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Best-Ever Therapy Books – The Lists


What therapy books have had the biggest impact on the way you practice?  What books do you most often, and most confidently, recommend to your clients?  Here’s your in-progress list.  Nominate more!  Use email,  comments (below), or twitter (be sure to add the hashtag #therapybooks to nomination posts). Stay tuned for a vote for best of the best-ever.


For Therapists

  • Shouldn’t I Be Feeling Better Now? Yvonne Bates
  • Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, Judith Beck
  • A CBT Practitioners Guide to ACT, Joseph Ciarrochi & Ann Bailey
  • Resolving Sexual Abuse, Yvonne Dolan
  • Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy, Albert Ellis
  • The Transforming Power of Affect, Diana Fosha
  • Consuming Psychotherapy, Ann France
  • Reality Therapy, William Glasser
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change, Hayes, Strosahl, and Wilson
  • Direct Social Work Practice, Hepworth…
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence, Judith Herman
  • Play Therapy – The Art of the Relationship, Garry Landreth
  • Where to Start, What to Ask, Susan Lucas
  • Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, Nancy McWilliams
  • Motivational Interviewing,  William Miller and Stephen Rollnick
  • Listening with the Third Ear, Theodor Reik
  • Don’t Lose Your Patients, Herbert Strean
  • Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, Irvin Yalom

For Everyone

  • Dibs in Search of Self, Virginia Axline
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Davis, Eshelman, McKay, and Fanning
  • The Complete Single Mother, Andrea Engber & Leah Klungness
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • Trapped in the Mirror, Elan Golomb
  • The Seven Principles of Making a Marriage Work, John Gottman
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, Steven Hayes
  • Hold Me Tight, Sue Johnson
  • If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, Sheldon Kopp
  • On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • The Dance of Anger, Harriet Lerner
  • Today I Will Do One Thing, Tim Mc
  • For Your Own Good, Alice Miller
  • The Divided Mind, John Sarno
  • Parenting from the Inside Out, Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • After the Honeymoon, Daniel Wile
  • Love’s Executioner, Irvin Yalom

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