Book Recommendations


416A0Q7OEFLThe Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt


71VWUItlq+LWillpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – Baumeister


51H98Ks9tXLThe Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking – Oliver Burkeman


41ejRNz7+lLMindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck


416XVNN6NRLRadical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart Of A Buddha – Tara Brach


CBT and ACT Books

91KibIuz6NLMind Over Mood: Change Your Moods by Changing the Way You Think – Christine Padesky


51xIpqvnUfLUnderstanding Myself, A Kid’s Guide to Strong Emotions and Feelings – Mary C. Lamia


512RlCq78DL Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids – Matthew McKay


51DlZcU5P0LGet out of Your Mind and Into Your Life – Steven Hayes, PH.D



51KeGpxW7XLGetting Control: Overcoming your Obsessions and Compulsions – Lee Baer, PhD


41CLmZ69WaLThe Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts – Lee Baer, Ph.D


51PF7vq+MdLStop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised) – Edna Foa, Ph.D and Reid Wilson, Ph.D


41pmzNE0yDLThe OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Bruce Hyman, Ph.D and Cherry Pedrick RN


51KwAmdRx2LBrain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior – Jeffrey Schwartz, MD


41cZ8dEMXILGetting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life – Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D


OC Spectrum Disorders

51wEhiEQ3lLDying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobias – Barbara Markway, Ph.D


4178VKCB7ELPhantom Illness: Shattering the Myth of Hypochondria – Carla Cantor and Brain Fallon


81-2cVsYkqL._SL1500_Stop Worrying About Your Health! – George D. Zgourides, MD, PsyD


Forever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary – Angela Hartlin


41NaMybAFZLHelp for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania – Nancy Keuthen, Ph.D., Dan Stein, MD, and Gary Christenson, MD


512-u5gHbmLThe Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania – Fred Penzel, Ph.D.


51oWd7G69xLThe Anxiety and Phobia Handbook, Fourth Edition – Edmund Bourne


41P6RVW18GL Panic Free: Eliminate Anxiety / Panic Attacks Without Drugs and Take Control of Your Life – Lynne Freeman, Ph.D


Childhood and Adolescent OCD

51SP49ETNKLFreeing Your Child from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents – Tamar Chansky, PhD


71Gu2ejqKAS-1What to do when your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D


516UDC1kkCLUp and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D. and Paul Jutton


61YYujGVEmLWhat to do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD – Dawn Huebner, Ph.D



51PBK8PQAMLYou’re Grounded Till You’re Thirty!: What Works and What Doesn’t in Parenting Today’s Teens – Judith E. Craig

One of the great strengths of this book is that is helps parents with prioritizing and teasing apart what is important and what is minor.  It is a practical and useful guide.

51gNPCrg2-LGetting to Calm: Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens – Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D

This very smart and straightforward book provides numerous tools and techniques for calmly dealing with challenging situations. Chapters with titles such as “ When Teens are Mean,” “When They are Screaming at You – or Not Talking at All,” and “When You’re Fighting About Grades,” this book provides stories and example and best of all language that you can you successfully with your teen.

51h4z4EuCfLStop Negotiating With Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent – Janet Sasson Edgette

If your child has learned that begging, throwing fits, and other unmanageable behavior sometimes works, this book is for you. It is a supportive guide for parents who need help standing firm and consistently setting and maintaining limits. With freedom comes responsibility, but permissive parents often have difficulties with enforcing the responsibility part. This book provides a balanced approach than can help parents not be consumed, manipulated and bargained with.

415tSdrWeTLBringing up GEEKs, Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids: How to Protect your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World  Marybeth Hicks

I love this book. It reinforces the instinct to keep them young and innocent, and shows clearly how the things that all of the other kids are doing may not be what we want for our kids at all. Withan old-fashioned appreciation for such out dated ideas as manners and morals, Hicks helps us to remember that it is okay to not be cool, and that there is still great fun to be had. The benefits of this approach are clear; kids with the self-confidence to pursue their dreams in life.

51DIrYWif9LPositive Discipline for Teenagers  Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

This book encourages parents to treat their teenagers like individuals who are capable of making choice and who can learn to be more independent in their decision-making. If setting limits is easy for you, but you find that sometimes you may go too far with the control, this book will help you to be sure that your limits are clearly articulated and that they are not arbitrary. Jane Nelson has many easily implemented suggestions about how to reward teenagers and shape their behavior from the positive perspective. The book is well organized and allows a parent to look up a problem and find a resolution.

51DdJQ8qt9LPositive Discipline for Preschoolers and Positive Time Out  Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

The goal in all of the works by this author is to shape behavior by using positive approaches as much as possible. Preventing the conflicts and the power struggles is what these books are all about.

41JB78GYD0LGetting it Right with Teens – Madelyn Swift

How well do you remember what it was like to be a teen? This book will help you remember the experience. Through actual interviews with teens, this book teaches parents to keep communication open, criticism to a minimum, and to be a safe secure home base for teens. Believe it or not, they still need their parents, just in a slightly different way.

41pMcdb-oxLParenting at the Speed of Teens : Positive Tips on Everyday Issues – Renie Howard and Ruth Taswell

The essential reference guide for parents. You can easily look up information on a wide variety of topics ranging from junk food to dating. The authors include tips, tricks, and techniques to improve you’re your relationship with and guide your teen.

519RK4PZ1QLWhy Do They Act That Way? : A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen  David Walsh

This is an outstanding book that not only explains why they “act that way” but it what is might be like to be that way. Dr. Walsh clearly explains and describes how the changes in teen’s brains impact their behavior and then gives parents advice on how to “understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids.” This book is terrific for normalizing what often seems to parents like outrageous behavior, and it helps parents to respond appropriately. Given what we now know about brain development, it is so clear that erratic behavior and emotions are an understandable part of adolescence, and this book will help you with how to navigate this turbulent time.

51BA6mWjw2LThe How to Book of Teen Self Discovery: Helping Teens Find Balance, Security and Esteem  Doc Lew Childre

In this book Doc Childre talks to teenagers. He teaches the reader to become “heart-smart.” “This is about tapping into the resources of both the head and the heart, being responsible for one’s actions and reactions, building heart security and self-esteem and riding the waves of emotion instead of letting them engulf us.”

5119B0haqTLWhat Teens Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Shape Your Own Future  Peter L. Benson, Pamela Espeland, Judy Galbraith 

This book is based on a survey of over 350,000 teenagers who were asked to provide a list of the positive things in life that attribute to an individual’s success. The author took their responses and came up with 40 assets that make up a successful person. The book defines external assets such as families, peers, schools, spiritual support systems and also internal assets like motivation, honesty, and responsibility. The book then gives advice on how a teenager, parent, or other adult can help to ensure that each child has those assets. The short chapters and creative cartoons are teen friendly.