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Reading List

Reading is another way in which we can learn and build upon our sessions together. Below you will find a list of books that I have been compiling over the years. It is always growing so check back anytime. You can also find more book referrals on my Pintrest page. 


The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola



In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate and Peter A. Levine


Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential 1st Edition by Peg Dawson 

Smart but Stuck by Ph.D. Thomas E. Brown, Joe Bronzi 

Mastering Your Adult ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program Client Workbook (Treatments That Work)by Steven A. Safren

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell A. Barkley

The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps bMelissa Orlov and Edward M. Hallowell


Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention


Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.


Understand Your Brain, Get More Done by Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA

Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What

You Can Do About It by Gabor Maté MD


Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. , John J. Ratey M.D.  



Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir by Martha Stettinius



The New Psychology of Men by Ronald Levant and William Pollack


Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner


(Movie): Waking Life – dreams & life



Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes



NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman



Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness by Suzy Favor Hamilton



The Buddha & the borderline by Kiera Van Gelder

The Toa of  Bipolar by Annellen Simpkins

Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder by Graeme Cowan

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship by Shari Y. Manning

I Hate You, Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. KreismanHal Straus

Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder by Rick Moskovitz

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder by Rachel Reiland

Borderline Mothers

Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship by Christine Ann Lawson


Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul Mason MS


Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic


Mothers by Dr. Karyl McBride PhD



Midlife Career Rescue (What Makes You Happy): How to change careers, confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you love, before it’s too late 

by Cassandra Gaisford

Leave The Grind Behind: Rocket fuel to live life on your terms. Make more money, build your legacy, and quit your job by Justin Gesso

Children’s Books


Children’s Books: Aloha Self-Esteem?

The boy who learned upside down by Christy Scattarella

Untangled by Lisa Damour

A Terrible Thing Happened: Margaret M. Holmes




Co-dependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and start Caring for Yourself by Melodie Beattie


Co-dependent No More Workbook by Melodie Beattie


Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time by Melodie Beattie


The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency by Melodie Beattie

Facing Codependency by Pia Meloday

The New Codependency by Melodie Beattie



High Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation by Alan E. Fruzzetti


Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity by Joshua Wolf Shenk


Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in /creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk


Conscious Loving: Journey to Commitment by Gay Hendricks


Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson



SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient by Jane McGonigal

The Depression Cure by Stephen Ilardi


Depressed Pregnancy

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by

Brooke Shields


Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy by Shaila Kulkarni Misri M.D.


Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman, Amy Wenzel


Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum

Depression & Anxiety by Shoshana Bennett, Pec Indman


Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery by Lynn Madsen


Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup M.D.


Domestic Violence/Manipulation/Abuse

Why Does He Do that by Lundy Bancroft


How to Spot a Dangerous Man by Sandra Brown


In Sheeps Clothing by  George Simon 

Eating Disorders & Body Image Issues

Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food by Davina Chessid

It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell

The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success by Mario Martinez PsyD

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Love Your Body by Louise Hay


The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas Cash PhD

The Body has a Mind of its Own by Sandra Blakeslee

Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice! by Glenn Livingston Ph.D.

Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good by Kathryn Hansen




You are a badass by Jen Sincero

Woman on Fire by Amy Jo Goddard  (sexual empowerment)


The Gift of Fear and other Survival Signals that Protect us from Violence by Gavin de Becker


Stronger Day by Day by Susan Pease Gadoua (divorce)

The search for existential identity by James F.T. Bugental


Modern man in search of a soul by Carl Jung


Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Succulent Wild Woman by Sark


Eat Mangos Naked by Sark


The Bodacious Book of Succulence by Sark


Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves by Amy Ahlers & Sark


Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing your Inner Child by John Bradshaw

Breaking Free from the Victim Trap: Reclaiming Your Personal Power by Diane Zimberoff


Family of Origin (FOO)

Family Ties That Bind: A self-help guide to change through Family of Origin therapy



The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner


The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner


Gender Spectrum Issues

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Trans 101 by N.M. Teich

Where's My Book by L. Gromko

Goerge by Alex Gino

Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews


Transitions of the Heart by Rachel Pepper

Grief & Loss 

How to Survive the Loss of a Parent: A Guide for Adults by Lois Akner

Remembering Mother, Finding Myself: A Journey of Love and Self-Acceptance by Patricia Commins

My Friend Just Lost Her Husband by Dana Barfield

Wife of the Deceased: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Learning to Live Again by Dawn Bell

From Grief to Growth: Coming to terms with the death of a loved one AND getting the most out of your life by Stephen Bennett

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha  Whitmore Hickman

Healing A Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt

Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J. Wray

Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance by Kathy Eldon


Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) by Stanislav Grof

Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) by Stanislav Grof


The Breathwork Experience: Exploration and Healing in Nonordinary States of Consciousness by Kylea Taylor


Inner Child

Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Charles L. Whitfield M.D.

A Gift to Myself: A Personal Workbook and Guide to "Healing the Child Within" by Charles L. Whitfield

The Inner Child Workbook: What to do with your past when it just won't go away by Cathryn L. Taylor

Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child by John Bradshaw

Affirmations for the Inner Child by Rokelle Lerner


Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Patel

Mental Health / The Brain

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge


The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm by Eric Maisel


The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks by Mike Dow


Trauma Proofing Your Kids: A Parents Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience by Peter Levine


Parent from the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegel


It Wont Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma by Peter Levine


The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One to Four Year Old by Harvey Karp


The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Wise Minded Parenting by Dr. Laura Kastner


Parents of OCD


“Talking Back to OCD” by John March and Christine Benton




Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

When Survivors Give Birth Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin




Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland




Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker


The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Source by Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D


The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk



One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin


Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein


Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness by Mark Epstein

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

 My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming


The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self by Anil Ananthaswamy


A Fortunate Man: The Story of A Country Doctor by John Berger


The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden


Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Dr. Brené Brown


Lying on the Couch by Irwin Yalom


Search for Meaning

Underdogs, misfits, & art of battling giants: David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande


The Search for Meaning: A Short History by Dennis Ford


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl


Creating Love: The Next Great Stage of Growth by John Bradshaw


Family Secrets: What you Don’t Know Can Hurt You by John Bradshaw


Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Arousal: Unlocking the secret of sexual fantasies by Michael Bader

Unwanted by Jay Stringer

Sexual Freedom

SM 101 by Jay Wiseman


Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Philip Miller and Molly Devon


The New Topping Book by Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton


The New Bottoming Book by Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton

Health Care without Shame: A Handbook for the Sexually Diverse and Their Caregivers, by Charles Moser  


Leathersex: A Guide for the Curious Outsider and the Serious Player, by Joseph L. Bean


Sex Therapy


Loving Sex: The book of joy and passion by Laura Berman


Getting the Sex You Want by Tammy Nelson’


Reclaiming Your Sexual Self by Kathryn Hall


The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido: A Couple’s Guide by Michele Weiner-Davis


It’s Not Him, It’s You!: How to Take Charge of Your Life and Create the


Love and Intimacy You Deserve by Laura Berman

The return of desire by Gina Ogden


Sexual Trauma


Sexual Healing: Transforming the Sacred Wound by Peter Levine

The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors

of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass


Allies in Healing: When the Person you Love was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by  Wendy Maltz

Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide for the Partners of Incest Survivors by Ken Graber

Outgrowing the Pain Together by Eliana Gil 




Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You by Darlene Lancer

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller



Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine


Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart by Stephen Levine


Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz


Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter Levine


Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing by Peter Levine


In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine


Freedom from Pain: Discover your Bodys Power to Overcome Physical Pain by Peter Levine


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine

The Brain Atlas: A Visual Guide to the Human Central Nervous System by Thomas Woolsey


Social Justice

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book."

–Josh Jameson


Jenifer Piegaro
Psychotherapist - Netherlands & Globally
Coach - U.S.A. & Globally

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