This is a list of resources, related to Psychology and Counseling subdivided into topics. However, the author is also interested in the subjects of beauty and poetry and has found the pursuit of these things has led to peace of mind, quietness, and a deeper appreciation for life in general.  Resources on these subjects are also found below.* 

*The author of this website does not necessarily agree with the philosophical, psychological, and or theological presuppositions rendered by the authors of some of the resources recommended here.  Rather, the author’s intention is to offer up resources for understanding a wide variety of views and perspectives of others, in order that this understanding might lead to the appreciation of the thoughts, beliefs, and values of others.  


Adventure Therapy / Wilderness Therapy / Nature Therapy / Ecotherapy

  1. Ecotherapy: Healing With Nature In Mind edited by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist  (Book) 
  2. Nature-Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families by Kevin Harper, Kathryn Rose, and David Segal (Book)


  1. Living with Anxiety (Article)
  2. Anxiety Disorders And Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective by Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (Book)
  3. Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace by J.P. Moreland (Book, Christian Perspective)

Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  1. Taming Impulses by Lindsey Phillips (Article)
  2. Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Methods by Barbara C. Fisher and Ross A. Beckley (Book)


  1. The Science of Aesthetics or The Nature, Kinds, Laws, and Uses of Beauty by Henry N. Day, New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1888. (Book, Out of Print). 
  2. The Trail of Divine Beauty: Knowledge of God Through Natural Beauty In The Thought of Jonthan Edwards by Robert Leness Laliberte. ROMA: J & M Printing, 1996. (Book, Christian Perspective) 
  3. Toward a Theology of Beauty by John Novone. (Book, Christian Perspective)
  4. Spirit and Beauty: An Introduction To Theological Aesthetics by Patrick Sherry (Book, Christian Perspective)
  5. Faith and Beauty: A Theological Aesthetic by Edward Farley (Book, Christian Perspective) 
  6. Jonathan Edwards on the Experience of Beauty by Louis J. Mitchell (Book, Christian Perspective). 
  7. The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics by Jonathan King (Book, Christian Perspective)
  8. Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality by Belden C. Lane (Book, Christian Perspective) 
  9. The Theory of Beauty by E.F. Carritt. New York: Barnes and Noble (no date). (Book) 
  10. Philosophy of Beauty by Francis J. Kovach (Book) 

Biblical Counseling vs Christian Counseling (Christian Perspectives)

  1. Biblical Counseling vs. Christian Counseling: What’s the Difference? (Article)
  2. The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams by Heath Lambert (Book)
  3. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context by David Powlison (Book)
  4. A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry by Heath Lambert (Book)
  5. Psychology and Christianity: Five Views Edited by Eric Johnson (Book)
  6. Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling by Mark McMinn (Hardcover)

Biographies of Psychologists and Therapists

  1. Erik Erikson 1902 – 1994 Very Well Mind (Article)

Becoming a Therapist & Professional Counseling as a Profession

  1. Becoming a Counselor: The Light, The Bright, and the Serious by Samuel T. Gladding (Book)
  2. The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients by Irvin D. Yalom, M.D. (Book)
  3. Creating Your Professional Path: Lessons From My Journey by Gerald Corey. (Book)

Chemical Dependency 

  1. Concepts of Chemical Dependency (10th edition) by Harold E. Doweiko

Counseling Theories 

  1. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy by Gerald Corey


  1. The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach by Simon Rego and Sarah Fader (Book)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  1. Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro (Book)
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy 3rd Edition. Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures by Francine Shapiro (Book)

Ethical Codes / Standards of the ACA (American Counseling Association)

  1. ACA Ethical Standards Casebook (Book)
  2. ACA Code of Ethics (PDF, Article)

Evidenced Based Practice, Research

  1. Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices: Mental Health and the Addictions by John C. Norcross, Thomas P. Hogan, Gerald P. Koocher. (Book)
  2. Research and Design in Counseling by P. Paul Heppner, Bruce E. Wampold, Jesse Owen, Mindi N. Thompson, Kenneth T. Wang. (Book)
  3. The SAGE Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology: A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences by W. Paul Vogt and R. Burke Johnson (Book)

Licensure Requirements (Secular Counseling) 

  1. Licensed Profesional Counseling (LPC) Requirements in North Carolina 

Mental Health and Relationships

  1. Psychologists Explain 5 Ways To Show Compassion to Someone with a Mental Illness (Article).
  2. The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain by Louis Cozolino (Book).
  3. Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love by Robert Karen (Book)
  4. Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis by Eric Berne, M.D.


  1. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice Edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Carmelita (Rosie) Castaneda, heather W. Hackman, Madeline L. Peters, and Ximena Zuniga. (Book).
  2. Christianity & World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faith by Derek Cooper (Book, From a Christian Perspective)

Narrative Counseling / Therapy 

  1. Interweavings: Conversations Between Narrative Therapy and Christian Faith (Book, from a Christian perspective)
  2. In the Therapist’s Mirror: Reality in the Making by Marilyn Wedge (Book)

National Counseling Exam (NCE) Study Tools

  1. NCE Study Guide: Exam Prep & Practice Test Questions for the National Counselor Exam (Book)
  2. Encyclopedia of Counseling 4th Edition by Howard Rosenthal (Book)
  3. Study Guide for the National Counselor Examination and CPCE by Andrew A. Helwig (Spiral Bound)

Pastoral Counseling (From a Christian perspective)

  1. Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model by David Benner


  1. Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William M. Struthers (Book, From a Christian perspective)

Postmodernism (From a Christian Perspective) 

  1. Christianity and the Postmodern Turn (Six Views)
  2. A Primer on Postmodernism by Stanley Grenz
  3. The Challenge of Postmodernism Edited by David Dockery

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  1. US Department of Veterans Affairs: National Center for PTSD (Website)


  1. Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater
  2. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medications by Michael R. Emlet (Book, From a Christian Perspective) 

Relationships: Infidelity 

  1. Not “Just Friends”: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity by Shirley Glass and Jean Cappock Staeheli

Self-Care (Client and Counselor Resources) 

  1. The Resilient Clinician by Robert Wicks

Sexuality, Intimacy, Sex, Sexual Desire

  1. Rekindling Desire by Barry McCarthy and Emily McCarthy
  2. Intended for Pleasure: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage by Ed Wheat, MD and Gaye Wheat (Book, From a Christian Perspective) 

Social Skills Training

  1. Social Skills Training: For Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems by Jed E. Baker and Brenda Smith Myles (Book) 


  1. 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know. The Merrill Counseling Series. by Bradley T. Erford. (Book)


  1. Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
  2. The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jenson
  3. The Quick-Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers by Tim Clinton, Chap Clark, Joshua Straub (Book, From a Christian perspective)
  4. Counseling Boys and Young Men by Suzanne Degges-White
  5. Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Risks and Opportunities. Edited by Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter, and Anastasia Snyder. (Book)
  6. Identity in Adolescence: The Balance Between Self and Other by Laura Ferrer-Wreder and Jane Kroger (Book)

Suicide Awareness

  1. Raising Awareness of Suicide Risk (Article)
  2. The Burden of Suicide in North Carolina – 2013  (PDF)

Trauma Related

  1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk (Book)
  2. Trauma-Informed Care: How Neuroscience Influences Practice by Amanda Evans and Patricia Coccoma (Book)
  3. Crisis and Trauma: Developmental-Ecological Intervention by Barbara G. Collins and Thomas M. Collins (Book)
  4. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (Website)
  5. American Psychological Association: Trauma and Shock (Website)
  6. Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Website)

Understanding Diagnosis 

  1. Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5
  2. Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders. 5th Edition by Lourie W. Reichenberg and Linda Seligman