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Helpful Books

The following books have proven to be helpful resources for many individuals, however they should not be considered a substitute for counseling or psychotherapy. Many of these books are available in CAPS Self-Help Library.

Anxiety/Stress Management
Sexual Assault/Rape
Perfectionism/Obsessive-Compulsive Traits
Sexual Concerns/Dysfunction
Anger Management
Sexual Orientation
Assertiveness/Social Skills
Depression/Bipolar Disorder
Parenting Skills/Effectiveness
Family Life Cycle/Individuation
Eating Disorders
Developmental Issues/Life Transitions
Weight Concerns/Management
Personal Growth
Alcohol/Drug Problems
Women's & Men's Issues
ACoA/Codependence/Family Dysfunction
Study Skills/Time Management
Child Abuse/Healing
Career Development/Job Search
Sexual Abuse/Shame/Recovery
Other Resources...

Anxiety/Stress Management—

Benson, H. (1975). The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon.

Carlson, R. (1997). Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways To Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life. New York: Hyperion.

Davis, M., Eshelman, E.R., & McKay, M. (1982). The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Motley, M. (1997). Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Perfectionism/Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior—

Adderholdt-Elliott, M. (1987). Perfectionism. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Hoff, B. (1982). The Tao of Pooh. New York: Penguin.

Mantell, M.R. (1988). Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: P.S. It's All Small Stuff! San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact.

Reynolds, D.K. (1984). Playing Ball on Running Water. New York: William Morrow.

Anger Management—

Lerner, H.G. (1985). The Dance of Anger. New York: Harper & Row.

McKay, M., Rogers, P., & McKay, J. (1989). When Anger Hurts. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Rubin, T.I. (1970). The Angry Book. New York: Macmillan.

Assertiveness/Social Skills—

Alberti, R. & Emmons, M. (1974). Your Perfect Right. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact.

Berent, J. (1993).  Beyong Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties. New York: Fireside.

Bolton, R. (1986). People Skills. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Motley, M. (1997). Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Zimbardo, P. (1977). Shyness: What It Is, What To Do About It. New York: Jove.

Depression/Bipolar Disorder—

Burns, D. (1980). Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. New York: New American Library.

Fieve, R. (1982). Moodswing. New York: Bantam.

Hazelton, L. (1985). The Right To Feel Bad: Coming To Terms With Normal Depression. New York: Ballantine.

International Bipolar Foundation (2012). Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder.

Preston, J. (1989). You Can Beat Depression: A Guide To Recovery. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact.


Colgrove, M., Bloomfield, H., & McWilliams, P. (1976). How To Survive the Loss of a Love. New York: Bantam.

Kushner, H. (1981). When Bad Things Happen To Good People. New York: Avon.

Rando, T. (1988). Grieving: How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.


Branden, N. (1987). How To Raise Your Self-Esteem. New York: Bantam.

Johnson, H. (1986). How Do I Love Me? Salem, WI: Sheffield.

Eating Disorders—

Bruch, H. (1979). The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa. New York: Random House.

Hall, L., & Cohn, L. (1986). Bulimia: A Guide To Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: Gurze.

Miller, C.A. (1988). My Name is Caroline. New York: Doubleday.

Roth, G. (1982). Feeding the Hungry Heart: The Experience of Compulsive Eating. New York: Signet.

Sacker, I.M., & Zimmer, M.A. (1987). Dying To Be Thin. New York: Warner.

Weight Concerns/Management—

Freedman, R. (1989). Bodylove. New York: Harper & Row.

Hirschmann, J., & Munter, C. (1989). Overcoming Overeating. New York: Fawcett.

Kano, S. (1985). Making Peace With Food. Danbury, CT: Amity.

Alcohol/Drug Problems—

Johnson, V. (1980). I'll Quit Tomorrow. New York: Harper & Row.

Meryman, R. (1984). Broken Promises, Broken Dreams. New York: Berkley.

Miller, W.R., & Munoz, R. (1982). How To Control Your Drinking: A Practical Guide to Responsible Drinking. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Mueller, L.A., & Ketcham, K. (1987). Recovering: How to Get and Stay Sober. New York: Bantam.

ACoA/Codependence/Family Dysfunction—

Beattie, M. (1987). Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself. New York: Harper & Row.

Black, C. (1981). It Will Never Happen To Me. New York: Ballantine.

Whitfield, C.L. (1987). Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Child Abuse/Healing—

Engel, B. (1989). The Right To Innocence. New York: Ivy.

Farmer, S. (1989). Adult Children of Abusive Parents: A Healing Program For Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused. New York: Ballantine.

Gil, E. (1983). Outgrowing the Pain: A Book For and About Adults Abused As Children. San Francisco, CA: Launch Press.

Sexual Abuse/Shame/Recovery—

Bass, E., & Davis, L. (1988). The Courage to Heal. New York: Harper & Row.

Bass, E., & Thornton, L. (Eds.). (1982). I Never Told Anyone. New York: Harper & Row.

Lew, M. (1988). Victims No Longer: Men Recovering From Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse. New York: Nevraumont.

Wisechild, L.M. (1988). The Obsidian Mirror. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.

Woititz, J.G. (1989). Healing Your Sexual Self. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Sexual Assault/Rape—

Adams, C., & Fay, J. (1989). Out of the Shadows: Recovering From Sexual Violence. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

McEvoy, A.W., & Brookings, J.D. (1984). If She Is Raped: A Book For Husbands, Fathers, and Male Friends. Holmes Beach, FL: Learning Publications.

Parrot, A. (1988). Coping With Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape. New York: Rosen Group.

Warshaw, R. (1988). I Never Called It Rape. New York: Harper & Row.

Sexual Concerns/Dysfunction—

Barbach, L.G. (1976). For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality. New York: Segnet.

Barbach, L.G. (1984). For Each Other: Sharing Sexual Intimacy. New York: Signet.

Carnes, P. (1985). Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. Minneapolis, MN: CompCare.

Williams, W. (1988). Rekindling Desire. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Zilbergeld, B. (1978). Male Sexuality. New York: Bantam.

Sexual Orientation—

Borheck, M. (1983). Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide. New York: Pilgrim.

Clark, D. (1977). Loving Someone Gay. New York: New American Library.

Hardin, K. (1999). The Gay and Lesbian Self-Esteem Book. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Strong, B., & DeVault, C. (1988). Understanding Our Sexuality (2nd ed.). St. Paul, MN: West Publishing.

White, M.,(1995). Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America. New York: Plume.

Relationship Problems/Communication/Intimacy—

Beck, A. (1989). Love Is Never Enough. New York: Harper & Row.

Burns, D. (1985). Intimate Connections. New York: New American Library.

Chapman, G. (2010). The Five Love Languages. Chicago: Northfield Publishing.

Covington, S., & Beckett, L. (1988). Leaving the Enchanted Forest. New York: Harper & Row.

Gottman, J., Notarius, C., Gonso, J., & Markman, H. (1976). A Couple's Guide To Communication. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Lerner, H.G. (1988). The Dance of Intimacy. New York: Harper & Row.

Parenting Skills/Effectiveness—

Dinkmeyer, D., & McKay, G. (1982). The Parent's Handbook: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. New York: Random House.

Frydenger, T., & Frydenger, A. (1985). The Blended Family. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell.

Gordon, T. (1975). Parent Effectiveness Training. New York: New American Library.

Satir, V.M. (1988). Peoplemaking. Palo Alto, CA: Science & Behavior.

Family Life-Cycle Transitions/Individuation—

Bloomfield, H., & Felder, L. (1983). Making Peace With Your Parents. New York: Ballantine.

Lindbergh, A. (1978). Gifts From the Sea. New York: Random House.

Ullmann, L. (1977). Changing. New York: Knopf.


Fisher, B. (1981). Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact.

Franke, L.B. (1983). Growing Up Divorced. New York: Fawcett.

NiCarthy, G. (1986). Getting Free: A Handbook for Women In Abusive Relationships. Seattle, WA: Seal Press.

Developmental Issues/Life Transitions—

Attwood, T. (2007). The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. London: JKP.

Bridges, W. (1980). Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Gould, R. (1979). Transformations. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Kopp, S. (1978). An End To Innocence. New York: Bantam.

Lauer, R., & Lauer, J. (1989). Watersheds: Mastering Life's Unpredictable Crises. New York: Ivy.

Sheehy, G. (1975). Passages. New York: Bantam.

Personal Growth—

Dass, R. (1982). Journey of Awakening. New York: Bantam.

Feinstein, D., & Krippner, S. (1988). Personal Mythology: The Psychology of Your Evolving Self. Los Angeles, CA: Tarcher.

Frankl, V. (1984). Man's Search For Meaning (3rd ed.). New York: Pocket Books.

Fulghum, R. (1989). All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things. New York: Ivy.

Gibran, K. (1952). The Prophet. New York: Walker.

Keyes, K. (1975). Handbook To Higher Consciousness. Berkeley, CA: Living Love Center.

Kopp, S. (1972). If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! New York: Bantam.

Kushner, H. (1986). When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough. New York: Pocket Books.

May, Rollo. (1991). The Cry For Myth. New York: Norton.

Parham, T. A. (1993). Psychological Storms: The African-American Struggle For Identity. Chicago: African American Images.

Peck, M.S. (1978). The Road Less Traveled. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Viorst, J. (1984). Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have To Give Up In Order To Grow. New York: Fawcett.

Women's & Men's Issues—

Boston Women's Health Book Collective. (1985). The New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book By and For Women. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Goldberg, H. (1976). The Hazards of Being Male. New York: New American Library.

Kolbenschlag, M. (1988). Kiss Sleeping Beauty Goodbye: Breaking the Spell of Feminine Myths and Models. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row.

Lee, J. (1987). The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Norwood, R. (1985). Women Who Love Too Much. New York: Pocket Books.

Osherson, S. (1986). Finding Our Fathers: How A Man's Life Is Shaped By His Relationship With His Father. New York: Fawcett.

Academic Problems/Study Skills/Time Management—

Ellis, A., & Knaus, W. (1977). Overcoming Procrastination. New York: Signet.

Ellis, D.B. (1986). Becoming A Master Student (5th ed.). Rapid City, SD: College Survival.

Goldberg, N. (1986). Writing Down the Bones. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

Lakein, A. (1973). How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life. New York: Signet.

Tobias, S. (1978). Overcoming Math Anxiety. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

Career Development/Job Search—

Bolles, R. (1978). What Color Is Your Parachute? Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.

Figler, H. (1988). The Complete Job-Search Handbook. New York: Holt.

Motley, M. (1997). Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Sinetar, M. (1989). Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood. New York: Dell.

Other Resources—

Attwood, T. (2007). The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome. London: JKP.

McKean, M.K. (1987). The Stop Smoking Book. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact.

Quinnett, P. (1987). Suicide: The Forever Decision. New York: Continuum.

Swann, G., & Preston, J. (1987). Safe Sex: the Ultimate Erotic Guide. New York: Plums.

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