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Northern Michigan Psychology Network

 For those of you that can’t visit our Traverse City office and/or maybe you don’t want or need counseling, here are some great counseling resources.

The world is full of products and self-help material. We’ve gone through a bunch of it and have found what we think are the BEST RESOURCES. These are things that our counselors use and recommend all the time.

Thank you in advance for buying through these links.  The money that we get from promoting resources we use to help our lower income clients.  With that said, here is how we decide what we’re going to promote:

1. We we think it is awesome.

2. We would promote it even if  we weren’t getting paid.

3. It is easy to understand.

All of these products meet these three criteria. We’re also going to be writing reviews about what we think is great about the products, what populations they are aimed at, and how we want you to use them as you pursue mental wellness. Also, if you love/hate a resource, please tell us. If it has changed and is bad, we want to stop recommending it.


Common Sense Parenting: Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School-Aged Children: 3rd edition

If I could find a way to teach everyone this method, the world would be a better place. They go through how to describe your kid’s behavior, teach through praise, preventing bad behavior, how to give consequences, and what to do when they are out of control. This is actually required reading for my LLPC supervisees if they want to work with parents.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

So I read this book while on a six-week road trip with my wife. We were headed up the west coast so I had a lot of time in the car, it was a little Saturn. As I read this book, it occurred to me that nature is really great and that I learned a ton from it while I was a child. However, our kids now are not getting the time, space, and location to creatively explore. This book dives into these topics of kids and how being outdoors can help them academically, socially, and in regards to their future jobs.  

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice


Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

This book is so great. It is funny and explores research in a way that does not seem like a college course. I read this book when I found out we were having a girl. It was 3 months before the due date and I had no idea what I was getting into. This book should be given to every man and woman who is having a baby girl. (Great baby shower gift! If they like reading.)

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Dr. Weissbluth is totally the man. He has done tons of research and has made my life so much easier. This book is aimed at helping parents of kids under the age of 2. Or read his blog for free.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice


Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

When people come to me for marriage counseling, I require them to buy this book. The book has quizzes for couples that help in discussions and identifying things to work on. It is easy to read. Also, Dr. Gottman has done so much research that he can accurately predict divorce after watching couples for 15 minutes. My wife and I read this right after getting married and often return to it when we have struggles (yes, therapists are human too and have struggles)

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice



His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

This is the other book I recommend. It is aimed more at those from a faith-based perspective. However, I think that the truth in it is universal. It breaks down how guys needs differ from the gals. This is the other book we read in our first year of marriage. We should go back to it more often.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice



Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life

This book is more for when you're dealing with other people (co-workers, ex-partners, siblings, parents, etc.) that you know that you need to set more boundaries. This isn't so much for parenting, but more for relationships. It is really good. For teens and dating check out their: Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice



Born to Win: Keeping Your Firstborn Edge without Losing Your Balance


I am a first born and this book blew my mind. It is so accurate as to what we firstborns go through, learn, pick up on, and struggle with. I imagine his other book, Birth Order Book, The: Why You Are the Way You Are, is great, but I have not read it.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

This is a book that i bought when I couldn't sleep. The self-relaxation is really good. It breaks down into specific activities that you learn and work through. It is very self-guided and easy to understand.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice


The Anger Workbook: A 13-Step Interactive Plan to Help You... (Minirth-Meier Clinic Series)

The Anger Control Workbook

I am not writing an individual review for both of these because both are very similar. It seems that clients like them both. Please take the time to click into the books to read a bit. It seems that it is more of the author's style that people like more. Either way, they are both a great way to start working on anger issues.

-Joe, Mental Wellness Counseling | A Traverse City Counseling Practice



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