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recommended books

Below is a list of our highly recommended books that our therapists often suggest to our clients.  However, please note that Holy Family Counseling Center cannot endorse all content found in these books but we have found them to be helpful tools in healing and recovery.


The Betrayal Bond
By: Patrick Carnes


Love without Hurt
By: Steven Stosny, PhD


The Anger Control Workbook
By: Matthew McKay & Peter Rogers


Getting Past Your Past:
Take Control of Your Life
with Self-Help Techniques
from EMDR Therapy 

By: Francine Shapiro


Codependency for Dummies
By: Darlene Lancer


Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

By: Melody Beattie 


The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Workbook of Co-Dependents Anonymous
By: Co-Dependents Anonymous


Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions
By: Alcoholics Anonymous


Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work
By: David D. Burns, MD


A Catholic Guide to Depression
by Aaron Kheriaty



Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach
by Kathryn J. Hermes


Living When a Love One has Died
By: Earl A. Grollmann


Choosing to See
By: Mary Beth Chapman


Grace Disguised
By: Jerry Sittser


After the Affair: Healing the Pain & Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful 
By: Janis A Spring


Shattered Vows 
By: Debra Laaser


The 5 Love Languages:
The Secret to Love that Lasts
By: Gary Chapman


The 7 Principles for
Making Marriage Work

By: John Gottman


Captivating Revised and Updated:
Unveiling the Mystery of a
Woman’s Soul
By: John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge


Created for Connection:
Hold me Tight
By: Sue Johnson


Good News About Sex & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching
By: Christopher West & Charles J. Chaput O.F.M.Cap


If Only He Knew: A Valuable Guide to Knowing Understanding and Loving Your Wife
By: Gary Smalley


Created for Connection:
The “Hold Me Tight” Guide
for Christian Couples
By: Sue Johnson


Love Sense 
By: Sue Johnson


Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to
Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing,
Infallible Loving

By: Gregory K. Popcak PhD


Fascinating Womanhood
By: Helen Andelin


The 7 Levels of Intimacy
By: Matthew Kelly


Wild at Heart Revised and
Updated: Discovering the Secret
of a Man’s Soul

By: John Eldredge


The Mindful Catholic
By: Gregory Bottaro


Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to
Achieving Emotional Fitness

By: Alan Lyme & David J. Powell


Brain Lock: Free Yourself
from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz &
Beverly Bevette


The OCD Workbook
 Hyman, PHD,
Cherlene Pedrick RN


By: Santa C SS R,
REV Thomas


Parenting from the Inside Out 
By: Daniel Siegel


Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles 
By: Dr. Kevin Leman


Strong Fathers, Strong
Daughters: 10 Secrets Every
Father Should Know 
By: Meg Meeker


Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
By: Brennan Manning & Jon Foreman


Life of the Beloved: Spiritual 
Living in a Secular World
By: Henri J. M. Nouwen


His Princess Love Letters
from your King 

By: Sheri Rose Shepherd


The Gifts of Imperfection

By: Brene Brown

Self-Esteem/ Worth

The Self-Esteem Workbook
By: Glenn R. Schiraldi

Sexual Addiction

Healing the Wounds of
Sexual Addiction
By: Mark Laaser, Gary Smalley
& Patrick Carnes

Sexual Addiction

No Stones: Women Redeemed
from Sexual Addiction
By: Marnie C. Ferree

Sexual Addiction

True Stories of Love
& Lust After Porn
By: Matt & Cameron Fradd


Streams in the Desert
By: L. B. Cowman


Bruised, But Not Broken: A Grief Journey After Suicide Loss Paperback

By: Irene Rowland


My Son, My Son
By: Iris Bolton


Relationship Status (with Life): It’s Complicated: How to Counsel Those who Grieve a Suicide Loss Paperback

by Irene Rowland


No Time to Say Goodbye
By: Carla Fine


The Temperament
God Gave You
By: Art Bennett and Laraine Bennett


The Temperament
God Gave Your Spouse

By: Art Bennett and Laraine Bennett


Please Understand Me: Character and
Temperament Types

By:  David Keirsey & Marilyn Bates


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma 
By: Peter A. Levine & Ann Frederick


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body
in the Healing of Trauma

By: van der Kolk M.D., Bessel


Healing the Child Within

By: Charles Whitfield

Libros recomendados


Ya No Seas Codependiente (Codependent No More): Aprende a ocuparte de ti mismo: Como vivir y evitar una relacion enferma con seres queridos que son … tabaco, drogas, sexo (Spanish Edition) By: Melody Beattie


Siete reglas de oro para vivir en pareja: Un estudio exhaustivo sobre las relaciones y la convivencia / The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (Clave) (Spanish Edition) God Gave You
By: John Gottman and Nan Silver


Los 5 lenguajes del amor Revisado – Favorito (Spanish Edition) (Favoritos / Favorites) By: Gary Chapman

Conciencia plena

El católico atento: encontrar a dios un momento a la vez (The Mindful Catholic Spanish Edition)
By: Dr. Gregory Bottaro and Peter Kreeft

Recommended Retreats

Holy Family Counseling Center would like to encourage you to spend time with Christ in prayer. We have listed a few retreat opportunities for you to consider. Retreat topics include topical retreats, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, marriage repair, trauma and healing, unplanned pregnancy and post abortion healing retreats.  This list will continue to be updated with additional opportunities.

Topical retreats

Atlanta Retreat Society

Carmel Retreat Center Hoschton, Georgia | Sautee, Georgia | P: 770-837-2798
Email : |

Casa Maria Convent Retreat House

P. 205-956-6760 | 3721 Belmont Road | Birmingham, AL 35210
Email: |

Beloved Women’s Retreat

A day long retreat to rejuvenate women of all ages through a personal experience of God’s love
Email: /

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

2625 Highway 212, SW | 3721 Belmont Road | Conyers, Georgia 30094-4044
P: 770-483-8705 | F: 770-760-098 | |

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

6700 Riverside Drive, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30328 | P: 404-255-0503 | F: 404-256-0776 | F: 770-760-0989

Marriage Preparation Retreats

Three to get Married

A Marriage Preparation Course |

Archdiocese of Atlanta

Marriage Enrichment

25 hour Marriage Getaway

Your annual marriage check-up
Rome Georgia |

Georgia - Tennessee Worldwide Marriage Encounter

A weekend experience for married couples who want to recapture the closeness of their young relationship
In English | | 678-242-9963
In Spanish | Contact Esteban and Gloria Nolasco | | 770-425-1328

Marriage Repair


A Catholic ministry for couples in troubled marriages and for separated and divorced couples considering
reconciliation |

Trauma and Healing

Trauma Recovery Group for Adults Living with Unresolved Trauma

Group in process | | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC
404-920-7554 |

The Way Retreat for Women

3 day retreat for women who have suffered from abuse | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 |

The Way Retreat for Men

3 day retreat for men who have suffered from abuse | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 |

A Day of Healing for Parents and Adult Caregivers of the Abused | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 |

Pregnancy Resources

Pregnancy Aid Clinic

Free and Confidential Services to include pregnancy tests, ultra sounds, pregnancy option discussion, pregnancy ongoing education, adoption referral and support, earn as you learn programs, STI testing for men and women and natural family planning classes.

404-763-HELP (4357) English and Spanish |

Atlanta Clinic | 440 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, Ga

Northern Clinic | 281 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA

Southern Clinic |  531 Forest Parkway, Suite 100. Forest Park, GA

Birthright of Atlanta

Pregnancy center offering alternatives to abortion for those facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies by helping find solutions to difficult situations. They provide free pregnancy tests, abortion alternatives, pregnancy counseling, and other services in the greater Atlanta, GA area to help you make a workable plan for the future.

3424 Hardee Avenue | Atlanta, GA 30341
P: 770-451-2273 | 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-550-4900 |

Post Abortion Healing Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard

Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.

PATH is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
English: 404-717-5557  |  Spanish: 470-258-3433 |  |

recommended Groups

Resources for Grief and Loss

Helpful Websites

For loss of a child, grandchild, or sibling

For suicide loss events and support groups