March 3, 2023
There is something so special that happens when you read a good book: it clicks! Has this ever happened to you? Something within the book strikes a chord with you and the message resonates.
Maybe the story reminded you of your own life experiences. It could be that the author’s words helped you paint a profound mental picture, or communicated something you found especially moving. It’s possible that a viewpoint the author shared struck you as particularly significant or eye-opening.
Or perhaps it was timing – the book came to you at exactly the right moment in your life. For any number of reasons, the book made you feel seen and left a lasting impact on you.
Any book that interests you can potentially affect you, but that can be especially true when the timing is just right! When you are ready for change, reading a compelling book can be a powerful catalyst. The right words and perspectives may be what you need to help you begin a new path that leads to transformation in your life.
Picking up a book that explores topics relevant to your goals can spark something within you. Its message could help you process uncertainty, discover new ideas and possibilities, or inspire a new chapter of self-discovery in your life. It could be just the thing to help you feel less stuck and enable you to take the next step forward.
At Andrews & Associates Counseling, we love books for the power they have to help our clients understand and feel understood. To celebrate National Reading Month, our providers have selected several titles that resonate with them.
We encourage you to browse through this list of book recommendations and, if they are right for you, consider adding them to your reading list. We hope you find ideas, encouragement, or other bits of personal value within as you move toward greater wellbeing.
Author: Adam M. Grant
Categories: Psychology, Self Help, Personal Development, Leadership
Book recommendation by: Dr. Stephanie Wick, LCMFT, LCAC
“A must read for anyone who values critical thinking and not just settling for ‘conviction over the discomfort of doubt.’ Brilliantly written by an Organizational Psychologist, Think Again challenges us to embrace mental flexibility and prompts the reader to rethink and unlearn long held beliefs, ideas, conviction, or biases.”
Author: Oliver Burkeman
Categories: Self Help, Philosophy, Productivity, Psychology
Book recommendation by: Dr. Stephanie Wick, LCMFT, LCAC
“The average human life is roughly four thousand weeks long, yet most of us try to fit in ten lifetimes worth of work, projects, and to-do’s into our ridiculously short lives. This book rejects the productivity and progress obsessed world in favor of embracing our finitude and therefore living a more meaningful life.”
Author: Dr. Sue Johnson
Categories: Relationships, Psychology, Marriage, Communication
Book recommendation by: Gennifer Leach, MS, LMFT
“This book is written by the developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Throughout the book she addresses many significant patterns and cycles that can create roadblocks to connecting in relationships. After identifying and understanding the negative cycles, she holds seven conversations for couples to increase accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement. The key to the book is building safety, openness, and more attuned, secure relationships.”
Author: James Clear
Categories: Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development, Productivity
Book recommendation by: Kimberly Suderman, LSCSW
“If you are looking to adopt new habits, accomplish goals, and make lasting changes in your life, this book is a must read. James Clear makes a case for getting 1% better every day with strategies and real-life stories that make a huge impact.”
Author: Dr. Becky Kennedy
Categories: Parenting, Self Help, Psychology, Family
Book recommendation by: Chris Barker, MS, LPC
“If you feel like your current approach to parenting is not quite working, Good Inside does a wonderful job of helping readers understand what may be going on in our children’s lives and how we can work to deepen relational bonds. While targeted at parents with young children, there is plenty of content for parents at any stage of life. I gained a lot of perspective about my own journey and would have found a lot of value in reading Good Inside even if I didn’t have children of my own. It gave me great tools for working to improve my kid’s mental health and my own.”
Author: Mark Wolynn
Categories: Psychology, Mental Health, Self Help, Social Work
Book recommendation by: Brooke Thornbrugh, LMFT
“I love this book because it explores the generational impact that trauma has on us. This book is informational but also has prompts that can help you start thinking about the ways in which you may be impacted by intergenerational trauma. It is a book that I would recommend not only for clients but other clinicians.”
Looking for more? Jump over to this list: 7 GREAT BOOKS FOR THERAPY CLIENTS • HANDPICKED BY THERAPISTS
Books of any genre can provide great material for therapy clients to use as an outlet for relaxation, or as a model for personal development (aka self-help). There may be something you read that mirrors your own journey and can help you describe what you are going through to others. And that’s important because your story matters!
The things you have experienced and the perspectives you have developed throughout your life can influence how you think and feel. Depending on where you are at this moment in your life, digging into your past experiences, finding ways to face present struggles, and/or creating goals for the future can play a part in how your story develops from this point forward.
If you have read through this list, you are probably seeking change. Regardless of the ups and downs life throws at you, you want things to get better. And of course, you want to feel better too. Whether you perceive that a change is needed in your relationship, your family life, at work, or on another level – it will always involve you.
Remember, there are no “good” feelings or “bad” feelings. All feelings are valid. But if you are not feeling well, there are ways to help that. You may have thoughts or behaviors that have stopped you from moving forward, or have made it more difficult to improve your life. You are not alone in those struggles – and there is hope.
Therapy is a safe and confidential way to heal and grow. We all need a space where we can tell our story, express ourselves, and be heard without judgement. A space where we can work through what is bothering us so that we can thrive.
It’s never too late (or too soon) to begin therapy. If you are interested in seeing a professional for support, choose a therapist that resonates with you and contact us for appointment scheduling options. ⯁
Former Director of Marketing and Communications at Andrews & Associates Counseling.