My intention is to only include resources that I have personally used and benefitted from, and/or that I have used successfully with my clients. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Hold Me Tight: Dr. Sue Johnson created Emotion Focused Therapy. She is a legend in the couple therapy world and a big inspiration for me. This book is hugely helpful, readable and accessible. There is an audio version too, which is great if you and your partner want to listen together.
Mating in Captivity: Dr. Esther Perel has done tremendous work regarding the challenges inherent in keeping sex lives alive in monogamous relationships.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: This book by Dr. Joe Dispenza provides a clear and practical way to identify, understand and address habitual ways of being that keep us stuck repeating the past. The last part of the book guides you to apply what you learn with guided meditations. Dr. Dispenza offers workshops and trainings all around the world. I'm a big fan.
Reinventing Your Life: This is the book I have almost all of my patients get at the beginning of therapy. The vast majority are blown away by how helpful it is, how understood it makes them feel and how it provides a clear language and bridge to so much that had been incomprehensible. Dr. Jeffrey Young is the creator of Schema Therapy, and the co-author of this brilliant book with Dr. Janet Klosko.
Sitting Still Like a Frog: The paperback version of this book comes with a CD. This is a great way to get your feet wet with mindfulness and meditation and make it something the whole family can do. My son uses the sleep meditation track every night.
Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years: This is a wonderful book on fatherhood by my good friend and colleague, John Carr, L-CSW, designed to promote a father's presence from the very beginning. There's an important chapter on keeping a marriage strong.
Parenting From the Inside Out: This is a classic book on mindful parenting by Dr. Daniel Siegel grounded in attachment theory and neuroscience.
The Whole Brain Child: This is another brilliant mindful parenting book loaded with tools and strategies on how to raise a well-rounded child.
Here is a link to a site with free and low-cost counseling services in the Austin area:
Free and low-cost counseling services in Austin, TX
COVID resource: How to stay active while social distancing
COVID resource: How to practice responsible tourism during COVID-19
This is a survey of 1000 parents to help determine the financial commitments of having a baby.
Interactive guide teaching kids about finances
Teaching kids about money
Kids' guide to emergency savings
Preparing your finances for a child
College Education Guides to help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment. You can view the guides here:
The How to Keep Children Safe in Public Places Guide offers lots of helpful information such as:
- Why kids should be allowed to play outside - how outdoor play benefits children physically and socially, safety tips for taking children to play outside the home, and a showcase of successful, kid-friendly public spaces that have become a vital part of their communities.
- Understanding the risks of outdoor play - this includes doing a risk assessment of public spaces (downloadable template included), recognizing potential outdoor hazards, key criteria for safe play areas, and knowing how to talk to your kids about safety and danger.
- Tips for families to ensure spending time outside and in public spaces can be as safe and enjoyable as possible, advice from experts, how to help build your kids confidence to playing outside, and even advice for older children.
- Other helpful tips and online resources for parents and guardians to help keep their kids safe whilst playing outside.
Child vision resources:
Light Sensitivity in Children
7 Warning Signs Your Child may have a vision problem
Medically accurate content for all things vision
This Internet safety guide for teens, kids, and students contains practical tips, useful infographics, and proven statistics. The guide tells about possible online dangers for children and aims to inform parents and teachers how to prevent them.
Here is another online safety guide.
Social media safety guide for parents
A guide to managing media for teens and tweens
Here is a great guide for parents on streaming services
Here are some great resources to help parents understand their kids' sleep needs (and their own):
Healthy Sleep for New and Expecting Parents
How To Manage Screen Time and Bedtime
Parents' Guide to Sleep
Parent’s guide to a healthier children’s sleep
Benefits of sleep | The Impact of Sleep on the Body (Guide)
Guide to better sleep and mental health
Student sleep guide
Bedtime routines and anxiety
Insomnia and technology
Back to school sleep tips during COVID
Tips to help fall asleep
Eyeglasses is working to help educate and provide tips and information about digital eye strain and other common parental concerns in this digital age. This guide includes information on symptoms of eye strain, statistics of computer use of children and teens and solutions to prevent digital eye strain in children and teens.
Natural cleaning solutions for your home:
6 Natural Mold Cleaning Solutions to Use Instead of Bleach
This is a comprehensive guide to keeping your children safe in your car:
Child Car Seat Guide
This is an essential guide to laying out the benefits of owning a family pet to children:
Benefits of Pets for Kids – The Essential Guide
This is an in-depth online resource about disaster safety awareness and preparation whilst abroad:
Vacation disaster preparation guide
This is a great guide on the benefits of music education for children
Here is a gratitude practice printable for couples courtesy of Bestow. Click here