BOOKS I VALUE AS A BUDDING PSYCHOTHERAPIST
- •All About Love by bell hooksThis book is an invaluable treasure. bell takes you through the importance of resisting the racist capitalist imperialist patriarchy through a unique analysis of romantic love. To be expected, bell provides astute cultural criticism and offers liberation and healing. WHAT! I will read this book 100 times.
- •Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark EpsteinWish this dude was my therapist!! I enjoyed this when i read it for its expansiveness. I gave it to a friend who was interested in therapy and meditation, but had not yet tried either. A game changer. A wonderful exploration of how Buddhism can pick up where Western psychiatry leaves off.
- •Freud and Beyond: a history of modern psychoanalytic thought by Mitchell and BlackI read this in grad school. It was my first intro into relational psychotherapy and grounded me in contemporary theory. Also, Melanie Klein 😳
- •Our Inner Conflicts by Karen HorneyThis was the first book I read by Horney, an influential psychoanalyst who broke from Freud by introducing a decidedly more feminist perspective. Her ideas about inner conflict and neurosis have been very helpful and thought provoking!
- •An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield JamisonA memoir of a psychiatrist who has her first manic episode in medical school. Very intense, intimate portrait of bipolar disorder. Brilliant and captivating and normalizing.
- •DBT Skills Manual by Marsha LinehanI dont think it is dramatic to say this book saves lives. Skills for living with characteristics of borderline personality disorder. Such a misunderstood and challenging issue.
- •Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Deernoot LipskyA saving grace for people working with trauma on a daily basis. Gotta take care of yourself if you want to take care of others! I check in with this all the time.