Books

Books


Self-Help Books

The list reflects books that individual counselors have found to be useful in their work with clients. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily imply the endorsement by Counseling and Psychological Services or California State University, Sacramento.

There are many community resources to those that are in need of them. Please see below for information:

  • ADHD/ADD
    • Barkley, R. (1997) Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents.
    • Hallowell, E. M. & Ratey, J. J. (1995). Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Though Adulthood.
    • ​Kolberg, J. & Nadeau, K (2002). ADD- Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life.
  • Aging/Caring for Aging Parents
    • Berman, C. (1996). Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive.
    • Larson, D. G. (1993). The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness.
    • McLeod, B. (1999). Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal.
  • Alcoholism: Addiction and Recovery
    • Milam, J. R., & Ketcham, K. (1981). Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism.
    • Schaefer, D. (1987) Choices and Consequences.
  • Alcoholism: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Codependence
    • Beattie, M. (1987). Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. 
    • Black, C. (1981).It Will Never Happen to Me.
    • Cermak, T., & Rutzky, J. (1994). A Time to Heal Workbook: Stepping-Stones to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics.
    • Mellody, P. (1989). Facing Codependence.
    • Woititz, J. (1985).Struggle for Intimacy.
  • Anxiety/ Test Anxiety/ Relaxation / Stress
    • Antony, M. & Norton, P. (2008.) The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobia, Panic, and Obsessions,
    • Bourne, E. J. (1995). The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook.
    • Borysenko, J. (1987). Minding the Body, Mending the Mind.
    • Davis, M., et al. (2000), The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.
    • Fiore, N. & Pescar, S. C. (1987).  Conquering Test Anxiety:  How to Psyche Up For The AST, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or Any Other Standardized Test.
    • Isaacs, M. (1978). Living with Fear: Understanding and Coping with Anxiety.
    • Jeffers, S. (1987). Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.
    • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.
    • O'Hara, V. (1996).Five Weeks to Healing Stress: The Wellness Option.
    • Sapolsky, R.(1994). Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers.
    • Wilson, R. R. (1986). Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks.
  • Autobiographies On Mental Health Issues
    • Blauner, S. R. (2003). How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me.
    • Kaysen, S. (1994). Girl Interrupted.
    • Knapp, C.(1997). Drinking- A love Story
    • Styron, W. (2007). Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
  • Bipolar Disorder
    • Jamison, K. (1997). An Unquiet Mind.
    • Vien, E. (1997). Mood Swings.
    • Copeland, M.E. (1994). Living without Depression and Manic Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability.
  • Body Image
    • Cash, T. (1997). The Body Image Workbook: An 8-step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks.
       
  • Communication Skills
    • Bolton, R. (1986). People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts.
    • McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (1995). Messages: The Communication Book.
    • Wile, D. (1988). After the Honeymoon: How Conflict Can Improve Your Relationship.
  • Grief and Loss
    • Aker, L. (1993). How to Survive the Loss of a Parent: A Guide for Adults.
    • Goulding, M.(1996). A Time to Say Good-Bye: Moving Beyond Loss.
    • Grollman, E. (1989).Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child.
    • Ilse, S. (1990).Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death.
    • Kubler Ross, E. (1969). On Death and Dying.
    • Rando, T.(1988). How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies.
  • Depression
    • Bloomfield, H. H. (1995).  How To Heal Depression.
    • Burns, D., (1999), Feeling Good.
    • Burns, D. (1989). The Feeling Good Handbook.
    • Copeland, M. E.(1992). The Depression Workbook.
    • Greenberger, D. & Padesky, C. (1995), Mind Over Mood.,
    • Seligman, M. (1991).Learned Optimism.
    • Seligman, M. (1996).The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience.
  • Divorce/ Breaking up
    • Ahrons, C. R. (1994) The Good Divorce.
    • Amodeo, J. (1994). Love and Betrayal: Broken Trust in Intimate Relationships.
    • Anderson, C. M. (1994).Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife.
    • Bloomfield, H. H., Colgrove, M., & McWilliams, P. (2000).  How to Survive The Loss of a Love.
    • Fisher, B. (1981).ReBuilding: When Your Relationship Ends.
    • Hayes, C., Anderson, D., & Blau, M. (1993).Our Turn: The Good News about Women and Divorce.
    • Kingma, D. R. (1989). Coming Apart: Why Relationships End and How to Live Through the Ending of Yours.
    • McKay, M. (1984).The Divorce Book: A Practical and Compassionate Guide.
    • Wolf, A. (1998). Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get a Hamster?: A Guide to Parenting Through Divorce.
    • Newman, M. (1994). Stepfamily Realities: How to Overcome Difficulties and Have a Happy Family.
  • Domestic Violence
    • Ackerman, R. (1995). Before It's Too Late: Helping Women in Controlling or Abusive Relationships.
    • Enns, G. & Black, J. (1995). It's Not Okay Anymore:Your Personal Guide to Ending Abuse, Taking Charge, and Loving Yourself.
    • Forward, S. (1987). Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them.
  • Eating Disorders
    • Mellin, L. (1997).The Solution: 6 Winning Ways to Permanent Weight Loss.
    • Roth, G (1991).When Food is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy.
    • Roth, G. (1982).Feeding the Hungry Heart.
    • Zerbe, K. (1993). The Body Betrayed: A Deeper Understanding of Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment.
    • McShane, J.M. & Paulson, T. (2008). Why She Feels Fat.
    • Schaefer, J. (2004). Life Without ED.
  • Illness (Chronic illness and Chronic pain)
    • Topf, L,. & Bennett, H.Z. (1995). You are not Your Illness: Seven Principles for Meeting the Challenge of Illness.
    • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990).Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.
    • Kane, J. (1991). Be Sick Well: A Healthy Approach to Chronic Illness.
    • Klein, R. & Landau, M. (1992). Healing the Body Betrayed: A Self-Paced, Self Help Guide to Regaining Psychological Control of Your Chronic Illness.
    • Larson, D. G.(1993). The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness.
    • LeMaistre, J. (1985). Beyond Rage.
  • Infertility/ Childlessness
    • Anton, L.H. (1992). Never to be a Mother: A Guide for All Women Who Didn't or Couldn't Have Children.
  • Internet Addiction/ Obsession
    • Young, K. (1998). Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction—and a Winning Strategy for Recovery.
  • LGBTQ Issues
    • Bass, E. & Kaufman, K. (1996). Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies.
    • Bernstein, R. A. (1998).Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together.
    • Borhek, M. (1993).  Coming Out to Parents: A Two Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents.
    • Fairchild, B., & Hayward, N. (1998). Now That You Know:What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality.
    • Howard, K. & Stevens, A. (Eds.) (2000), Out and About Campus. Personal Accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered College Students.
    • Johnson, B. K. (1998). Coming Out Every Day: A Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Man's Guide. .
    • Kaufman, G., & Raphail, L. (1996). Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives.
    • McDaniel, J. (1995). The Lesbian Couples' Guide.
    • Marcus, E. (1993). Is It a Choice? 
  • Menopause
    • Barbach, L.  (1995).The Pause: A Positive Approach to Menopause.
    • Doress, P. & Siegal, D. (1987). Ourselves, Growing Older.
    • Greenwood, S. (1992). Menopause Naturally.
    • Greer, G.  (1992).The Change.
    • Love, S. (1997). Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause.
    • O'Hanlan, K. (1992).Natural Menopause.
    • Pearl, B. (1986). Getting Stronger.
    • Sheehy, G.(1992). Silent Passage: Menopause.
    • Taylor, D. & Sumrall, A. (1991). Women of the 14th Moon.
    • Wolfe, H. L. (1990).Second Spring: A Guide to Healthy Menopause Through Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Baer, L. (1991). Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions.
    • Dumont, R. (1996). The Sky is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders.
    • Foa, E. & Wilson, R. (2001).  Stop Obsessing .
    • Rapaport, J.  (1989).The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
    • Steketee, F., & White, K. (1990). When Once is Not Enough: Help for Obsessive Complusives.
  • Panic Disorder
    • Barlow, D. & Craske, M. (2006.) Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic Workbook (Treatments that Work).
    • Wilson, R. (2009.) Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks.
    • Zuercher-White, E. (1995). An End to Panic
       
  • Parenting
    • Faber, A. & Mazlish, E. (1980). How to Talk So Kids will Listen and Listen So Kids will Talk.
    • Faber, A. & Mazlish, E.(1987). Siblings Without Rivalry.
    • Riera, M. (1995). Uncommon Sense for Parents of Teens.
    • Turecki, S. & Tonner, L. (1989). The Difficult Child.
    • Wolf, A. (1995). It's Not Fair: Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night.
    • Gust, D., Walk, S., Daily, J. How to Help your Child Become Drug Free.
  • Perfectionism
    • Antony, M. & Swinson, R.P. (1998). When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism.
    • Hendlin, S. (1992). When Good Enough is Never Enough: Escaping the Perfection Trap.
    • Mallinger, A.&  DeWyze, J.(1992). Too Perfect: When Being in Control Gets Out of Control.
    • Elliott, M. & Meltsner, S.(1991). The Perfectionist Predicament: How to Stop Driving Yourself and Others Crazy.
  • Phobias
    • Brown, D. (1996).Flying Without Fear.
    • Dumont, R. (1996).The Sky is Falling: Understanding and Coping with Phobias, Panic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders.
  • Procrastination
    • Burka, J. & Yuen, L.(1983). Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It.
    • Fiore, N. (1989). The Now Habit.
    • Roberts, S. M. (1995). Living Without Procrastination: How to Stop Postponing Your Life.
  • Relationships
    • Abrahms-Spring, J. (1996).  After the Affair.
    • Bader, E. & Pearson, P. (1988). In Quest of the Mythical Mate.
    • Cowan, C. & Kinder, M. (1986.) Smart Women, Foolish Choices.
    • Evans, P.(1992). The Verbally Abusive Relationship.
    • Gottman, J.(1994). Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.
    • Gottman, J.(1999). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.
    • Gottman, J. & DeClaire, J.(2002). The Relationship Cure: A Five Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships.
    • Gray, J. (1992). Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
    • Hendrix, H. (1988). Getting the Love You Want.
    • Halpern, H. (1995). Finally Getting It Right: From Addictive/Obsessive Relationships to Healthy Ones.
    • Kasl, C. (1999). If the Buddha dated: A handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path.
    • Kasl, C. (2001). If the Buddha married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path.
    • Kirshenbaum, M. (1997.)  Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A step by step guide to help you decide whether to stay in or get out of your relationship.
    • Mathews, J. (2005.) Lose That Loser and Find the Right Guy: Stop Falling for Mr. Unavailable, Mr. Unreliable, Mr. Bad Boy, Mr. Needy, Mr. Married Man, and Mr. Sex Maniac.
    • McCann, E. (1995). The Two Step: The Dance Toward Intimacy.
    • Ruiz, D. M. (1997. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
    • Spring, J.A. (1996). After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust when a Partner has been Unfaithful.
    • Wile, D. (1988) After the Honeymoon.
  • Schizophrenia
    • Mueser, K. & Gingerich, S. (1994). Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families.
    • Torrey, E. F. (1995). Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Customers, and Providers.
  • Self-Esteem
    • Dodgson, J. (2003). Gifts of the Grandmother.
    • McKay, M. & Fanning, P. (1987). Self-Esteem.
    • Sorensen, M. (1998). Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem.
  • Sexuality: Sexual issues in relationships
    • Renshaw, D. (1995).Seven Weeks to Better Sex.
    • Love, P. & Robinson, J. (1995). Hot Monogamy: Essential Steps to More Passionate, Intimate Lovemaking.
    • Zilbergeld, B.(1992). The New Male Sexuality: The Truth About Men, Sex, and Pleasure.
  • Sexual Abuse: Adults abused as children
    • Bass, E. & Davis, L. (1994), The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 
    • Gil, E. (1984).Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused as Children.
    • Hunter, M.(1991). Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse.
    • Lew, M. (2004), Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Child Abuse.
  • Sexual Addiction
    • Carnes, P. (1983).Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction.
    • Carnes, P.(1991). Don't Call it Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction.
  • Sexual Assault
    • Adams, C. & Fay, J. (1989). Free of the Shadows: Recovering from Sexual Violence.
    • Ledray, L. (1994). Recovering from Rape.
    • McEvoy, et al. (2001). If She is Raped: A Guidebook for Husband, Fathers, and Male Friends.
    • Nicarthy, G. (1997). Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life.
    • Raine, N. V. (1998). After Silence.
    • Warshaw, R. (1994). I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape.
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Morris, C.( 1994). Bearing Witness.
    • Hill, A. (1994). Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas.
  • Social Anxiety/Shyness
    • Antony, M. & Swinson, R. (2000). The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook.
    • Antony, M. (2004). 10 Simple Solutions to Shyness. .
    • Markway, B. et.al.(1992). Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Social Phobia.
    •  Zimbardo, P.(1987). Shyness: What It Is and What to Do About It.
  • Spirituality
    • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.
    • Nhat Hanh, T.(1991). Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
    • Peck, S.(1978). The Road Less Traveled.
    • Schwartz, T.(1995). What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Matsakis, A.(1992). I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors.
  • Work Stress
    • Bramson, R.(1984). Coping with Difficult People.
    • Bridges, W.(1991). Managing Transitions. .
    • Fisher, R.(1981). Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.
    • O'Hara, V.(1995). Wellness at Work: Building Resilience to Job Stress.

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