Meg Yardley, LCSW
Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing
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The books and websites on this list are relevant to many of the challenges that bring people into psychotherapy. I don't agree with every single opinion in all of these sources, but they've all contributed to my knowledge and understanding.


Trauma

Trauma Survival Tools:
- Babette Rothschild, 8 Keys to Trauma Recovery
(If you are figuring out what you need to recover from trauma, I recommend starting with this very practical book, which is oriented toward finding solutions that will make your life better.)
- Distress Tolerance
(Strategies for handling distress and coping with overwhelming, intense feelings, from DBT)
- Need some humor? Group Therapy is a hilarious video about trauma and anxiety. Really.

More Information About Trauma:
- Babette Rothschild, The Body Remembers
(This book is for both trauma survivors and trauma therapists; it includes more in-depth theory about the effects of trauma on the body and the nervous system.)
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
- Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger
(The founder of Somatic Experiencing® writes about our body's natural systems of recovering from trauma)
- John Rich, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men


Parenting

- BabyCenter.Com
(Parenting information, primarily for parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers)
- Love Isn't Enough: On Raising A Family In a Colorstruck World
(a blog formerly called Anti-Racist Parenting)
- Nancy Fuchs, Parenting As a Spiritual Journey
(also published as "Our Share of Night, Our Share of Morning")
- Helen Neville, Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn Traits
(Focuses on ages 0-5.)

Community and Culture

- Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
(Among other things, this book includes great explanations about racial identity development.)
- Ariel Gore, Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness
(Combination memoir and exploration of the pros and cons of the new "positive psychology," from a feminist perspective. Considers the questions of what happiness is, and how we can work to increase it.)
- Joy DeGruy Leary, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing
(A very thought-provoking book about collective trauma.)

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