I am a resource fiend! I devour books on subjects I’m passionate about and am perpetually open to the lively process of learning. I’ve broken this *very brief* list down into three categories:
- Coaching resources
- Mindfulness-Awareness Practice & Meditation
- Sexual Trauma
- Gender Identity
Authentically Awesome - Coaching resources
Marry your Muse
This is probably the first piece of personal development/coaching/self-empowerment/self-helpery I ever owned. I remember being so obsessed with it that the actual copy my mom bought me when I was 17 years old. It’s in the vein of the classic The Artist’s Way but lighter, more fun, and more inclusive of all creative expressions. Hmmm… I should read it again.
You are a Badass
Finding this book was finding my home in personal development. For many years I’ve studied and never quite found the right fit… until the original Badass herself. Read it. It will change your life.
Mindfulness-Awareness Practice & Meditation
It was tough for me to choose a category to put this one under, because really it could go under any of these! Tara Brach is a psychologist and preeminent Western meditation teacher. Even if you are ambivalent about Buddhism or meditation this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to love and accept themselves… sounds easy, not that easy, totally worth it.
Turning the Mind into an Ally
For the dedicated meditation beginner.
Mindful Way through Depression
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work is a gift to the therapeutic and non-therapeutic communities alike. With Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) he helps chronic pain sufferers live full lives without narcotics and with the partnership of this book he lays out an 8-week, self-administered mindfulness-based depression recovery. The guided meditations are priceless!
Mindfulness-awareness practice by no means must be affiliated with Buddhist philosophy. My personal story happens to include a heavy Buddhist flavor in part due to my graduate studies at a Buddhist institution. Please find your own flavor if mine doesn’t fit for you. Mindfulness-awareness is transcendent of any sect.
The Sexual Healing Journey
This is the pivotal guide for survivors ready to reclaim, or discover for the first time, healthy sexuality after trauma. I am obsessed with using this in individual and group therapy.
Waking the Tiger
Peter Levine provides an incredibly comprehensive yet accessible look at the physiology of trauma. If you have trauma and you think you’re crazy: read this book. If you live or love with someone who has trauma and you think you’re/they’re crazy: read this book. If you’re a budding or seasoned therapist and want to work with trauma: read this book. If you’re a budding or seasoned therapist and don’t want to work with trauma: read this book. Read this book!
The PTSD Workbook
While not a replacement for competent trauma therapy, this workbook is a fantastic resource for folks new to trauma work when used in conjunction with therapy.
Victims No Longer
This book for male survivors fills a gap in the literature and cultural thought about sexual trauma survivors. I’m so glad it’s here.
The Body Remembers
I love this book! It’s one of the first that I read back in the day that really addresses what is common knowledge now: that trauma is held in the body. Excellent resource for survivors and advocates alike!
Looking for immediate support?
Sexual Trauma: Contact the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE. Their trained online crisis counselors (of which I am proud to have been one) or telephone counselors can provide you with immediate support, education and put you in touch with your local crisis center. Just ask them!
Crisis of any kind that’s a safe place for the transgender community: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Please call the Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860.
**This resource list is by no means exhaustive; feel free to fill out the contact form if you have specific questions about other resources you’re looking for. None of the information here or elsewhere on my site should be construed as therapeutic advice or a substitute for therapy.
*I also provide brief consulting for therapists and therapists-in-training; contact me!