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Book Recommendation: Helping Children Cope with Loss

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By Leah Brignall

It can be very difficult to help children cope with and understand loss and death. Separation from loved ones can be frightening for them. The book The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst is a great tool to help children feel comfort. The book explains that there is an invisible sting that helps connect loved ones even when they are not near. Not only can this apply to death, it could also help a child who has a loved one move or deploy, or who has fear of being without a parent. Having a book like this can help start a conversation to help the child feel safe. For further help, it doesn’t hurt to see a counselor and get some parenting support.

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Book Recommendation: Postpartum Depression

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By Leah Brignall

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is something that happens to many new moms. A lot of these moms feel unprepared, alone, and ashamed by these emotions. Even though it is quite common, PPD and other postpartum illnesses are not often talked about. If you are going through this, or you know someone who might be, there are resources to help. Seeing a counselor is a great idea. There are also websites and books that can give more information and support. This website has a lot of great information including a book list that might be helpful. Not only are there some great books about PPD, but they also include books on:

-Postpartum Anxiety and OCD

-Postpartum Psychosis

-Depression During Pregnancy

-Books for dads


-Spirituality-based books

-Books for professionals

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Book Recommendation to Strengthen Relationships

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People often find frustration within their relationships when they feel as though their partner doesn’t appreciate them. In some cases, it is not a lack of appreciation, but a lack of understanding that is the problem. What if your partner is showing you love in a way that you do not interpret as such? The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, is a book that can help individuals find their “love language” and incorporate it into their relationship.

Are you single? This concept can be used in other types of relationships as well! Understanding these concepts can be beneficial for relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Check out this edition that focuses on other types of relationships.

There are also special editions that focus on the love languages of men, children, and teenagers.

Book Recommendation for Couples

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Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson is probably the book that is most often recommended by our counselors to their couples. Often times, they will have their clients read this in conjunction with their therapy sessions. This book is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is a style of therapy used with couples in our office. Check out Dr. Johnson’s website for more information!

Book Recommendation for Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

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Parenting can be very stressful and overwhelming at times. There is no right or wrong way to parent. There is no manual that fits every situation. But there are helpful guides that can teach a parent more about ways to help raise their children to be successful and happy adults. The book Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, by John Gottman, Ph.D. is one of those guides. In this book Gottman explains ways in which parents can better understand their children’s feelings, while also teaching them about their own emotions. If you are a person who is stressed about parenting, this guide on raising an emotionally healthy child might help!

Book Recommendations for Caretakers

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There are so many great reading materials out there for caretakers. Reading about caretaking can help you cope with everything that is going on. Whether it is informative, inspirational, or humorous, reading a book can help you be your best through good and bad times. This article by Sherri Snelling gives 17 examples of good reads for people in this situation. She has put together a list of books for many different categories of caretakers. Take a look and see which books might benefit you!