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Part 2: It's A Hardback Life (Therapy Book Recommendations from Making Waves)

Therapy Book Recommendations from your therapist, Kara Tolman!

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Adult Children Of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal From Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

By Lindsay C. Gibson

This is a great read if you feel that you grew up with a parent who was emotionally immature or unavailable. Living or growing up with a parent who display these behaviors can leave you feeling abandoned, alone, angry and feeling betrayed.

As a therapist, I love this book because of how the author decided to write it. The book does not shame your parents for how they treated you but more so sheds light on the behaviors and what may have happened to them in their childhoods for them to be so emotionally unavailable. 10/10, highly recommend this book!

Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence, or Even Land Your Next Job

By Joe Sweeney

This book I read back in 2019 and boy, was it helpful! It teaches you all about the power of networking and the power of putting yourself out there. In the book, the author describes an effective networking plan that will give you a leg up in your current market, find a job, or retain the job you have.

The How of Happiness: A New Approach To Getting The Life You Want

By Sonja Lyubomirsky

As an individual, I love this book! I had the privilege of taking a class at UNCW where I learned to slow down, be intentional, live by my values and be happier. Sounds silly but truly, it was amazing.

This book is a great read by the pool or at night when you are relaxing in bed. I recommend it to most of my clients as I do a lot of intention based skills and values work in sessions. This book has a good mixture of assessments, information and statistics to help with creating a more purposeful and fulfilling life. 10/10, highly recommend!

And for the ladies.....

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dream Girl -- A Woman's Guide To Holding Her Own In A Relationship

By Sherry Argov

Do not let this title scare you... Are you a chronic people pleaser? Do you often put your man's needs before yours? Do you find yourself lowering your standards and feel like a doormat? This is the book for you!

I often recommend this book to client's I see who may be going through a break up or divorce. It is incredibly empowering and written so well. This is a great book to read at night before bed and to pull out when you need a good pep talk.


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