When we first came up with this idea, we asked our team over a group text, “What are some books you wish your clients would read?” and the responses came flooding in! We are excited to share this hand-picked book list of game-changers with you. Read these books in 2024, get guidance from our team and watch your life transform. Enjoy!
Marriage and Relationship Books
Camie Goodes, MA, LPC, recommends Esther Perel’s “Mating in Captivity.” This book explores the complex dynamics of intimacy and desire within long-term relationships.
Perel challenges conventional views on love and passion, suggesting that seeking security in committed relationships may hinder eroticism. As a psychotherapist, she explores the balance between closeness and independence, emphasizing the need for mystery and autonomy to sustain desire. “Mating in Captivity” provides a fresh outlook on couples navigating monogamy’s constraints, addressing challenges in maintaining passion and connection.
Another great Esther Perel book that Camie recommends is “State of Affairs.” Esther Perel’s “State of Affairs” is a thought-provoking exploration of infidelity and its impact on modern relationships. She challenges prevailing judgments about infidelity, encouraging a more nuanced understanding of the reasons behind such betrayals. Perel’s work goes beyond a simplistic view of right and wrong. It offers insights into the intricacies of love, desire, and the pursuit of fulfillment.
Our Clinical Supervisor Lisa Clark recommends, “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. Sincero combines humor, relatable anecdotes, and practical exercises to guide readers on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. The book encourages embracing one’s strengths, confronting fears, and adopting a positive mindset to create a life that aligns with personal goals and aspirations. Sincero’s engaging writing style makes complex concepts accessible. This self-help book is a uplifting and transformative read for anyone seeking to break free from self-imposed limitations.
Defying the Odds Books
Derrick Campbell recommends “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds,” by David Goggins. This book is a riveting and inspiring account of David Goggins’ life, emphasizing the extraordinary power of mental resilience. The author recounts his journey from a tough, abusive upbringing to resilience. The book chronicles not just his physical feats but also explores the mindset and mental toughness that drove him. Goggins urges readers to face their limits, push comfort zones, and cultivate an unbreakable mindset. “Can’t Hurt Me” is a powerful testament to untapped potential and achieving greatness against the odds.
Imperfect Books 😉
Gamu Postell, MEd recommends the book “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown. She says it’s a compelling exploration of embracing vulnerability and imperfection as avenues to wholehearted living. Brown, a renowned researcher and storyteller, encourages readers to let go of societal expectations and cultivate self-compassion. Through personal anecdotes, research findings, and relatable insights, she outlines how to foster resilience in the face of shame and fear. Brown’s warm writing style makes this self-help book a compassionate companion on the journey to embracing one’s true self.
This next book comes highly recommended to us by Alli Negaard, LPC, MS, NCC. “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero is a transformative guide that explores the vital connection between emotional health and spiritual maturity. Scazzero draws on his personal experiences and biblical wisdom to challenge traditional notions of spirituality that often neglect emotional well-being. The book offers practical insights and a roadmap for individuals seeking an integrated relationship with God and themselves. Scazzero emphasizes self-awareness, healthy boundaries, and addressing unresolved emotions for a deeper spiritual life. “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” is a valuable resource for those on a journey toward spiritual growth, providing a holistic perspective that resonates across various faith traditions.
Leigh Serroka, LMSW recommends “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish because it is a timeless guide for parents and caregivers seeking effective communication with children. The book provides practical strategies and communication techniques that emphasize empathy, active listening, and understanding the emotional needs of children. Faber and Mazlish draw on real-life examples and anecdotes to illustrate their principles, making the concepts accessible and relatable. The book encourages adults to acknowledge and validate children’s feelings, fostering a positive and respectful dialogue that strengthens the parent-child relationship. With its engaging and practical approach, this classic guide remains a valuable resource for those looking to enhance their communication skills and create a supportive environment for children to express themselves.
Logan Cheong recommends “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson. He describes it as a thought-provoking self-help book that combines psychology, philosophy, and personal anecdotes for practical guidance. Peterson, a clinical psychologist, offers twelve rules from various sources, including religious traditions and mythology. The rules cover diverse aspects like posture and self-responsibility. Each rule is explained with anecdotes, making the book accessible and engaging. “12 Rules for Life” is popular for its blend of practical advice and intellectual exploration, resonating with those navigating modern complexities.
ADHD Help Books
Katie Clay recommend’s “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley because it is a comprehensive and empowering guide for adults struggling with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Barkley, a renowned clinical psychologist, takes a practical approach to help readers understand and manage the challenges of adult ADHD. The book covers a range of topics, including self-awareness, time management, organization, and effective communication. Barkley provides evidence-based strategies and tools, encouraging readers to take an active role in their treatment and develop skills to overcome daily obstacles. “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking support in navigating the complexities of adult life with ADHD.
Our EMDR specialist Alli Negaard also recommends “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk because it is a groundbreaking exploration of the profound connection between trauma and the body’s response. Van der Kolk, a psychiatrist and trauma expert, draws on decades of research and clinical experience to illuminate how traumatic experiences can manifest physically and affect mental health. The book delves into various therapeutic approaches, including neurofeedback, yoga, and EMDR, to address the impact of trauma on the body and mind. Van der Kolk argues that understanding the intricate interplay between the brain, body, and emotions is essential for healing. “The Body Keeps the Score” is a compelling and accessible resource that has become a seminal work in the field of trauma studies, offering hope and insight for individuals seeking to overcome the lasting effects of trauma.
Water’s Edge Counseling’s Top 10 Books (The List)
- “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel
- “State of Affairs” by Esther Perel
- “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
- “Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” by David Goggins
- “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown
- “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero
- “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber
- “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson
- “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley
- “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk
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Self-help books offer a valuable compass for personal development, providing readers with practical insights, empowering perspectives, and actionable strategies to navigate life’s challenges. However, if you or someone you know is struggling with personal development or relationships please give us a call at 912-319-5552 and embark on a journey of positive transformation at Water’s Edge Counseling.
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Other Services Offered With Waters Edge Counseling
We understand that you may experience issues with more than one mental health concern at a time. This is why we are happy to offer support with a variety of mental health services. Our team is happy to offer support with multiple mental health services including online counseling, clinical supervision, coping after a cancer diagnosis, and SCAD student counseling. We are also happy to offer therapy for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, teen substance abuse, and counseling for men. In addition, we also offer counseling for teens, child counseling, family counseling, Christian counseling, grief counseling, and marriage counseling.