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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Happiness Trap, by Russ Harris

A Liberated Mind, by Steven C. Hayes

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, by Steven C. Hayes

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety, by Kelly G. Wilson and Troy DuFrene

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress (World Health Organization Resource)

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Recommended Books

Vetted by client wisdom, my real-life and in-my-heart teachers, the lived experiences and expertise of the authors, or my own readings, for both mental health and pleasure reading - not comprehensive, evolving, and adding frequently!  
Many of these recs target multiple and overlapping layers of oppression/marginalization, and as a result, may not be best explained by the headings. Please let me know if something is mistitled/mischaracterized!
The list is provided in alphabetical order by topic. Parentheses identify more specific subgenres of a general topic or hidden words.
And of course, this book list does not constitute therapy, nor is it a substitute for therapy!

As psychological theory, literature, and practice has historically been whitewashed and wisdom stolen or appropriated, read more about the numerous contributions of Black Americans to the field of mental health here.


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley

How to Be an Antiracist, by Dr. Ibram X Kendi

So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla Saad

(Transracial) Adoption

All That You Can Ever Know: A Memoir, by Nicole Chung


(Reclaiming) Attention 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell


Black Women's Wellness & Joy

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women, by Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD

Pleasure Activism, by adrienne maree brown

Body Image

The Body is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor


Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab (companion workbook just released!)


Work Won't Love You Back, by Sarah Jaffe

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Drs. Amelia and Emily Nagoski

Death & Dying

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, by Susan Cain

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

The Rebellious Widow, by Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW

Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, by David Kessler

Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, by Steven and Ondrea Levine

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief, by Francis Weller

Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death, by Irvin D. Yalom

Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner


There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, by M. Leona Godin

Feminist City, by Leslie Kern

Sick, by Porochista Khakpour


Real Self-Care: A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness (Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble Baths Not Included), by Pooja Lakshmin, MD

Financial Health

We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman's Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power, by Rachel Rodgers

Kids' Books

Bodies are Cool, by Tyler Feder


Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality, by Julia Shaw

The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression, by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, by Rachel E. Gross

Old Enough: A Novel, by Haley Jakobson

Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe

I'm Afraid of Men, by Vivek Shraya

Beyond the Gender Binary, by Alok Vaid-Menon

Yes, You Are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love, by Mia Violet

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Memorial, by Bryan Washington

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much, by Jen Winston

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

Love, Dating, Sex, Sexual Cultures, & Relationships

All About Love, by bell hooks

Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by John Gottman, PhD, Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, Doug Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD

Sex at Dawn, by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan 

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson

Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno, by Nancy Jo Sales

Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want, by Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel

The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, by Esther Perel

Love's Executioner, and Other Tales of Psychotherapy, by Irvin D. Yalom

The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, by Jane Ward, PhD


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, by Tara Brach, PhD

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, by Ruth King

A Year to Live, by Steven Levine

The Meditator's Dilemma, by Bill Morgan

Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive, by Kristin Neff, PhD

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive, by Kristin Neff, PhD, and Chris Germer, PhD

Neurodiversity (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum)

The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals, by Lidia Zylowska, MD



Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us about the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans, by Michaeleen Ducleff, PhD



Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less, by Tiffany Dufu

The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism: Build Your Best (Imperfect) Life Using Powerful Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Self-Compassion Skills, by Jennifer Kemp, MPsych 

Philosophy, Spirituality, & Mysticism

A Book of Hours, by Thomas Merton

Mystics and Zen Masters, by Thomas Merton

Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Ethics, by Baruch Spinoza

Racial Trauma & Recovery

The Pain We Carry: Healing from Complex PTSD for People of Color, by Natalie Y.  Gutiérrez, LMFT

Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace, by Minda Harts

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism & Engage in Collective Healing, by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD

(History and) Racism

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

A Black Women's History of the United States, by Daina Raimey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

(Environmental) Racism

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind, by Harriet A. Washington

Sex, Pleasure, & Consent

Sexual Rights in America: The Ninth Amendment and the Pursuit of Happiness, by Paul R. Abramson, Steven D. Pinkerton, and Mark Huppin

Notes on a Silencing, by Lucy Crawford

Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, by Donna Freitas

Come as You Are: The Surprising Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

Boys & Sex, by Peggy Orenstein

Being Lolita, by Alisson Wood

Substance Use

*I make every effort to avoid the terms "abuse," "dependence," "clean vs. dirty," the stigmatizing list goes on. While the following books may include such language, the culture around substance use terminology is shifting, albeit slowly, and these resources are intended to highlight either lived experience of individuals with substance use histories and their healing/identities as whole people, offer recovery strategies and tools for additional support, or offer more inclusive views about substance use.*

The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook, by Dr. Suzette Glasner

Tweak, by Nic Sheff

Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, by David Sheff

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones

The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse, by Kelly G. Wilson & Troy DuFrene

Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, by Dr. Carl Hart

(Complex) Trauma

What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma, by Stephanie Foo


Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit

Recollections of My Nonexistence, by Rebecca Solnit

Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo

Women (and Tech)

Uncanny Valley, by Anna Wiener

Women (and Health)

Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World, by Elinor Cleghorn, PhD

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1619, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
ACT: Root to Fruit with Marcel Tassara
Addiction Medicine: Beyond the Abstract
Dating while Gray
Ear Hustle
Good Ancestor Podcast by Layla Saad
Good Grief
Heart Wisdom Podcast
Hidden Grief
Modern Love
On Being with Krista Tippett
Reimagining Love, with Dr. Alexandra Solomon
Sex with Emily
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
The Happiness Lab
The OCD Stories
The Partially Examined Life
We Are Childfree
We Can Do Hard Things, with Glennon Doyle

Mountain Peak

Finding Treatment

Finding treatment before a global pandemic was a grind. During a global pandemic? Even more of a grind. Don't give up! You matter. You deserve to be seen, heard, valued, and cared for. I hope these will be helpful to you as you explore. 

Keep in mind that what constitutes good treatment is what works for YOU. While I was fortunate to receive high-quality training in and deeply appreciate science, we must hold an uncomfortable dialectic that historically, medical and psychological science have made both incredible strides in and caused great harms in the movements for social justice and mental health, particularly for marginalized groups. Many well-known evidence-based therapies have either appropriated ancient and Indigenous wisdom, twisted it out of context, or frankly, have the potential to feel like gaslighting if the therapist isn't sensitive to context. Things are slowly changing, and... if you're skeptical, you're justified. Trust what's right for you. Ask your provider about their perspectives on mental health and check if they align with yours. Trust in your own forms of wisdom (e.g., ritual, prayer, etc.) and wisdom that's been passed down in your family- if it works for you, and makes your life better, that's what matters.

Inclusive Organizations for Finding a Therapist

Asian Mental Health Collective (US & Canada)

Ayana Therapy

The Black Girl Doctor

Black Men Heal

Inclusive Therapists

Latinx Therapy

The Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund

Melanin & Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Open Path Collective

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Therapy for Black Girls

Psychology Today

Organizations for LGBTQIA2S+ People of Color

Brown Boi Project

Organizations for Equality at Every Size

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance 

National 24/7 Crisis Lines


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

As of July 16, 2022, you can call the Lifeline at the following 3-digit number: 988

LGBTQIA2S+ Youth (aged 25 and younger)

The Trevor Project

Domestic Violence

The Hotline 

Addiction/Substance Use Disorders

Center for Motivation and Change

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Online Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Program

PDF Program and Relaxation Techniques

Los Angeles

Finding Treatment in California

Bay Area Practices/Organizations


Pacific Anxiety Group

Peninsula Behavioral Health

The Clinic (offices statewide)

Two Chairs (CA and WA)

Bay Area Trauma Recovery Clinical Services (offers sliding scale)

Bay Area Resources for Clients of Color

Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists 

Therapists of Color Bay Area Directory

LGBTQ Therapists of Color

Bay Area Groups

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (offers free or sliding scale general grief, suicide loss, survivors of suicide attempts, and building connections, among others)

MindfulSF offers several mindfulness, stress, wellness, and skills groups

Addiction/Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Camden Center

(locations in both LA and SF; offers three levels of care, from highest intensity to lowest: treatment + integrative housing, intensive day treatment, and intensive telehealth treatment)

Children, Teens, and Families

Child Mind Institute 

More coming soon!

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Finding Inclusive Treatment & Resources in Washington State

Greater Seattle Area 

Associates in Behavioral Health

Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle

Greenlake Therapy Group

Interconnections Healing Center

Mend Seattle

Peak Psychological Wellness 

Thrive for the People

Seattle Counseling and Wellness

Seattle Psychology 

Two Chairs

If you're open to working with graduate students under supervision, typically at a lower fee:

Northwest University Hope Community Counseling Center

Addiction/Substance Use Disorder Treatment Resources

Outpatient Treatment:

A Positive Alternative 

(offers intensive outpatient, outpatient, and independent groups)

Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment

Mutual Support Groups:

Northwest Buddhist Recovery

SheRecovers Foundation (for women-identified)


Binnacle Psychiatry

Magnolia Psychiatry

For Loved Ones:



BIPOC Support Group

NAMI Seattle and NAMI South King County Collaboration

DBT Treatment

DBT Center of Tacoma

Thira Health

Wise Mind Therapy

FREE PTSD/Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Project Sarah 

Naturopathic & Eastern Medicine, Biofeedback, Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Rebel Med NW

Child/Adolescent Referrals

Child and Teen Solutions

Mountain Valley Psychological Services, PLLC

Coping with Divorce/Prepping for Litigation

Litigation Survival School

Internet Assistance for Low-Income Families

WA Office of Broadband

Affordable Connectivity Program

PNW Paralysis Community

Here and Now Project

More coming soon!

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