Book: Finding Your Best Self

Book Title:

Finding Your Best Self: Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both.

Author(s): Lisa M. Najavits (PhD).

Year: 2019.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: Guildford Press.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Addiction and trauma are two of the most common and difficult issues that people face. In this motivating book, leading expert Lisa Najavits explains the link between addiction and trauma and presents science-based self-help strategies that you can use no matter where you are in your recovery. Every chapter features inspiring words from people who have “been there,” plus carefully designed reflection questions, exercises, and other practical tools. Learn how you can:

  • Build coping skills so that the future is better than the past.
  • Keep yourself safe and find support.
  • Set your own goals and make a plan to achieve them at your own pace.
  • Choose compassion over self-blame and shame.
  • Move toward your best self – the person you want to be.

If you are a family member or friend seeking to support a loved one – or a helping professional – this book is also for you. Now in a convenient large-size format, the revised edition features added materials for professional and peer counsellors. First edition title: Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both.

Mental health professionals, see also the author’s Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse, which presents an evidence-based treatment approach developed specifically for PTSD and substance abuse.

Book: An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Book Title:

An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Author(s): Maddie Burton, Erica Pavord, and Briony Williams.

Year: 2014.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: SAGE Publications.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Anyone who works within children and adolescent mental health services will tell you what a challenging and complex world it is. To help prepare you, the authors have produced a clear introduction to child and adolescent mental health that takes you step-by-step on a journey through the subject. Beginning with the foundations, the book explores the common mental health concepts and influences that you can expect to encounter examining topics like the difference between emotional and mental health issues and how mental health problems develop.

Book: Never Let Go: How to Parent Your Child Through Mental Illness

Book Title:

Never Let Go: How to Parent Your Child Through Mental Illness.

Author(s): Suzanne Alderson.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Vermilion.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.


How to help your child with mental illness through partnering, not parenting.

Never Let Go is a supportive and practical guide for parents looking after a child with a mental illness. Suzanne Alderson understands the agonising struggle of bringing a child back from the brink of suicide, having spent three years supporting her own daughter through recovery. Her method of ‘partnering, not parenting’ has now helped thousands of other parents through her charity, Parenting Mental Health.

Combining Suzanne’s honest personal experience with expert input from psychologists, this book provides parents with the methods and knowledge they need to support, shield and strengthen their child as they progress towards recovery. Chapters include a background to the mental health epidemic, why a new method of parenting is crucial, how to change your thinking about mental health and practical advice on solutions to daily problems including accepting the new normal, dealing with others, and looking after yourself as well as your child.

Book: Understanding Mental Illness 6th edition: Mental Health Awareness For Self Teaching

Book Title:

Understanding Mental Illness 6th edition: Mental Health Awareness For Self Teaching.

Author(s): Marianne Richards.

Year: 2015.

Edition: Sixth (6th).

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Understanding Mental Illness is the 6th edition of this professionally acclaimed book. This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide aimed at volunteers, patients, carers, new professionals and students of mental health, as well as the keen general reader.

The book contains a wealth of information, including a history of mental illness from primitive times to the 20th century, with the often-bizarre treatments meted out in earlier times.

There is a selection of case histories on common disorders, together with ‘pen portraits’ illustrating ‘a day in the life of’ medical and non-medical therapists. Illustrated throughout with a glossary, suggested reading and index. The keen student is sure to find topics of interest for further study in this fascinating field.

Book: Face Your Fears

Book Title:

Face Your Fears – A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions.

Author(s): David Tolin, PhD.

Year: 2012.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated Edition.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons.

Type(s): Hardcover.


Reclaim your life from crippling anxiety with this revolutionary step-by-step approach Nearly a third of all people will suffer from severe or debilitating fears – phobias, panic attacks, obsessions, worries, and more over the course of a lifetime.

Now Dr. David Tolin – a renowned psychologist and scientist at the Institute of Living and Yale featured on such programmes as The OCD Project, Hoarders, The Dr. Oz Show , and Oprah – offers help for nearly every type of anxiety disorder.

Dr. Tolin explains what fear really is, why you should face, not avoid, your fear, and how to beat your fear using gradual exposure techniques.

Practical action steps and exercises help you learn this unique approach to facing fear without crutches or other unhelpful things found in many other programs in order to achieve a life that is free of debilitating anxieties. Self–help guide that gives you the tools to take charge and overcome your fears Written by a leading authority on anxiety and based on the latest research provides a practical, step-by-step plan for beating many different kinds of fears—including social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive–compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and phobias Face Your Fears will change the way you think about fear and what to do about it.

This up-to-date, evidence-based, and user-friendly self-help guide to beating phobias and overcoming anxieties walks you step by step through the process of choosing courage and freedom over fear.

Book: The Book of Self-Care

Book Title:

The Book of Self-Care – Remedies for Healing Mind, Body, and Soul.

Author(s): Mary Beth Janssen.

Year: 2017.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated.

Publisher: Sterling Ethos.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.


Heal mind, body, and soul with this collection of self-care rituals and tips.

Never has the idea of mindfully checking in with ourselves and creating a “whole body” health – health that is more than simply the absence of illness – been so appealing. In this guide to self-care, wellness and beauty educator Mary Beth Janssen reveals how introspection, ritual, and love can help cure existential woes. She profiles a wide range of activities and exercises, including:

  • Karma Cleanse: How to cultivate/give lovingkindness, compassion, and forgiveness in yourself, and then pay it forward.
  • Intention, meditation, and breathwork techniques: Exercises for calm and centered living.
  • Emotional Housecleaning: How to deal with unprocessed emotions “stuck” within yourself.
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries: Check-in exercises for relationships that will help you reevaluate and build your support network.
  • Tips for nourishing yourself, deep sleep, and beauty rituals to celebrate your body.

Book: Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

Book Title:

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting – The Astonishing Power of Feelings.

Author(s): Lynn Grabhorn.

Year: 2003.

Edition: First (1st), 1st Trade Paper Ed Edition.

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.


Argues that feelings, rather than positive thinking or intelligence, set the tone for people’s lives, and helps listeners find peace and pleasure in life by feeling rather than thinking.

Book: Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns


Book Title:

Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns – A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book.

Author(s): Gitta Jacob.

Year: 2015.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns is the first schema-mode focused resource guide aimed at schema therapy patients and self-help readers seeking to understand and overcome negative patterns of thinking and behaviour.

  • Represents the first resource for general readers on the mode approach to schema therapy.
  • Features a wealth of case studies that serve to clarify schemas and modes and illustrate techniques for overcoming dysfunctional modes and behaviour patterns.
  • Offers a series of exercises that readers can immediately apply to real-world challenges and emotional problems as well as the complex difficulties typically tackled with schema therapy.
  • Includes original illustrations that demonstrate the modes and approaches in action, along with 20 self-help mode materials which are also available online.
  • Written by authors closely associated with the development of schema therapy and the schema mode approach.

Book: The Manipulative Man: Identify His Behaviour, Counter the Abuse, Regain Control

Book Title:

The Manipulative Man: Identify His Behaviour, Counter the Abuse, Regain Control.

Author(s): Dorothy McCoy.

Year: 2006.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Adams Media.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Conventional wisdom says that women are the manipulative ones – but tell that to the thousands of desperate women suffering at the hands of a manipulative man. Men can be just as sneaky, passive-aggressive, needy, underhanded, whiny, guilt-inducing, and emotionally demanding as women are accused of being – and more so!

As any woman in love with a manipulative man can tell you, it is not easy to get past his charm and your guilt to a place where you can see your relationship for what it is – out of balance, extraordinarily stressful, emotionally exhausting, and potentially dangerous. The Manipulative Man is a groundbreaking prescription for dealing with the manipulative men in your life by using:

  • Tests to help you determine if you are involved with a mama’s boy, narcissist, sociopath, or even a psychopath.
  • Techniques for defining and setting boundaries with your man;.
  • Tools to help you improve their relationship.
  • And more!

In The Manipulative Man, acclaimed psychotherapist Dr. Dorothy McCoy shows you how to identify the type of manipulative man you are involved with, deal with the issues his behaviour provokes, and, ultimately, salvage the relationship – or move on.

Book: Managing Your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide

Book Title:

Managing Your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide.

Author(s): Gillian Butler and Tony Hope.

Year: 2007.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: OUP USA.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market.

A blend of tried-and-true psychological counselling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBT and other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one’s personal and professional life, the way to success is the same.

By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the “mental fitness” necessary to resolve one’s personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life.

The first edition addressed how to:

  • Develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one’s time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.);
  • Improve one’s relationships;
  • Beat anxiety and depression; and
  • Establish a good mind-body balance.

For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters:

  1. On sexuality and intimate relationships;
  2. Anger in relationships;
  3. Recent traumatic events and their aftermath;
  4. Loss and bereavement; and
  5. Dealing with the past.