The best therapy books 📚

Browse the best books on therapy as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation

By Robert R. Provine

Why this book?

If you are curious about the ins and outs of why we laugh, this is the book to read. Among other things, it will answer such questions as to why we laugh, is laughter contagious, and has anyone ever died laughing. Written by the world’s leading scientific expert on laughter.

From the list:

The best books on therapeutic humor & laughter

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Book cover of Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn't Really Funny

Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn't Really Funny

By Annette Goodheart

Why this book?

The first part of this book provides a theoretical framework for understanding laughter and why it is cathartic. The second part contains 25 ways to help you laugh or relearn to laugh in order to maximize healing. As the subtitle states, it will show you How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn't Really Funny.

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The best books on therapeutic humor & laughter

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Book cover of 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience

By Carolyn Costin, Gwen Schubert Grabb

Why this book?

This book gives the perspective of a therapist and a former client who is now a therapist herself. 

This book can create realistic hope and includes self-disclosures of the author’s own experiences. The authors recognize that eating disorders serve a purpose and it’s not about food. They also emphasize the importance of reaching out to people which is a key factor for recovery.

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The best books about recovery from eating disorders

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Book cover of The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

By Irvin D. Yalom

Why this book?

Probably the best place to start with Yalom, this book is a must-read for therapists, and I recommend it regularly to anyone getting started in the business, or even contemplating pursuing a career in psychotherapy. The hardest guide to write about psychotherapy is the book about “technique” - not the highfalutin theory laced with opaque language book, but the hands-on, “this is what you say when someone says this” or “here's what you can do when you run into someone in this sort of situation” book.  This is that book, and only Yalom, with his immense experience and humility, could…

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The best books by Irvin Yalom

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Book cover of Humor and the Health Professions: The Therapeutic Use of Humor in Health Care

Humor and the Health Professions: The Therapeutic Use of Humor in Health Care

By Vera Robinson

Why this book?

Another pioneer in the therapeutic humor field: this one written for the health professions. In spite of that, any reader can get a lot from this book. It introduces the benefits of humor not only as a healing tool for the patient, but as a stress management tool for the health professional as well. Certainly, any reader dealing with stress can benefit from the coping characteristics of humor.

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The best books on therapeutic humor & laughter

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Book cover of The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, a Guide for Parents and Teachers

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, a Guide for Parents and Teachers

By Sue Schwartz

Why this book?

When you have a child with a severe communication impairment, they probably are in therapy almost every day of their life. Too often, I’ve found parents forget children with special needs are still children.  While appropriate speech therapy is critical for apraxia, children learn through play, and too often the importance of play is underestimated. What I love about The New Language of Toys is it shows us, the parents (as well as therapists) how to take typical toys found around the house to use as fun therapy tools to help bring your child a voice.  

 I used to work…

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The best books for parents who have a child with apraxia

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