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Read These 3 Books BEFORE You Become a Therapist!

#1 is a MUST HAVE!!

By: Melissa Tijerino



Books are an amazing way to learn, especially when you’re just getting started on your journey to becoming a Therapist! How exciting, we know how it can be! You want to learn every single thing you possibly can about your field, that’s where we come in to help!


There are plenty of literary works that therapists can choose from to continue their education. In fact, most mental health professionals that I’ve spoken to have all said and agreed that the process of therapy itself is rewarding and a great learning experience for them.


Succeeding as a therapist is also partly about flourishing as a human being yourself ..

We’ve made things simple for you, by breaking down our top 3 picks for books you should read BEFORE you become a therapist! .. with links!





Majority of therapists can agree that treating Cognitive Behavioral Disorder can be challenging, it seems to always have been! This book highlights the best Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when it comes to identifying and managing borderline personality disorder


This book follows an integrative and inclusive approach that therapists can use in their practice. This volume is the authoritative presentation dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Marsha M. Linehan's comprehensive, integrated approach to treating individuals with BPD


While focusing on BPD, this book is essential reading for clinicians delivering DBT to any clients with complex, multiple problems


The book is super simple to read and highly recommended for therapists who deal with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder or wish to learn more about the interventions


You can find this book at Amazon



This book is highly, highly recommended, being a best seller with over 100,000 readers all over the world! Now revised and expanded into its third edition, this book incorporates major advances in the field, which give clinicians, educators and students a new understanding of what the mind really is, how it grows, and how to promote healthy development and resilience ! Super interesting right?


The book is also great because it introduces actual human relationships to be as strong as the nature and nurture concepts that therapists such as yourself (or soon to be) have been following for years now


Siegel uses scientific evidence and real-life examples to add more substance to his findings revealing the ways in which neural processes are fundamentally shaped by interpersonal relationships throughout life


You can find this book on Amazon




If you consider any books from this blog post, THIS IS THE ONE!


Irvin D. Yalom has been a practitioner for over 35 years. His valuable experience and understanding of the client–therapist relationship are beautifully portrayed in the book The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients.


The bestselling author of Love’s Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained—presented as eighty-five personal and provocative “tips for beginner therapists,” including:

  • Let the client matter to you

  • Acknowledge your mistakes!

  • Create a new therapy for each client

  • Do at home visits

  • (Almost) never make decisions for the patient

  • Freud was not always wrong

A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.


With valuable insights on crucial therapy topics such as identifying personal biases, doing home visits, and individualizing the process of therapy each time, this book is an excellent read for professionals who are starting their journey and for experienced therapists who wish to keep themselves relevant to the current time.

You can find this book on Amazon


Take-Home Message


Reading can make a difference in the way we see and think. Whether you are a beginner, student, experienced professional, or help seeker, knowing more about your area of interest widens perception and adds a new dimension to your thoughts

The books mentioned in this blog post will hopefully help to provide some insight for upgrading your skills and acquiring new ones! There is no end to learning new ways of therapy, as it is evolving each day, and the best way to embrace this constant progress is to keep knowing more about it

So what are you waiting for! Get started today on expanding your education, you’ll thank yourself later

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