Provider Top Picks: Life-changing books

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Just like our providers, books can unlock a whole new path toward self-improvement. To better understand how our clinical team delivers the best care possible, we asked them what books have made the most impact on their lives— both personally and therapeutically. Here are their top picks!

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett 

This book, recommended by Jennifer Quagliariello, LCSW, lays a framework for what adults can learn in order to best support children— and themselves— in achieving life success. The secret? Harnessing the power of emotions.

Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet by Carol Schaefer

Recommended by Toni Sands, LPC, this book is a treasure trove of insights and guidance from thirteen indigenous grandmothers from five continents. Each one offers their wisdom on issues such as cultivating physical and mental wellness; nurturing our families; and even confronting war, violence, and poverty.

The Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Short-listed by several members of our clinical team, including Victoria Bangieva (Senior Manager of Clinical Design and Operations) and Ted Fanueff (Senior Manager of Clinical Operations and Compliance), this book delves into the impacts of trauma on both the body and the brain and explore innovative treatments to open up the path toward recovery.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find— and Keep— Love by Amir Levine, M.D., and Rachel Heller, M.A.

Another recommendation from Victoria Bangieva, this book dives into the science of adult attachment theory and examines how an understanding of anxious, avoidant, and secure attachment styles can inform relationships and help us sustain love.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl’s memoir chronicles his time as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and explores the psychotherapeutic method he used to keep himself alive. Michela Passoni (Manager of Clinical Care Programs) and Victoria Bangieva, both inspired by his tenacity, highly recommend this book.

Brené Brown (Vulnerability, Braving the Wilderness, and Daring Greatly)

As a well-known author, lecturer and podcast host, it’s no surprise that Brené Brown is highly recommended by several members of our clinical team. Vienna Aslanian, LCSW, is inspired by Vulnerability; Chrissie Chapman, LCSW, is inspired by Braving the Wilderness; and Shannon Cunningham, LCSW, is inspired by Daring Greatly.

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients by Irvin Yalom

Recommended by Shannon Cunningham and Madison Davis, LCSW, this book serves as a guide to how patients and therapists can get the most out of therapy.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven Hayes

Published in 2005, this book touts the benefits of the then-new practice of “acceptance and commitment” (ACT) therapy. Today, ACT is still a widely-used method and is favored by many clinicians, including our very own Christopher Dennis, LCSW.

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Have you ever thought about the mental health of our presidents? Joshua Wolf Shenk certainly has! Recommended by Benjamin Peal-Ward, LCSW, this book explores the impact that depression had on Abraham Lincoln’s personal life and political career.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

Harvard psychologist Martha Stout examines the statistic that one in twenty-five might be a sociopath and offers advice on how to avoid being influenced by one. Daniel Simpkins, LCSW, says this is a fascinating read!

David Burns (Ten Days to Self-Esteem and The Feeling Good Handbook)

If you’re interested in learning more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Erica Morgan, DSW and LCSW, recommends both of these books by David Burns. In her opinion, whether you’re a provider or just looking to better support yourself, these books have something for everyone!

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