Clients often ask me for recommended readings, and good self-help books can be a great way to support the work you're doing in therapy between sessions. Here are some books and websites I've found helpful. Many of these are available through the Halifax Public Library, or they can be ordered from your local bookstore and online. 


In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction 


Attaching in Adoption: Practical tools for today's parents 

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Parents Knew 

Being Adopted : The lifelong search for self 


The Dance of Anger : A woman's guide to changing the patterns of intimate relationships 

The Anger Advantage : The surprising benefits of anger and how it can change a woman's life 


Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love 

After the Affair 

Love Sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships

NOT "Just Friends": Rebuilding trust and recovering your sanity after infidelity 

The High Conflict Couple 

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

Depression and Anxiety

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness 

Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of a Buddha

Ending the Depression Cycle: A step-by-step guide for preventing relapse 

Help for Worried Kids: How your child can conquer anxiety and fear

Eating and Body Image

What Are You Hungry for? Women, Food, and Spirituality

It's Not About Food 

Feeding the Hungry Heart: The experience of compulsive eating


Get out of My Life: But first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? 

Attachment Focused Parenting: Effective strategies to care for children

Stop Arguing with your Kids: How to win the battle of wills by making your children feel heard 

Hold On to Your Kids: Why parents need to matter more than peers 

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive

Separation and Divorce

What About the Kids? Raising your children before, during, and after divorce

In the Best Interest of the Child : A manual for divorcing parents

Mom's House, Dad's House: Feeling at home in one home or two



The Sex Starved Marriage: What to do when he's lost desire

The Return of Desire: A guide to rediscovering your sexual passion 

The Mother's Guide to Sex 


Healing Sex: A mind-body approach to healing sexual trauma 

Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse 

How Long Does it Hurt? A guide to recovering from incest and sexual abuse for teenagers, their friends, and their families



The Youth Project

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Therapeutic Approach Health Centre