Recommended books on treating shame and self-criticism and increasing self-compassion

Books on the treatment of shame:

Shame in the Therapy Hour - The first handbook ever published on the treatment of shame. It contains chapters on how to work with shame in therapy from a variety of theoretical perspectives. This is a must-have if you do a lot of work with people with shame and low self-esteem.

Compassion-Focused Therapy - A key reference source for learning compassion-focused therapy. It's concise, filled with clinical wisdom, and a handy reference for thinking through how to work with shame and self-criticism.

CFT Made Simple - An excellent and very readable introduction to compassion-focused therapy, with a fantastic chapter showing how to use chair-work with highly self-critical clients.

Books on compassion:

The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion - This is the first book on the market to provide an in-depth discussion of compassion in the context of ACT and other behavioral sciences. It offers case conceptualization, assessments, and direct clinical applications that integrate ACT, functional analytic psychotherapy, and compassion focused therapy to enhance your clinical practice.

To learn more about how to use the two-chair technique for self-conflict:

Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy- This book has a great chapter on how to use the two chair for self conflict, in the style of emotion-focused therapy. It's also a great introduction to emotion-focused therapy in general.

Facilitating emotional change - This is a classic book with detailed instructions for how to do the two chair task for self conflict from emotion-focused therapy. 

At the present time, these are my key resources that I reference when I'm trying to think through a tough case. They all have excellent information to offer. Hope you enjoy them.

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