Books I Love

We read to learn, grow and remember that we’re not alone.

I keep updating this list.

P.S. My favourite online place to find books is Better World Books. They’re second-hand, inexpensive and our purchases contribute to donations and literature funding. Here’s my referral code (I don’t gain anything from this, except for the satisfaction someone might get a good discount).

General Wellbeing

A very practical handbook on to do the personal work (processing childhood pains, increasing self-esteem, addressing grief, anger, guilt), relationship work (boundaries, intimacy, trust) and psycho-spiritual integration (Jungian shadow work). I highly recommend this book, it was transformational.

Yes, this is technically a children’s book. It’s full of wisdom, love and friendship – which I think makes it a great book for all ages. I highly recommend it if you’re feeling a bit lonely, low or insecure.


Sometimes, unhealthy relationships can be powerfully addictive. Loving ‘too much’ can be a problematic behavioural pattern that takes roots in unmet needs in childhood. Highly recommend the book.


Our relationship with food is reflects with our relationship with ourselves. When we unveil why we misuse food (to self-regulate, numb/distract, feel control), then we can deepen our relationship with ourselves.

Pivotal book on the psycho-somatic (mind-body) link in regards to how we process trauma. Trauma is an embodied experience, not a cognitive one. Our bodies have innate capacity to heal trauma through self-regulation, as long as we allow them to.

Another key book in the psycho-somatic (mind-body) piece in trauma. Essentially, trauma fragments the brain (literally rearranging the neural wiring) – specifically in the brain areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control & trust.

I’m a big fan of Internal Family Systems therapy. It’s an experiential way of processing trauma (because again, trauma is an embodied experience). The book is great.

Trauma can reduce our capacity to be present. When the trauma is chronic, it can lead to the (adaptive) capacity to dissociate. This book is fully of the juicy neuroscience involved in trauma.

Using bottom-up approaches to stay within our Window Of Tolerance, this book is simple and has great exercises.



“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked. “Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” 

One of my all time favourite quotes. Fun fact: Our hearts have around 40,000 neurones & a large network of neurotransmitters with very specific functions. It’s sometimes called the ‘third brain’, the gut being the ‘second brain’. I love checking in with my heart, and seeing what it has to share with me.

This book helped me enormously moving through a depressive episode (before I could afford therapy). It helped redirect my attention towards things that were loving. Slowly my behaviour, and then my mood, followed suit.

Psychotherapy as an exercise in “love” and “spiritual growth”. Peck weaves psychoanalysis with spirituality, through Jung, Christ and Buddha.

Feel free to send me any of your recommendations!

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