Deborah Planting's Resources

General Well-being

  • Brené Brown: Beginning with the two Ted Talks, The Power of Vunerability and Listening to Shame, Brown has become a very well-known inspirational speaker and author of several books, all of which I would recommend. She also has online workshops (with homework!) which I have followed and found very helpful and insightful.
  • Susan Cain: Ted Talk: The Power of Introverts
  • The Power of Habit (Duhigg)
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Ruiz)
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Csikszentmihalyi)
  • Heartmath: Heart Coherence
  • Byron Kati: Her first book, Loving What Is, incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy in a unique and confrontational manner. If you explore her website,, you will find the four questions she asks that have defined her approach.


  • The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It (Carbonell)
    I have read many books about worry and anxiety, and the way the author is able to explain the anxious brain, with humor and doable coping techniques, is impressive.
  • The Anxious Brain (Wehrenberg)
  • The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD (Hershfield and Corboy)


  • I Don’t Want To Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression (Real)


  • Anger Kills (Williams and Williams) A comprehensive book explaining how anger affects the body. The Hostility Roadmap with Strategies (page 68) is especially helpful.

Trauma, Grief, and Loss

  • David Kessler has written several books about this subject. He also has a very helpful website,
  • The Body Keeps Score. Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (van der Kolk)
  • Getting Past Your Past , Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques (Shapiro)
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Kushner)


  • Mindfulness app: Headspace
  • Cultivating Lasting Happiness: A 7-Step Guide to Mindfulness (Fralich)

Websites for Neurofeedback Information


  • Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique (Wehrenberg)
  •             As a wise person once said at a conference, “Anxiety is a breathing disorder”. This exercise is             one of the many breathing techniques that you can use. I find this one helpful and easy to             follow.
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Relaxation Technique (Betty Erickson)


  • Progressive Relaxation