Progressive Psychotherapy

Empowering Media

The following articles, books, and movies are offered as a public service for those who want to learn more about self-healing and personal development.

Articles written by Debra Franklin LCSW-R

Heal and Come Home to Inner Safety in Your Heart open here

Pathway to Healing open here


Recommended Reading For Adult

  • Mindful Loving: 10 Practices for Creating Deeper Connections by Henry Grayson, PH.D

  • New Physics of Love, CD set by Henry Grayson

  • John Bradshaw’s Homecoming: book or CD set has meditations for your inner child

  • The Breakthrough Experience by Dr.John F.Demartini

  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D

  • Creating the Work You Love by Rick Jarow

  • Power of Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell, Ph.D.

  • Vibrational Harmony by Beverly Nadler

  • Author: Eckard Tolle Many free You Tube videos

  • The Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde

  • Soul Love by Sanaya Roman

  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins (a bit more scientific)

Recommended Reading For Couples

  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B Rosenberg, Ph.D This really is about learning to communicate consciously. Don’t be put off by the word “violent.”

  • Getting the Love you Want by Harville Hendrix. A deep look into understanding the psychological roots of your relationship struggles and exercises to move beyond them.

  • Mindful Loving by Henry Greyson. Integrates the psychological and spiritual into understanding how things went wrong with love in your life and ways to move toward understanding what real love is. It including exercises and meditations to improve all of your relationships.

Recommended CD’s For Healing

  • Spirit of Love, by Healing Heart Productions

  • Streams of Light, by Healing Heart Productions

  • Composer and musician, Robert Haig Coxon, plays heart-opening music

Books For Parents

As deemed appropriate by you and your practitioner

  • How to Talk So kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. This one should be every parent’s bible.

  • The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child by Alan E.Kazdin. A wonderful and reliable resource for positively parenting a defiant


  • The Optimistic Child by Martin E.P. Seligman. Change your child’s pessimism to optimism

  • Defiant Children by Russell A. Barkley: Parent-Teacher Assignments

  • If My Kid’s So Nice…Why’s He Driving ME Crazy? By Dr. James D. Sutton

  • The Difficult Child by Stanley Turecki, MD with Leslie Tonner

  • Treating Huckleberry Finn by David Nylund: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

  • The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child’s Problems into Strengths by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D.

  • Ritalin is Not the Answer: A drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD by David B. Stein

  • When Your Child Has Been Molested A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery By Kathryn B Hagans and Joyce Case

Therapeutic Books For Children

to use only under the supervision of your child’s psychotherapist

Books re: divorce for young people, under 10

  • Dinosaurs Divorce, A Guide for Changing Families by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

  • When Mom & Dad Separate by Marge Heegaard ****great one that instructs young children to draw feelings and more in the book

  • (Also can get the Facilitator Guide for Drawing Our Feelings, if guidance is desired)

  • I think Divorce Stinks by Marcia Lipman Lebowitz

  • My Mother’s Getting Married by Joan Drescher

  • It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear by Vicki Lansky

  • Maybe for any age, but is a longer, more detailed book that younger children would require help reading:

  • Why Are We Getting A Divorce? by Peter Mayle

For older, 10+:

  • What’s Going To Happen To Me? by Eda LeShan

  • Good Answers to Tough Questions About Divorce by Joy Berry

Other Special Circumstances

Children’s Books

  • The Temper Tantrum Book by Edna Mitchell Preston

  • Problem-Solving Workbook by Tracy Zimmerman

  • I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much by Judith Vigna

  • What’s Going to Happen To Me? A guide to puberty, from the authors of “Where did I Come From?” by Peter Mayle

  • Getting To know Your Feelings by Jan Dombrower, MS

  • Something is Wrong at My House a book about Parent’s Fighting (including violence) by Diane Davis

  • Putting on the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern

  • The Lion Who Had Asthma by Jonathan London

For children who have been sexually abused

  • It’s Not Your Fault by Judith Jance

  • Do You Have A Secret? by Pamela Russell and Beth Stone

  • No-No the Little Seal by Sherri Patterson

  • Please Tell! A child’s story about sexual abuse by Jessie

  • 2 books: Sometimes It’s O.K. To Tell Secrets & My body is My Own! both by Robin Lennett & Dada Barthelme …there are coloring books to go with these books, too.

Recommended Movies

  • Inner Worlds Outer Worlds

  • Thrive