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Oh, the places you'll go (in a book....)

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

What if you could read (or listen) to a book and, in essence, learn from the mistakes and success of others without having to make those same mistakes yourself (and gain valuable insight about how to do the “success” thing)?

All of us are crunched for time. Some of us don’t like to read (listening to the book on a platform such as Audible can help.) And sometimes, we just don’t know what to read to get the most bang for our buck. Book reviews can be helpful and I highly recommend them before you make a purchase. I am going to do some reviews of the books I recommend so you’ll know where I, as a therapist, see value in these books.

Those reasons and more are why I developed a page on my website that is devoted to showcasing books that I have not only read but recommend to others. The topics (currently) covered are: Anxiety, Trauma, Parenting, Children with mental health issues, Child Development, Adoption/Fostering, Addictions/Recovery, and Nutrition. I plan on adding more recommendations to the website’s page as we move through this year.

If the book is on my website, I’ve read it and have found it valuable for either improving the lives of me and my family, the lives of my clients, or both. A book requires effort on our part, so I won’t make any wild promises about how easy they are to read (or listen to if you get it on Audible). A book also only works if you take the information contained within and apply it to your life. Otherwise, it’s just a form of entertainment and sometimes a feel-good resource that may last a few weeks if that long.

Books are excellent add-ons for psychotherapy or counseling because reading one is something you can do according to your own schedule and for a price that is much less than the typical hourly fee of your therapist. Once you’ve read the book, you now have information that you can bring to your therapy sessions that will more than likely give you a head start on the healing process. Since one of my goals as your therapist is to find and apply healing solutions i the most efficient way possible (the most gains in the least amount of time), books can serve that purpose in a very real way.

So, you may receive a recommendation in session to read a particular book, you may see one on my bookshelf that intrigues you, or you may receive an email from me after a session within which I recommend you check out a certain book. Take the time to review the book and then seriously consider making the purchase and knocking it out. At you can click on any book listed and you’ll be taken to the linked Amazon page where you can read a synopsis of the book, evaluate reviews, look at other versions of the book (hardback, paperback, Kindle, Audible, etc.), and generally obtain all the information you need to decide whether add that book to your collection.

And if you’ve read a book that’s not listed and you think other clients (or even your therapist) would benefit from obtaining the book, go to the Comments section on the home page of my website and leave a message in the available box on the left side of the page. If I have not read it, I will certainly put it on my “to read” list but I will also add it to my “books recommended” page on my website. What a great way for you to “pay it forward”!

So check out, recommend it to your friends, and family, and let me know what you think.

As we are “walking together down the road less traveled toward hope and healing,” let’s read some great books together!


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Locke Curfman, MA, LPC

Kranz Psychological Services

1125  Judson Rd. Suite 150

Longview, TX 75601


Phone: 903.200.1433

Fax: 903.405.4047

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