Catherine Palmer Counseling, Portland, OR

Books to Read

Below you will find a list of my favorite books (listed under categories shown in red).  You can click on the images below and the link will take you to so that you can read the reviews)


Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love


The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work


The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other (Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysis, 79)


Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships


How Can I Get Through to You?: Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs


How to Help Your Spouse Heal From Your Affair: A Compact Manual for the Unfaithful


After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, 2nd Edition


Affairs: A Guide to Working Through the Repercussions of Infidelity


The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships


And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last


What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert


Messages: The Communication Skills Book


The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You


Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships


How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving


Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides)


Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love


Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate


Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship


Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition


A General Theory of Love


Anxiety and OCD


The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised Edition)

Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)


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I love everything written by Brene Brown.  Her focus is on helping people let go of the concept of perfection and instead learn to  accept themselves and become vulnerable with others (show themselves).  Vulnerability is key to forging deeper connections with others


Rising Strong

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”


Specializing in helping with depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, family of origin issues, trauma, and couples therapy, marriage counseling and family counseling.