Reading List


Get Moving! Get Fit! (pdf)
Is fitness your goal this year? Learn a simple step-by-step method to improve your fitness by making one small (tiny) behavioral change a week. I help you apply these techniques to make many changes in your life, from eating healthier, to dealing with anxiety, from improving your marriage to getting fit.

Find Your Passion! (pdf)
Do you desire peace and flow, passion and fulfillment? Life in the fast lane will not get you there. Living in the here and now is the key. When do you experience the intensity of a life lived passionately? The more we focus on the desires of the future, the less we are living with passion in the present. Stop sleeping through your daily routine. Wake up and find your passionate self.

Communicating with a non-Communicator (pdf)
Are you feeling alone in your relationship? You may be married to a non-communicator. This is someone who does not talk about their feelings, thoughts, beliefs, hopes, fears or dreams. You can make significant progress even if your spouse is unwilling to talk about the problems. Its all about translating it into his (or her) language.

Left Behind: Coping with Separation and Reunion When the One You Love is Long Distance or Deployed (pdf)
Are you coping with separation either because of a long-distance relationship, a spouse that works all day and most nights or travels for work, or because your loved one is deployed? How do you cope? How do you maintain the connection? Here are a few tips which are important for any relationship, but especially if there is significant time apart.


Recommended Reading

Personal Growth

Breaking Free from Emotional Eating
by Geneen Roth

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
by Wayne W. Dyer

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
by Cheri Huber (Author),
June Shiver (Illustrator)

Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way
by Richard David Carson

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Miracle of Mindfulness
by Thich Nhat Hanh, Mai Vo-Dinh

Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
by Christina Baldwin

Mindfulness for Beginners
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power
by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind
by Barbara Strauch

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
by Daniel J. Siegel

The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician's Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration
by Daniel J. Siegel


How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It
by Patricia Love, Steven Stosnyx

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It
by Leslie Vernick

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

Getting the Love You Want Workbook: The New Couples' Study Guide by Helen Hunt,
Harville Hendrix

Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship
by M. Gary Neuman

Why Can't You Read My Mind? Overcoming the 9 Toxic Thought Patterns that Get in the Way of a Loving Relationship
by Susan Magee, Jeffrey Bernstein

Be the Person You Want to Find:
Relationship and Self-Discovery
by Cheri Huber

Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage: America's Love Lab Experts Share Their
Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship
by John Mordechai Gottman,
et al.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
by Gary Chapman

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing: Turn the End of a Relationship into the Beginning of a New Life
by Susan Anderson

Don't Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
by Pema Chodron

Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
by Edmund J. Bournes

The Fear Book: Facing Fear Once and for All
by Cheri Huber (Author), June Shiver (Illustrator)

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
by Georg H. Eifert, et al.

Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty
by Tara Brach

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits
and Fears
by Pema Chodron


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
by Zindel V. Segal, John D. Teasdale

Depression Fallout: The Impact of
Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond
by Anne Sheffield

The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth
by Cheri Huber (Author), June Shiver (Illustrator)

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
by Martin E. P. Seligman

Glad No Matter What:
Transforming Loss and Change
into Gift and Opportunity
by Sark


Recommended Links

Personal Growth
Information about natural health and well being:

Dr. Andrew Weil’s website includes general health and wellness information and good information about natural treatment for depression.

Martin Seligman’s book website:

Depression information sponsored by the drug company Glaxo Smith Kline,

Web MD site for depression information:

This is a online community for moms to connect about postpartum depression.

This has more informational stuff and articles on it.

Gretchen Rubin’s website and blog about her 12 month happiness project:

"Freedom From Fear's" online anxiety screening tool and support:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America:

Couples Issues
Gay and Kathleen Hendricks site:

The Gottman Institute (research on successful marriage):

Support for Abuse
The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-HOPE.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE.

booksGeneral Interest
National Institute of Mental Health NIMH:

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Information on Therapy and Therapists

Therapy and Rehab Services: Listing and descriptions of therapy and rehab services, from the website


Jeanne M. Strauss, LCSW, NBCCH • 210-787-6384 • Email

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