Offices in Castro Valley & Pleasanton, CA

Resources for Therapy Clients

 
Some of my favorite links on substance abuse, addiction and codependency
Rethinking Drinking, where you can take a quiz on your drinking habits, get tips for cutting down, and find out about ways to quit: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/
NIAAA also has an Alcohol Treatment Navigator, where you can find out about different kinds of treatment and choose the best one for you.
For other drug treatment options, call 1-800-662-HELP or go to http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
 
Besides Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon (for family members of the alcoholic), there are self-help groups for nearly every issue, including:

Helpful links and resources for anxiety, depression, bipolar & adult ADD

A good place to start is the National Mental Health Information Center: call (800) 789-2647 or check out their website at http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
Find information and links to support groups for Depression and Bipolar at http://www.dbsalliance.org
To learn more about Bipolar and its many gradations, check out Dr Jim Phelps' site, www.psycheducation.org
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's website is http://www.add.org
 
Most of the books I recommend to clients are available through New Harbinger Publishers in Oakland. You can check out the following titles, and order by phone (800) 748-6273 or online, at http://www.newharbinger.com

  • Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life
  • The "10 Simple Solutions. . . " series: includes titles for panic, shyness, adult ADD
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
  • The Depression Workbook, and Living Without Depression & Manic Depression

My favorite links and resources for anger and other behavioral issues

The following books on anger management are all excellent, and available through New Harbinger Publications in Oakland (www.newharbinger.com):

  • When Anger Hurts, by Matthew McKay, Judith McKay and Peter D. Rogers
  • The Anger Control Workbook, by Matthew McKay and Peter D. Rogers
  • Stop the Anger Now, by Ronald Potter-Efron
  • The Anger Workbook for Women, by Laura Petracek

Narcissists are among the most difficult people to deal with. A new book that offers hope is "Disarming the Narcissist" by Wendy T. Behary (her website is www.disarmingthenarcissist.com).
A good site for information on how to deal with bullying at work: http://workplacebullying.org

Links and resources for marriage, family and relationships

A good place to start for information on positive, effective parenting is: www.positivediscipline.com
I often recommend to couples John Gottman's book, The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. Read about it or check out his tips for a happy marriage at: www.gottman.com/marriage-couples/
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 or http://www.ndvh.org/
National Stepfamily Resource Center: http://www.stepfamilies.info/index.php
For information on the collaborative approach to divorce: www.collaborativepracticeeastbay.com

Links and resources on sleep, mind-body practices and self-care

For more information on sleep and sleep disorders: www.sleepeducation.com

For evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders, call:

  • the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic: (650) 723-6601 or
  • the Sleep Clinic at UCSF: (415) 750-6336

For information on living with/managing chronic pain - the American Chronic Pain Association: www.theacpa.org

An excellent introduction to the felt sense and how to use focusing is “The Power of Focusing” by Ann Weiser Cornell, available through her website: www.focusingresources.com

My favorite website on mind-body awareness and neuroscience (check out the WiseBrain Bulletin): www.wisebrain.org/

Recommended links and resources for stress, grief and trauma

For help with financial stress, budgeting, bankruptcy: Consumer Credit Counseling Service at credit.org/cccs/

For general information and resources on coping with grief, start here: www.samhsa.gov/mentalhealth/anxiety_grief.pdf

For online grief support groups, check out www.griefnet.org

Recommended reading on the stress response and effective stress management: