Staff Picks

Staff Picks, December 2022:

Title: Feeling good - the new mood therapy

Author: David D. Burns, MD

Subject: Recognizing your moods and learn techniques to assist you in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety


From renowned psychiatrist Dr. David D. Burns, the revolutionary volume that popularized Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and has helped millions combat feelings of depression and develop greater self-esteem.


Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses in the world, affecting 18% of the U.S. population every year. But for many, the path to recovery seems daunting, endless, or completely out of reach.


The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be alleviated. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life, enabling you to:

  • Nip negative feelings in the bud

  • Recognize what causes your mood swings

  • Deal with guilt

  • Handle hostility and criticism

  • Overcome addiction to love and approval

  • Build self-esteem

  • Feel good everyday


Staff Picks, November 2022:

Title: Silent Agreements: How to free your relationships of unspoken expectations

Authors: Linda D. Anderson, PhD, Sonia R. Banks, PhD, Michele L. Owens, PhD

Subject: Communication

Silent Agreements will help readers define the unspoken beliefs and expectations that might be causing dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and resentment in their relationships, giving them the tools to explore these agreements and work toward healthier communication with a partner, friend, boss, or family member.

If you have relationships, you've likely been part of silent agreements. Silent agreements are the implicit "rules" of your relationships that arise from unspoken beliefs and expectations that both parties hold, stemming from your earliest experiences and reinforced as you mature. They can sound something like "The person who makes more money should pay for the dates," or "My boss doesn't offer me a raise, and he knows I won't ask for one." These agreements can hinder your relationships, remaining undiscussed due to fear, aversion to conflict, feelings of obligation, or guilt. Because expectations so rarely line up and neither person will address the issue, a silent agreement can cause unhappiness and resentment on both sides.

Clinical psychologists Drs. Anderson, Banks, and Owens will help you explore your agreements and work towards healthier communication with a partner, friend, boss, or family member. In the process, you'll learn more about your own motivations and how to dismantle the the beliefs that don't serve you. With guidelines and advice on how to have productive conversations about sex, money, commitment, family, the workplace, and health, this book will help you lift the silence and resolve those land-mine issues before they do irreparable damage.

Staff Picks, October 2022:

Title: You Can't Make Me [But I Can Be Persuaded]

Author: Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Subject: Parenting a strong-willed child


Turn Conflict into Cooperation

Many parents suspect their strong-willed child is deliberately trying to drive them crazy. Difficult to discipline and seemingly impossible to motivate, these children present unique, exhausting, and often-frustrating challenges to the those who love them.

But strong will is not a negative trait. These same children have firm convictions, high spirits, a sense of adventure—all the makings of a great adult. In this book you’ll discover how to channel that passion and determination in positive ways as you build a healthy relationship.


NOTE: When reading suggested books, you agree and acknowledge that QCI Behavioral Health is not providing health care, counseling, medical mental-health related services, or attempting to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any physical, mental or emotional issue, disease or condition. The above information is general information for educational purposes only.