Realm of Hungary Ghosts

One of my favorite books on addictionIn is In Realm of Hungary Ghosts: Close encounters with addiction by Gabor Maté, MD. I wanted to include a short part of his book where he defines addiction that I find very helpful when working with my clients. “Addiction is any repeated behavior, substance-related or not, in which […]

Documentary – Heal

As a clinician in the field, I always recommend different healing modalities that include the mind, body and spirit since they are all interconnected. I have done my best to try most everything before I recommend it to my clients. Check out the documentary Heal that is directed by Kelly Noonan. She interviews various scientists and […]

The Thirst for Wholeness – Grof

I read Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path by Christina Grof almost 20 years ago and I still believe it is worth reading. Here is a short paragraph from her book: “The day I hit bottom with my alcoholism, I was brought to my knees. I did not do it willfully. I […]

The 5 Love Languages

I would recommend The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman. This is a great book to discover your love language. The five love languages include: 1. Words of Affirmation2. Quality Time3. Receiving Gifts4. Acts of Service5. Physical Touch I would suggest you read this book even if you are […]

Attached by Levine and Heller

I highly recommend Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it can help you find – and keep – love by Amir Levine, MD and Rachel S. F. Heller, MA. The authors describe secure, avoidant and anxious attachment styles. Their work is based on Bowlby and Ainsworth’s research on parent-caregiver relationships that led to […]

The Body Keeps the Score

I highly recommend The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body In the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD. I suggest this book to my clients and other clinicians in the field because it gives an explanation and understanding of how trauma gets stuck in the body. It is so important […]

Dissociative Identity Disorder Resources for Survivors, Parents, Spouses, Partners and Caregivers

Here are some resources on Dissociative Identity Disorder for survivors, parents, spouses, partners and caregivers. There is a wealth of information here that I and some of my colleagues have gathered over the years including books, websites, podcasts and links to different resources and research. Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills Training for Patients and Therapists by […]

Borderline Personality Disorder

Recently I needed to put together some resources for one of my clients about Borderline Personality Disorder. I thought I would share some of the information. I provided the basic symptoms, sites talking about comorbidity of BPD and eating disorders, and a few resources about living with someone with BPD and personal experiences of individuals […]

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Gottman and Silverman

I have read many books on relationship and one that I recommend it The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide From the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman, PhD and Nana Silverman.  In his book he discusses the follow 7 principles for making a marriage work. 7 Principles for Making Marriage […]

The Polyvagal Theory – Stephen Porges

Many of my clients come into my office blaming themselves for their behaviors and actions after being attacked, assaulted or victimized in some way physically or emotionally. Reading the book The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, Self-Regulation by Stephen Porges gives an explanation to what is biologically happening and why the body responses […]