Recommended Reading

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”

Shame Resilience, Self Esteem & Identity & Authenticity

-Brene’s foundational book that introduces shame resilience theory and her ten guideposts to Wholehearted Living.

Marriage & Intimate Relationships

-This book is based off of the author’s study of couples over a period of years that allowed him to observe the habits that can make and break  a marriage. These principles teach partners new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground, and achieving greater levels of intimacy. Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem including issues of sex, money, work and  family.

-Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner.  Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.


-This bestselling classic includes  innovative ways to solve a multitude of parenting challenges including how to cope with your child’s negative feelings, express your strong feelings without being hurtful, engage your child’s willing cooperation and set firm limits and maintain goodwill, use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline.

-The authors explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent by drawing on neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, to help them raise compassionate and resilient children.

-Authors share their approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.  Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, this book shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

-This workbook has an interactive approach to allows readers to think more deeply about how the ideas fit their own parenting approach and to develop specific and practical ways to implement the concepts,

-I love this author’s message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish.  This book will help parents better understand their own emotions, and get them in check, so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples included.


-Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In his book he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust.  The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal, and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.