Some Suggested Readings
LONELINESS: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
By John T. Cacippo and William Patrick
When I ask men if they feel lonely, many say they are and express their sadness about living in a world that they see as threatening and unfriendly. This book explores the issue of loneliness from a science-based focus and may help you understand that if you are feeling lonely…there is nothing wrong with you.
LOVING WHAT IS: FOUR QUESTIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, By Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
One of the areas I like to focus on in therapy is learning how to recognize what problems are mine, what problems are someone else’s and what problems are neither 1.e. earthquakes.
This book really is helpful at getting one to recognize these differences and in so doing, bringing more peace into one’s life. Easy to read with helpful exercises.
BETTER LIVING: IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS from Plato to Prozac
By Mark Kingwell
The question of happiness, in or out of a relationship, is a common one in the therapeutic relationship. Kingwell’s amusing, down-to-earth, thorough and philosophical review of the pursuit of happiness certainly covers well the study of happiness from several philosophical and religious perspectives. While offering no final answers, Kingwell’s book does fully invite one to think about one’s own pursuit of this elusive state.
A NEW EARTH: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
By Eckhart Tolle
This is a guide to learning about how being in our "default" ego state impairs our living in the now and keeps us in a place of fear and anxiety. Quite often in my practice I talk with client's who see themselves as somewhat worthless and "no good" or inadequate. These "messages" can be old ones we heard from our parents or life experience (i.e. being shifted to many different foster homes for "bad" behaviour) and which our ego maintains in our current adult life.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
Don Miguel Ruis
This is …" practical guide to personal freedom" that I often hear clients refer to as a helpful resource as they begin the process of self-exploration that is engendered by participation in a counselling / therapy process. The book explores the impact of self-limiting beliefs that impair our "freedom".
THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH DEPRESSION
Mark Williams, Danny Penman and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Depression can be a somewhat confusing "Illness" as far as cause and treatment are concerned.
This book combines in a practical way approaches that seem to offer an helpful approach to managing depression. The use of a number of aids such as medication and psychological counselling including mindfulness practices combines some of the best that we know about managing this debilitating condition.
THE 10 BEST-EVER DEPRESSION MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed & What You Can Do to Change It
I find this a really thorough and helpful book concerning how the brain makes you depressed, how different medications work..or don't…and 10 "best practice" techniques to manage this common mental-health complaint.