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 and Empaths


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

Social Justice, Liberation, and Activism 

  • How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia Birdsong
  • The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Audrey Gordon
  • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement edited by Jennifer Patterson
  • Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change by Angela Garbes

Attachment & Relationships

  • Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
  • Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy by Ken Page
  • Friendshipping: The Art of Finding Friends, Being Friends, and Keeping Friends
  • You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love To Intimate Relationships by Richard Schwartz
  • Conscious Lesbian Dating & Love: A Roadmap to Finding the Right Partner and Creating the Relationship of your Dreams by Ruth L. Schwartz and Michelle Murrain

Soul Work & Creativity

  • Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Forest Therapy: Seasonal Ways To Embrace Nature for a Happier You
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling
  • 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

Productivity & Personal Development

  • Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
  • The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Live To The Next Level by Gay Hendricks
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How To Make Your Life Better (And Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

Trauma Recovery


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