Suggested Reading - Northern Beaches Psychotherapy & Counselling
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Suggested Reading

how stress and worry impacts us

Sapolsky, Robert M. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping. Henry Holt & Company. 2004 3rd Edition

When we worry, our stress response is activated. What makes you lie awake at night?

Over time, stress can make us literally sick. This books provides insight to how the nervous system responds to stress and how those responses can be controlled. Zebras, and other animals, know to only stress in acute physical crisis, whereas us humans generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads.


Peter A Levine, Waking the Tiger. North Atlantic Books. 1997

Why do we feel overwhelmed? A book to guide your awareness to the impulses that control your responses to overwhelming life events.

Every life contain difficulties that we are not prepared for. In this book you can read about how trauma can be healed – between our thoughts and our physiology.

our capacity to love and grow into healthy humans

Karen, R. Becoming Attached – First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love. Oxford University Press, 1998

How do we become who we are?

Attachment theory is a concept in developmental psychology. This book answers the question of how our early struggles with our parents reappear in the way we relate to others as adults.

mind brain body connection

Van Der Kolk, B. The Body Keeps the Score – Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma. Penguin Books. 2014

Offering a new paradigm for treatment away from standard talk and drug therapies to heal the mind, brain and body.

About emotional trauma. In a compassionate way, full of scientific insight, it helps us understand how life experiences play out in the function and malfunction of our bodies, years after the event.

counselling support when we fail to live forever

Jenkinson, S. Die Wise – a Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. North Atlantic Books. 2015

A book for those who will fail to live forever

Stephen Jenkinson says “Seeing the end of your life is the birth of your ability to love being alive”. With stories from decades of working with dying people and their families, he shares his views and observations on dying.


Sunderland, M. The Science of Parenting. DK Publishing, 2006.

To experience a warm world inside your head, depends very much on the special ``one-to-one`` moments with your parents.

Science is revealing to us that key emotional systems in the brain are powerfully moulded for the better or worse by parenting experiences. Parents can affect the chemistry in a child’s brain to such an extent that the child’s inner thoughts will be self-encouraging rather than filled with self-criticism. A comprehensive guide on the best way to raise our children.

a trusting therapeutic relationship

Cozolino, L. Why Therapy Works. W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.

Rooted in interpersonal neurobiology, this book explains how therapy changes the brain and the nervous system.

Read about how therapy helps restore the capacity within us to feel fully alive.

counselling and psychotherapy and what promotes lasting change

Howe, D. On Being a Client – understanding the process of counselling and psychotherapy. SAGE Publications Ltd. 2006

``A trouble shared is trouble halved``. How do we get to new understandings and better ways of coping?

Good therapists are real, warm and friendly people. This book explores how the self forms and re-forms in social relationships, including the relationship formed in counselling and psychotherapy.

coregulation in psychotherapy for strength

Lessem, Peter A. Self Psychology – an Introduction. The Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. 2005

``Leaving things behind us`` has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.

In this comprehensive book, Self Psychology is described as a large contributor to the modern evolution of psychoanalysis.

psychologist and psychotherapists what works

Teyber, E. Interpersonal Process in Therapy – an Integrative Model. Thomson Brooks/Cole. 2006 5th Edition

How is the relationship between therapist and client used to facilitate positive change?

The book puts emphasis on what is called the integrative approach to therapy. It explains the benefit of bringing together interpersonal and relational elements from various theoretical approaches.

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