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Best Self-Help Books Under the Sun!

Our therapists share the books they most often recommend to clients.


Counseling sessions remain the most effective way to boost confidence, decrease feelings of worthlessness, and empower clients to make important decisions. That being said, there is nothing wrong with a great self-help book. Before you place your next Amazon order for beach-reads, check out the books the therapists at Nickischer & Associates recommend first!


A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, Rachel Little offers a holistic, integrative approach to living that includes a plan for nutrition and balance. Her favorite reads for clients are Eat Right, Feel Right: Over 80 Recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus by Leslie Korn.












A second favorite is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson.













Rachel’s third and final recommendation is Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson.


Licensed Professional Counselor Whitney Keefner’s favorite book to recommend isThere is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do when Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love” by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell.













Clinical lead and LPC Lacey Binkely notes that The Body is not an apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor is a book that’s not just about self-acceptance; it’s about systems of oppression and our response to this.













Lacey is a lover of workbooks and notes that her second pick is The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristen Neff PhD and Christopher Gerber, PhD.











Licensed Counselor Melissa Ditaranto loves working with clients who struggle with perfectionistic tendencies and the connected anxiety. Her favorite self-help book is The Perfectionists Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power.













Lehighton licensed counselor Susan Featro is well-loved by her clients for her ability to offer non-judgemental feedback and genuine compassion. Her favorite recommendation is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.












Roslyn Birnbaum, LPC has counseled clients for decades and has always recommended Feeling Good, by David Burns.












Licensed Clinical Social Worker Ann Goodrich finds herself consistently recommending the book Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bonds of Reason by Caroline Myss.












Couples counselor and LPC Heidi Mack often recommends John Gottman’s Why Marriages Succeed or Fail... And How You Can Make Yours Last.











Christian counselor Ashley Gorla finds herself coming back to One Thousand Gifts 10th Anniversary Edition: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp












and Atomic Habits, An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, by James Clear.












Last but certainly not least, Licensed Clinical Social Worker JV Enderle notes that his favorite remains Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown












We love a good self-help book! What’s your favorite? Feel free to share below!

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