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More Recommended Reading for
Emotional Well-being

Discover a curated selection of transformative books endorsed by Donna Hunter, LCSW, the founder of Global Therapy. These expert-recommended reads span crucial themes such as overcoming trauma, battling depression, managing stress, nurturing relationships, and addressing codependency. Perfect for those on a path to healing and self-awareness, our assortment provides deep understanding and actionable strategies. Dive into these enlightening resources to aid in your personal development and mental health journey.


50 Scratch-Off Adventures & Date Night Ideas for Couples, Couples Scratch Off Book

Looking to deepen your connection with your partner? "The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition" is a brilliant resource I recommend for couples seeking to spice up their relationship with fun, creative, and meaningful experiences. This scratch-off adventure book offers a delightful array of 50 unique date night ideas that promise to bring laughter, joy, and a sense of adventure to your relationship. It's a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day, anniversaries, weddings, or just because you want to show your significant other how much you care. As a therapist, I've seen how shared experiences can foster deeper intimacy and understanding between partners, and this book is a treasure trove of potential memories. So take the plunge and embark on an unexpected journey with "The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition" – it’s sure to enrich your relationship in delightful ways. - Donna Hunter, LCSW

by Janis A. Spring

In my professional experience as a therapist, navigating the tumultuous aftermath of infidelity requires care, compassion, and a roadmap for healing. "After the Affair, Third Edition: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful" is a book I frequently recommend. This insightful guide is an essential resource for couples facing the complex journey of recovery post-affair. It offers practical advice for both partners on how to process pain, re-establish trust, and foster communication. Whether you’re working through forgiveness or rebuilding a foundation for your future together, this book can serve as a beacon of hope and a tool for transformation. - Donna Hunter, LCSW

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by Mark Manson

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson presents a refreshing outlook on the essentials of living a contented life in our modern, hyper-connected world. With his blunt humor and straightforward wisdom, Manson challenges the conventional "positive thinking" narrative and instead advocates for a more stoic approach to life's challenges. He emphasizes the importance of understanding our limitations, embracing our flaws, and prioritizing our concerns to focus on what truly matters. This book is a powerful antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society. Nick Jones recommends this read as a guide to making choices that better align with your personal values, leading to a more grounded and authentic life.

by James Clear

In "Atomic Habits," author James Clear unveils a comprehensive guide on how to transform your life by reshaping your habits. Focusing on small changes that yield significant results, Clear provides actionable strategies for habit formation that hinge on the idea that tiny, consistent adjustments can lead to remarkable outcomes. The book is a treasure trove of insights backed by scientific research and real-world examples, showing how the compound effect of daily habits contributes to the success and wellbeing we seek. Nick Jones recommends this book as an essential resource for anyone looking to make lasting changes, break the cycle of unproductive behaviors, and cultivate a life of purpose and efficiency.

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by Lisa M. Schab LCSW

As someone who understands the complexities of navigating anxiety, especially during the formative teen years, I'd like to recommend "The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry" by Lisa M. Schab. This workbook is a valuable resource for adolescents who are struggling with feelings of anxiety.

The activities in this book are designed to help teens identify the sources of their anxiety, which is the first step in my therapeutic process—gaining self-awareness. By engaging with the workbook's exercises, teens can learn practical skills that are grounded in evidence-based therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, which I frequently incorporate into my practice.

The book's approach aligns well with the integrative and client-centered methodologies I value, providing a variety of strategies so that each individual can find what resonates with them personally. It's an excellent tool that can be used alongside therapy, or even in between sessions, to reinforce the coping strategies we explore together.

by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)

As a therapist who often works with young people, "What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety" by Dawn Huebner, PhD, is a book I find myself frequently recommending. It's a heartening and hands-on workbook that's not only beneficial for children who are experiencing anxiety, but also for their parents who are eager to help them.

In my practice, I see the importance of empowering young individuals with tools to understand and manage their emotions. This book does just that, breaking down cognitive-behavioral techniques into engaging, child-friendly language and activities. The metaphor of the "worry plant" is particularly effective, as it provides a tangible way for kids to visualize their anxiety and recognize how their attention can make it grow.

Incorporating such a resource can provide continuity in the therapeutic process, bridging the gap between our sessions and the child's daily life. It offers a way for the child to actively participate in their journey to wellness, reinforcing the sense of control and mastery over their own thoughts and feelings, which is a key aspect of the work I aim to do with my clients.

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by Matthew McKay PhD (Author), Jeffrey C. Wood PsyD (Author), Jeffrey Brantley MD (Author)

In my practice, I often emphasize the value of equipping individuals with concrete skills to manage complex emotional landscapes. "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation," by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley, is a resource I find particularly aligned with this therapeutic goal.

This workbook provides an exceptional introduction to the four key areas of DBT: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. It is a comprehensive guide that allows clients to practice these skills at their own pace, which I believe is crucial for sustained personal growth and empowerment.

by Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus

"Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder" by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus is a book I'd recommend to individuals and their loved ones who are touched by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This insightful work provides a comprehensive look at the complexities of BPD from both clinical and personal perspectives.

For those seeking to understand the whirlwind of emotions and behaviors associated with BPD, this book offers clarity and empathy. It explores not just the struggles but also the strategies for managing symptoms and improving relationships.

As a clinician who values the empowerment of my clients, I appreciate that this book offers hope and practical guidance. It's an important addition to a holistic approach to therapy, offering understanding and validation which can be crucial in the path to wellness for those dealing with BPD.

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