“And when I talk about therapy, I know what people think ..

But oh how I loved everybody else, when I finally got to talk so much about myself” – Dar Williams

Helpful Readings

These are some books that have inspired me over the years and that many of my clients have found helpful. I hope they inspire you in some way.

When Love Meets Fear by David Richo

A beautiful and in depth look at the ways we  hide ourselves in intimate relationships with steps and affirmations on how to make meaningful changes

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield

A great guide for those interested in learning more about meditation as well as some useful skills to help in the healing process.

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman

Essential reading for anyone struggling with trauma and its aftermath

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron

All of Pema’s books are wonderfully supportive if you’re learning to face or open more to your feelings, struggles and sense of uncertainty. This is a good one to start with. However, one caveat is that many spiritual books do NOT address trauma and so it’s helpful to sort out conflicting or confusing spiritual practices with a psychotherapist who integrates spiritual and psychological work.

As One Is  by J. Krishnamurti

A powerful look at how our minds have been conditioned by society and how these messages shape our suffering and the continued suffering in the world.

Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

A good introduction to what therapists mean when they talk about “attachment” issues in relation to love and relationships. Discusses typical patterns of attaching that form when we are children with some suggestions for working on them.

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine

A book about trauma and how it affects us. Also provides information about how SE (somatic experiencing) works and was developed. Very relevant right now to our times.

When Spirit Leaps by Bonnie Greenwell

This book is for people who believe they are in the midst of a spiritual or Kundalini awakening. Bonnie is an expert on this topic. I studied with her and she is very grounded and deeply compassionate about this process.

Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Should be required reading for all women on a healing path towards living their full wild, passionate and beautiful being in a culture that has bound us up too long.

Leaving my Father’s House by Marion Woodman

Subtitled “a journey to conscious femininity”. Woodman was a Jungian analyst whose books are profoundly moving with regard to healing the feminine.

Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffrey Brantley, MD

A mindfulness based approach to coping with anxiety and making peace with your demons.

The Power of Now  by Eckhart Tolle

A wonderful book about learning to connect with ourselves and the here and now in deeper ways. Also not trauma sensitive so just be aware of this.

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

A gentle approach to looking deeper into ourselves and learning how to stay with difficult sensations and experiences.

Brain Lock by Jeffrey Schwartz

Helpful for dealing with addictions, impulsive behaviors and obsessive compulsive disorder. Based upon the notion of neuroplasticity, that we can over time effect change in our brains neural pathways through intention, diligent practice, labelling and learning how to shift.

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis

Also by a Jungian analyst. Much wisdom about how to navigate mid-life (or whatever age you start to feel in existential crisis!) with reflection and inner work for your next life’s chapter.