1996, Walker
  • Compassion and self-hate: An alternative to despair, 1975, Rubin
  • Could it be B12? An epidemic of misdiagnoses. 2nd edition, 2011, Pacholok & Stuart
  • Encyclopedia of nutritional supplements: The essential guide for improving your health naturally, 1996, Murray
  • Healing depression & bipolar disorder without drugs, 2006, Guyol
  • Mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement for addiction, stress, and pain, 2013, Garland
  • The diet cure: The eight-step program to rebalance your body chemistry and food cravings, weight problems, and mood swings – now, 1999, Ross
  • The mood cure: The 4-step program to take charge of your emotions – today, 2002, Ross
  • The thyroid solution: The doctor-developed clinically proven plan to diagnose thyroid imbalance and reverse thyroid symptoms, 2008, Arem
  • Total health turnaround: The all-natural plan to reverse adrenal fatigue, lose weight, and feel better fast, 2014, Pingel
  • Undoing depression: What therapy doesn’t teach you and medication can’t give you, 1997, O’Conner
  • Wired for healing: Remapping the brain to recover from chronic and mysterious illnesses, 2014, Hopper
  • Your drug may be your problem: How and why to stop taking psychiatric medications, 1999, Breggin & Cohen


  • Becoming a love and logic parent: Parent handbook, 2000, Faye
  • Common sense parenting, 1996, Burke
  • Positive parenting with a plan: Grades K-12, 2009, Johnson (best parenting book I’ve read and what I teach)
  • ADHD does not exist. The truth about attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, 2014, Saul


  • 10 lessons to transform your marriage, 2006, Gottman & DeClaire
  • Not just friends: Rebuilding trust and recovering your sanity after an infidelity, 2003, Glass
  • The five love languages, 2004, Chapman
  • The happiness trap, 2008, Harris
  • The relationship cure, 2001, Gottman


  • 1001 ways to relax: An illustrated guide to reducing stress, 2003, George

Substance Abuse

  • Addiction as an attachment disorder, 2004, Flores
  • Rational recovery: The new cure for substance addiction, 1996, Trimpey
  • The small book: A revolutionary alternative for overcoming alcohol and drug dependence, 1992, Trimpey
  • The truth about addiction and recovery: The life process program for outgrowing destructive habits, 1991, Peele, Brodsky, & Arnold


  • The body bears the burden: Trauma, dissociation, and disease, 3rd edition, 2014, Scaer
  • The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, 2014, Van der Kolk
  • The body remembers: The psychophysiology of trauma and trauma treatment, 2000, Rothschild
  • Trust after trauma, 1998, Matsakis
  • Women who hurt themselves: A book of hope and understanding. Tenth anniversary edition, 2005, Miller
  • Your body speaks its mind, 1981, Keleman


  • Trust after trauma: A guide to relationships for survivors and those who love them, 1998,  Matsakis