There is an enormous array of helpful books for each of the topics listed. Here are some that have remained favorites for my clients over the years.



Self-Improvement/Stress Reduction and Coping:

  • Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey Young and Janet Klosko
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Matthew McKay and Martha Davis
  • A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein
  • The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress by Gina Biegel


Eating Disorders:

  • Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston
  • Life without Ed by Jenni Schaefer
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall and Monika Ostroff
  • Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall and Monika Ostroff
  • Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop by Christopher Fairburn
  • Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel, Judith Brisman and Margot Weinshel
  • Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: The fellowship details its program of recovery for Anorexia and Bulimia
  • When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter



  • Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception by Abraham Twerski
  • Substance Abusing High Achievers: Addiction as an Equal Opportunity Destroyer by Abraham Twerski
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
  • Alcoholics Anonymous—Big Book 4th Edition
  • One Day at a Time in Al-Anon



  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Some You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul Mason and Randi Kreger
  • After the Affair by Janis Spring


For children:

  • The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce by Richard Gardner
  • Let’s Talk About It: Divorce by Fred Rogers


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

  • Brain Lock: Free yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Schwartz and Beverly Beyette


For children:

  • What to do when your brain gets stuck: A kid’s guide to overcoming OCD
  • Up and down the worry hill: A children’s book about obsessive-compulsive disorder and its treatment


EMDR and Trauma:

  • Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal by Michael Baldwin and Deborah Korn, PsyD
  • Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD


The Highlands Ability Battery:

  • Don’t Waste Your Talent by Bob McDonald, PhD and Don Hutcheson


Executive Coaching and Career Development:

  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith
  • Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee, Richard Boyztzis
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Designing Your Life: How to build a well-lived, joyful life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans