I encourage the people to learn as much as possible about their mental health and the particular issues on their plate. Often you can get a lot more out of psychotherapy when you’re willing to work on your issues in between sessions as well as during your sessions. That way, you continue to be the motivating force for change in your life and set the pace for your own personal growth.
The following are self-help books and Websites that my patients and I have found helpful in facing a variety of different challenges:
Anxiety: The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD.
Depression: Dealing with Depression by helpguide.org
Self-Esteem: Six Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem by John Grohol, PsyD.
Anger: The Anger Control Workbook by Matthew McKay, PhD, and Peter Rogers, PhD.
ADD: Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with ADD by Edward Hallowell, MD, and John Ratey, MD.
Couples’ Conflicts: The Dialog of Intimacy by the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists
Career Change: What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
Addiction: The Addiction Workbook by Patrick Fanning and John T. O’Neill, LCDC.
Codependency: The New Codependency by Melanie Beatty
Meditation: Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Meditation by Susan Smalley, PhD, and Dianna Winston