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Recommended Resources

I get asked a lot if there are additional resources that I would recommend.  This is why I believe that this page will be helpful for those that are looking for additional helpful resources.  All of the resources that I have listed on this page are resources that I have utilized in my work with others.  I get a small commission from the products you see here at no additional cost to you.  If you do purchase something through this page, you have my sincere and heartfelt thanks.  I hope you find the following resources as helpful to you as they have been to me.  

Daring Greatly book by Brene' Brown Ph.D

Daring Greatly - by Brene’ Brown PhD

Based on 12 years of research on shame and vulnerability, Daring Greatly was born. Brene’ Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness. On the contrary, it is at the core of difficult emotions that most of us try to ignore or push down. And those emotions are fear, grief, and disappointment. However, vulnerability is also the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity, and it’s those things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what she calls Wholehearted living. To dare greatly is to show up and let yourself be seen and know that you are enough.

Feeling Great book by Dr. David D. Burns

Feeling Great - by David D. Burns MD

Based on 40 years of research and more than 40,000 hours of treating individuals with severe mood problems. Dr. David D. Burns created, Feeling Great. It doesn't take long for Dr. Burns to get into the meat of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. And how to begin to address severe mood problems utilizing CBT. The three fundamentals that Dr. Burns focuses on are: 1.) Your thoughts drive how you feel. 2.) The negative thoughts that are causing you distress will most likely be distorted. 3.) If you consciously choose to change how you think, then you will change how you feel.

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Essential Oils - For self-soothing

Essential oils can be used to ease stress, boost mood, increase energy, calm anxiety, reduce depression, ground yourself in your body, and help with self-soothing. Essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy with a diffuser. Our strongest sense is our sense of smell. For many people, just being able to breathe in a soothing smell can bring instant relief. Be sure to check use instructions before using them topically.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene' Brown Ph.D

The Gifts of Imperfection - By Brene' Brown PhD

The Gifts of Imperfection, is a guide about being okay with not being perfect. Courage, compassion, and connection are the gifts of imperfection. When you choose to be vulnerable with your shame and imperfection, you allow yourself to experience connection. You can choose to let go of your ‘fake life’ (you know the one I’m talking about), where you try to be perfect and act perfectly in your desperate attempt to avoid pain, blame, judgment, and shame. The life where you are constantly trying to earn the approval and acceptance of others. The belief that what you accomplish dictates your self-worth. The Gifts of Imperfection, has the 10 guideposts to Wholehearted living moving you from trying to be perfect to finally feeling “I am enough,” no matter what happens today, “I am enough.”

I thought it was just me book by Brene' Brown

I thought it was just me (But it isn't) - By Brene' Brown PhD

Shame is something that we all experience and no one really wants to talk about. As a result, we sometimes pretend that it doesn't lurk in the all too familiar places: body image, motherhood, money, work, mental and physical health, aging, sex, and religion. I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), offers stories of women who have experienced shame and provides specific strategies for building shame resilience. While we can never be resistant to shame, we can build resiliency to it, discover how to move through it in healthy ways, and grow from it to live our best authentic lives.

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