The following are some recommended books from our BeWell Associates


When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder:  Practical strategies to help your teen recover from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating        ~by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.

This short book (158 pgs) is packed with useful information about eating disorders and very specific strategies to guide parents through the labyrinth of their teen’s recovery. While the book is heavily researched, the language is accessible to anyone without a medical or mental health background. The author uses examples from families to offer real-life scenarios and suggestions for parental interventions. Parent roles are clearly defined and there are free on-line, printable resources for evaluation, meal-planning and tracking progress. This book is a must-read for any parent or clinician who is trying to help a child with an eating disorder.  ~ Lucy Lauer, LMHC


Smart But Scattered        ~by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

This book is for parents who want to help their child become more organized, stay focused, learn from mistakes, manage their emotions , and become more autonomous. This is a parent friendly book that takes executive functions research and makes it applicable to daily interactions with your child. ~ Rachel Russell, Psy.D.


The Primal Wound        ~by Nancy Verrier

This book was well written and can help those who have been adopted and adoptive parents gain a better understanding of the trauma a child goes through when taken from the birth mother as well as provide insight and guidance for the adoptive parents to help their adopted child cope with their pain. ~ Judy Schrader, LMHC


Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone                     ~by Brene’ Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

A collection of inspiring stories and interviews about people who have opened up their hearts to work through uncertainty, vulnerability, and criticism. The author is a social scientist who has been researching the idea of shame for years and provides her meaningful insight in a down-to-earth way. She encourages civility and transparency to connect with others to create positive change. ~ Elana Breiner, LMFT


Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself        ~By William W. Li, MD

There are so many books about nutrition and health, many of which are unsubstantiated.  This book provides research-based information on how many every day foods may help support our body’s own natural defense systems, and positively influence our health.  ~Sarah Starr, RD


The Gifts of Imperfection        ~By Brene’ Brown, Ph.D., LCSW

After years of researching shame, Brene’ Brown has uncovered the tools she believes lead to “Wholehearted Living”.  Through the use of personal examples, Dr. Brown’s journey becomes relatable as well as inspiring.  The themes of courage, compassion and connection with others are then interwoven throughout Dr. Brown’s chapters of daily practices. These practices introduce practical ways on how to include the skills needed to begin your own journey of “Wholehearted Living”.  This book can help you recognize the human experience we call life.  ~ Karen Drack, RMHCI


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