You may want to do some further reading to flesh out your understanding of a particular area or for self-help. My preference is for authors who are speaking from authentic personal experience as well as a solid theoretical base. I find that this usually gives a more profound understanding than just theoretical knowledge that can be too abstract, or simply not grounded in practical reality. What follows is a list of books and authors that I have found inspiring and useful, divided into categories:
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Some key books on Somatic and Person Centred therapy, aimed at therapists as well as people going to therapy.
A must-read for anyone interested in the body-centered movement in psychotherapy. The Hakomi Method integrates the use of mindfulness, nonviolence, meditation, and holism into a highly original amalgam of therapeutic techniques. Hakomi work incorporates the idea of respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system, organizing matter and energy to maintain its goals and identity.BUY NOW!
A sensible and compassionate book that will help those involved in any form of therapy make the best possible use of their time, effort, and money. “A fascinating blend of Eastern spirituality, Western psychotherapy, feminist consciousness, and real caring.”BUY NOW!
**Unraveling Trauma in the Body, Brain and Mind a Revolution in Treatment** In this culmination of his life s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche.BUY NOW!
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often en endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful “acting out” behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine’s breakthrough Somatic Experiencing(r) methods to actively overcome these challenges.BUY NOW!
25th anniversary edition of the classic bestseller ‘Focusing’ is a technique first developed 25 years ago by American psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin. Hugely influential, it offers six specific steps you can take to open up your inner world of deeper feelings and intuition – and shows you how to listen to others with more empathy. Short, very readable and so simple, you wonder why we aren’t taught this fundamental life-skill at school!BUY NOW!
Person-centred therapy, based on the ideas of the eminent psychotherapist Carl Rogers, is widely practised in the UK and throughout the world. It has applications in health and social care, the voluntary sector and is increasingly relevant to work with people who are severely mentally and emotionally distressed. This book offers a comprehensive overview and presents the core theories, advances and practices of the approach in a concise, accessible form.BUY NOW!
In a time when the greatest controversy of medical care seems to be about how best to pay for it, The Way of the Physician brings back fundamental questions of what makes a true healer, what’s involved in the uniquely intimate relationship of doctor and patient, and how we all face the inevitable challenges of maintaining health, dealing with illness, and dying. “A good doctor is a good person.”BUY NOW!
Recent developments in brain science (neurology) in terms of understanding why Somatic Therapy works (Descartes’ Error), why humans get ill from stress (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers), and two books by Norman Doidge on how we can rewire our brains.
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear – and the ones that plague us now – are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.BUY NOW!
In the centuries since Descartes famously proclaimed, ‘I think, therefore I am,’ science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended until recently to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of “Descartes’ Error”.BUY NOW!
Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain’s remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought. In “The Brain That Changes Itself”, Doidge introduces us to the fascinating stories at the cutting edge of the brain science and the emerging discipline of ‘neuroplasticity’.BUY NOW!
“This is a book of miracles. Fascinating…An absorbing compendium of unlikely recoveries from physical and mental ailments offers evidence that the brain can heal…brings Oliver Sacks to mind.” (Lisa Appignanesi, Observer). The Brain’s Way of Healing explores the astonishing advances in the discovery of neuroplasticity, showing that the brain has its own unique way of healing, only recently uncovered. Norman Doidge discusses a series of remarkable recoveries..BUY NOW!
Easy to follow guides on what is meditation and how to meditate.
To make the journey into “The Power of Now” we need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. ‘The Power of Now” aims to transform your thinking.BUY NOW!
The time-honored national bestseller, updated with a new afterword, celebrating 10 years of influencing the way we live. When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience.BUY NOW!
The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work–which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology–shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing.BUY NOW!
Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 2 was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn as a core training tool to begin and deepen a daily meditation practice, and to bring mindfulness into every aspect of life. Intended to be used in conjunction with his book Wherever You Go, There You Are, these four CD-length programs are a valuable resource that meditators at all experience levels can adapt to their specific needs. They include:
Guided sitting meditations the basics of mindfulness meditation.