In the therapy field we are lucky to have some really talented communicators. I’m not claiming this is a comprehensive list but here are some resources that I’d like to share that have interested, entertained, moved, and/or educated me. There are also some practical links here for trustworthy information and practical advice on issues that come up for some clients.
These are listed in no particular order, and I’m adding to it all the time. I hope you also find something useful, inspiring or meaningful here.
Please know, to be totally transparent, that some of the links are affiliate links but ALL the choices WITHOUT ANY DOUBT have been made solely on the basis of my high regard of the content.
Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker: For people who have experienced abuse or difficult relationships in child or adulthood this is a very readable, affirming and supportive description of how deep and intense the impact of those experiences can be. It also, and importantly, talks about the many ways we can recover and thrive following such adverse experiences. This is also available as an unabridged audiobook that I would also recommend if you prefer that format.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb: This is a novel/memoir of a therapist based in Los Angeles, USA. It gives a really lovely insight into the realities of a therapy relationship. Obviously it is partly fictionalised, and written to entertain but if you would like to read a novel that deals with therapy and demystifies the whole thing I would really recommend this. It was also recommended on Radio 4 so I’m not alone in enjoying it, and again it is also available as an unabridged audiobook.
Where Should We Begin – this is a podcast that contains real couples therapy sessions with a world renown therapist Ester Perel. It’s not always easy listening because it’s real people, struggling with real pain and problems in their relationships. But the episodes are very senstively created and it results in some powerful content.
Citizens advice – Citizens advice are a UK charity who offer free and impartial advice on all sorts of issues, such as debt, legal advice, housing. You can access individual advice by telephone or meeting but their website is also excellent and most importantly for internet information – it’s reliable and trustworthy.
nhs.uk website – The NHS website has lots of information about medical conditions, diagnoses, and medications, all expressed in very clear and down-to-earth language. It can be helpful to build understanding of our own health or the health of other people important to us.
Jo Cook Yoga – If you’ve read the page about me elsewhere on this website you will already know that I am also a qualified and experienced yoga and mindfulness teacher. I love how yoga not only has physical benefits but, practicing also teaches things like: self awareness, patience, acceptance and how to be resilient in the face of challenges; all things that often become relevant to therapy. So if you’d like to find out more about my yoga classes you can do so on my yoga website.