Book Recommendations

The books I recommend are ones that I truly believe are beneficial for your relationship. They are developed from evidence-based theories and are designed to help you apply what the research already tells us about relationships specifically to your relationship with your partner. 

*Please note, these books are not meant to be a substitute for therapy. Couples therapy can help you and your partner experience the most change, tailored specifically to your relationship needs. These books are also beneficial when used together with therapy.

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Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a lifetime of love
by Dr. Sue Johnson

This book walks you through specific conversations that help you and your partner create security and have deeper, more meaningful communication. 

Love Sense: the revolutionary new science of romantic relationships
by Dr. Sue Johnson

This book guides you through the science of love and attachment, and helps you understand how to develop and strengthen long-term relationships.

created for connection: the "Hold me tight" guide for christian couples
by dr. sue johnson and kenneth sanderfer

This is like the original “Hold Me Tight” but specifically for couples whose Christian faith and spirituality are the foundation of their marriage.

an emotionally focused workbook for couples: the two of us
by veronica kallos-lilly and jennifer fitzgerald

This book uses the most effective therapy model to create specific exercises for you and your spouse to do together to improve your relationship.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
by john gottman, ph.D.

This book gives you specific exercises, based on Dr. Gottman’s research, that you and your spouse can do to strengthen your foundation and deepen your connection.

The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
by john gottman, ph.D.

This book gives you 5 specific steps, based on Dr. Gottman’s research, that you can take to strengthen your relationship with your partner, as well as with other family and friends. 

Eight Dates: Essential conversations for a Lifetime of Love
by john gottman, ph.D., Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., Doug Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams

This book gives you 8 dates focused on some of the biggest relationship issues, to help you build trust and intimacy and have the relationship you desire.

The 5 love languages: the secret to love that lasts
by Gary Chapman

This book discusses 5 styles of giving and receiving love in relationships. It can help you build insight into the many ways you can connect with your partner and cultivate a lasting lovel

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on authenticity, Connection, and Courage
by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

This audio course gives insights, based on Brené Brown’s research and findings, that help you understand vulnerability and find courage to live a full life connected to those you love.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of who you think you're supposed to be and Embrace who you are
by Brené Brown, ph.D., LMSW

This book gives you guidance for how to live whole-heartedly and truly embrace yourself and your value. You need this self-worth and assurance to be able to engage in the world around you. 

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