Recommended Books

My name is Elaine Korngold, LPC, and below are some of the books I often recommend to my clients.

Trauma, Complex PTSD, and Recovery

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by B. Van der Kolk
  • The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries From the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by N. Doidge
  • It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by M. Wolynn
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by P. Levine
  • Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by P. Walker

Grief and Loss

  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by F. Weller
  • Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving by J. Samuel
  • It’s OK that You’re Not OK by M. Devine
  • The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing edited by K. Young
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook by J. W. James & R. Friedman


  • The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey by N. L. Kriseman
  • The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself by L. Abbit


  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions – by J. Hari

Dealing with Shame

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by B. Brown

Life Transitions, Search for Meaning

  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by W. Bridges
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by V. Frankl
  • Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by G. Levoy
  • Something to Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life by R. J. Leider & D. A. Shapiro
  • What Should I Do with My Life by P. Bronson
  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by B. Burnett & D. Evans
  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by M. Jay
  • The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery by S. Davidson
  • Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death – by I. D. Yalom