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Perspectives Therapy Services does not endorse any particular treatment that may be listed in the following books, however, our therapists and clients have found value in the content and we are happy to share these picks.


  • Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
  • The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships by Donald Dutton
  • Beyond Anger by Thomas Harbin
  • Taking Charge of Anger: How to Resolve Conflict, Sustain Relationships, and Express Yourself without Losing Control by W. Robert Nay


  • The 10 Best Anxiety Busters by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • The Anxiety and Worry Workbook by David Clark and Aaron Beck
  • The Anxious Brain by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Anxiety by William Knaus
  • The 10 Best Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools and Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Pain by Donald Altman
  • Tough-to-Treat Anxiety by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
  • Fear and Other Uninvited Guests by Harriet Lerner
  • The Worried Child by Paul Foxman


  • Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. Barkley
  • The ADHD Workbook for Kids by Lawrence Shapiro
  • A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD: Advice from Young Survivors by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, Alex Zeigler
  • ADHD and Me: What I Learned From Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table by Blake Taylor
  • Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Dierdre V. Lovecky
  • Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward Hallowell
  • The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths by Lara Honos-Webb
  • You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! A Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo


  • Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything by Kenneth Hall
  • Asperger's: What Does It Mean To Me? by Katherine Faherty and Gary B. Mesibov
  • Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family by Judy Welton
  • Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits by Dierdre V. Lovecky
  • The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Asperger's Syndrome: Help, Hope, And Guidance by William Stillman
  • Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson
  • The Thinking Mom's Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children by Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes


  • The 10 Best Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • The Depression Workbook by Mary Ellen Copeland & Matthew McKay
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zin
  • Anxiety & Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders by Margaret Wehrenberg
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon


  • Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston
  • The Dialectical and Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia, Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life by Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher & Michael Maslar
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin
  • The Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin
  • Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating or Body Image Issues by Jeanne Albronda Heaton and Claudia J. Strauss
  • Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders by Aimee Liu
  • Food to Eat: Guided, Hopeful and Trusted Recipes for Eating Disorder Recovery by Lori Lieberman & Cate Sangster
  • Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown
  • How to Help Your Teen Beat an Eating Disorder by James Lock & Daniel Le Grange
  • When Anorexia Came to Visit: Families Talk about How an Eating Disorder Invaded Their Lives by Bev Mattocks
  • Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith & Anna Crane
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family & Friends by Michelle Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel
  • When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers by Abigail H. Natenshon


  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson
  • What Makes Love Last? How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal by John Gottman
  • An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us by Veronica Kallos-Lilly & Jennifer Fitzgerald
  • Affairs: A Guide to Working Through the Repercussions of Infidelity by Emily Brown
  • After the Affair by Janis Abrahms Spring
  • State of Affairs by Esther Perel
  • Healing from Infidelity by Michelle Weiner-Davis
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time by Stephen A. Mitchell
  • Fighting for Your Marriage: Positive Steps for Preventing Divorce and Preserving a Lasting Love by Howard Markman et al.
  • Getting the Love You Want by Harvelle Hendrix
  • Marital Myths Revisited: A Fresh Look at Two Dozen Mistaken Beliefs About Marriage by Arnold A. Lazarus
  • The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved by Matthew Kelly
  • Surviving an Affair by Willard F. Harley Jr., Jennifer H. Chalmers
  • Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart by William Doherty
  • When the One You Love Wants to Leave: Guidance and Comfort for Surviving Marital Crisis by Donald R. Harvey
  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman


  • The Mindfulness Workbook of OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Jon Hershfield, Tom Corboy & James Claiborn
  • The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts by Lee Baer
  • The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Bruce Hyman
  • Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna Foa


  • Boundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation by Becky A. Bailey
  • The Everything Toddler Book: From Controlling Tantrums to Potty Training, Practical Advice to Get You and Your Toddler Through the Formative Years by Linda Sonna
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Parenting Young Children by Dinkmeyer
  • The Parents Handbook by Dinkmeyer
  • Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children by Tom Sturges
  • Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
  • Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau
  • Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Love Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber
  • Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times by William Doherty
  • When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along by Joshua Coleman
  • What about the Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee
  • Talking to Children About Divorce: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce by Jean McBride
  • Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child by Dr. Isolina Ricci
  • Parenting Apart: How Separated and Divorced Parents Can Raise Happy and Secure Kids by Christina McGhee
  • Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies Children Thrive Through Divorce by JoAnne Pedro-Carroll


  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
  • Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis
  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • The PTSD Workbook: Simple Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence-from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman





  • NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman


  • A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
  • Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler
  • It's OK That You're Not OK by Megan Devine
  • Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death by Irvin Yalom
  • The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski
  • The Space Between Before and After by Sue Stauffacher (for families and children grieving death by suicide)
  • Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert (for ages 8-12)


  • Flourish by Martin Seligman (a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being)
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal & Julie Li


  • You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why it Matters by Kate Murphy


  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson


  • Parenting with Love and Logic by Jim Fay


  • Momma's Waves by Chandra Ghosh Ippen (for those with parents who are struggling and/or 'not in the picture')


  • This Isn't What I Expected by Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW & Valerie Davis Raskin, MD
  • Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold, PhD & Diane Sanford, PhD
  • The Postpartum Depression Workbook by Abigail Bure, LCSW, PMH-C
  • The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook by Pamela Wiegartz, PhD and Kevin Gyoerkoe, PsyD
  • Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleinman, MSW, LCSW


  • Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole