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mount vernon family therapy recommended readingWe recommend these books and links that our counselors and clients find most useful. These resources reflect the converging knowledge about emotions, attachment, and healing.


Hold Me Tight Program – Emotinally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)

  • Hold Me Tight (book), by Dr. Sue Johnson, who developed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and is “the best couple therapist in the world,” according to researcher and therapist Dr. John Gottman. (available  at Amazon.com)
  • Discover Hold Me Tight workshops for couples in Alexandria Virginia

Books for Healthy Relationships

Relationships and Family Life

Love Sense, by Sue Johnson

The bestselling author of Hold Me Tight presents a revolutionary new understanding of why and how we love, based on cutting-edge research. This resource present’s Sue Johnson’s approach with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Dummies

A practical, down-to-earth guide to using the world’s most successful approach to couples therapy.

Peace in the Heart and Home, by Charlette Mikulka

A clear and thorough explanation of the dynamics that overwhelm the average person, couple and family. It takes the mystery out of their struggles.

Parenting

Parenting from the Inside Out 10th Anniversary edition: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children, by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences actually do shape the way we parent.  They guide parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.

How to Talk So  Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

A timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents

This book teaches you to understand your child’s anxiety and the options for dealing with it.  Learn how to respond to your child’s needs for reassurance, avoid common pitfalls and help your child improve social interaction skills.

Starbright Meditations for Children, by Maureen Garth

These innovative meditations are simple visualizations parents and teachers can read to  children to help them sleep, develop concentration, awaken creativity, and learn to quiet themselves.

Personal Growth

Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want , by Ronald J Frederick, PHD

With wisdom, humor, and compassion, the book uses stories and examples to help readers see that overcoming fear is the key to a better life and more fulfilling relationships.

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro

A totally accessible user’s guide from the creator of a scientifically proven form of psychotherapy that has successfully treated millions of people worldwide.

Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life, by Tom Holmes (Author) , Lauri Holmes (Editor) & 1 moreWith thought-provoking, sometimes humorous drawings, this book shows how we can disentangle ourselves from the problematic habitual patterns in which we get stuck, and offers ways of positively using our particular talents and style for a fuller life.

Why Did I Do That?: How You Make Sense and Why There Is Hope: An Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) by Dorrie CameronThe strength of the IFS model is its capacity to meet every person with deep respect and compassion. It’s for every person who has ever wondered “Why did I do that?”, “Am I truly bad?” and “What does it mean to ‘love yourself’ anyway?”

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