Recommended Reading & Resources

We usually recommend some form of reading to supplement therapy and facilitate progress. The following books and resources have been helpful to many of our clients.

In addition, to help clients locate books I frequently recommend, I have created an store. You can access the store by visiting the following link: Dr. Lauren Muhlheim’s Amazon store.


Cognitive Therapy

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D. and Christine Padesky, Ph.D. (1995). This cognitive therapy workbook can be used alone or in conjunction with therapy. It includes worksheets and teaches strategies for monitoring mood, challenging dysfunctional thoughts, and building new core beliefs.

Center for Clinical Interventions: These free downloadable Cognitive Therapy workbooks, courtesy of the Australian government, target a variety of problems including depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, low self-esteem, procrastination, bipolar disorder, perfectionism, and eating disorders. They can be used alone or in conjunction with therapy. I recommend a number of their InfoPax for specific issues below.

Relaxation tapes/Mindfulness

UCLA Semel Institute Mindful Awareness Research Center Mindful awareness is a practice that invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one’s inner experience. This site provides an excellent introduction to mindfulness meditation through instructional MP3s that you can download. The center also provides information about other mindfulness based resources.

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for people of all ages childhood through adult. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.

The Center for Mindful Eating offers free mindful eating meditations.


For Parents of Children with Eating Disorders

Maudsley Parents This website for parents of eating-disordered children provides support and a great deal of information about Family-Based Therapy.

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, James Lock, MD, Ph.D. and Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D. (2005). This book for parents includes a comprehensive overview of the Maudsley (family based therapy) approach to treatment.

Eating with Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too, Laura Collins (2005). Any parent who is struggling with a child with an eating disorder will find it helpful to read this mother’s account of treatment using Maudsley Family Based Therapy.Companion website: Eating with Your Anorexic.

Brave Girl Eating, Harriet Brown (2010). Brown provides another excellent account of a family’s struggle with anorexia and treatment using Family Based Therapy (Maudsley approach).

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (FEAST). FEAST is an international nonprofit organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

Around the Dinner Table is a support forum for parents and caregivers of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorder patients.

Eating Disorder Parent Support (EDPS) is a Facebook support group for adults who care, or have cared for a loved one with an eating disorder. They provide peer-to-peer sharing, support, education, guidance, encouragement, and to offer HOPE. They are moderated by an international collective of parents whose children have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Video and audio resources:  helping parents to help their child eat and be well:  Parent Eva Musby has created video and audio resources for parents supporting children in recovery from an eating disorder.  She has a 7 minute audio guided compassion mediation for parents that is great to use for getting in a good space to support a child.  Check out her other offerings as well and her book!

Just a Little Too Thin: How to Pull Your Child Back from the Brink of an Eating Disorder, Michael Strober, Ph.D. and Meg Schneider (2005). This is an early intervention guide for parents whose children are dieting and/or showing other early signs of an eating disorder.

Feeding Your Anorexic Adolescent, Claire P. Norton, MS RD (2009).
This book is a very helpful resource for families undergoing Family Based Therapy for anorexia. It gives parents recipes and practical ideas to help implement the treatment plan outlined by Maudsley therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Eating Disorders

Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part A and Overcoming Disordered Eating – Part B. These online workbooks, provided by CCI, can be used by patients undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders.

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks, Thomas P. Cash, Ph.D. (2008).This workbook specifically targets negative body image issues using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

The Appetite Awareness Workbook: How To Listen to Your Body & Overcome Bingeing, Overeating, & Obsession with Food, Linda W. Craighead, Ph.D (1996). This cognitively-based workbook focuses on strategies to regain normal eating patterns by reducing eating in response to external cues and emotional factors, and increasing awareness of internal hunger and satiety signals.

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (2012). This book teaches techniques to develop a healthy relationship with food and replace both dieting and binge eating with “intuitive eating.” This book is extremely helpful for chronic and yo-yo dieters and emotional eaters/binge eaters. The companion website, Intuitive Eating, provides an overview of the principles and other resources.

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Susan Albers, Psy.D. (2009). This book draws upon a variety of evidence-based techniques to cope with emotional eating. The techniques are divided into 5 sections: 1) Mindful meditation techniques; 2) Change your thoughts, change your eating; 3) Soothing sensations to calm and relax the body; 4) Soothing yourself with distractions; and 5) Soothing yourself with emotional relationships.

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, Jan Chozen Bays, MD (2009). This book and accompanying CD, written by a pediatrician/zen master, provides exercises and meditations to teach mindful eating strategies.


Recovery apps for self-monitoring

Both of these tools allow for keeping food records on your smart phone as an alternative to paper food records. They offer additional recovery oriented tools as well.

Rise up

Recovery Record


General Eating Disorder Resources

Academy for Eating Disorders: The AED is the main international scientific body for the study and prevention of eating disorders. It provides professional training to therapists as well as education and information about eating disorders research, prevention, and clinical treatments.

National Eating Disorders Association: This non-profit organization specifically focuses on supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders

Mirror-Mirror Eating Disorders – This is an eating disorder information website.

Gurze Books: This publisher specializes in eating disorder information, including books, DVDs, and other resources.


Helping Children to Develop Healthy Body Image and Healthy Eating Habits

There are several books for parents that provide tips and strategies on improving self-esteem and body image in their children. Some of those I recommend to my clients include:

  • I’m Like, So Fat: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D. (2005)
  • Real Kids Come in All Sizes, Kathy Kater, LICSW (2004).
  • 101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body by Brenda Lane Richardson and Elane Rehr (2001).

Real Beauty: 101 Ways to Feel Great About You, Therese Kauchak (2004). This book for pre-adolescent girls is full of good messages and strategies that help them to feel good about themselves, inside and out.

New Moon Girls: This pro-esteem magazine is produced for (and largely by) 8-14 year-old girls. Its website is a great place for girl self-expression.

USDA My Plate Clients often seek advice on meal planning. THe USDA’s revised meal-planning guideline replaced the old food pyramid with a much more user-friendly plate.

Ellyn Satter Associates Ellyn Satter is a registered dietician and therapist and widely-recognized expert who has written extensively on the feeding of children. Her website provides a lot of information and her books are available to order.


Pregnancy and Body Image

Dr. Muhlheim maintains a Pinterest board where she has pinned a number of relevant articles.


Distress Tolerance

CCI provides the online workbook Facing Your Feelings.


Panic Disorder

CBT workbooks I recommend to my clients with panic disorder include:


Generalized Anxiety Disorder / worry

CBT workbooks I recommend to my clients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder include:


Social Phobia

CCI provides the online workbook Shy No Longer: Coping with Social Anxiety



CCI provides the online workbook Back from the Bluez: Coping with Depression



CCI provides the online workbook Improving Self-Esteem: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem


Bipolar Disorder

CCI provides the online workbook Keeping Your Balance: Coping with Bipolar Disorder



CCI provides the online workbook Assert Yourself: Improve Your Assertiveness



CCI provides the online workbook Perfectionism in Perspective: Overcoming Perfectionism



CCI provides the online workbook Put off Procrastination: Overcoming Procrastination


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, Edna Foa, Ph.D. and Reid Wilson, Ph.D. (2001). This self-help book utilizes evidence-based CBT techniques from the world’s leading experts for overcoming OCD.

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts, Christine Purdon, Ph.D. and David Clark, Ph.D. (2005). This book focuses on CBT strategies for overcoming obsessive thoughts.



Writing to Heal, James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D. (2004).This book provides guided writing exercises that help explore feelings related to painful experiences.


General Parenting

How to Give Your Child a Great Self-Image: Proven Techniques to Build Confidence from Infancy to Adolescence, Deborah Phillips and Fred Bernstein (1991). This book provides practical parenting strategies for building self-esteem in children.

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager, Anthony Wolf, Ph.D. (2002). This is a helpful guidebook for understanding and managing the teenage years.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1999).This book demonstrates strategies for communication with children and shows how you can respect and respond to your child’s feelings and satisfy your own needs.

Siblings without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (2004). This book teaches the skills and techniques necessary to redirect rivalry into cooperation.

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay (2006). This guide for parenting adolescents focuses on helping them to become independent and responsible by holding them accountable for their mistakes.

Parenting with Love and Logic, Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay (2006). This parenting guide focuses on teaching children responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems and providing skills for coping in the real world.


Third Culture Kids/ Expatriation

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, David C. Pollok and Ruth E. Van Reken (2009). This book is the bible for anyone who has grown up or is living in a cross-cultural community. It should be recommended reading for all parents going on expatriate assignment.

Interaction International. This organization helps prepare Third Culture Kids and internationally mobile families for living and working overseas; supports them while overseas, and assists them in transition and reentry.


Marital Issues

5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Gary Chapman (2010). Chapman provides strategies for improving your relationship by understanding your partner’s primary“love language.” The companion website, 5 Love Languages , includes quizzes and self-assessments.

His Needs Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage, Willard E. Harley, Jr. (2001). Harley provides strategies for improving your relationship by understanding and meeting your partner’s needs. The companion website, Marriage Builders, is a rich source of content on the topic.

The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work, John M. Gottman, Ph.D. (2000).
This book provides research-based strategies for improving relationships and includes practical questionnaires and exercises. The companion website, Gottman, provides an introduction to the Gottmans’ work and includes some quizzes.

Hold me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson (2008). Johnson provides strategies for improving your relationship by understanding underlying emotions and attachment needs. The companion website, Hold Me Tight, provides an introduction and preview of the book.



Books I recommend to my clients for understanding and working through infidelity include:

  • Surviving Infidelity: Making Decisions, Recovering from the Pain, Rona Subotnik, M.F.C.C. and Gloria Harris, Ph.D. (2005).
  • Infidelity: a Survival Guide, Don-David Lusterman, Ph.D. (1998).


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