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*Below, you will see resources for topics that are commonly addressed in therapy.  While, this is not an exhaustive list, we hope that this information will guide you in your learning more about mental health.

Book Studies for Adults
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

  • Building Resilience To Trauma by Elaine Miller-Karas

  • The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana

  • Boundaries Townsend and Cloud

  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine Pittman

  • Homecoming by John Bradshaw

  • Feeling Great by David Burns

  • Your Body Believes Every Word You Say by Barbara Hoberman Levine

  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

  • Wherever You Go, There you Are:  Mindfulness Meditation by John Kabat-Zinn

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  • Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

  • Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney (Christian text)

  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer (Christian text)

  • All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols (poems used for journaling prompts)

Book Studies Specific to Child Therapy and Parenting

“As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well. That means that integrating and cultivating your own brain is one of the most loving and generous gifts you can give your children.”

― Daniel J. Siegel

  • The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel

  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Dan Siegel

  • Raising a Secure Child:  How Circle of Security Parenting can help nurture your child’s attachment by Hoffman, Cooper, and Powell

  • Parenting with Love and Logic by Cline and Fay

  • The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play by Theresa Kestly

  • The Circle of Security Intervention by Powell, Cooper, Hoffman, and Marvin

  • Play Therapy:  The Art of the Relationship by Garry Landreth

  • Parenting with Theraplay:  Undering Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship with Your Child by Vivien Norris and Helen Rodwell

Recommended Articles and Blogs
  • Parenting Through __________ :by Victoria Butler

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Information about Common Mental Health Diagnoses

The following content is from the National Institute of Mental Health  (Nimh.nih.gov)

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.  It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger. 

 

PTSD can include many symptoms; please see the following link to learn more about PTSD.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml



Depression:  Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. Depression—also called “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder”—is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

There are several different types of depression including:  Major Depression, Persistent depressive disorder, perinatal depression, seasonal affective disorder, psychotic depression.

 To learn more, please visit the following website: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml

 

Anxiety is a normal human emotion, occurring in response to a stressful or threatening situation.  However, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.While there are several types of anxiety disorders, they all include excessive worrying, especially in situations that are not threatening. Some anxiety conditions include:

  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) 

  • Panic Attack 

  • Panic Disorder

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Phobia- Related Disorders 

To learn more about anxiety disorders, please visit:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

There are three types of bipolar disorder. All three types involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.

To learn more about Bi-Polar Disorder, please visit:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

For more information about OCD, please visit:  

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml