Self Help Books Available in the Counseling Services

Self Help Books Available In The Counseling Services

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  • A Million Little Pieces
  • By James Frey


  •  Simple Solutions to Shyness
    By Martin M. Antony, Ph.D.
  • The College Dorm Survival Guide
    By Julia DeVillers
  • College Knowledge: What You Need To Know Before You Go
    By Jennifer Trussell
  • The Education of Character
    By Will Keim
  • Gift Of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists & their Patients
    By Elke Zuercher-Wh10ite
  • Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide To Understanding The College Years
    By Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • Living the College Life
    By Ken Paulsen
  • Merlin: The Sorcerer’s Guide to Survival in College
    By Christopher F. Monte
  • My Freshman Manual
    By Joseph P. Turton
  • 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought To Know
    By William Disbro
  • 100 Things Every College Student Ought To Know
    By Carlette Jackson Hardin
  • The Naked Roommate
    By Harlan Cohen


  •  And don’t call me a racist! Selected and arranged by Ella Maze
  • Daily Cornbread By Stephanie Stokes Oliver
  • The Heart of a Woman By Maya Angelou
  • Sacred Pampering Principles: An African-American Woman’s Guide to Self-Care & Inner Renewal By Debrena Jackson Gandy


  • Addict in the Family By Beverly Conyers
  • Addiction Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Quitting Alcohol &Drugs By Patrick Fanning & John O’Neill
  • Addictive Thinking: Why Do We lie to Ourselves? By Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics By Janet Geringer Wolitz, Ed.D.
  • Afraid to Live…Afraid to Die: Emotional Health Thru 12 Steps By Pat O.
  • Alateen – Hope for Children of Alcoholics By Al-Anon
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book By Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Always Aware: Back to Basics, The 12-Step Plan to Recovery By James S. Cusack
  • Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family By Sharon Wegscheider Cruse
  • Beer, Booze, and Books: A Sober Look at Higher Education By Jim Matthews
  • Buzzed By Cynthia Kuhn, PhD, Scott Swartzwelder, PhD., and Wilkie Wilson, PhD
  • Chalk Talks on Alcohol By Fr. Joseph C. Martin
  • Children of Alcoholism: A Survivor’s Manual By Judith S. Seixas, Geraldine Youcha
  • Codependent No More By Melody Beattie
  • Courage to Be Me: Living with Alcoholism By Al-Anon
  • Cracked: Life on the Edge in a Rehab Clinic By Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again
  • Decisions: A Call to Action (Drug Prevention in Schools) By Seymour Eiseman, Robert A. Eiseman
  • Drinking: A Love Story By Caroline Knapp
  • From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking By Chris Volkmann, Toren Volkmann
  • Healing the Shame that Binds You By John Bradshaw
  • Holding Back: Why We hide the Truth About Ourselves By Marie Lindquist
  • It Will Never Happen To Me: Children of Alcoholics By Claudia Black, PH.D., M.S.W.
  • Living Sober: Some Methods AA Members Use for Not Drinking By Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Moments of Clarity By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • No More Letting Go By Debra Jay
  • Perfect Daughters – Adult Daughters of Alcoholics By Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D
  • Recovery from Addiction By John Finnegan, Daphne Grat
  • Recovery from Alcoholism By Jerone D. Levin
  • Resisting 12-Step Coercion By Stanton Peele, Ph.D., Charles Bufe
  • Sex, Drugs and Flunking Out By Joel Epstein
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood By Koren Zailckas
  • Stage II Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction By Earnie Larsen
  • Step Zero: Getting to Recovery By Arnold Washton, Ph.D.
  • Street Drugs By The Publishers Group
  • Strong Choices, Weak Choices By Gayle Rosellini, Mark Worden
  • The Addictive Personality: Roots, Rituals, Recovery By Craig Nakken
  • The Education of Character: Lessons for Beginners By Will Keim, Ph.D.
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions By Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Twelve Steps to Self-Parenting By Philip Oliver-Diaz, Patricia A. O’Gorman
  • When Enough is Enough: Successful Intervention Guide By Candy Finnigan, Sean Finnigan
  • When Society Becomes an Addict By Anne Wilson Schaef
  • When Your Parent Drinks Too Much By Eric Ryerson
  • Willopwer’s Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions By Arnold Washton, Ph.D., Donna Boundy, M.S.W.
  • Women & Drugs: Getting Hooked, Getting Clean By Emanuel Peluso, Lucy Silvay Peluso


  • Angry All The Time: An Emergency Guide To Anger Control By Ron Potter-Efron
  • Angry Book By Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.,
  • The Dance of Anger By Harriet Lerner
  • How To Control Your Anger Before It Controls You By Albert Ellis, Ph.D., Raymond Chip Tafrte, Ph.D.
  • Managing Anger By Mitchell H. Messer, M.A., Romand Corondao-Bogdaniak, M.D., M.H.S., Linda J. Dillon, B.H. R.H.Y.
  • Rage By Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.


  • 10 Simple Solutions to Shyness By Martin M. Antony, Ph.D
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook – 3rd Edition By Edmund J. Bourne
  • Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder By Jeffrey M. Schwartz
  • An End To panic: Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder By Irvin D. Yalom
  • An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety By Lee Brosan
  • An Introduction to Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder By Lee Brosan and Brenda Hogan
  • Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts By Christine Purdon, Ph.D., C. Psych. And David A. Clark, Ph.D., L. Psych.
  • The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms
  • By Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula & Lasse Nurmi
  • Taking The Anxiety Out Of Test-Taking By Susan Johnson
  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook By Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
  • Beyond Anxiety & Phobia By Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
  • Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life By Matthew Mckay, Ph.D., Martha Davis, Ph.D., Patrick Fanning


  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – and It’s All Small Stuff  By Richard Carlson
  • Don’t Say Yes When You Want To Say No By Albert Fensternheim, Ph.D. & Jean Baer
  • How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends By Don Gabor
  • Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? By John Powell
  • Your Perfect Right: A Guide to Assertive Living By Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons


  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing & Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey


  • Living With Chronis Illness By Cheri Register
  • Oone More Day: Daily Meditations For People With Chronic Illness By Sefra Kobrin Pitzele
  • Recovery from Cancer By Elaine Nussbaum
  • Wrestling with the Angel By Max Lerner


  • …and I thought I knew how to communicate! By: Josiah Dilley
  • Messages By Matthew McKay, Ph.D., Martha Davis, Ph.D., Patrick Fanning


  • Self-Injury – When pain Feels Good
  • By Edward T. Welch


  • Sacred Pampering Principles: An African-American Woman’s Guide to Self-Care & Inner Renewal
  • By Debrena Jackson Gandy


  • Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients & Families By Francis Mark Mondimore
  • The Depression Workbook By Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S.
  • Feeling Good By Davis Burns, M.D.
  • An Introduction to Coping with Depression By Lee Borsan and Brenda Hogan
  • Listening to Prozac By Peter D. Kramer
  • Mind Over Mood By Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky
  • The Up and Down Life: The Truth about Bipolar Disorder—the Good, the Bad, and the Funny By Paul E. Jones with Andrea Thompson
  • Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life By Matthew Mckay, Ph.D., Martha Davis, Ph.D., Patrick Fanning
  • Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You And Medication Can’t Give You By Richard O’Connor
  • You Can Beat Depression: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery By John D. Preston
  • Down Came the Rain By Brooke Shields


  • Adios, Barbie Edited By Ophira Edut
  • Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession By Harris G. Pope, Jr., M.D., Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
  • Appetites By Caroline Knapp
  • The Appetite Awareness Workbook By Linda W. Craighead, Ph.D
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery By Nancy J. Kolodny, M.A., MSW
  • Binge No More By Joyce D. Nash, Ph.D.
  • Body Betrayed By Kathryn Zebes, M.D.,
  • The Body Image Workbook By Thomas F. Cash, Ph.D
  • Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies By Margo Maine, Ph.D.
  • Breaking Free from Emotional Eating By Geneen Roth
  • Dying To Be Thin By Ira M. Sacker, M.D. & Marc A. Zimmer, Ph.D.
  • Eating Disorders for Dummies By Susan Schulherr, LCSW
  • The Eating Disorder Sourcebook By Carolyn Costin, M.A.
  • Enlightened Eating By Ruggles Radcliffe
  • Fat and Furious: Women & Food Obsession By Judi Hollis
  • Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and Food By Margo Maine, Craig Johnson
  • Hunger Pains By Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
  • Hunger Pains: The Modern Woman’s Tragic Quest for Thinness By Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
  • The Secret Language of Eating Disorders By Peggy Claude-Pierre
  • Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa By Steven Levenkron
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia By Marya Hornbacher


  • A Gift to Myself By Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.
  • Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self By David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Marshall D. Schechter, M.D., Robin Marantz Henig
  • Daughters of Madness: Growing Up and Older with a Mentally Ill Mother By Susan Nathiel
  • Fathers and male friends By Alan W. McEvoy, Jeff B. Brookings
  • Healing the Child Within by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.
  • My Parent’s Keeper: Adult Children of the Emotionally Disturbed By Eva Marian Brown, M.S.W.
  • The Love They Lost: Living in the Legacy of Our Parent’s Divorce By Stephanie Staal
  • When Do the Good Things Start?
  • By Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.
  • When Parents Divorce
  • By Jill Krementz
  • Where Were You Father When I Needed You, Dad?
  • By Jane Myers Drew
  • Adult Children of Divorce
  • By Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D.


  • Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Interpretation By Marguerite Sechehaye
  • Aquamarine Blue Edited By Dawn Prince-Hughes
  • Conquering Schizophrenia By Peter Wyden
  • Letting Go of Shame By Ronald Potter-Effron and Patricia Potter-Effron
  • Live Until You Die By Helen Daniel
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s By John Elder Robison
  • Man’s Search for Meaning By Viktor E. Frankl
  • Psalms Of My Life By Joseph Bayly
  • Martial Arts By Peter Lewis
  • Parables for Personal Growth: Tales for Your Healing Journey by Melinda Reinicke
  • Quarterlife Crisis: The unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties By Alexandra Robbins & AbBy Wilner
  • The Self-Help Support Group Directory By Anita M. Broderick and Amy Rodenbaugh for St. Clare’s Health System
  • The Self-Help Support Group Directory by Anita Broderick, Wendy Rodenbaugh
  • Self Matters By Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
  • Tough Minded Faith For Tender-Hearted People By Robert H. Schuller
  • Toward a Psychology Of Being By Abraham Maslow
  • The Turbulent Twenties Survival Guide By Marcos R. Salazar
  • Tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom
  • Twentysomething: Surviving and Thriving in the Real World By Margaret Feinberg
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People By Harold S. Kushner
  • When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough By Anthony & Swinson


  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss By Gerald L. Sittser
  • Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents By Allison Gilbert with Christina Baker Kline
  • Beyond Grief By Carol Staurdacher
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  • Death and The Family: The Importance of Mourning By Lily Pincus
  • Grief: Difficult Times – Simple Steps By Emily Lane Waszak
  • How To Survive The Loss Of A Love By Melba Colgrove, Ph.D., Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., Peter McWilliams
  • Losing a Parent By Fiona Marshall
  • The Loss That Is Forever: The Life Long Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father By Maxine Harris, PH.D.
  • Motherless Daughters: the Legacy of Loss By Hope Adelman
  • Remembering Mother, Finding Myself By Patricia Commins
  • Tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom
  • When Parents Die: A Guide For Adults By Edward Myers
  • Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies & Impossible Expectations… By Judith Viorst
  • No time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One By Carla Fine
  • On Death and Dying, By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Safe Passage: Words to Help the Grieving Hold Fast and Let Go By Molly Fumia
  • Time To Grieve: Mediations For Healing after the Death of a Loved One By Carol Staudacher
  • Too Young To Die By Francine Klagsbrun
  • When You Don’t Know What to Say – How to Help Your Grieving Friends By Harold Ivan Smith


  • Advice For Life: A Women’s Guide to Aids Risks and Prevention By Chris Norwood
  • Breaking the Surface By Greg Louganis with Eric Marcus
  • When Someone You Know Has AIDS By Leonard J. Martelli with Fran D Peltz, C.R.C. & William Messina, C.S.W.
  • IMPULSE CONTROL A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation
  • By Marilee Strong The Sex Addiction Workbook
  • By Tamara Penix Sbraga, Ph.D., William T. O’Donohue, Ph.D. ISSUES OF SEXUAL IDENTITY
  • Always Our Children By The United States Catholic Conference
  • Becoming A Man: Half A Life Story By Paul Monette
  • Breaking the Surface By Greg Louganis with Eric Marcus
  • Broken Fever: Reflections of Gay Boyhood By James Morrison
  • Family Matter: A Parents’ Guide to Homosexuality By Dr. Charles Silverstein
  • How Will I Tell My Mother? A True Battle with Homosexuality & Aids By Jerry Arterburn
  • Gay Life Edited By Eric E. Rofes
  • Proud to Be By Amy E. Dean


  • Iron John: A Book About Men By Robert Bly
  • Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man By Sam Keen
  • Fathers and male friends By Alan W. McEvoy, Jeff B. Brookings
  • King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine By Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette


  • Adults Molested As Children By Euan Bear w/ Peter T. Dimock
  • Healng the Abuse Of Trama: A Woman’s Workbook By Mary Ellen Copeland
  • Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and other Sexual Child Abuse By Mike Lew
  • Getting Through the Day: Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children By Nancy Napier
  • Does My Nakedness Offend You? By Cassandra Wilson


  • The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook By Glen R. Schiraldi, Ph.D


  • After the Breakup: Women Sort Through The Rubble and Rebuild Lives of New Possibilities By Angela Watrous, Carole Honeychurch
  • Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self By David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Marshall D. Schechter, M.D., Robin Marantz Henig
  • The Dance of Intimacy By Harriet Lerner
  • Codependent No More: How To Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself By Melodie Beattie
  • Friend To Friend: Helping Your Friends Through Problems By J. David Stone and Larry Keefauver
  • The Good Bye Book By Howard Bronson and Mike Riley
  • Mars and Venus Starting Over By John Gray, Ph.D.
  • Real Friends: Becoming the Friend You Like To Have By Barbara B. Varenhorst
  • Reconcilable Differences By Andrew Christensen & Neil Jacobsen
  • Relationship Rescue By Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D
  • Splitting Up By Alvin Pam and Judith Pearson
  • Surviving Separation and Divorce: A Woman’s Guide to Making it Through the First Year By Loriann Hoff Oberlin
  • Too Good To Leave, Too Bad To Stay By Mira Kirshenbaum
  • When Your Relationship Ends By Dr. Bruce Fisher
  • Why Men Love Bitches By Sherry Argov
  • You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation By Deborah Tannen
  • ZebraHead (DVD) By Oliver Stone


  • 911: The Book of Help, Authors Respond to the Tragedy, edited By Michael Cart


  • Avoiding Rape On And Off Campus By Carol Prichard
  • Confronting Rape and Sexual Assault (World of Women Paper No. 3) By Mary E. Odem (editor), Jody Clay – Warner (editor)
  • The Courage to Heal – A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse By: Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • Girls Fight Back: The College Girl’s Guide to Protecting Herself By Erin Weed
  • If You Are Raped By Kathryn M. Johnson
  • If She Is Raped By Alan W. McEvoy, Jeff B. Bookings
  • The Other Side of Silence: Women Tell About Their Experiences with Date Rape By Christine Carter
  • Stalking By Emily Spence Diehl
  • Talking Back To Sexual Pressure By Elizabeth Powell, M.S., M.A.


  • 2011 – A Book of Grace-Filled Days By Margaret Silf
  • Daily Cornbread By Stephanie Stokes Oliver
  • Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert
  • In the Middle of This Road We Call Our Life By James W. Jones
  • Life Lessons By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
  • Stirring the Waters By Janell Moon
  • Twentysomething: Surviving and Thriving in the Real World By Margaret Feinberg


  • (The) Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Stress By Jeff Davidson
  • Fighting Invisible Tigers – A Stress Management Guide for Teens By Earl Hipp
  • Instant Meditation for Stress Relief By John Hudson
  • Kicking Your Stress Habits By Donald A. Tubesing, Ph.D.
  • Meditation & Relaxation: De-Stress Body and Mind By Marielle Renssen
  • Pocket Massage for Stress Relief By Clare Maxwell-Hudson
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook By Martha Davis, Matthew McKay & Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman
  • The Relaxation Response By Herbert Benson, M.D.
  • Stress In College Athletics By James Harry Humphrey, William Bowden & Debora Yow
  • Ten Minute Relaxation for Mind and Body By Jeannie Harding
  • The Stress Owner’s Manual by Ed Boenisch, PH.D., C. Michele Haney, PH.D.
  • Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life By Matthew Mckay, Ph.D., Martha Davis, Ph.D., Patrick Fanning
  • The Woman’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide for Restoring Balance in Your Life By Jennifer Louden
  • The Worrywort’s Companion: Twenty one – Ways to Sooth Yourself and Worry Smart By Dr. Beverly Potter
  • You Must Relax By Edmund Jacobsen, M.D.


  • How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life By Alan Lakein
  • Living Without Procrastination By M. Susan Roberts, Ph.D.
  • Overcoming Procrastination By Neil Fiore


  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living By The Dalai Lama, et al
  • Don’t Take It Personally: The Art of Dealing with Rejection By Elayne Savage, Ph.D.
  • A Day At a Time Compcare Publications
  • In the Middle of This Road We Call Our Life By James W. Jones
  • Live Large! By Cheri K. Erdman, Ed.D
  • Living With Spirit In a Material World By Jeffrey Blum, Ph.D.
  • Living Your Bigger Story: The Practice of Self-Remembrance By Jacqueline Small
  • No More Sleepless Nights By Peter Hauri, Ph.D. and Shirley Linde, Ph.D.
  • Peace, Love and Healing By Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
  • Soaring Through Setbacks By Cheryl Perlitz
  • Living a Life That Matters By Harold S. Kushner
  • Live Large! By Cheri K. Erdman, EdD
  • No More Sleepless Nights By Peter Hauri, Ph.D. and Shirley Linde, Ph.D.
  • Stirring the Waters By Janell Moon
  • You’re Stronger Than You Think By Peter Ubel, M.D.


  • Appetites
  • By Caroline Knapp
  • The Courage to Heal – A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
  • By: Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • By Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion
  • By Theresa Burke with David C. Reardon
  • The Complete Handbook for College Women
  • by Carol Weinberg
  • The Heart of a Woman
  • By Maya Angelou
  • Mediatations for Women Who Do Too Much
  • By Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Real Gorgeous: The Truth about Body and Beauty
  • By Kaz Cooke
  • Remembering Mother, Finding Myself
  • By Patricia Commins
  • Women’s Moods
  • By Deborah Sichel, M.D., and Jeanne Watson Driscoll, M.S., R.N., C.S