Apps, Books, & Websites

We want to share with you some of our favorite resources for supporting mental health. Not only are these resources some of the ones that we recommend to our clients and colleagues, but these are also resources that we find ourselves using, too. 

Apps

Daylio - This mood tracker app helps users to keep track of their moods and create patterns to become more productive.

CBT-I Coach - CBT-i Coach is a mobile app for people who are engaged in CBT-I with a health provider, or who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. 

My Life  - The My Life App helps with stress, sleep, and calmness with short mindfulness activities tuned to your emotions.

Calm - The Calm App has guided exercises for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation

Headspace - Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate.

PTSD-Coach  - PTSD Coach was designed for those who have, or may have, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Books

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. - Recommended by Laura Rowley, Ph.D. and Ashley Greenwell, Ph.D. for individuals who want to understand the impacts of trauma on overall health and wellbeing and to learn about holistic approaches in healing. "In The Body Keeps the Score, the author uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives."

Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion by Yana Suchy - Recommended by Parisa Kaliush, M.S. "Written in an engaging, accessible style, this book synthesizes the growing body of knowledge on the neuropsychology of emotion and identifies practical clinical implications. The author unravels the processes that comprise a single emotional event, from the initial trigger through physiological and psychological responses. She also examines how patterns of emotional responses come together to motivate complex behavioral choices. Grounded in theory and research, the book discusses relevant syndromes and populations, reviews available assessment instruments, and describes how deficits in emotional processing affect cognition, daily functioning, and mental health."

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown - Recommended by Laura Rowley, Ph.D. for individuals who struggle with experiencing and expressing emotions and who strive to improve setting boundaries in relationships.

The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey - Recommended by Parisa Kaliush, M.S. for clinical scientists who want a better understanding of epigenetics and "nature-nurture" interactions". "Epigenetics can potentially revolutionize our understanding of the structure and behavior of biological life on Earth. It explains why mapping an organism's genetic code is not enough to determine how it develops or acts and shows how nurture combines with nature to engineer biological diversity. Surveying the twenty-year history of the field while also highlighting its latest findings and innovations, this volume provides a readily understandable introduction to the foundations of epigenetics."

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber - Recommended by Laura Rowley, Ph.D. for parents who are looking for support in helping children (and teens) cope with negative emotions, being consistent with setting limits, and improving family communication.

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer - Recommended by Rachel Hopkins, Psy.D "This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient large-size format, the book is based on the authors' groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is packed with guided meditations (with audio downloads); informal practices to do anytime, anywhere; exercises; and vivid stories of people using the techniques to address relationship stress, weight and body image issues, health concerns, anxiety, and other common problems."

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change by Valerie Porr - Recommended by Laura Rowley, Ph.D. for individuals with BPD and their loved ones to help understand the nature of BPD and to learn evidence-based skills supporting emotion coping and healthy relationships.

The Oxford Handbook of Emotion Dysregulation edited by Theodore P. Beauchaine and Sheila E. Crowell - Recommended by Parisa Kaliush, M.S. for clinical scientists who want a more comprehensive understanding of emotion dysregulation -- it was co-edited by UCEBT's co-founder, Sheila Crowell, Ph.D., and Parisa Kaliush, M.S. helped to write chapter 7! "This handbook is the first text to assemble a highly accomplished group of authors to address conceptual issues in emotion dysregulation research, define the emotion dysregulation construct across levels of cognition, behavior, and social dynamics, describe cutting edge assessment techniques at neural, psychophysiological, and behavioral levels of analysis, and present contemporary treatment strategies."

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D. - Recommended by Parisa Kaliush, M.S. and Ashley Greenwell, Ph.D. "Trauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war."

Websites

ACT  |  Association for Contextual Behavioral Science - Developed within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.

The Gottman Institute - The Gottman Institute is the culmination of Drs. John and Julie Gottman's life work as researchers and clinical psychologists. Our approach to relationship health has been developed from over 40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples—the most extensive study ever done on marital stability.

International OCD Foundation - The International OCD Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to "help everyone affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders to live full and productive lives".

Mental Health America's DIY Tools - Dozens of community-sourced tools curated by Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.