MH@H Book Reviews

Mental Health @ Home book review: Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love by Joel Black

Book Review: Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love

The Mindfulness Workbook for Self-Love by Joel Black, LCSW, helps readers to use mindfulness to be more self-compassionate and promote greater well-being. The first part of the book looks at what mindfulness and self-love are and how they relate to one another, while the second part focuses on how to practice them. The book is …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Book Review: Sh*t I Say to Myself

Sh*t I Say to Myself by Katie Krimer aims to help readers change their negative self-talk. The author is a therapist, and also describes herself as “a recovered negative thinker and self-talker. I’m also a former insomniac, life-long worrier and overthinker, recurring panic attack survivor, skilled ruminator, and recuperating perfectionist.” The book is broken down …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: No One Cares About Crazy People

Book Review: No One Cares About Crazy People

No One Cares About Crazy People is Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers’ exploration of his two sons’ journeys with schizophrenia, combined with a sweeping social history of mental health care and attitudes towards those with mental illness. He skillfully interweaves these separate threads, drawing the reader along from the early …

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Mental Health @ Home book reviews: cover of What Makes You Stronger

Book Review: What Makes You Stronger

What Makes You Stronger by Louise L. Hayes, Joseph V. Ciarrochi, and Ann Bailey uses an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach to support greater psychological flexibility. The authors write, “This book offers you a radical premise: Trying to control the wrong things brings loss of control. If you try to control how you think …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: cover of How to Be Yourself

Book Review: How to Be Yourself

How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety by psychologist Ellen Hendriksen offers cognitive behavioural therapy-based strategies to help readers overcome social anxiety. The author herself has experienced social anxiety, and I always like when authors are willing to be vulnerable and add that personal touch. The book is aimed …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction, 2nd ed., by Rebecca E. Williams and Julie S. Kraft uses mindfulness strategies to help readers explore the losses and avoidance of feelings that have contributed to addictions. It draws on a variety of concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). …

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MH@H book review: What Happened to Make You Anxious?

Book Review: What Happened to Make You Anxious?

What Happened to Make You Anxious? by Jaime Castillo aims to help readers uncover and process the unresolved past little-t traumas that are fuelling their anxiety. It incorporates concepts from several therapeutic approaches, including internal family systems therapy (IFS) and the adaptive information processing model, which is the theoretical basis for eye movement desensitization and …

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MH@H book review: The Black Woman's Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence

Review: The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence 

The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence by Shayonne J. Moore-Lobran and Robyn L. Gobin offers support for women who are or have been in abusive relationships while taking into account cultural factors within the Black community. Being neither a Black woman nor someone who’s experienced domestic violence, I’m not the target audience for …

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