• Sex, drugs, gambling & chocolate

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    A workbook for overcoming addictions

    There is an alternative to 12-step! You can reduce almost any type of addictive behavior — from drinking to sex, eating, and the Internet — with this practical and effective workbook. Treats addictive behaviors in general, not one at a time — because if you’re prone to addictions, you’ve probably got more than one. Addictive behavior can result from the use of almost any substance, or involvement in almost any activity. The harm that results from the addictive behavior, and the individual's difficulty in controlling it, is what matters. Supported by scientific research, Dr. Horvath approaches addiction as a bad habit, not a disease. He emphasizes taking responsibility, without requiring an allegiance to a “higher power,” and teaches general principles of addictive behavior change, so readers can apply them as often as they need. Horvath teaches the consequences (and even possible benefits) of addictive behavior, alternative coping methods, choice, understanding and dealing with urges, building a new lifestyle, preventing relapse. Includes dozens of exercises, self-study questions, guidelines for individual change plans.

  • Stand By Me

    Books

    Helping your teen through tough times

    I'm a dad and I'm scared.

    When I say I'm a dad and I'm scared, I really mean: I'm a dad and I'm looking for answers – from the professionals, kids, mums, dads and other caregivers who have been there, holding each other's hands to hell and back.

    Stand by me. Let's take the journey together.

    Charting John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, Stand By Me investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.

    With clinical psychologists Dr Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, JK confronts the big questions facing parents and teens, highlighting key messages and offering best approaches. Stand By Me also draws on the perspectives of teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues and the families who have journeyed with them. In their own words, the young people reflect on their darkest days and recovery, and consider how these experiences have shaped them as they face forward into their adult lives.

    Intimate, enlightening and impossible to ignore, Stand By Me is a window into an all-too-real issue facing New Zealand families, and a powerful tool for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care.

  • Staying Well with Type 2 Diabetes

    Books

    A pamphlet developed by Diabetes NZ.

    Some guidelines and information to help you stay well with your Type 2 Diabetes.

    Download from: https://www.diabetes.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/11737/staying_well_with_type_2_WEB.pdf

  • Stuff that sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can (secondary age)

    Emotions - Young People

    This short book helps readers manage their emotions and thoughts, and achieves what the title claims. Ideas presented are based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model. It outlines stuff that sucks and provides an understanding of painful emotions and thoughts, and explores areas of life that contribute to these experiences – recognising the things readers can’t change but directing attention to the things the reader can. Suggestions on techniques to try are provided, and an openness to trying things until finding the ones that work are encouraged. The reader is also encouraged to connect with what they value, and through accepting thoughts and emotions they are experiencing instead of struggling with them. This allows readers to recognise that this will give them more energy to be doing the other stuff that matters to them in life.

    Stuff That Sucks is easy to understand and uses age appropriate language.  The chapters flow and build nicely on each other, with illustrations creatively spaced throughout the text. Self-help tools provide both educational information and ideas on techniques to try, are evidence-based and reflect the author’s experience of their effectiveness when working with young people.

  • Taking control: My plan for heart health

    Books

    A programme designed by the Heart Foundation.

    Finding out how healthy your heart is means you can take control and do something to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. By making some lifestyle changes you can improve your heart health, and your health and wellbeing in general. You don’t have to make big changes, small ones are a great start. This programme can help you achieve the changes that are important to you, to help your heart now and for your future. Involve your partner, whānau/family in this programme too – their support can really help.

    Download from: http://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/uploads/Taking_Control_HF1849.pdf 

  • The 5 Love Languages

    Books

    The Secret to Love that Lasts

    Health Professional Reviewer: Sheryl Shipley, Psychologist.

    • The book is easy to read and well set out. It flows well from chapter to chapter.
    • The overview of the 5 love language is easy to follow and makes intuitive sense.
    • However, some of the examples come across as sexist and the lengths needed to ‘succeed’ verging on psychologically abusive in good 1950’s style. Whether this in intentional or because it has a religious grounding I’m unsure.

    I would suggest reading this book with the idea of learning something about yourself and your partner. Approach this book as an overview rather than a lesson in how to do it well.

  • The Alchemist

    Books

    Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

    The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

  • The Alphabet of the Human Heart: The A–Zen of Life

    Books

    A handbook for the happy, and a bible for the broken-hearted, The Alphabet of the Human Heart is an enchanting and enriching journey through the upside and the downside of what it means to be human – our hopes and our fears, our strength and our weakness, our highs and our lows.

    The Alphabet of the Human Heart is a book of literally two halves. Firstly there is upside A-Z, which is full of the happy and hopeful aspects of our lives, such as A is for Adventure, through G is for Gratitude, S is for Smile to Zen is the Place to Be. The other downside half examines the negative parts of our character lives and how we can overcome them to lead more positive and fulfilling lives. From A is for Anger, through H is for Hate, T is for Temptation to once again end on Zen is the Place to be.

    Matthew and James have been friends for over 30 years and they've experienced both sides of life – the upside and the downside – and they've turned their experience of life – and of friendship – into a book that combines words and pictures to tell a bigger story.

  • The Happiness Trap Pocketbook

    Books

    An illustrated guide on how to stop struggling and start living

    Whether you’re lacking confidence, facing illness, stressed at work, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled — in this book you will learn effective techniques to:
    • reduce stress and worry
    • rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
    • handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively
    • break self-defeating habits
    • develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
    • let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness, and
    • create a rich, full and meaningful life.

  • The Little Book of Resilience

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    How to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life

    The Little Book of Resilience is about how we can fortify our lives mentally, emotionally and physically. It is not about what happens when we get knocked down but more about what happens when we get up again. It is a book about what resilience is and how we grow and maintain it. The first step in understanding resilience is accepting what you can and cannot change. You can't change the weather but you can certainly change the way you interact with it; using an umbrella, a jacket or sunscreen. Just as you can't change your history, family, race, or past hurts and events but with the right direction and understanding you can certainly change how you look and feel about them moving forward. Life doesn't always turn out as we'd expected. It can be complex, harsh, joyful, mean, hilarious and utterly perplexing. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we will be able to cope with whatever life throws our way. For the majority of life's adversities, there is no magic pill or silver bullet – to get over anything we generally have to go through it – but if we're prepared to learn from that experience, good can certainly come from bad. We can grow to be wiser, more empathetic and understanding and from that we can create greater purpose in our lives.

  • The Mindful Way through Depression

    Books

    Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (includes CD)

    The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to provide effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

  • The Quit Book: Beating the Smoking Addiction

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    The Quit Book can help you quit. It contains the best advice we know on how to quit smoking – in 5 simple steps

    Developed by The Quitline in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, The Health Promotion Agency, and The Cancer Society.

    Download here: https://www.healthed.govt.nz/system/files/resource-files/HE10106-Quitbook-Web.pdf

  • The Relationship Cure

    Books

    A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships

    * Reveals the key elements of healthy relationships, emphasizing the importance of what he calls “emotional connection”
    * Introduces the powerful new concept of the emotional “bid,” the fundamental unit of emotional connection
    * Provides remarkably empowering tools for improving the way you bid for emotional connection and how you respond to others’ bids

  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

    Books

    The book contains relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

    In the first chapter, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

  • The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens (secondary age)

    Anxiety and Worry - Young People

    An easy to read and follow book with step-by-step activities and education about how social anxiety develops, how it affects teenagers and how to overcome this. Many young people struggle with fears and worries about how they are perceived or judged by others, responding by avoiding social situations that increase their social anxiety. This book helps teens recognise they are not alone in their struggles, discover links between their thoughts, feelings and actions and assists them to challenge fears and overcome anxiety. Most pages include clever, fun animations or cartoon-style illustrations of the concepts being explained.

     

    Information is easy to understand and worksheets require teens to consider their own situation and clear effective strategies to develop skills needed to overcome social anxiety. This is a self-help book using evidence-based CBT and ACT, but can also be used as a workbook by mental health clinicians. Brief information on when to seek professional help is also included.

     

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