Ashley’s Book Club

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As a therapist I am constantly referring my clients to good books that I come across that might be helpful. I thought it might be beneficial to create a list of some of my favorite books for you to peruse at your own leisure.


  • Adopting a Child with a Trauma & Attachment Disruption History by Theresa Fraser, CYW, MA, CPT
  • The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, PhD, David R. Cross, PhD,  and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Anti-Social Personality Disorder

  • The Sociopath Next door by Martha Stout, PhD


Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration by Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Carol Kranowitz, MA, and Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L
  • Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms by Rebecca Moyes
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years by Carol Stock Kranowitz
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Chilf by Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L, and Nancy Peske

Bipolar Personality Disorder

  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding & Helping Your Partner 2nd Ed. by Julie A. Fast & John D. Preston, PsyD

Borderline Personality Disorder

  • I Hate you – Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. Kreisman, MD, and Hal Straus
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About has Borderline Personality Disorder 2nd Ed. by Paul T. Mason, MS & Randi Kreger

Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously called Multiple Personality Disorder)

  • The Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality by Joan Frances Casey with Lynn Wilson
  • Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber


  • Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown PhD, LMSW

Gender Identity

  • As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl by John Colapinto


  • Daily Meditations for Healing & Happiness 52 card deck by Mary NurrieSteams, LCSW, RYT
  • The Mandala Workbook by Susanne F. Fincher
  • The Mindful Doodle Book by Dr. Patricia Isis, PhD, LMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS


  • Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents by Nina W. Brown, Ed.D., LPC
  • Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed by Wendy T. Behary, LCSW
  • Trapped in the Mirror; Adult Children of Narcissists in their Struggle for Self by Elan Golomb, Ph.D.
  • Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Karl McBride, PhD.

Nutrition and Mental Health

  • Eat Right, Feel Right: Over 100 Recipes and tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus by Leslie Korn
  • Eating by the Light of the Moon: How Women can Transform their relationships with Food Through Myths, Metaphors & Storytelling byAnita Johnston, PhD.
  • Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan


  • The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, PhD., David R. Cross, PhD. and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
  • Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina payne Bryson, PhD.
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.
  • Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline MD, and Jim Fay

Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, PhD., David R. Cross, PhD. and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
  • When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder by Nancy L. Thomas


  • Attached: the New Science of adult Attachment and How it Can Help you Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine, M.D. and Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.
  • The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
  • Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick
  • Wired for Love: How Understanding you Partners Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship by Stan Tatkin, PsyD. MFT

Schizophrenia/Schizo-Affective Disorder

  • When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey with Schizophrenia by Erin L. Hawkes MSc

Self Exploration

  • Discovering you Personality Type by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
  • The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff, MD
  • Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers with Peter B. Myers
  • The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Survive when the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, PhD.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

  • Ancient Child: Poetry about Incest by Marcella Bryant
  • The Courage to Heal; A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass & laura Davis
  • The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect us from Violence by Gavin De Becker
  • Healing Sex; A Mind-body Approach to Sexual Trauma by Staci Haines
  • The Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Beverly Engel, M.F.C.C.


  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body In the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
  • The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild

Women’s Issues

The Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused- And Start Standing Up for Yourself by Beverly Engel

Books for Children





Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder

BIG Feelings



Parenting with TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Interventions)

Potty Training

Self-Esteem and Appreciation of Differences

Sexual Abuse

Teaching Compassion