People don’t come to counseling because they are happy. It’s just a fact. People come because something is wrong in their life. Their marriage is in trouble, their child is struggling in school, they have problems with their in-laws, or they’re experiencing something like depression or anxiety. Almost every client we see comes because they’ve reached the end of their rope and don’t now who to talk to about it. Mental health care is usually not at the top of anyone’s list.
Here are some of our favorite books that address some of today’s most relevant counseling issues. You will find links to each of them on the Resources page of this website.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns
David Burns M.D.’s book Feeling Good is considered one of the most relevant books on treating depression. Dr. Burns recommends using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to treat depression. CBT’s premise is that your thinking directly influences how you feel. Therefore, if you think negative thoughts, you feel depressed. If you train your brain to think more positively, you will feel better. There is much research to support CBT and this modality is used frequently with clients who are suffering from depression.
Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey. M.D.
This book continues to be a powerful resource for parents and adults who have ADHD. The authors use case studies and stories to investigate what ADHD actually looks like, from hyperactivity to absent-mindedness. They offer supportive coping tools and discuss treatment options, in addition to suggestions for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member.
The Opposite of Worry by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Dr. Cohen’s The Opposite of Worry provides parents with tools to handle childhood anxiety. He helps parents teach children the basics of the body’s “security system”: alert, alarm, assessment, and all clear, as well as learning how to bring children out of their anxious thoughts by using relaxation, breathing, writing, and drawing. This is a wonderful book for parents of anxious children.
When Panic Attacks by David D. Burns M.D.
Another good resource by David D. Burns, this book deals with panic attacks, fear, and anxiety, issues that many of our clients deal with every day. Anxiety is a liar and it tricks you into believing that things that are not true are in fact true. Learning to recognize the difference between truth and lies is critical to controlling your anxiety. This book teaches you how to control your anxiety and gives you techniques to use when you are feeling anxious and afraid.