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Recommended reading 

Please enjoy browsing a small segment of my bookshelves. I have many other recommendations in the various categories not yet on this list, which I try to update frequently. Please  e-mail me if you have recommendations or questions, or if you are an author and would like me to review your book, podcast or app. I've arranged the titles in sections, in no particular order.

Mindfulness and Consciousness and taste of Neuroscience

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson, Ph.D.


Buddha's Brain, Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith

Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter, by Christian de Quincey

Nature/Ecotherapy/Wisdom Path

The Book of Hope: A Survivial Guide for Trying Times, by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams


How to be Animal: A New History of What It Means to Be Human, by Melanie Challenger


The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson


Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, by Bill Plotkin

Last Child in the Woods, by Bill Plotkin


Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens & Messages in Nature, by Ted Andrews

Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews

Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind, by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner

Ecotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, by Martin Jordan & Joe Hinds

Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist

Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist, by Mitchell Thomashow

Wild Therapy: Undomesticating Inner and Outer Worlds, by Nick Totton


Long Life, Honey in the Heart, by Martin Prechtel

The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers, by Alberto Villalodo


The Way of the Shaman, by Michael Harner

Person/Planet, by Theordore Roszak

The Voice of the Earth, by Theordore Roszak

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, by James Lovelock

On the Integration of Nature, by Richard Grossinger

Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay, by Lin Jensen

Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache, by Keith H. Basso

Animism: Respecting the Living World, by Graham Harvey

The Nature Instinct: Reclaiming Our Lost Intuition for the Inner Workings of the Natural World, by Tristan Gooley

Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing our Connection with the Elements, by Nan Moss and David Corbin

What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary, by Stephanie Marohn

Wildlife in America, by Peter Matthiessen

What An Owl Knows, by Jennifer Ackerman

Octopus and the Squid: The Soft Intelligence, by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Diolé

An Immense World, by Ed Yong

Reclaiming Yourself

Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings, by Roberto Assagioli, MD


The Second Half of Life: Opening the Gates of Wisdom, by Angeles Arrien

Active Hope: How to face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, by Sally Kempton

A Few of My Favorite Personal Narratives/Memoirs on Nature

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

World of Wonders, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Pine Island Paradox, by Kathleen Dean Moore

Vesper Flights and H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald

Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World Shell by Shattered Shell, Sy Montgomery

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature, J. Drew Lanham

The Only Kayak: A Journey Into the Heart of Alaska, by Kim Heacox

Dawn Light, by Diane Ackerman

Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe, by Carl Safina

Orion Magazine  (from their website:  Orion magazine invites readers into a community of caring for the planet. Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.)


The Creative Act: A Way of Being, by Rick Rubin

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World, by Lewis Hyde



Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D.


The High Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation, Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D.


The Buddha and the Borderline, Kiera Van Gelder


Validation and Psychotherapy, Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D.

Don't Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor

Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage Your Emotions & Balance Your Life, by Sheri van Dijk

Building a Life Worth Living, Memoir by Marsha Linehan (creator of DBT)

Schema Therap y

Disarming the Narcissist, Wendy Behary

Schema Therapy in Practice, by Arnoud Arntz and Gitta Jacob


Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide, by Jeffrey E. Young, Janet S. Klosko, Marjorie E. Weishaar


Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns: A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book, by Gitta Jacob, Hannie van Genderen, and Laura Seebauer


Reinventing Your Life, by Young & Klosko

General Therapy

Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships, by Robert Alberti, Ph.D., and Michael Emmons, Ph.D.


How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Lisa Feldman Barrett

Facing Co-Dependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives, by Pia Mellody

How to Keep House While Drowing, by KC Davis, LPC

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry, Richard E. Zinbarg, Michelle G. Craske, David H. Barlow


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter A. Levine


In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, by Peter A. Levine


Trauma Stewardship: A Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, MD


A Guide to Rational Living, Albert Ellis, Ph.D., Robert A. Harper, Ph.D.

Recommended Podcasts/Blogs


10% Happier with Dan Harris


Hidden Brain


Jane Goodall's Hopecast

Plum Village


What's the Schemata, A Schema Therapy Podcast


The Hilarious World of Depression

The Positive Psychology Podcast


DBT Weekly with Stephanie Alexis Edsall

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish (Farnam Street) and associated Farnam Street Blog

DBT and Psychology Apps

Durham DBT Diary Card


DBT Coach






Insight Timer


Focus Keeper




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