RECOMMENDED READINGS AND RESOURCES

DR. AUDREY'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.
http://brenebrown.com

"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 Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships", by Dr. Harriet Lerner

Dr. Lener's books are excellent, easy to read, and filled with real-life examples. This book is one of the best I have read on anger and on learning more about anger and how to work towards managing it differently in relationships. It has excellent reflection questions that can help you explore your anger and teaches you how to set healthier boundaries. I also strongly recommend her book "The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You're Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate" as a companion read (or stand alone)! 

"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.
http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

The APA website has helpful articles on a wide range of mental health topics and is an excellent, credible resource.

http://www.apa.org/index.aspx

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.

http://www.postpartum.net

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.

https://www.gottman.com

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.

http://www.selfcompassion.org

THE GOTTMAN INSTITUTE

SELF-COMPASSION

A national hotline for transgender individuals. 

https://www.translifeline.org

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.

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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.

http://www.ptsd.va.gov

NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD

The LGBT Foundation has a wealth of resources ranging from articles to a helpline. 

http://lgbt.foundation

LGBT FOUNDATION 

Please note I am not responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed sites.

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