Reading LIst

Books that Sage Therapy Chicago is currently recommending as excellent resources for self-care, growth and empowerment

Personal Growth

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Lori Gottlieb

The Highly Sensitive Person

How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

Elaine Aron

Loving Bravely

Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want

Alexandra Solomon

Crucial Conversations

Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Kerry Patterson

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

Lindsay C. Gibson

You Are A Badass

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Jen Sincero


The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain

Radical Acceptance

Awakening the Love That Heals Fear and Shame

Tara Brach

Healing Rage

Women Making Inner Peace Possible

Ruth King

Set Boundaries, Find Peace

A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

Nedra Glover Tawwab


The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff


The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

John Gottman

Eight Dates

Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

John & Julie Gottman


The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind - and Keep - Love

Amir Levine & Rachel S.F Heller

The 5 Love Languages

The Secret to Love that Lasts

Gary Chapman

Dating a Narcissist

The Brutal Truth You Don't Want to Hear: How to Spot a Narcissist on the Very First Date and Setting Boundaries to Become Psychopath Free

Theresa Covert

Healing From a Narcissistic Relationship

A Caretaker's Guide to Recovery, Empowerment, and Transformation

Margalis Fjelstad

Mating in Captivity

Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic

Esther Perel

The State of Affairs

Rethinking Infidelity

Esther Perel

Designer Relationships

A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Relationships

Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson

Hold Me Tight

Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Dr. Sue Johnson

Opening Up

A Guide to Creating & Sustaining Open Relationships

Tristan Taormino


Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much

Jen Winston

The Ethical Slut

A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love

Janet W. Hardy & Dossie Easton

The Gaslight Effect

How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life

Robin Stern

Be Not Afraid of Love

Lessons on Fear, Intimacy, and Connection

Mimi Zhu


The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk

Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma

Peter Levine

It Didn’t Start with You

How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Mark Wolynn

What Happened To You

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Bruce D. Perry

Trauma Stewardship

An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
with Connie Burk

The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog

And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

Bruce D. Perry

The Deepest Well

Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity

Nadine Burke Harris

The Pain We Carry

Healing from Complex PTSD for People of Color

Natalie Y. Gutiérrez

In an Unspoken Voice

How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Peter A. Levine

No Bad Parts

Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model

Richard Schwartz

Trauma and Recovery

The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Herman

Substance Use / Abuse / Addiction

The Naked Mind

Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life

Annie Grace

The Alcohol Experiment

A 30-Day, Alcohol-Free Challenge To Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control

Annie Grace

Important Voices

My Grandmother’s Hands

Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Resmaa Menakem

So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

Permission to Come Home

Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans

Jenny Wang

Disability Visibility

First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century

Alice Wong

Care Work

Dreaming Disability Justice

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha


Black People And Love

bell hooks

All About Love

New Visions

bell hooks

Hood Feminism

Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Mikki Kendall


Gender: Your Guide

A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture

Lee Airton, PhD

A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns

Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson

The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook

Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression

Anneliese Singh

Vastly More Than That

Stories of Lesbians & Gay Men in Recovery

Guy Kettelhack

There Are Trans People Here

H. Melt

Queer Latinidad

Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces

Juana María Rodríguez

Beyond the Gender Binary

Alok Vlad and Ashley Lukashevsky


Come As You Are

The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex

Reclaim Your Desire & Reignite Your Relationship

Laurie B. Mintz

Becoming Clitorate

Why Orgasm Equality Matters, And How to Get It

Laurie B. Mintz

Sex Talks

The Five Conversations That Will Transform Your Love Life

Vanessa Marin

Girl Sex 101

Alliso Moon and kd diamond


What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

Angela Chen

Tell Me What You Want

The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life

Justin J. Lehmiller

Unf*ck Your Intimacy

Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Dating

Faith G. Harper

Career & Leadership

Find Your Why

A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team

Simon Sinek

How to Win Friends & Influence People

The Only Book You Need To Lead You to Success

Dale Carnegie

Taking People With You

The Only Big Way to Make Things Happen

David Novak

Brenee Brown

Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Brenee Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Brenee Brown

Rising Strong

How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Brenee Brown

Dare To Lead

Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brenee Brown


It’s OK That You’re Not OK

Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

Megan Devine

Grieving While Black

An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow

Breeshia Wade



The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Emily Nagoski

Self Compassion

The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff

Set Boundaries, Find Peace

A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

Nedra Glover Tawwab

The Miracle of Mindfulness

An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh


Whole Brain Child

12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Daniel J.J. Siegel &
Tina Payne Bryson

Parenting From the Inside Out

How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

Daniel Siegel &
Mary Hartzell

Good Inside

A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be

Dr. Becky Kennedy


The Power of Neurodiversity

Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain

Thomas Armstrong PhD

Scattered Minds

The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Gabor Mate

Unmasking Autism

Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

Devon Price, PhD

How to Keep House While Drowning

A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing

KC Davis

Laziness Does
Not Exist

Devon Price, PhD