Book Reviews

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  • Attachment-Based Teaching: Creating a Tribal Classroom
    I spend a lot of time in classrooms working with troubled kids — so I also spend time thinking about what’s missing in our schools. Louis Cozolino’s Attachment-Based Teaching: Creating a Tribal Classroom hits the nail on the head: What’s ...
  • Book Review: Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up
    Think back to middle school. Can you remember a classmate who often sat daydreaming in the back of the room, seemingly unengaged with the rest of the class’s activities? Consider the frustration that student might ...
  • The Teacher’s Guide to Student Mental Health
    As a special education teacher with over fifteen years’ experience, I know that educators affect thousands of students throughout their careers. Of those thousands, one in five kids lives with a mental health disorder, and one in twenty has severe ...
  • Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom
    Plato wrote that the direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. But what is education in our modern world? School, as we know it now, is a place where the teacher attempts to ...
  • Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory & Practice
    With an influx of research on mindfulness and self-awareness, even schools are beginning to notice. They, too, are learning the benefits of having students meditate and practice yoga. As a social worker who has worked with young students myself, I was ...
  • Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
    Through concentrated and intentional repetition, you can change your brain. The technical word for this concept, as coined by Jeffrey Schwarz at UCLA, is self-directed neuroplasticity, and recent studies bolster the theory. The ability ...
  • Ride of Your Life: A Coast-to-Coast Guide to Finding Inner Peace
    Cheese-less-ness: That rare quality to look for when you come across a memoir-based self-help book. Not something sodden with exclamation points, or empty metaphors, or cringe-inducing levels of wistfulness, but a book that’s both interesting ...
  • The 10 Best Anxiety Busters: Simple Strategies to Take Control of Your Worry
    Most of the people in my counseling practice come for help with anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common behavioral health problem in the country, affecting about ...
  • Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing & Human Potential
    More and more people who work in technology need to take into account the wellbeing of their users when they design new applications and systems. Sometimes they must do this directly — for instance, for apps where ...
  • Book Review: Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling & Movement
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, the prevalence of autism in the States was about one in sixty-eight, with numbers increasing steadily since 2000. Among the treatments recognized by the CDC for autism spectrum ...
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology
    Nothing could have prepared me for the human suffering I saw in nursing facilities. As a doctoral student in 2006, I provided mental health services to nursing-facility residents, clients who were most frequently diagnosed with some form ...
  • Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope & Healing
    “Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.” —Herman Melville, ...
  • Book Review: Creatures of a Day
    As a therapist myself, I often find it difficult to express the indescribable joy of the therapy process and why I’m so passionate about its healing power. However, I don’t have to, now that ...
  • Book Review: The Giver
    Lois Lowry’s The Giver is a classic read that portrays a bizarre society. Free will is questioned. Human emotions and experiences are absent. The novel creates a thought-provoking discussion regarding life and suffering: would an ...
  • Book Review: Man’s Search for Meaning
    In a 1991 survey for the Library of Congress, readers were asked to name a book that made a difference in their lives. Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning was among the top ten. It ...
  • Book Review: Unhinged
    Anna Berry’s Unhinged is an intense read -- a personal, in-depth account of the heartbreaking and grueling components of a life with mental illness. However, a pertinent takeaway message for readers is the optimistic road ...
  • Psychopharmacology Problem Solving: Principles & Practices to Get It Right
    A longstanding debate in the field of psychology is whether or not psychologists — specifically, PhDs and PsyDs who serve in a clinical capacity — should, like psychiatrists (who have MDs), be able to prescribe medication. At present, ...
  • Alien Landscapes? Interpreting Disordered Minds
    In the latter half of the nineteenth century, psychiatrists were called alienists. That archaic term is given a nod in the title of philosopher Jonathan Glover’s new book as he describes the often foreign-seeming terrain ...
  • Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams & Nightmares of Childhood
    My younger brother and I are in the back seat of our family’s van, parked on a steep hill. At the base of the hill is a lake or some other body of water. The ...
  • Counseling Issues: A Handbook for Counselors & Psychotherapists
    As a psychologist, I can see how a quick reference guide — one that covers neuropsychology, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abusive relationships, PTSD, anger, guilt, and behavioral issues — might come in handy. So ...
  • The Effortless Sleep Companion
    Having recently reviewed Sasha Stephens's incredible (in my opinion) book, The Effortless Sleep Method, I'd like to share my opinion of her follow-up, The Effortless Sleep Companion. Again, I'm very impressed. Stephens ...
  • The Theory of Opposites
    "The best way not to be lost is to be your own map." ~ Theory Of Opposites Have you ever questioned your choices? Have you ever wondered if there was a ‘life plan’ doled out by the ...
  • The Human Spark: The Science of Human Development
    Few writers have made me feel this lucky for being a book reviewer, but Jerome Kagan has done it with The Human Spark. In his survey of human development that includes conception and first years, mental ...
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
    My introduction to the blending of Western psychology and Buddhism was Psychotherapy East and West, by Alan Watts, many decades ago. My own work as a therapist has included an underlying Eastern philosophy. Yet somehow I ...
  • Book Review: Finding Ultra
    Recently I read the memoir of an endurance athlete, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. It tells the story of Rich Roll, who, after a ...