Literature can be incredibly healing, validating, and informative.  Here is a collected list of books I recommend for healing, self-exploration, and growth.

Highly Sensitive People & Empaths

Highly Sensitive Children & Teens

  • The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them by Elaine Aron
  • Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes by James Williams
  • Supporting the Highly Sensitive Child: Making Sense of Meltdowns by James Williams
  • The Strong, Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff
  • Diary of a Teenage Empath by Jeannette Folan
  • The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans: How to Decode Their Behavior, Develop Unshakable Trust, and Raise a Respectable Adult by Josh Shipp


  • The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  • Book by Susan Cain
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung  (see my book review here.)

Soul Work

  • Your Fearless Soul by Christin Myrick (Colorado Author)
  • Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
  • Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

PTSD & Trauma Recovery

  • Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker
  • Trauma Recovery Handbook for Survivors by Rachel Walker
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van de Kolk
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis

LGBTQ Trauma & Resilience


Arianna Smith, MA, LPC, EMDR
720-772-7413    Littleton, CO