Must Read Books!

I’ve compiled some of the best books written by experts in the field on personal finance, coping with anxiety, depression, pain, and illness, and psychology.

Each of these books that I recommend are part of my personal library. The list starts with books for everyone, followed by resources for psychology trainees, and end with my go-to treatment manuals as a clinician.

Books For Everyone

Personal Finance

The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD and Sarah Fallaw Stanley, PhD


The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by John P. Forsyth, PhD & Georg H. Eifert, PhD

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression by Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Managing Pain Before It Manages You by Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, MPH

Finding Meaning

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, MD


Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Coping with Cancer

The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty by Jimmie C. Holland, MD

Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery by Linda E. Carlson, PsyD & Michael Speca, PsyD

Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management For Prostate Cancer Recovery Workbook by Frank J. Penedo, PhD, Michael H. Antoni, PhD, & Neil Shneiderman, PhD

For Psychology Trainees

For tips on applying to graduate programs in psychology, check out:

Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2018/2019 edition (this book is a must-read for anyone applying to grad school in clinical/counseling psych) by Michael A. Sayette, PhD & John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP

American Psychological Association website on applying to graduate school

For Clinicians

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change by Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, & Kelly G. Wilson, PhD

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders by Robert L. Leahy, Stephan JF Holland, & Lata K. McGinn

Existential Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom, MD

Concise Guide to Group Psychotherapy by Sophia Vinogradov, MD & Irvin Yalom, MD

Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management For Prostate Cancer Recovery Facilitator Guide by Frank J. Penedo, PhD, Michael H. Antoni, PhD & Neil Shneiderman, PhD