Books and Websites I recommend

Research related to trauma, architecture of the brain, and memory

Anderson, M.C., Ochsner, K.N., Kuhl, B., Cooper, J., Robertson, E., Gabrieli, S.W., Glover, G.H., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2004). Neural systems underlying the suppression of unwanted memories. Science, 303, 232-235.

Bremner, J.D., Southwick, S., and Charney, D. (1999). Neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder: An integration of animal and human research. In P. Saigh (Ed.), Posttraumatic stress disorder: A comprehensive text. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Bremner, J.D. (2001). A biological model for delayed recall of childhood abuse. In J.

Freyd, and A. DePrince, (Eds), Trauma and cognitive science: a meeting of minds, science, and human experience. New York: Haworth Press, 165-183

Sykes Wylie, M. (2004). The limits of talk: Bessel van der Kolk wants to transform the treatment of trauma. Pychotherapy Networker, 28 (1) pp. 30-41

Van der Kolk, B., Hopper, J.W., Osterman, J.E. (2001). Exploring the nature of traumatic memory: Combining clinical knowledge with laboratory methods. In J. Freyd, and A. DePrince.

(Eds), Trauma and cognitive science: a meeting of minds, science, and human experience. New York: Haworth Press, 9-31

Adult children of alcoholics

Black, C. (1982). It will never happen to me. MAC Publishing

This book describes the impact of alcohol abuse on each member of the family and the personalities which develop over time, including the over-responsible or parentified child, lost child, scapegoat or problem child, and emotional caretaker.

Black, C. (1985). Repeat After Me. MAC Publishing

This is the companion workbook to It will never happen to me for adults who grew up in alcoholic or other vulnerable families.

Whitfield, C. Healing the child within. Health Communications

Written by someone with many years of experience helping people impacted by addictions and other substance abuse, this book makes the point that compulsive behavior and/or addictions often are efforts to self-medicate emotional pain and suffering. Once the compulsive behaviors or addictions are in remission, it is time to begin the task of healing the emotional wounds of the “child within” all of us.

Abuse Survivors

The Courage to heal by Bass and Davis
Secret Survivors by E. Sue Blume
Getting Our Bodies Back by Caldwell
The Sexual Healing Journey by Maltz

Schiraldi, G. (2001). The self-esteem workbook. New Harbinger Publications

Schiraldi, G. (2000). Post-traumatic stress disorder guidebook. Lincolnwood: Lowell House

O’Neil, M. and Newbold, C. (1994). Boundary power: how I treat you, how I let you treat me, how I treat myself. Sonlight Publishing

A workbook especially for groups which explain the concept of boundaries and boundary violations, including sexual, emotional, spiritual, and physical abuse.

Williams, M.B. and Poijula, S.(2002). The PTSD workbook: Simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumatic stress symptoms. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications

Rothschild, B. (2000). The body remembers. W.W. Norton & Company. New York

An excellent resource for anyone interested in exploring the impact of trauma on the mind, body, and emotions. Similar to Goleman’s book on emotional intelligence, Rothshchild describes how the mind and body store traumatic emotional memory and why it is important to have an integrated, body-centered approach to healing.

Osofsky, J. (1997). Children in a violent society. New York: Guilford Press

Whittfield, C. (1993). Boundaries and relationships: Knowing, protecting and enjoying yourself. Health Communications

More wisdom about boundaries and relationships. “Good fences, make good neighbors”, and much more.

Sonkin, D. (1998). Wounded boys heroic men: A man’s guide to recovering from child abuse. Adams Media Corporation

A good resource for men interested in a workbook approach to exploring the impact of abuse in their lives.

Scaer, R. (2001). The body bears the burden: Trauma, dissociation and disease. New York: Haworth Medical Press

Nancy Napier, Getting Through the Day.

SElf-Esteem, Health and Wellness

Branden, N. (1994). The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Bantam Books.

Burns, D. (1980). Feeling good: the new mood therapy. Signet Books

This book provdes detailed information and exercises to recover from depression.

Frankl, V. (1946). Man’s search for meaning. Washington Square Press

This is a truly inspirational story about Victor Frankl, a psychiatrist who survived the horrors of a WW II concentration camp by focusing on his love for his wife.

Goreman, D. (1995). Emotional intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ. Bantam Books. New York

If you are interested in understanding the impact of trauma on the development of the brain, how the brain stores emotional memory, and why humans become “emotionally hijacked” during stressful times, this is a must read.

Ornish, D. (1998). Love and survival: the scientific basis for the healing power of intimacy.

Fascinating research showing that feeling loved is much more important to remaining healthy than any other factor, including stress, diet, exercise, or smoking.

Ornstein, R. & Sobel, D.(1989). Healthy pleasures. Addison-Wesley

This easy-to-read book emphasizes the importance of a healthy life-style and the supporting scientific research. If you want to know why we like chocolate or the benefits of walking for 20 minutes, 3 times a week, this is the book.


Gottman, J. (1997). Raising an emotionally intelligent child: The heart of parenting. Simon and Shuster. New York

For parents who are interested in a researched based approach to parenting, this is an excellent resource. Gottman describes the importance to teaching children how to identify and express emotions, building on childrens strengths, and natural and logical consequences instead of time-outs, grounding, and other punishments.

Gottman, J. (1994). Why marriages succeed or fail…and how you can make yours last. Simon and Shuster.

A great resource for couples who want to learn research proven methods to improve their relationship. Includes informative questionnaires to help you determine your styles of communication and ways you address conflict.

Herdt, G. and Koff, B. (2000). Something to tell you: The road families travel when a child is gay. Columbia University Press

A valuable resource describing the emotional challenges families face in dealing with a child identifies as gay or bi-sexual.

Beginning Counseling/Psychotherapy

McKay, M., Fanning, P. (2000) Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem. Oakland: New Harbinger

Pennebaker, J. (1997). Opening up: the healing power of expressing emotions.

If we express our emotions through talking, writing, or other creative methods, we will feel healthier and happier. This book describes the research that proves it.

Sapolsky, R. Why zebras don’t get ulcers: A guide to stress, stress-related diseases.

Perhaps one of the most informative books describing the complex, inter-relationship between the mind, body and emotions and stress and disease. If you are one of the men who think stress will not make you sick, read this quickly.

Guided Imagery

Samuels, M & Samuels, N. (1975). Seeing with the mind’s eye: The history, techniques and uses of visualization. Random House

An interesting resource on the use of imagery throughout history.

Rossman, M. (1987). Healing yourself: A step-by-step program for better health through imagery. The Institute for the Advancement of Health

This is for anyone interested in a self-help approach to guided imagery.

Group leadership and theory

Yalom, I. (1995). The theory and practice of group therapy. Basic Books

Probably, the best book written about groups. It deals with every aspect of group process imaginable, including the function of groups, stages of group development and advanced issues like in-group/out-of-group activities. Recommended for anyone interested in the serious study of groups.


Hopper, J. (1995). Recovered memories of sexual abuse: Scientific research and scholarly

resources. Retrieved May 18, 2006, from web site:

Van der Kolk, B. (2006). Publications available for download by Bessel van der Kolk and his colleagues at the Trauma Center. Retrieved May 31, 2006, from website:

Academy for Guided Imagery