Book Recommendations by the Staff of the CBT Center of Southern California
Our team frequently shares helpful books and resources that might be helpful for our clients and others dealing with a range of issues. Here are just a few recommendations in our own words:
Dr. Rodney Boone:
My current favorite book is the Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, 2nd Edition by John Forsyth, Ph.D. and George Eifert, Ph.D. (New Harbinger Press).
“This self-paced workbook is a state of the art approach for individuals who suffer from problems with anxiety (panic attacks, social fears, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, worry, and phobias, etc.). It comes out of years of clinical experience and research on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
This is a revolutionary approach that suggests that our struggle to control anxiety and to try to eliminate it from our lives may actually make our anxiety worse! This book makes a strong case for changing our relationship to our anxiety from one of struggling against it to one of acceptance, and it shows us how to not let anxiety restrict and diminish our lives. This workbook is also a great introduction to mindfulness, and comes with access to workbook exercises and mindfulness meditations. I heartily recommend this book!”
Dr. Nikki Frousakis:
I recommend Hold Me Tight by Susan Johnson, Ph.D.
“This is a stellar self-help book for couples who are struggling with feeling connected and understood. Dr. Johnson merges science with vivid examples that many couples relate to, and in doing so she demonstrates exactly why we behave the way we do and how to talk about difficult feelings. This book is easy to read, compelling, and offers a lot of insight. If you’ve ever learned about attachment theory, then this book will sing to you.”
Dr. Martin Hsia:
I recommend: Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
“The concept and practice of Mindfulness is central to mental health and effective psychotherapy. There are so many fantastic books about Mindfulness, but this is still my favorite to recommend. It is easy to read, and gives simple applications to many common day to day situations. It’s a resource that I find benefits many of my clients and that I frequently refer back to myself.”
Dr. Myan Le:
I recommend What To Do When Your Kids Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
“This is an excellent, interactive workbook for school-aged children who are struggling with anxiety. This child-friendly and engaging book uses writing, drawing, and humor to teach children how to manage their worries and fears. Dr. Huebner explains CBT in simple terms to help children understand their anxiety and visualize what happens when they overthink and “plant seeds”. If your child tends to worry, this easy to read guide is a great resource!”