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Okay peep,

I am coming up to a difficult month of holidays and breaks from therapist.  I find reading really helps me at this time.  However I aam unsuer what to read next.  My Kindle is suggesting heaps of books but none of them seem quite right- or at least I do not know enough about them to let myself buy them!

So here's what I've read on the topic so far:

A General Theory of Love

Some Yalom bbooks

Wallin's book about attachment

Healing Developmental Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score

Something by Rothschild?? Not my favourite!

Waking the Tiger

hmmm...think that's it.  (I have also read Brenee Brown and Glennon Doyle Melton- but whilst they are great books, I'm not sure they're quite the same genre!  Still, they are helpful)

Loved Theory of LOve and have learnt a lot from the others- found healing developmental trauma particuarly enlightening (although not particuarly well written!)  

ANyone got any further suggestions? About attachment or developmental trauma or therapy in general? I'd appreciate any input.

THanks x


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How We Heal and Grow: The Power of Facing Your Feelings by Jeffery Smith

Jeff Smith blogs at Moments of Change and I can't speak highly enough of this book (Full Disclosure: I have a blurb on the back cover and Dr. Smith has used my Erotic Transference post as a chapter in another of his books: Attachment to your Therapist: A Conversation). He writes very clearly about the therapeutic relationship and how you heal. He has other books listed on his blog and a lot of great posts. He's worth spending some time with. I gave How We Heal and Grow to my T and a rather-dog eared copy sits on his table and he refers to it often. 

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen 

This was recommended by my T and I found it invaluable. I came back to session with about 24 yellow stickies marking things I wanted to discuss. She's an doctor who works with patients dying of cancer and has done extensive healing of her own and this book is a reflection of all she has learned. Very accessible and full of "aha" moments. 

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A GUIDE AND MAP FOR RECOVERING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA by Pete Walker

Pete Walker is a therapist who has also healed from long term childhood trauma and it shows in his writing. He also has a website  that has a log of good information and articles.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

Fascinating book that examines right brain versus left brain thinking. She's a neurosurgeon from Harvard who had a stroke and shares how it felt from the inside providing some incredible insights. She did a TED talk about the book, it's also worth tracking down. 

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller

This one can be a difficult read as she really focuses on the pain caused by deprivation in childhood. I had to take this one slowly in order to absorb it. Led to at least one email to my T, but a lot of good insight. 

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Townsend and Cloud

First book I ever read on Boundaries way back when at a time when Boundaries were a totally foreign concept. One of the best explanations I've ever read. They do write from a Christian perspective but also as exprienced clinicians. I think you can still really benefit from the book even if you do not agree with the worldview. 

Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships

This was another one I read a long time ago, but remember learning an incredible amount from it. Especially since anger is such a problematic feeling for me. 

I'll stop now since that's probably enough to hit you with at once. Happy reading!


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