Books can really supplement the therapy experience or give a new perspective! Here’s a list of books I personally recommend for various therapy concerns. Please note that readers may have different perspectives on these books or authors and those are valid. Your experience reading a book may differ from mine or another reader’s. Also please practice caution when reading trauma narratives, especially if you have your own trauma that you are working through.

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Healthy body image/eating (many geared towards female-identified readers)

  • Body Positive Power – Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • Body Respect – Linda Bacon
  • Health at Every Size – Linda Bacon
  • Come as You Are – Emily Nagoski
  • The Body is Not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor
  • The Anti-Diet – Christy Harrison
  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – Florence Given
  • The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf
  • Fearing the Black Body: The racial origins of fatphobia – Sabrina Strings


  • Self-compassion – Kristin Neff
  • The Upward Spiral – David DeVries
  • First We Make the Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson
  • How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Jenny Odell
  • DBT for anxiety – Jonathan Moran
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – David D. Burns


  • Getting Past Your Past – Francine Shapiro
  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van der Kolk
  • The Courage to Heal (book and workbook) – Laura Davis
  • Life After Trauma – Dena Rosenbloom & Mary Beth Willilams
  • It Didn’t Start with You – Mark Wolynn
  • Know My Name – Chanel Miller
  • Self Therapy – Jay Earley

For therapists in training or those interested in therapy

  • Love’s Executioner – Irvin Yalom
  • Trauma Stewardship – Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
  • I Think You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
  • A Life Worth Living – Marsha Linehan
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  • The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
  • The Sociopath Next Door – Martha Stout
  • EMDR Made Simple – Jamie Marich

Parents/family members with mental illness

  • Toxic Parents – Craig Buck & Susan Forward
  • Surviving a Borderline Parent – Kimberlee Roth & Freda Friedman
  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents – Lindsay Gibson
  • Borderline Mother – David Lawson
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook – Randi Kreger & James Paul Shirley

Discrimination, lived experiences of POC, & anti-racism

  • The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Women, Race, and Class – Angela Davis
  • Queer InJustice – Ritchie, Mogul & Whitlock
  • Automating Inequality – Virginia Eubanks
  • Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez
  • The Space Between Us – Reyna Grande
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

Men in therapy

  • I Don’t Want to Talk About It – Terrance Real
  • The Group – Rosenstein & Yopp


  • The Ethical Slut – Janet Hardy
  • Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
  • Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – John Gottman
  • Eight Dates – John Gottman & Nan Silver
  • Secrets of a Passionate Marriage – David Schnarch
  • Nonviolent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg
  • Say What You Mean – Oren Jay Sofer, Joseph Goldstein

I sometimes also include book reviews on my Youtube Channel.