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Top 5 Recommended Counseling Books

Life is hard. We each deal with our own set of challenges. Having a resource such as a book to better understand what you are going through and assist you in your growth and journey may be helpful…

Here are my top five recommended books:

1. Boundaries: Where you end and I begin by Anne Katherine, M.A.

This book is particularly beneficial for anyone struggling with boundaries. Author, Anne Katherine,provides examples and activities to assist you with setting and maintaining boundaries.

2. The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, PH.D

The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work focuses on common marriage problems and provides possible solutions to these problems. If you are struggling with what John Gottman, PH.D, refers to as the four horsemen (criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling) in your marriage, consider committing to reading and working through the activities in this book with your partner.

3. Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make It Meaningful by Ashley Davis Prend, A.C.S.W.

This book is helpful when processing the loss of a loved one. Author, Ashley Prend, provides manycoping skills and strategies to utilize during each stage of grief.

4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson, PH.D.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff is a great book of reference when dealing withlife’s challenges. For example, when needing to relax, thumb to the chapter on relaxation to learn ways to relax. This book has a chapter on most life stressors.

5. The Great Marriage Tune-Up Book by Jeffrey H. Larson, PH.D.

This book is helpful in assessing your marriage…does it need a tune-up? This book will assist you via questionnaires and exercises in identifying personal and couples traits that may affect your marriage.

Tracy Cooper is a licensed professional counselor and the co-owner of Fit Therapy of Texas, where she helps families, kids, parents, couples, and individuals to reach their goals. She understands that life can be hard and full of challenges. Tracy believes counesling can help with naviagating through such challengs and would like to help. Call 210.495.3131 to schedule an appointment.

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