Community Picks: Bill Murphy

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BILL MURPHY, M.S. has been a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1982 and licensed since 1985. In addition to counseling, he specializes in assisting with depression, anxiety / panic disorder, ADD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Bill's biography, as well as the services he offers, are detailed at his website (link below).

Bill's Home Page -- CLICK HERE

Ten Days to Self-Esteem Cover Image
ISBN: 9780688094553
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 17th, 1999

Ten Days To Self-Esteem is one of those "Cognitive Behavioral" books that provides an alternative (or supplement) to the medical model for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It is a self-help workbook that leads you through a logical approach of gaining control over moods or feelings that, for many, become overwhelming at times. Some say this is a better method than medication, as once you learn the techniques, you can always call them to your aid without some of the troublesome side effects or addiction one finds with medications. The problem, however, comes when you are too depressed to read, (much less do the exercises) because of the depression or anxiety. At times, medication is necessary to get you to the point where you can learn and implement the valuable techniques in the book. Dr. Burns is a psychiatrist who became well know for one of his first books, The Feeling Good Handbook.

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781572248915
Availability: Out of Print
Published: New Harbinger Publications - January 2nd, 2011

I have been recommending this book since the early 90's when it was first published. It is now in its 5th revised edition. The book gives an excellent description of the various forms of anxiety, explanation of medications commonly used to treat each and exercises designed to augment or replace medications. It includes sections on relaxation, nutrition and exercise. It has received numerous awards and has sold more than 600,000 copies. For a mental health workbook...that is an excellent recommendation in itself. If you are looking for the best self-help resource on anxiety, look no further.

I actually went to Denver to attend a presentation for professionals on the PREP method of communication. This is without a doubt the best book on communicating and relationships.....without question. It is my first recommendation when couples come to me for therapy. This new and revised edition of Fighting for Your Marriage is based on the widely acclaimed PREP(r) (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach. Groundbreaking studies have found that couples can use the strategies of this approach to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness, and reduce the odds of breaking up. Based on twenty years of university research, this popular book will show you how to: * Talk more and fight less * Deepen and protect your friendship * Have a more intimate, sensual relationship * Keep the fun alive * Clarify and act on your priorities * Develop a vision for your future together

Divorce Busting: A Step-By-Step Approach to Making Your Marriage Loving Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671797256
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 1st, 1993

In this groundbreaking book, Michele Weiner-Davis gives straightforward, effective advice on preventing divorce and how couples can stay together instead of coming apart.

Using case histories to illustrate her marriage-enriching, divorce-preventing techniques, which can be used even if only one partner participates, Weiner-Davis shows readers:

* How to leave the past behind a

When I Say No, I Feel Guilty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553263909
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1985

Yet another classic self-help book. This is the ground breaking book on how to become more assertive. Smith provides excellent common sense strategies for diffusing difficult situations of every day life. People often take advantage of passive individuals, so learn how to stand up for yourself & move beyond passivity without turning into a bully.

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425183274
Published: Berkley Trade - June 4th, 2002

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow--yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Now, using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD, each requiring a different treatment.

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused As Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440500063
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Published: Dell - February 1st, 1988

An excellent author and presenter, Eliana Gil creates a book short in length but long in wisdom. She writes about how abuse of any kind can haunt one throughout life. It is presented in a simple non-threatening manner and is an excellent introduction to abuse issues.

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself Cover Image
ISBN: 9780894864025
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Published: Hazelden Publishing - September 1st, 1986

This is a classic book on Co-dependency, the concept that has helped millions of people in dysfuncional families / relationships understand what was wrong but simply couldn't put a finger on it. After all, what individual or family is not dysfunctional to some extent(?); some just more than others. Even if you think you are 100% functional the book is useful, as I am sure you will run into hundreds of people in your life who are themselves co-dependent. Co-dependency can be a complicated concept, but Melody Beattie explains it masterfully.

The Ocd Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572249219
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - November 1st, 2010

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chances are that your persistent obsessive thoughts and time-consuming compulsions keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. But when you are in the habit of avoiding the things you fear, the idea of facing them head-on can feel frightening and overwhelming. This book can help.

Ptsd Workbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781572242821
Published: New Harbinger Publications - April 1st, 2002

In "The PTSD Workbook," two psychologists and trauma experts gather together techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms.