Books for therapists

Books for therapists

Books for therapists

The table below contains a recommended reading list for therapists. Books are also available from all good stockists so please do support your local bookstore or library.




Books to help adopters

Everyday Parenting with Security and Love: Using PACE to Provide Foundations for Attachment

Kim Golding

A practical guide for parents to help them develop an attitude of PACE.

First Steps in Parenting the Child who Hurts: Tiddlers and Toddlers Second Edition

Caroline Archer

A really easy to access book that describes the mind of a child with developmental trauma. Archer is an adoptive parent herself and also a consultant in adoption.

Next Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts: Tykes and Teens

Caroline Archer

A very readable book which is really informative and full of ideas of responses to specific difficulties such as lying, stealing and toileting.

Attachment in Common Sense and Doodles: A Practical Guide

Miriam Silver

A book full of practical ideas to help you manage your child. Silver writes in a way that makes sense and she uses diagrams to help you understand attachment theory and subsequent behaviour patterns.

Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children, A model for practice

Richard Rose

Life Story Therapy is an approach designed to enable children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives.

Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children

Kim S,. Golding

Psychologist Kim S. Golding shows how you can use stories to build connections with children aged 4 -16 and support their recovery from trauma and stress.

Reparenting the Child Who Hurts: A Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma and Attachments

Caroline Archer and Christine Gordon

This book looks at brain development in children with developmental trauma. It is full of case examples and has some useful handouts at the back for parents.

The Out-of-Sync Child – Recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A

This guide explains how Sensory Integration Disorder can be confused with ADD, learning disabilities, and other problems, tells how parents can recognize the problem-and offers a drug-free treatment approach for children who need help.

The Out-Of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years

Carol Kranowitz

The follow-up to The Out-of-Sync Child, presenting information and advice for tweens, teens, and young adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, and their parents.

Books for therapists

Teenagers and Attachment: Helping Adolescents Engage with Life and Learning

Daniel Hughes and others

Contributed to by several authors. This book looks at specifically attachment difficulties in adolescents at home and school.

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook

Daniel Hughes

This book is aimed more at professionals but is a helpful read for any parents who are undergoing DDP.

The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy: Enhancing Connection & Trust in the Treatment of Children & Adolescents

Jonathan Baylin and Daniel Hughes

This book focuses solely on the impact of developmental trauma in children. It has a lot of case examples to help illustrate their points. It uses a lot of jargon but books about the brain usually do.

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Traumatized Children

Daniel Hughes

First published in 1998, this book is now in its second edition. It is quite heavy going but looks at the mind of a child with attachment difficulties and the stresses of parenting.

Nurturing Attachments Training Resource: Running Parenting Groups for Adoptive Parents and Foster or Kinship Carers Book

Kim Golding

This is essential for any therapists thinking of running the Nurturing Attachments parenting course.

Thinking Psychologically About Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted: Space for Reflection

Edited by Kim Golding, Helen Dent, Ruth Nissim and Liz Stott

This is a good read for any clinicians new to working with attachment difficulties. It looks at attachment theory, different theoretical approaches to working with children with attachment difficulties. It also covers court work and service delivery.

A child’s journey through placement

Vera Fahlberg

An essential guide for any new clinician to attachment work. It covers child development through the ages, minimising the traumas of mood, care planning.

Healthy Attachment and Neuro-Dramatic Play

Sue Jennings

Neuro-Dramatic-Play and Healthy Attachments breaks new ground in the areas of attachment and child development.

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

Van Der Kolk

This book explains how the brain is affected by trauma and stress in children and adults. It is quite heavy going but a fascinating read and one of the best books that explains the impact of trauma on the brain.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for working with children and adolescents with developmental trauma

Dr Karen Freisman

Information, ideas and techniques to inspire and support those working with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma.