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  • Brittany Montes, Psy. D.

Where Do I Start if I Want to Start Working on my Mental Health By Myself?

As the stigma associated with mental health care has decreased over the years, self-help books, podcasts, and articles talking about how to improve your mental health without the support of a therapist.  However, it can be difficult for the average person to pick out the most helpful materials to guide their journey.  Below, I’ve listed some of the books I often recommend to my own patients to help support their journeys to better mental health.


Books about mental health

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.


The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van Der Kolk, M.D.


What Happened to You? By Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Oprah Winfrey


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson


Healing your Attachment Wounds by Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D.


Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship by Laurence Heller, Ph.D. and Aline LaPierre, Psy.D.


Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, Ph.D.


It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn


Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.


Healing Trauma by Peter Levine, Ph.D.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D.


Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs, Ph.D.


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brent Brown, Ph.D., MSW



About the Author

Dr. Montes is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-owner of Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Chesapeake, VA. 

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