Core Competencies

Our Team has the capacities and clinical experiences to help clients navigate the challenging and exciting Environment surrounding you. Our core competencies developed through educational training along with clinical and life experiences.

Furthermore, we are bonded by our desires to be life-long learners and grow throughout our professional careers. Instead of describing diagnoses and presenting problems, Our Team consolidated a list of resources that have been influential, motivating, and inspiring for our past and current growth as clinicians.

In other words, the resources reveal the nature of how we developed the core competencies necessary to help our clients. In fact, various resources emerged out of our work with clients because we cannot grow in our work without learning from our clients. The history of Affirmations informs the continued growth and journey of Affirmations into the future. Optimistically, you will sense our talent and uniqueness throughout this list.

Books
  • Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy, Neil Jacobson and Andrew Christensen
  • Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation,  Charles Barber
  • DBT Skills Training Manual, Marsha Linehan
  • Decoding the Ethics Code, Celia Fisher
  • Driven to Distraction, Ned Hollowell
  • Encounter Groups, Carl Rogers
  • The Ethical Slut, Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy
  • Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life, Steven Hayes
  • The Gift of Anger, Marcia Cannon
  • The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker
  • The Gift of Therapy, Irvin Yalom
  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT, Russ Harris
  • Health at Every Size, Linda Bacon
  • The High Conflict Couple, Alan Fruzzetti
  • The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron
  • Hold Me Tight, Susan Johnson
  • Joining Forces, Howard Fradkin
  • Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer
  • Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate, Emily K. Sandoz and Troy DuFrene
  • Motivational Interviewing, Stephen Rollnick and William Richard Miller
  • Necessary Losses, Judith Viorst
  • The Psychology of Religion and Coping, Kenneth Pargament
  • The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Kristin Neff
    Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha
  • Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy, Kenneth Pargament
  • Thoughts Without A Thinker, Mark Epstein
  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Erickson-Schroth
  • You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
  • Why People Die by Suicide, Thomas Joiner
  • The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman