Joan Druckman, PhD Psychologist and Couples Therapy
 Joan Druckman, PhDPsychologist and Couples Therapy          

Resources for Clients

I often recommend reading for my clients to deepen their understanding of the problem they are dealing with.  Below is a list of the books that I am currently suggesting to my clients, and perhaps you will find them useful to you too.

Marital/Couple Issues

  • Hold Me Tight- Susan Johnson, Ph.D
  • Love Sense-Susan Johnson, Ph.D
  • An Emotionally Focused Workbook fo Couples- Veronica Kallos-Lilly and Jennifer Fitzgerald
  • Emotional Safety- Don Catherall
  • Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work-John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • 10 Lessions to Transform Your Marriage-John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • What Makes Love Last- John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Reconciliable Differences- Andrew Christensen, Ph.D. and Neil Jacobson, Ph.D.
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find and Keep Love- Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Sexual Issues

  • Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style-  Barry McCarthy and Emily McCarthy
  • Hot Monogamy- Pat Love, Ed.
  • Becoming Orgasmic- Julia Heiman and Joseph Lo Piccolo, Ph.D.
  • Sex Matters for Women: Second Edition
    A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self-
    Sallie Foley, Sally A. Kope, and Dennis P. Sugrue
  • Sexual Anorexia- Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
  •  Rekindling Desire: A step-by-Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages- Barry McCarthy and Emily McCarthy
  • The Sexual Healing Journey- Wendy Maltz, Ph.D.
  • The Couple's Guide to Intimacy: How Sexual Reintegration Therapy can Help your Relationship Heal- Drs. Bill and Gnger Bercaw
  • Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire- Lisa M. Diamond

Infidelity, Betrayals, and Forgiveness

  • After the Affair- Janis Abrams Spring
  • Forgiving the Unforgivable- Beverly Flanigan, M.S.S.W.
  • How Can I Forgive You?- Janis Abrams Spring
  • Not "Just Friends" Rebuilding Trust and Restoring Your Sanity After Infidelity-Shirley Glass, Ph.D.
  • Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On- Together or Apart-Douglas K. Snyder, Ph.D., Donald Baucom, Ph.D. Kristina Coop Gordon, Ph.D.
  • I Love You But I Don't Trust You: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust in Your Relationship-Mira Kirshenbaum
  • Intimacy After Infidelity: How to Rebuild and Affair-Proof Your Marriage-Steven Solomon, Ph.D. and Lorie Teagno, Ph.D.
  • When Good People Have Affairs: Inside the Hearts and Minds of People in Two Relationships- Mira Kirshenbaum


Sex Addiction

  • Don't Call It Love: Recovery from Sex Addiction-Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. 
  • Out of the Shadow: Understanding Sex Addiction- Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
  • Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery-Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
  • Porn Trap- Wendy Maltz, L.C.S.W. and Larry Maltz
  • Lust, Anger, Love: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Road to Healthy Intimacy- Maureen Canning, LMFT
  • Breaking the Cycle-George N. Collins, MA
  • Thirty Days to Hope and Freedom from Sexual Addiction- Milton S. Magness, D. Min.
  • Recovery Zone, Volume 1-Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.
  • Love Addict: Sex, Romance, and Other Dangerous Drugs-Ethlie Ann Vare

For Partners of Sex Addicts

  • Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness- Jennifer Schneider, M.D. and Burt Schneider 
  • Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets- Claudia Black, Ph.D. 
  • Mending a Shattered Heart-Stephanie Carnes, Ph.D.
  • Love You, Hate the Porn- Mark Chamberlain, Ph.D. and Geoff Steurer, MS
  • Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction-Claudia Black, Ph.D. and Cara Tripodi, LCSW
  • Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts- Claudia Black, Ph.D. and Mari Lee, Anthony Rodriguez
  • Surviving Disclosure: A Partner's Guide for Healing the Betrayal of Intimate Trust- Jennifer Schneider, M.D. and M. Deborah Corley, Ph.D.
  • A Couple's Guide to Sexual Addiction- Catherine and George Collins

Love Addiction 

  • Love Addict: Sex, Romance, and Other Dangerous Drugs- Ethlie Ann Vare
  • Facing Love Addiction-Pia Melody, Andrea Wells Miller and J. Keith Miller
  • Addiction to Love- Susan Peabody
  • Obsessive Love-Susan Forward, Ph.D. and Craig Buck

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome

  • Journal of Best Practices- David Finch
  • Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going Over the Edge? Kathy Marshack, Ph.D.
  • Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, And Why They Evolved- Russell A. Barkley 

Breaking Up


  • Too Good To Leave, Too Bad to Stay- Mira Kirshenbaum
  • How to Break Your Addiction to a Person-Howard Halpern
  • Getting Past Your Breakup-Susan J. Elliott


  • Rage: A Step-by-Step Guide to overcoming Explosive Anger-Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.
  • Freeing the Angry Mind: How Men Can Use Mindfulness and Reason to Save Their Lives and Relationships- C. Peter Bankart, Ph.D.
  • Act on Life Not on Anger-Georg H. Eifert, Ph.D., Matthew Mckay, Ph.D. and others 
  • When Anger Hurts-Matthew McKay,Ph.D. Peter Rogers, Ph.D. Judith Mckay, Ph.D.
  • The High Conflict Couple-Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship- Patricia Evans
  • The Gaslight Effect- Robin Stern, Ph.D.
  • Angry all the Time: An Emergency Guide to Anger Control-Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.

Anxiety Worry and Fear

  • The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination- Pamela Wiegartz, Ph.D. and Kevin Gyoerkoe, Psy.D.
  • Dying of Embarrasment- Barbara Markway, Ph.D. C. Alec Pollard, Ph,D. and others
  • The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook- Mark Antony, Ph.D. and Richard Swinson, Ph.D.
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety- John Forsyth, Ph.D. and Georg Eifert, Ph.D.
  • Women Who Worry Too Much- Holley Hazlett-Stevens, Ph.D.
  • The Worry Trap- Chad Lejeune, Ph.D.
  • Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions- Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. and Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Depression and Grief

  • I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression- Terence Real
  • Depressed & Anxious-Thomas Marra, Ph.D.
  • Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace After the Sudden or Violent Death of a Loved One-Courtney Armstrong, LPC

Shame and Guilt

  • Shame and Guilt- Ernest Kurtz
  • The Secret Message of Shame: Pathways to Hope and Healing- Patricia Potter-Efron, MS and Ronald Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.
  • I Thought it was Just Me (but it isn't)- Brene Brown, Ph.D.
  • Shame: The Exposed Self-Michael Lewis
  • Shame and Guilt- June Price Tagney and Ronda Dearing


  • Getting to Sleep-Ellen Mohr Catalano
  • No More Sleepless Nights- Peter Hauri and Shirley Linde

Post-Partum Adjustment Problems

  • Shouldn't I Be Happy? Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Post-Partum Women-Shaila Misri, M.D.  
  • This Isn't What I Expected-  Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin
  • The Post-Partum Hasband: Practical Soutions for Living with Post-Partum Depression-Karen Kleiman


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