What Your Therapist Is Reading ®

Ever wonder what kind of books mental health professionals read? Need a book recommendation about mental health?Join Jessica Fowler, LCSW as she interviews authors about the books that therapists are reading. in this short formate, you can decide if this book is right for you. Please note that the information shared in this podcast is for informational and educational purposes only.

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interviews Ruth Fearnow, LMHC about her book Therapeutic Mindfulness: A Healing Skill, Not a Coping Skill. 
Highlights from this episode include:
3:19 Ruth shares about the difference between mindfulness and therapeutic mindfulness.
5:59 Ruth shares an example of practicing therapeutic mindfulness.
10:14 Ruth shares about EMDR.  You can learn more about EMDR here.
12:19 Ruth shares about Internal Family Systems (IFS). You can learn more here.
14:17 Ruth shares who this book is for.
18:24 Ruth shares about how although coping skills are important, she explores why healing skills are necessary.
About the author:
Ruth Fearnow is a therapist, author and speaker. In her first book, Therapeutic Mindfulness, is a synthesis of her decades-long meditation practice and her work healing trauma and mental distress. Ruth's private journey began as a young woman when she found herself studying kung fu and qi gong in Dengfeng City, China, the home of the famous Shaolin Temple. It was there she began a serious meditation practice. While this skill takes years to develop, this was her first big step to understanding mindfulness practices. A decade later, Ruth graduated with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Once licensed, Ruth immediately pursued EMDR education, then continued on to certification. Ruth’s early career included a 24/7 dual-diagnosis treatment center, and then several years in agency work. Ruth began her private practice in Fort Wayne in 2018 and has continued serving Indiana clientele. Ruth’s book, Therapeutic Mindfulness, was published May 1, 2023. Ruth's evolution into a trauma therapist has enabled her to integrate age-old wisdom with trauma-informed insight. As a result, she has developed healing philosophies and the process of therapeutic mindfulness which she practices personally, and teaches to her clientele, many of whom use it on their own. Therapeutic mindfulness has now been adopted for professional use by colleagues in the mental health field. When not working or spreading the word of Therapeutic Mindfulness, Ruth enjoys singing, community theater and time with her wonderful family.
You can connect with Ruth on her website here or on facebook here.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler, interviews Michelle Moore, Ph.D. about her book Not Your Mom's Divorce: The Savvy Woman's Guide.
Highlights from this episode include:
3:20: Michelle shares how she first was open to the idea of getting a divorce.
4:49 Michelle shares why she wrote the book including not wanting people to have to search for information like she did.
5:06: Divorce insurance
6:57: Michelle shares what is in the book, including her experience, client experiences, information and humor.
11:51 The importance of taking care of yourself.
16:48 Identifying the importance of having others to go through this with who can be a support.
20:48 Michelle shares some examples of how you negotiate.
Michelle Moore, Ph.D.
Michelle has spent more than 20 years researching and presenting on topics such as self-esteem, shame, resilience, and conflict resolution. She has been on panels presenting to faculty and students at UCLA and UCI. Michelle is newly married, living in San Diego, California, spending her time experiencing life with her new blended family of five.
She writes professionally and for pleasure, sharing her story with the hope that her experiences will help others find support and humor on their journey through divorce into singlehood.
You can connect with Michelle on instagram  or her website.

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

*This episode is for mental health cliniciains.
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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler, interviews Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC  about her book co-authored with Amy Kemp, The Clinician's Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists: Pulling Back the Curtain on Manipulation, Gaslighting, and Emotional Abuse in Narcissistic Families.  
Highlights from this episode include:
2:04 Amy shares why she wrote this book and the importance of clinicians knowing how to do this work.
4:46 How to talk to clients about personality traits without diagnosing.
5:35 Amy shares how the books provides examples of how to talk to clients about narcissism.
8:05 The definition of narcissism.
10:38 Counter transference
14:54: How a narcissistic family of origin can impact someone.
About the author:
Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC
Amy Marlow-MaCoy is a licensed professional counselor specializing in helping clients heal from narcissistic abuse. She is the author of The Clinician's Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists (with Amy Kempe) and The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook. Amy runs a mentorship program for therapists working with adult children of narcissists.
You can connect with Amy on here or here.
You can connect with Amy Kemp at her website.

Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interviews Lisa Gray, LMFT about her book Healthy Conflict Happy Couple: How to Let Go of Blame and Grow Stronger Together. 
Highlights from this episode include: 
2:34: Discussing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
3:43: What happens in arguments that do not work and how to start thinking about goals for an argument.
4:43: Exploring where you conflict style comes from and working on your own calming skills.
7:20: Lisa shares her one piece of advice she shares with everyone.
8:09: Lisa shares the steps that she outlines in the book.
About the author:
Lisa Gray, LMFT
Lisa Gray, LMFT is a couples therapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in high conflict couples and chronic illness/pain. Lisa is passionate about teaching couples to practice healthy conflict, so that their relationships can thrive and grow. Lisa reads over 100 books a year and reviews self-help books on her Instagram, Therapy Book Nook. She lives in the Bay Area with her family and 3 large dogs.

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interviews Maureen Kane, LMHC, LPCP about her book A Guide Back to You: A Workbook Exploring Who You Are and Staying True to Yourself.  Maureen shares about her book which includes how her clients kept asking "Who am I"?  So she wrote this book to help others discover themselves, their wants, values, and likes.
Some highlights from the episode include: 
3:10 Discuss what it means to come back to yourself.
4:24 Maureen shares about the various exercises in the book.
4:55 Grounding and centering yourself.
7:08 We discuss the concept of giveaway from Rachel Naomi Remen.
9:18 We discuss who this book is for, specifically anyone who wants to get to know themselves better.
11:54 Maureen shares what she hopes people walk away with after reading the book.
About the author: 
Maureen Kane, LMHC, LPCP
Maureen Kane lives in Bellingham, Washington with her family. She's a mental health therapist in private practice in Washington and Idaho. She is a certified EMDR therapist and approved EMDR  international association EMDR consultant. She is a Washington state clinical supervisor. Maureen has been published in many places, including Time Magazine and Book Anthologies. She is the Sue Boynton Poetry Walk Award winner. Her book of poems is Phoenix Requires Ashes, Poems for the Journey.
You can connect with her on her website here.
Maureen also provides therapy intensives which you can find here.

Sunday Dec 24, 2023

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In this week’s episode, Jessica Fowler  interviews Abigail Burd, LCSW, PMH-C  about her workbook The Postpartum Depression Workbook: Strategies to Overcome Negative Thoughts, Calm Stress, and Improve Your Mood   Abby shares about her book which includes reviewing the diagnosis, tools for self-help for decreasing symptoms and case studies.  Abby reviews the modalities that she teachers in the book and some of her perspective about the struggles one can have after becoming a parent.
Some highlights from this episode include:
(2:06) Abby shares what Postpartum Support International and their training.
(5:06) We begin discussing the book.
(6:20) We discuss tools in the workbook.
(9:30) Abby shares about expectations and self-care in motherhood
(11:30) Abby shares about the reproductive story exercise.
(13:14) We discuss modalities in the book including CBT, mindfulness,  and interpersonal psychotherapy
(16:00) Abby shares about clinical hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy (which is not in the workbook).
(18:46) We discuss how common postpartum depression is.
(19:28) One of Abby’s takeaways is she wants her readers to walk away with is that things can get better with postpartum depression.
(20:00) Abby shares why she wrote the book and how she wanted people to have these tools if they could not access therapy.
About the author:
Abigail Burd, LCSW, PMH-C, is a perinatal mental health specialist in San Diego, CA. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified in perinatal mental health by Postpartum Support International. Abby is a member of the Postpartum Health Alliance and has served on their executive board.
You can follow Abby on Instagram/Twitter @burdtherapy, Facebook at Burd Psychotherapy and Education or visit BurdTherapy.com.

Sunday Dec 17, 2023

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This weeks episode is for mental health professionals.
In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interview's Daniel Hand about his book Role-Playing Games In Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide.  Daniel shares about role playing games (aka RPG's), what they are and how they can be useful in therapy.  
Some highlights from the episode:
(1:30) What role playing games are
(3:45) How Daniel began to merge role playing games and therapy
(8:00) What using RPG’s in therapy can look like.
(12:33) Daniel begins to explain what is in the book. The beginning of the book which where one can learn about RPG's.  He also shares about taking the best parts of RPG and applying it to your client work. 
(14:03) We begin to discuss theory and how it can be applied to RPG’s
(18:36) Importance of supervision and ethics when playing RPG's in therapy.
Daniel Hand is an author, game designer and therapeutic counsellor in private practice.  His work as appeared in venues such as  Tales of Ruma, Therapy Today, DEKHO!, the Journal of the Burma Star Association and the Popular Culture Psychology series. He regularly speaks on the uses of gameplay and story telling in psychotherapy.
You can connect with Daniel at his website  www.monomythcounselling.co.uk; or you can find him on Youtube @RPGTherapist.

Sunday Dec 10, 2023

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interviews Khara Croswaite Brindle about her book Understanding Ruptured Mother-Daughter Relationships: Guiding the Adult Daughter's Healing Journey Through the Estrangement Cycle.  
1 out of 12 people have an estranged family member so this is an important topic.  Although this book is written for therapists, Khara did share that she wrote it with adult daughters in mind and recognized they to may pick up this book. 
We discuss reasons for estrangement and how long it has been around.  Khara shared how this book is about how to support a client who is making their own choice towards estrangement.  In addition, she discusses the estrangement cycle which includes phases of identifying the abuse, questioning, therapy, a relationship rupture, boundaries and then estrangement if that is what the person decides.   
Khara shares how she tells the stories of 9 different women throughout the book to share about the estrangement cycle can look and how to support you client.
(1:48) The background about why estrangement might show up in mother daughter relationships
(3:15) The estrangement energy cycle
(4:43)  Grief and loss around the relationship and expectations about what the adult daughter thought the relationship would be
(7:08) Ways that therapists can support their clients with 24 theraputic tools listed in the book
(8:55) Holding space the for the clients and recognizing it is not their fault
(9:30) Who this book was written for
(11:00) What community members can do
(12:25) How people can be supportive to someone
Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC, ACS, CFT-I is passionate about turning pain points into possibilities for mental health professionals and Financial therapists. She is a TEDx Speaker, Consultant, Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Professor, and Financial Therapist in Colorado. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest and gets her best ideas walking outside and being around water. When Khara’s not writing her next book or supporting fellow professional helpers on their own self-discovery journeys, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, and indulging in gluttonous, gluten-free desserts with her family. Khara is the author of 6 books.
You can connect with Khara on her campsite link or instagram

Sunday Dec 03, 2023

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In this weeks episode, Jessica Fowler interviews Dr. Sharon Martin, LCSW about her book The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidenced-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build SElf-Esteem and Find Balance.  A Step-by-Step Approach to Help You Stop People Pleasing - Avoid Street - Burnout - Overcome Your Need for Control - End Procrastination - Find the Courage to Try New Things.
Sharon shares about the 5 pieces of perfectionism which include impossibly high standards, how we look at flaws, self-criticism, self-worth based on achievements, and fear of failure.
We explored how do you know if they struggle with perfectionism. 
The guilt and shame cycle that can happen with perfectionism.
Sharon explained CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), mindfulness and self-compassion.
Sharon also identified struggles that include asking for help and being vulnerable but also shared strategies to work on one's perfectionism. 
Dr. Sharon Martin, LCSW  is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she’s been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, and learn to set boundaries. Sharon is the author of two books: The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. She also writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and has been featured in various media outlets including PsychCentral, Web MD, and Highly Sensitive Refuge
You can connect with Sharon on instagram
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Sunday Nov 26, 2023

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In this weeks episode Jessica Fowler interviews Dr. Deborah Vinall, PsyD, LMFT about her book Gaslighting: A Step-by-Step Recovery Guide to Heal from Emotional Abuse and Build Healthy Relationships.
In this episode we discuss what gaslighting is and isn't.  Deborah shares how the book is in two parts.  The first part discusses what gaslighting is, techniques someone will use and an overview of emotional abuse and recovery.  The second step walks readers through 7 steps to healing from gaslighting and emotional abuse.  Topics covered include accepting that it is happening, understanding the cycle of gaslighting, grief and loving yourself.
Deborah shares some of the various places in our lives that we can experience gaslighting and explores some of the reasons someone might stay in the relationship.  Deborah also explores some of the safety issues that can exist within the relationship.
Deborah also shares about exploring healthy relationships and green flags.  We discuss some of the exercises in the book which include self assessment quiz, journaling and emotion freedom technique.  
Deborah Vinall, PsyD, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and doctor of psychology, certified in both EMDR and Brainspotting Therapy. She incorporates these approaches  into her work with survivors of trauma and difficult relationships in her private practice.  Deborah has spoken as a subject matter expert on human trafficking and domestic violence at colleges and nonprofits across Southern California.  She was awarded the EMDR Research Foundation's Sandra Wilson Memorial Dissertation Grant Award for her research on the impacts on and treatment response of survivors of mass shootings.  Born and raised in Kelowna, Canada, Deborah presently lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
Deborah has also written a second book called Trauma Recovery Workbook for Teens.
You can connect with Deborah on her website or on instagram.


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