Books and Media

Following is an extensive list of books and media that you may find helpful. These titles have been chosen based on personal experience as well as recommendations. A few that have been particularly helpful have been starred. We hope you can find something here that resonates for you.

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Sex in the Therapy Hour: A Case of Professional Incest
By Carolyn M. Bates, Annette M. Brodsky PhD

Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis
By Glen O. Gabbard, Eva P. Lester

In Session: The Bond Between Women and Their Therapists
By Deborah A. Lott

Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals: A Personal Search for Meaning and Healing
By Susan Penfold
*An excellent book written from both a personal and a clinical perspective. I highly recommend it. -KC

At Personal Risk: Boundary Violations in Professional-Client Relationships
By Marilyn R. Peterson
*An excellent study of boundary issues and violations. I highly recommend it. -KC

Sexual Intimacy Between Therapists and Patients
By Kenneth S. Pope, Jacqueline C. Bouhoutsos

Sex In the Forbidden Zone: When Men In Power-Thereapists, Doctors, Clergy, Teachers & Others Betray Women’s Trust
By Peter Rutter

Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care Professionals and Clergy
From SAGE Publications, Inc

Psychotherapists’ Sexual Involvement With Clients-Intervention and Prevention
By Gary Richard Schoener



Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
By Martha Beck
I really enjoyed Martha Beck’s memoir on her break with the Mormon church. Full of her usual humor and insights. -KC

This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang
By Christa Brown

A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church
By Frank Bruni, Elinor Burkett

Is Nothing Sacred?: The Story of a Pastor, the Women He Sexually Abused, and the Congregation He Nearly Destroyed
By Marie M. Fortune

Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited
By Marie M Fortune
An excellent book. Includes some great writing on the topic of consent. -KC

Deliver Us From Evil (DVD)
Directed by Amy Berg
A chilling documentary about an abusive priest and his victims. Spellbinding. -KC

Twist of Faith (DVD)
Directed by Kirby Dick
A highly personal documentary about the effects of clergy abuse. A difficult subject treated with care and respect. -KC



The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
By Ellen Bass, Laura Davis

The Courage to Heal Workbook: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
By Laura Davis

Trauma Releasing Exercises Step By Step Video Instruction and Demonstration
By David Berceli (DVD)

Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD: A 10-Week Program for Healing After Trauma (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
By Stanley H. Block

By Dawson Church

Healing from Trauma: A Survivor’s Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life
By Jasmin Lee Cori
An excellent overview of trauma and how to manage it. -KC

Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalances
By Michael Reed Gach, PhD, Beth Ann Henning, Dipl. A.B
I found this book very helpful. A great resource for healing stress, trauma, PTSD, abuse issues, and more.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
By Judith Herman
*The classic text on trauma. I highly recommend it. -KC

Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships
By Janja Lalich, Madeleine Tobias

Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse
By Carolyn Lehman

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
By Peter A. Levine

Restoring Hope And Trust: An Illustrated Guide To Mastering Trauma
By Lisa Lewis, Kay Kelly, Jon G. Allen

I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors
By Aphrodite T. Matsakis PhD

Loving Someone with PTSD: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series)
By Aphrodite T. Matsakis

Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them
By Aphrodite T. Matsakis

Guided Imagery for the Three Stages of Healing Trauma–Nine Meditations for Posttraumatic Stress
By Belleruth Naparstek

Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress (Health Journeys)
By Belleruth Naparstek

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal
By Belleruth Naparstek
*An excellent resource! I highly recommend it. -KC

Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions
By George Pratt, Peter Lambrou

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD: A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
By Sheela Raja

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health)
By Babette Rothschild

Trauma Essentials: The Go-To Guide (Go-To Guides for Mental Health)
By Babette Rothschild
This book provides a great overview of methods and resources for trauma recovery. -KC

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth
By Glenn Schiraldi

Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse
By Shannon Thomas

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
*Excellent book on trauma from a somatic perspective. -KC

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma
By Pete Walker

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Book & CD)
By Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms
By Mary Beth Williams PhD LCSW CTS, Soili Poijula PhD

When Someone You Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What to Expect and What You Can Do
By Claudia Zayfert, Jason C. DeViva



Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare: How to Devalue and Discard the Narcissist While Supplying Yourself
By Shahida Arabi

Power: Surviving & Thriving after Narcissistic Abuse
By Shahida Arabi

Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed
By Wendy T. Behary

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
By Lundy Bancroft

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
By Melody Beattie
An excellent book on codependency. -KC

Boundaries after a Pathological Relationship
By Adelyn Birch

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
By Tara Brach
A personal favorite. -KC

The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships
By Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
*This book has a wealth of information about trauma bonds. -KC

Enough About You, Let’s Talk About Me – How to Recognize & Manage the Narcissists in Your Life
By Dr. Les Carter

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality
By Pema Chödrön
Chodron’s warmth and humor make listening to this audio CD very enjoyable. -KC

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
By Pema Chödrön

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
By Pema Chödrön

The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence
By Gavin de Becker
*This is a great book full of fabulous advice. I highly recommend it for everyone. -KC

Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
By Bill Eddy, Randi Kreger

The Forgiveness Myth: How to Heal Your Hurts, Move on and Be Happy Again When You Can’t or Won’t Forgive
By Gary Egeberg and Wayne Raiter
I recommend this book for those who are struggling with forgiveness or have been told that forgiveness is essential to their healing. Very validating! -KC

Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You
By Patricia Evans

The Verbally Abusive Man – Can He Change?: A Woman’s Guide to Deciding Whether to Stay or Go
By Patricia Evans

The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond
By Patricia Evans

Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist: How to End the Drama and Get On with Life
By Margalis Fjelstad

Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity
by Marie-France Hirigoyen

The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth
By Cheri Huber

The Fear Book: Facing Fear Once and for All
By Cheri Huber

There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
By Cheri Huber
*This is such a great book! I highly recommend it. -KC

When You’re Falling, Dive: Acceptance, Freedom and Possibility
By Cheri Huber

If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path
By Charlotte Sophia Kasl
A terrific book packed with insights and suggestions for self-inquiry. -KC

Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day
By Anne Katherine

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship
By Mira Kirshenbaum

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People
By Jackson MacKenzie

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives
By Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller, J. Keith Miller
An invaluable resource for recovering codependents. -KC

Women Who Love Too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He’ll Change
By Robin Norwood

Do I Have to Give Up ME to Be Loved by GOD?
by Margaret Paul
This introduces Margaret Paul’s 6-step Inner Bonding process, which many people find helpful. I think this book is very valuable, whether you do the process or not, and it includes examples of how to deal with boundary issues. -KC

The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
By Eleanor D. Payson
Wonderful study of narcissism and its effects. -KC

In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
By George K. Simon Jr.
*Chilling and extremely accurate.

The Sociopath Next Door
by Martha Stout








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