books on therapy and psychology

My Top 5 Books on Therapy and Psychology

Need a gift recommendation? These are my top 5 books on therapy and psychology you can buy for yourself or give as gifts. I am always looking for ideas for gifts and books are my favorite!

These are not necessarily books released this year, some have been published years ago but remain classic pieces of information and knowledge.  Some are classic recommendations as I had them while in college:

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb:

This was 2019’s most talked-about book amongst Therapists.  This is for a reader who is curious about the life of a Therapist, her clients, and what happened when she had to go through therapy herself and got a taste of her own medicine. The reader will find him or herself relating to situations about life and relationships. I also recommend listening to Lori’s interview on Fresh Air.

“How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough

This is a book for someone who can learn skills around building character, curiosity, grit, problem-solving, and self-control.  It’s for a parent who you see focusing too much on grades and scores and you know that there’s more to success than grades.  It’s for children of any age.  As a parent of a young child, I really enjoyed learning concepts that I could apply right away at home.

“Mindset – The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

I keep coming back to this classic book about the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.  It’s a wonderful concept to learn so you can speak to children about their potential.  It’s also good if you want to give this to someone who works as a mentor or coach, but frankly, this is for anyone who wants to learn about how we think about talent and abilities.

“On Grief and Grieving” by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler

A classic book on the meaning of grief and end of life. This is for someone who is experiencing the process of grief, so it is a thoughtful book to a loved one.  Kübler-Ross is one of the most respected authorities on the subject of death and dying and if the reader likes her writing style, she has over 10 other books on the subject.

“Hold Me Tight “ by Dr. Sue Johnson

A must-read book not just for a Couples Therapist who practices EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy, but for anyone who wants to strengthen their relationship.  A person doesn’t necessarily need to be going through a difficult period in their relationship in order to appreciate the reading.  It was required reading for one of my classes and I recommend to anyone who enjoys learning about Couples Therapy and about relationships as a whole.

These are my top 5 books on therapy and psychology.  Do you want me to suggest a book on another particular topic?  I would love to help you.

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