Wellness Reading List

Self- Help Resources

The following books support self-help for a variety of wellness topics and communities.  Please note that none are a substitute for a relationship with a professional counselor, and that none are associated with Cal State East Bay Counseling Services.  

Driven to Distraction by Edward M Hallowell and John Ratey
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

Your Perfect Right:  Assertiveness and Equality in Your LIfe and Relationships by Robert Alberti & Michael Emmons

It's Called a Breakup Beacuase It' Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amira Ruotola-Behrendt

How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove & Harold Bloomfield

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Difficult Conversations:  How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen and Roger Fisher.

The Depression Book:  Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Practice by Cheri Huber & June Shriver

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

When Food is Love by Geneen Roth

Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth

How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando

Good Grief by Granger Westberg

On Grief and Grieving by Elizabeth Keubler-Ross

When I Knew by Robert Teachtenberg

Gets Better:  Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Lie Worth Living

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves:  A resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schoth

Wherever You go, There You are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Stop Obsessing!  How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna Foa & Reid Wilson

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish 

Siblings Without Rivalry:  How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish 

Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel

Unstoppable: 45 Stories of Perseverence and Triumph from People Just Like You by Cynthia Kersey
Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It Now by Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen

Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by You?  by Margaret Paul

Forgive For Good by Fred Luskin

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better As Your Family Grows by Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, Julia Stone and Rosario Camacho-Koppel

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman

Not "Just Friends": Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity by Shirley Glass

The Intentional Family: Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties by Wiliam Doherty

Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships by Sue Johnson

After the Fight: Using Your Disagreements to Build a Stronger Relationship by Dan Wile

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Learning to Love Yourself: A Guide to Becoming Centered by Gay Hendricks

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro

Trauma, Veterans

Courage After Fire by Keith Armstrong