Tools for Self-Healing

1. It Didn't Start with You by Mark Wolynn: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle 

2. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brene Brown 

3. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma  

by van der Kolk M.D., Bessel (Dense textbook style read)

4. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine: A lighter read on how trauma impacts the body with steps toward healing. 

5. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown: Great for working through perfectionism (But it's also great for literally ANYONE)

6. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff  

7. Codependent No More by Melody Beattie: This book does have a spiritual base.  As an alternative, check out Codependent for Dummies. .  

8. The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols: This book helps bring clarity to understanding how listening or not listening affects relationships.  Each chapter ends with exercises to help you become a better communicator.

9. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown 

10. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck

11. The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris: This book further explains ideas of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & provides you with techniques to add to your toolbox. You can read the introduction and first chapter at happiness 

12. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer: somewhat repetitive but can provide a sense of freedom from things beyond one’s control.

13. Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

14. Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

15. 52 Lists Series by Moorea Seal: Weekly prompts for calm, happiness, togetherness & projects.  There is also a planner available that helps you align your daily list to your values and goals.  

16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey and Sandra M. Covey 

17. Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, Updated and Expanded Edition by Foster Cline and Jim Fay 

18. The Five Love Languages Series: There are several different volumes, adults, children and teens which can be helpful in connecting to those closest to you.

15. The Whole Brainchild: For parents who want to learn how to parent their child with love and compassion.  

19. Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour


20. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey  

21. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life by Joseph Ciarrochi: Workbook based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

22. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst: A children's book that addresses grief, loss, and divorce. 

23. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay- updated version

24. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole: For people that want to improve their relationship with food and their body. 

25. Drinking: A Love Story by Carolyn Knapp: A memoir that follows the author's relationship with alcohol, chronicling how it affected her relationships and how she reached sobriety.



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