Books And Workbooks


The following is a list of books and workbooks that may be beneficial to you on your journey.  I have not personally read all of these books.  This compilation is based on a combination my own reading, recommendations from other therapists, and online reviews. These books/workbooks are intended to supplement-- NOT substitute--therapy. 

Trauma (Including PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder)

  • "I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder" by  Jerold Kreisman and Hal Straus
  • "Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Back Your Life When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder," by Mason MS, Paul and Randi Kreger
  • "Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Revised Edition: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD" by Robert O. Friedel, Linda F. Cox, et al. 
  • "Talking to a Loved One with Borderline Personality Disorder: Communication Skills to Manage Intense Emotions, Set Boundaries, and Reduce Conflict" Kreisman MD, Jerold J. and Randi Kreger
  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation &  Distress Tolerance" by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood , et al.
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" by Bessel van der Kolk 
  • "The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms" by Williams PhD LCSW CTS, Mary Beth and Poijula PhD, Soili
  • "The Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Workbook for PTSD: Overcome Fear and Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)" by Tull PhD, Matthew T, Gratz PhD, Kim L., et al. 
  • "The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse" by Laura Davis 


  • "Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem" by McKay PhD, Matthew and Patrick Fanning
  • "The Self-Esteem Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)" by Schiraldi PhD, Glenn R.
  • "The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals" by Schab LCSW, Lisa M. 
  • "The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness" Shainna Ali PhD


  • "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life" by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life(Book & CD)" by Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., Jon
  • "Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday" by Matthew Sockolov
  • "A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)" by Bob Stahl, Elisha Goldstein , et al.

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death

  • "Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby" by Deborah L. Davis 
  • "They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth" by Janet C. Atlas
  • "Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back" by Kelly Farley and David DiCola
  • "Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death" by Carol Cirulli Lanham 
  • "Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death" by Sherokee Ilse
  • "Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss" by Ann Douglas and John R. Sussman
  • "To linger on hot coals : collected poetic works from grieving women writers"by Stephanie Paige Cole and Catherine Bayly
  • "Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love and Loss" by Jessica Watson
  • "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir" by Elizabeth McCracken
  • "Someone Came Before You" by Pat Schwiebert  [For Kids]
  • "Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss"  by Cathy Blanford [For Kids]

Grief and Loss

  • "It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand" by Megan Devine and Mark Nepo
  • "The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith" by John W. James and Russell Friedman  
  • "On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families" by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Byock M.D., Ira
  • "On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss" by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler , et al. 
  • "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times" by Pema Chodron 
  • "Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, 20th Anniversary Edition" by Hope Edelman 
  • "Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children" by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen [For Kids]
  • "The Invisible String" by Patrice Karst  [For Kids]