5 Best Psychology Books that Changed my Practice

5 Best Psychology Books that Changed my Practice

There are five books which stand out to me as inspirational. In all five of them I have had that “Aha” moment; which psychologists often refer to as a moment of sudden insight when mind, body and soul seem to connect. The moment of a sudden discovery that we will internalize forever.

1)Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence: From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. Judith Herman

Her compassion and wisdom in breaking down the horror of complex trauma into understandable and transferable concepts is incredible. This completely changed my perspective of trauma and the way I work with survivors. The book not only informs practice but honours those incredible survivors of chronic abuse who deserve our understanding and commitment to their recovery.

2) The Gift of Therapy: An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients: Reflections on Being a Therapist. Irvin Yalom

This is a great book for anyone going through a “do I still want to be a psychologist phase” or someone in the infancy of their practice who are experiencing the “impostor syndrome” or simply someone who needs a bit of inspiration. The case studies are incredible, and his empathy, commitment and love of his clients is inspirational.

3)The Whole Brain Child: Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson

Yes, it’s a well-known one, but it eloquently puts into perspective what is occurring from a neurobiological approach in a child’s brain. I love the examples that are given, they are both practical and relevant.  The terms are also very user friendly for clinicians and families alike. A nice starter for anyone in the child psychology area

4) Reinventing your life: the breakthrough program to end negative behaviour and feel great again.  Jeffrey Young and Klosko.

This is a classic book that is so easy to navigate and is written in such a clear and simple style to explain complex concepts. Schema therapy can offer so much to many people. I love how Young integrates concepts of attachment theory and CBT. It is simple and theoretically sound, and clients often tell me that it was very helpful.

5) The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Oliver Sacks

Another oldie but a goodie. The wonders of the brain are incredible, and this book is jaw dropping, sad and at times very humorous. The brain is malleable, and this gives us all hope for recovery. Worth a look.