Separation and Divorce

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: Making Two Homes for your Child by Isolina Ricci

Helping Children Cope with Divorce by Edward Teyber

Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way by M. Gary Neuman

Putting Children First – Proven Parenting Strategies by JoAnne Pedro Carroll

Two Homes by Claire Masurel (for children)

Divorce is Not the End of the World by Zoe Stern (for children)

(see websites below for additional information)


When things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Broken Open – How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lessor

Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman

Healing After Loss by Martha Hickman (Daily Meditations)

Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt

The Courage to Heal- A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion By Christopher Germer


Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon, PhD. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D..

Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers by Michael Riera, Ph.D.

Choices & Consequences by Dick Schaefer

Raising Confident Girls by Elizabeth Hartley- Brewer

For Parents and Teenagers – Dissolving the Barrier Between You and Your Teen by William Glasser, M.D.

Boundaries & Codependency

Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody

Boundaries – Where You End and I Begin by Anne Katherine, M.A.

Codependent No More by Pia Mellody

Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody

Beyond Codependency by Melody Beattie


Personhood – The Art of Being Fully Human by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Before You Think Another Thought by Bruce I. Doyle III, Ph.D.

no death, no fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

Choice Theory – Choosing the Life You Want to Live by William Glasser, M.D.

Love & Intimacy

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Love Secrets Revealed by Allen Berger, Ph.D.

The Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch, Ph.D.

The Marriage of Sex and Spirit edited by Geralyn Gendreau, MFT (various author contributions)

Eight Lessons for a Happier Marriage by William Glasser, M.D.

Depression & Anxiety

Living with a Black Dog – His Name is Depression by Matthew Johnstone

When Panic Attacks by David Burns

The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by Aaron Beck and David Clark

Bipolar Disorder

The Bipolar Disorder – Survival Guide by David Miklowitz

The Bipolar Workbook by Monica Basco

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison

Addiction and Recovery

Sacred Housekeeping – A Spiritual Memoir by Harriet Rossetto

A Starving Madness by Judith Raskay Rabinor, Ph.D.

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger, Ph.D.

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Choices and Consequences – What to do when a Teenager Uses Alcohol/Drugs by Dick Schaeffer

Cutting – Understanding and Overcoming Self Mutilation by Steven Levenkron


The Observing Self by Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.

The Pathway of Roses by Christian Larson

The Sufis by Idries Shah

Total Freedom by J. Krishnamurti

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

New Thought

Your Sacred Self by Dr. Wayne Dyer

New Thought by Mary Manin Morrissey

The Neville Reader by Neville Goddard

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Crisis Intervention Contacts

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
800-273-8255 FREE

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center CRISIS LINE
24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
877-727-4747 FREE

Teen Line
Teens Helping Teens- Connect, Talk, Chat, Get Help!
6pm to 10pm Daily

Teen 2 Teen Hotline
Trained Volunteer Teen Counselors available to help
5pm to 9pm Daily

Helpful Websites

National Institute of Mental Health
A part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing information on several topics in mental health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Westside Los Angeles
Classes and workshops for people with a mental illness and their families and friends

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Resource Center
Non-profit organization providing information on Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Teen Depression
Non-profit organization helping people understand teenage depression
Statistics, Prevention, Facts on Teenage Depression

Anxiety for Dummies
A guide with helpful tips on reducing anxiety
Non-profit organization providing information on many different psychological disorders for adults, children and families

LA Parent
Events, deals, child friendly activities, and resources
A non-profit, on-line resource for parenting – to help parents and children going through divorce – legal aspects of divorce when children are involved – to help parents and children going through divorce – resources for divorce and stepfamilies

Guided Mindfulness Mediation with Jon Kabat-Zin
Mindfulness Meditation resources with Jon Kabat-Zin

Attachment Parenting International, API
Non-profit organization dedicated to attachment parenting

AA- Alcoholics Anonymous
Support group for people struggling with alcohol addiction
12-Step meetings

CODA- Co-Dependents Anonymous
Support group for people struggling with co-dependency
12-Step Meetings

Support Groups for family and friends of alcoholics
12-Step Meetings

A subset of Al-Anon specializing in support groups for Teens with family or friends that are alcoholics
12-Step Meetings

Crisis Non-Profit Community Mental Health Sources

Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC)

Open Paths

Pepperdine University Psychology Counseling Clinic
West LA 310-568-5752
Encino   818-501-1678
Irvine   949-223-2570

South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC)

Airport Marina Counseling Center


Low Cost Referral Sources

24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
211 from your phone or 800-339-6993 FREE


Smartphone Apps

Stop, Breathe & Think
Mindfulness Training App
OMG I can Meditate
Take a Break!

Anxiety & Trauma
SAM- Self Help for Anxiety Management
T2 Mood Tracker
Anti Anxiety App
Gratitude Journal
​Live OCD Free

PTSD Coach
eCBT Trauma
T2 Mood Tracker

Happy Habits: Choose Happiness