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There is a huge selection of websites, books, and podcasts out there about psychology, healing, and personal & spiritual growth. These are some I recommend as particularly astute and insightful.

Relationships & Attachment 


Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart (book) John Welwood


Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and and Build a Secure Relationship (book)  Stan Tatkin


Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (book)  Sue Johnson


When the Past is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage Our Relationships (book) – David Richo


The Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for Couples (book) – John Gottman


Trauma Recovery

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (book)Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW

Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Discovering Your True Self Through Internal Family System Therapy (book) - Richard Schwartz, PhD


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma (book)  Bessel van der Kolk


Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both: Strategies for Finding Your Best Self (book) – Lisa Najavits

Anxiety, Depression, & Stress


The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth (book) – Cheri Huber


The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (book) – Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn


Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope (book) – Johann Hari


The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution (book) – Clark & Beck


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (book)  Davis & Eshelman

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook (book)  – Stahl & Goldstein

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (online course) – free online version of the widely used 8-week MBSR course 


Shame & Self-Esteem

The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love (book) - Sonya Renee Taylor


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (book) – Tara Brach


Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness: The Gift of Redemptive Love (audiobook) – Adyashanti 


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (book)  Brene Brown


Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (book)  Kristin Neff

Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology, & Neuroscience

Tara Brach (website) - one of my favorite meditation teachers, with a website full of free meditations, video talks, and more

Spiritrock (organization) – Insight Meditation (also known as vipassana or mindfulness) center in Marin County with many online programs.


East Bay Meditation Center (organization) – Insight meditation center in Oakland, "offering meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, with attention to social action, multiculturalism, and the diverse populations of the East Bay and beyond."

Rick Hanson (website) – neuroscience research on happiness, confidence, resilience with videos, audiobooks, podcast, and more. 

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (book) – John Kabat-Zinn


The Wise Heart – A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (book) – Jack Kornfield


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Confidence (book) – Rick Hanson 


Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Change Your Life (audiobook) – Rick Hanson 

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness (book) Mark Epstein


For the Wild (podcast) - inspiring podcast "focused on land-based protection, co-liberation, and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism."

Animas Valley Institute (organization) – offering "journeys into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including Soulcraft™ intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides.” Signup available on their website for free newsletter with lots of inspiring information. They have a generous scholarship program available, especially for people from historically marginalized communities, folks under 35 years old, and those involved in creating cultural change. 


School of Lost Borders (organization) – offering "vision fasts and rites of passage training which cultivate self-trust, responsibility, and understanding about ones' unique place within society and the natural world."

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy (book) - Joanna Macy


Soulcraft: Crossing in the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (book) – Bill Plotkin


Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (book)  Bill Plotkin


Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (book)  Bill Plotkin


Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind (book)  Roszak, Gomes & Kanner


Depth Psychology

Living Myth (podcast) – mythologist Michael Meade sharing timeless wisdom from myths from around the world


Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World (book)  Michael Meade


The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology & Sacred Psychology (book)  Jean Houston


The Soul's Code: In Search of Character & Calling (book) James Hillman


Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (book) Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth & Sacredness in Everyday Life (book) – Thomas Moore





Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life (book) – Emily Nagoski


Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century (book) – Barbara Carrellas


Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Treasure (book) – Sheri Winston


Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma, and Consentual Nonmonogamy (book) - Jessica Fern


The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love (book) – Janet Hardy & Dossie Easton


Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships (book) – Tristan Taormino


Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry


The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life (book) – Adyashanti

Loving What is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (book) – Byron Katie


When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (book)  Pema Chodron


Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (book) – Eckhart Tolle

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life (book) – Jack Kornfield

Psychedelic Integration


Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth (book) – Francoise Bourzat


The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys (book) – James Fadiman

Other Recommendations

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up (book) - James Hollis


Tapping In: A Step by Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation (book) – Dr. Laurel Parnell


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (book) – Marshall Rosenberg


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (book) – Elizabeth Gilbert


A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Self-Expression and Spiritual Practice for Those Who Have Time for Neither (book) – Nina Wise

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