Literature is an excellent venue to help yourself before, during, or after psychotherapy to deepen your understanding of how you interact with your world. Some books are more helpful than others, and some are more suited to unique circumstance than others. Here a few books that are credible and widely helpful.
Mindsight by Dr. Dan Siegel
This book explains neuroscience out side of the context of trauma. The science of our brain dictates our relationships with ourselves, our parents, our partners, and our children. With this information one can better understand and regulate their own emotions and reactions.
How to be an Adult by David Richo
This book is a great companion to therapy. It guides readers to identify sources of unresolved challenges, usually from childhood.
The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner
This is an honest book written specifically for women who have conflict with the family that raised them. This book is written in a way that the reader can understand the function of the stressful behaviors as well as how to handle living in the reality.
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson
This book addresses effective parenting styles that not only get results, but support the healthy emotional growth of your child.
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience by Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
This book integrates discoveries through neuroscience into parenting.
In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter A. Levine
This book is written based on the research that supports Somatic Experiencing and can help a client understand how their trauma history is connected to the body and nervous system.
Healing Trauma by Dr. Peter A. Levine
“In Healing Trauma, Dr. Levine gives you the personal how-to guide for using the theory he first introduced in his highly acclaimed work Waking the Tiger. Join him to discover: how to develop body awareness to “renegotiate” and heal traumas by “revisiting” them rather than reliving them; emergency “first-aid” measures for times of distress; and nature’s lessons for uncovering the physiological roots of your emotions”
A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania (Formerly “Stay Out of My Hair”) by Ruth Goldfinger Golomb & Suzanne Mouton-Odum
This book is written for parents of a child with trich, but is helpful for the parent of a child with any body focused repetitive behavior. Trich is not a discipline issues and a power struggle about hair pulling or skin picking will usually make the problem worse. There is so much false information other there, this book informs you accurately and honestly.
Raising and Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by Ph.D. John Gottman & Joan Declaire
This book includes the 5 steps of Emotional Coaching, invaluable approach to help your child learn to manage obstacles, frustrations, and problem solving.