RECOMMENDED READINGS AND RESOURCES
DR. AUDREY ATKINSON'S RECOMMENDED READINGS
Dr. Brené Brown’s entire collection. Her work focuses on how to live a whole-hearted life and developing resiliency in responding to difficult emotions.
"The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships", by John Gottman and Joan DeClaire
While I recommend all of Dr. Gottman’s books, I particularly recommend this book as it addresses relationships across the spectrum. It is an easy read with practical advice and tips, allowing you to become intentional about improving your relationships.
"The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts", By Gary Chapman.
Often we give and receive love in our own love language. If our language is different from the individual with whom we are in relationship, then it may go unrecognized. This book provides an excellent lens through which to view all your relationships, not just romantic partnerships. It details 5 common love languages and the website below also has a self-test.
"The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions", by Christopher Germer
In addition to Dr. Kristin Neff’s work (see website below), Dr. Germer’s book provides excellent exercises and tips for cultivating self-compassion and mindfulness. Self-compassion is central to healthy living and wholeness.
The APA website has helpful articles on a wide range of mental health topics and is an excellent, credible resource.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
This website is a great and reliable resource, which has information for those individuals and families struggling with mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL
The Gottmans' website for couples and parents. Excellent resources based in solid research. They are leaders in the field of couples therapy.
Dr. Kristin Neff's website on self-compassion. The website has her TED talks, youtube videos, a self-assessment, and more. Her work in this area is exceptional and cultivating self-compassion is a vital aspect of health and wellness.
THE GOTTMAN INSTITUTE
A national hotline for transgender individuals.
Please note I do not provide crisis services. The crisis hotline is 1-800-273-8255 and the website, which has a chat feature, is listed below.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE
Reliable information regarding trauma and PTSD symptoms. Though housed within the VA, the information is also relevant to those who have never served in the military.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD
The LGBT Foundation has a wealth of resources ranging from articles to a helpline.
Please note I am not responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed sites.