Recommended Reading

Many of my clients ask me about how they can get the most out of counselling. There are so many ways to continue your journey outside of a counsellor's office and truly augment the benefits of therapy. Some people find it helpful to journal, read educational or self-help books, fill out workbooks, watch Ted Talks, join support groups, or listen to podcasts on relevant topics. These kinds of activities facilitate learning, reflection, and self-awareness, and contribute to the process of personal growth and enriched relationships. 

If you are interested in doing more for yourself outside of the counselling office, I recommend picking up any of the following titles at your local library or bookstore. I have been compiling this list of books and resources for several years. This list is based on my own reading, other therapists, and graduate school professors. I have only included titles that I or someone I personally know has found extremely helpful. It is important to note that these suggested books cannot serve you as well as getting professional help and are not intended to replace counselling. I encourage you to reach out to a Registered Clinical Counsellor to seek mental health support if you are struggling.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Hayes, S.C., & Smith, S. (2005). Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life. The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. CA: New Harbinger Publications Inc.


Addiction

Alexander, B.K. (2011). The Globalization of Addiction. A Study in Poverty of the Spirit. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Maté, G. (2012). In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts – Close Encounters with Addiction. Toronto, Canada: Random House of Canada Limited.


Anger Management

Moes, A., & Proano, A. (2015). Lose Your Temper – A Conscious Exploration of Anger. Canada: Moose Anger Management.

Shapiro, L.E., Pelta-Heller, Z., & Greenwald, A.F. (2008). I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Mad – A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger. CA: New Harbinger Publications Inc. 


Anxiety & Depression

Bourne, E.J. (2015). The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook – Sixth Edition. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Chansky, T.E. (2014). Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and be Prepared for Life – From Toddlers to Teens. USARandom House.

Schab, L.M. (2008). The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2008). Beyond the Blues – a workbook to help teens overcome depression. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2013). Self-esteem workbook for teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.


Attention Deficit Disorder

Hallowell, E.M., & Ratey, J.J. (2011). Driven to Distraction – Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. Toronto, Canada: Random House Inc.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Egan, S.J., Wade, T.D., Shafran, R., & Antony, M.M. (2014). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Perfectionism. New York:  Guilford Publications Inc.

Greenberger, D., & Padesky, C.A. (2016). Mind Over Mood – Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, 2nd Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.

Watkins, E.R. (2016). Rumination-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Depression. New York: Guilford Publications Inc.

Wilhelm, S., & Philips, K.A. (2013). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. New York: The Guildford Press.


Communication

McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (2009). Messages – The Communication Skills Book, Third Edition. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 


DBT

Linehan, M.M. (2015). DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, 2nd Edition. New York: The Guilford Press.


Grief and Loss

Kalanithi, P. (2016). When Breath Becomes Air. New York: Random House.

Neimeyer, R.A., Harris, D.L., Winokuer, H.R., & Thornton, G.F. (2011). Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society – Bridging Research and Practice. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.

Sandberg, S., & Grant, A. (2017). Option B – Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Winokuer, H.R., & Harris, D.L. (2012). Principles and Practice of Grief Counselling. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.


Lawyers

ABA, (2017). Grit, The Secret to Advancement - Stories of Successful Women Lawyers. USA: ABA.

Box, J.P. (2018). The Millennial Lawyer – How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates. USA: ABA.

Brafford, A. (2017). Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing Profitable Firms Through the Science of Engagement. USA: ABA.

Brockman, J. (2001). Gender in the Legal Profession – Fitting or Breaking the Mould. Canada: UBC Press.

Pollak, L. (2019). The Remix - How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace. New York: HarperCollins.

Richard, L., & Hanson, T. (2012). The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer’s Guide to Career Satisfaction Inside, Outside & Around the Law. USA: LawyerAvenue Press.

Smith Blakely, A. (2019). What Millennial Lawyers Want. A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice. New York: Wolter Kluwer.

Walton, K.A. (1995). Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of your Dreams…Regardless of your grades, your school, or your work experience! Orlando: Harcourt Brace Legal and Professional Publications.

 

Management

Allen, D. (2015). Getting Things Done, the art of stress-free productivity. USA: Penguin Group LLC.

Blanchard K., & Johnson, S. (2019). The New One Minute Manager. London: Harper Collins.

Bolles, R.N. (2014). What Color Is Your Parachute? USA: Random House LLC.

Burg, B., & Mann, J.D. (2015). The Go-Giver - A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea. UK: Penguin Random House. 

Cloud, H., & Townsend, J. (2017). Boundaries. USA: Yates & Yates.

Cloud, H. (2013). Boundaries for Leaders. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Edmondson, A.C. (2019). The Fearless Organization. Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York.

Harris, M. (2017). Kids These Days, Human Capital and the Making of Millennials: Hachette Book Group, Inc.: New York.

Kory, K., Merrill, A., & Rinnie, L. (2015) The 5 Choices – The Path to Extraordinary Productivity – Franklin Covey Co. NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Pollak, L. (2019). The Remix - How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace. New York: HarperCollins.

Tracy, B. (2017). Eat That Frog. 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination and Get More Done in Less Time. CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.


Mindfulness

Chase, A. (2017) Present not Perfect. A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are. USA: St. Martin’s Press.

Cho., J., & Gifford, K. (2016). The Anxious Lawyer, an 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation. USA: ABA.

Chodron, P. (2003). Comfortable with Uncertainty. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc. USA: 

Pace, P. (2012). Connecting Ego States Through Time – Lifespan Integration. 

Ruiz, D.M. (1997). The Four Agreements. A Toltec Wisdom Book. A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. California: Amber-Allen Publishing Inc.

Singer, M.A. (2007). The Untethered Soul – the Journey Beyond Yourself. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Parenting

Ashworth, T., & Nobile, A.M. (2007). I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. Reinventing Modern Motherhood. Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books.

Bordon, D., & Winters, T. (2007). 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. New York: Hachette BookGroup USA.

Dion, L. (2015). Integrating Extremes – Aggression and Death in the Playroom. New York: Aviva Publishing.

Emma (2017). The Mental Load – A Feminist Comic. New York: Seven Stories Press.

Jensen, F.E., & Ellis Nutt, A. (2015). The Teenage Brain. A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. London: HarperCollins Publishers.

Kardaras, N. (2016). Glow Kids – How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – And How to Break the Trance. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Mazlich, E., & Faber, A. (2012). How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc.

Neufeld, G., & Maté, G. (2013). Hold on to Your Kids – Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Toronto, Canada: Random House of Canada.

Phelan, T.W. (1995). 1-2-3 Magic – Effective Discipline for Children 1-12, 2nd Edition. USA.

Schab, L.M. (2008). The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2008). Beyond the Blues – a workbook to help teens overcome depression. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2013). Self-esteem workbook for teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Shapiro, L.E., Pelta-Heller, Z., & Greenwald, A.F. (2008). I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Mad – A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger. CA: New Harbinger Publications Inc. 

Siegel, D.J., & Hartzell, M. (2014). Parenting from the Inside Out. How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Siegel, D.J. (2015). Brainstorm – The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Van Dijk, S. (2011). Don’t let your emotions run your life - for teens. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Personality

Cain, S. (2013). Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Random House.


Positive Psychology

Beilock, S. (2010). Choke. What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Brooks, D. (2019). The Second Mountain. New York: Random House LLC.

Brown, B. (2007). I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn't) - Making The Journey From "What will people think?" to "I am enough." New York: New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Brown, B. (2010). The Gifts of Imperfection – Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. USA: Hazeldon Publishing.

Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Brown, B. (2015). Rising Strong. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead. Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. USA: Penguin Random House LLC.

Carlson, R. (1997). Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff. New York: Hyperion.

Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. New York: Hachette Book Group.

Harvard Business Review. (2017). Emotional Intelligence – Happiness. USA: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation.

Jones, A. (2013). A New Philosophy for Exceptional Living M.O.R.E. Canada: Influence Publishing.

Pasricha, N. (2019). You Are Awesome – How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life. Toronto, Canada: Simon & Schuster Canada.

Rowling, J.K. (2008). Very Good Lives – The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. New York: Hachette Book Group.

Siegel, D.J. (2011). Mindsight – The New Science of Personal Transformation. New York: Random House Publishing Group.

Seligman, M.E.P. (2006). Learned Optimism – How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Random House.

Seligman, M.E.P. (2011). Flourish. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Tolle, E. (1999). The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Vancouver, Namaste Publishing.


Relationships

Gottman, J.M., & Silver, N. (2015). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. USA: Harmony Books.

Gottman, J.J., & DeClaire, J. (2001). The Relationship Cure. A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. New York: Penguin Random House Company.

Hendrix, H., & LaKelly Hunt, H. (2019). Getting the Love You Want. A Guide for Couples. USA: St. Martin’s Press.

Johnson, S.M. (2019). Attachment Theory in Practice – Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families. New York: Guilford Publications Inc.

Levine, A., & Heller, R.S.F. (2011). Attached The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – And Keep – Love. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Tatkin, S. (2011). Wired for Love. How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Wachtel, E.F. (2017). The Heart of Couple Therapy - Knowing What to Do and How to Do It. New York: Guilford Publications Inc.


Stress

Maté, G. (2012). When the Body Says No – The Cost of Hidden Stress. Toronto, Canada: Random House of Canada Limited.

McGonigal, K. (2015). The Upside of Stress – Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It. USA: Penguin Random House LLC.

Nagoski, E., & Nagoski, A. (2020). Burnout – The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. New York: Ballantine Books.


Teens

Schab, L.M. (2008). The Anxiety Workbook for Teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2008). Beyond the Blues – a workbook to help teens overcome depression. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Schab, L.M. (2013). Self-esteem workbook for teens. USA: New Harbinger Publications.

Siegel, D.J. (2015). Brainstorm – The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Van Dijk, S. (2011). Don’t let your emotions run your life for teens. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Women and Leadership

Awram, C. (2020). Woman of Worth – 16 Women Who Are Thriving Through Turbulent Times. Inspire Higher Consulting Inc.

Babcock, L., & Laschever, S. (2007). Women Don’t Ask – The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change. New York: Random House Inc.

Brockman, J. (2001). Gender in the Legal Profession – Fitting or Breaking the Mould. Canada: UBC Press.

Fitzgerald, M.F. (2016). Occupy Women. A Manifesto for positive change in a world run by men. CenterPoint Media.

Fitzgerald, M.F. (2016). Lean Out. How to dismantle the corporate barriers that hold women back. CenterPoint Media.

Groskop. V. (2018). How to Own the Room. Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking. Toronto, Canada: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. 

Harvard Business Review. (2019). On Women and Leadership. USA: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation.

Kay, K., & Shipman, C. (2014). The Confidence Code – The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know. USA: HarperCollins Publishers.

Martin, L. (2008). Briefcase Moms – 10 Proven Practices to Balance. North Vancouver: Cornerview Press.

Sandberg, S. (2013). Lean In. Women, Work, and The Will to Lead. Toronto: Random House of Canada Limited.

Slaughter, A. (2015). Unfinished Business, Women, Men, Work, Family. Toronto, Canada: Penguin Random House Canada Limited.