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Library - books written by our members

Hippie Chick: Coming of Age in the 60s by Ilene English, LMFT

In Hippie Chick, a rebellious teenager finds her mother dead in the bathroom. To save her from living alone with a difficult father, her older sister sends her a one-way plane ticket to leave New Jersey. Landing in San Francisco, she is thrust into a lifestyle way beyond what she is ready for, and that challenges all previous notions of how one behaves. It is 1963, and we are brought along as Ilene becomes immersed in the unfolding of the sixties during the earliest days of sexual freedom, psychedelic drugs, the jazz scene, and rock 'n' roll. This is a deeply personal story of how one young woman manages to survive and even to thrive in the face of the whirlwind of experiences coming at her. It is filled with a rich tapestry of moments that run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous, and everything in between.

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Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships by John Amodeo PhD, LMFT

Winner of the 2014 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in the relationship category and winner of the Spirituality and Practice Award as one of the best spiritual books of 2013!

The search for inner peace is often met with what seems like a conflicting path- the irresistible pull of love and connection with others to which we are drawn.

Reconciling these opposites, John Amodeo shows how spirituality and vibrant relationships are identical. He says that Buddha's concept of the root of suffering is misunderstood. It is not desire that causes suffering; desire is the fire that springs from the basic life force. Drawing upon the science of attachment theory, Amodeo illuminates how the root of our suffering is disconnection from ourselves and others, which is fueled by clinging to what doesn't serve us...

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Choose Life: Poetry, Prose and Photography by Jan ├ľgren, LMFT (Author)

The poems in Choose Life knock on your door like a familiar friend stopping by to share a cup of tea. Finding themselves a comfortable chair in your living room, they speak of universal themes offering reassurance, hope, and encouragement. Each poem shows up with a photograph so that you can see as well as hear their whisperings of wisdom and magic. Choose Life is dedicated to my 98-year-old father's philosophy of life. His life’s purpose is encouraging people to look forward to growing older, to try something new, to be positive and to exercise daily.

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Journaling: A Workbook To Transform Your Self-Esteem by Dianna Grayer, PhD, LMFT

Journaling: A Workbook To Transform Your Self-Esteem is a practical guide that gives you self-help tools and encouragement to connect with your soul and improve your life as you know it. It’s packed with exercises that will confront the problem areas in your life and offer ways to eliminate them. You will feel compelled to move through the obstacles that have been holding you back so that you can make new discoveries to unveil the real you. As a result of your hard work, dedication, and commitment, you’ll proceed on the road toward your life goals, and ultimately, the happiness you want and deserve.

Your life is literally in your hands. Take the journey, and learn how you can become the driver in your life, not the passenger. Moving through Journaling: A Workbook To Transform Your Self-Esteem will help you feel better about yourself. As you raise your self-esteem and build your confidence, you will be determined to live a more authentic, peaceful, and happy life – a life more in line with your soul’s desire.

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I Love You, Clowns Are Scary: Ho╩╝oponopono for Kids and Other People by Kitty Wells, LMFT (Author), Christie Noe (Illustrator)

Ho'oponopono is an elegant and easy ancient Hawaiian healing and forgiveness practice, available to everyone. Although designed for middle grade readers, I Love You, Clowns Are Scary appeals as well to the inquiring minds of college students and their grandparents. Book One tells the story of Dakota's dream-like inner quest to save a lost and frightened child and the discovery of a magical way for a very scary problem to be transformed. In Book Two, Dakota continues to explore Ho'oponopono at school with the help of some mentors and friends and shares with the reader a fun way, Slo-mo-pono, to have a similar letting go experience. Throughout this introduction to Ho'oponopono, the conscious and subconscious are explored, as well as the superconscious, the spiritual center deep within the mind...

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Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry by Jennifer Shannon LMFT (Author), Doug Shannon (Illustrator), Michael A. Tompkins PhD ABPP (Foreword)

Ancient sages compared the human mind to a monkey: constantly chattering, hopping from branch to branch—endlessly moving from fear to safety. If you are one of the millions of people whose life is affected by anxiety, you are familiar with this process. Unfortunately, you can’t switch off the “monkey mind,” but you can stop feeding the monkey—or stop rewarding it by avoiding the things you fear.

Written by psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon, this book shows you how to stop anxious thoughts from taking over using proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques, as well as fun illustrations. By following the exercises in this book, you’ll learn to identify your own anxious thoughts, question those thoughts, and uncover the core fears at play...

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Simon's Crossing: A Novel by Charles William Asher, D.Min, LMFT

  (Author), Dennis Patrick Slattery (Author)

Forced to carry the cross of Jesus, Simon of Cyrene, a little known biblical figure, reluctantly yields to his task. At the same time, Simon struggles with personal loss and a fiery desire for revenge. In Simon's story, the vulnerability of our own journeys is laid bare as we cross paths with a simple wooden cross and a redemptive twist of fate.

In Simon's Crossing, this ordinary man, from Cyrene, steps boldly out of the pages of the Bible. He senses that his own life depends on the Nazarene staggering just ahead of him. Persuaded by sacrificial love, we too discover what it is like to cross over into the imaginal power of a story well-told, where salvation lies close at hand. Simon's story compels us to carry on as well.

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Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist's Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment by Karen Rachels, LMFT

Karen Rachels' "Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist's Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment," is a first-of-its-kind contribution to the dynamic and unfolding world of body-brain integration. This workbook accessibly integrates three critical areas of therapeutic work brought to us by the Decade of the Brain: 1) brain-based attachment theory, 2) the neuroscience of affect regulation, and 3) practical somatic skills to grow clients' brains.

Therapists have the opportunity to view their own experiences through the lens of neuroscience including their own dysregulation and how their attachment strategies interweave with the attachment strategies of clients. By offering a more experiential and somatic way to absorb the information, learning is easy and immediately applicable for therapists seeking to effect transformation with clients.

This book bridges mindfulness and neuroscience-based self-help books with the more academic, didactically-focused books for therapists. It uses a self-help format but is, in fact, for therapists. Post-tests, charts with clarifying exercises, specific self-focused exercises, games, case vignettes, and a complete session transcript all facilitate learning in both a cognitive and experiential manner.

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