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  • Sarah Chouffot

My Journey of Healing with Audio-books

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

My life has not been an easy one. I did not have the emotional support that I needed to prosper, or the finances to seek out mental health supports for myself. When I did receive support, it was not enough to have a lasting effect; it was only a band-aid. I had to figure out a less expensive alternative to healing myself, so, I started listening to any audio-book that I could find on the app Libby and Audible. This is where my journey of healing really began. I started to understand the biological, physiological and emotional processes that I was experiencing and I noticed all of the information I was absorbing, was making a difference. The end result - I am a very resilient person with a heart of gold.

I incorporated audio-books into my daily life. Instead of listening to music while I puttered around the house, I would have an audio-book on the go. If I was driving - audio-book, couldn't sleep - audio-book, lounging in the sun - audio-book. While I write this, I am listening to one!

Below is a the list of audio-books that I have listened to and why I will always have a book recommendation or two for my clients. The list will be continuously growing and I will update it periodically.


1. Unwinding Anxiety – Judson Brewer

2. Mindset - Carol S, Dweck, Bernadette Dunne

3. The Mindful Path to Self Compassion – Christopher K Germer, PhD

4. Under Pressure – Lisa Damour, PhD

5. The Disordered Mind – Eric R. Kandel

6. Rage Becomes Her – Soraya Chemaly

7. Atomic Habits – James Clear

8.12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson

9. Resilient – Rick Hanson

10. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson

11.The Power of Moments -Chip Heath

12. Rest – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

13. The Four Tendencies – Gretchen Rubin

14. Why Buddhism is True – Robert Wright

15. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy

16. No One Care About Crazy People – Ron Powers

17. The Brain Warrior’s Way – Daniel G. Amen, MD

18. Before Happiness – Shawn Achor

19. A Mind of Your Own – Kelly Brogan MD

20. Fuck Feelings – Micheal Bennet, MD

21. How to Have a Good Day – Caroline Webb

22. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life – Daniel G Amen, MD

23. Super Better – Jane McGonigal

24. The Brain’s Way of Healing – Norman Doidge

25. The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson

26. Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson

27. The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli

28. My Age of Anxiety – Scott Stossel

29. Confessions of a Sociopath – M.E. Thomas

30. Blink – Malcom Gladwell

31. The Examined Life – Stephen Grosz

32. Drunk Tank Pink – Adam Alter

33. Sticks and Stones – Emily Bazelon

34. Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

35. Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

36. Annoying – Flora Lichtman

37. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

38. Get Your Shit Together – Sarah Knight

39. Fuck No – Sarah Knight

40. Calm the Fuck Down – Sarah Knight

41. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – Mark Mason

42. Everything is Fucked – Mark Manson

43. You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

44. Unplug – Suze Yalof Schwartz

45. Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis

46. Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

47. Un-Fuck Yourself – Gary John Bishop

48. Unchain Your Brain – Daniel G. Amen

49. The Nature Fix – Florence Williams

50. Spark Joy – Marie Kondo

51. 13 Thing Mentally Strong People Don’t Do – Amy Morin

52. 10% Happier – Dan Harris

53. The Art of Living – Thich Nhat Hanh

54. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body Healing of Trauma – Bessel A. van der Kolk

55. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving – Pete Walker

56. But It’s Your Family...: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath – Dr. Sherrie Campbell

57. Narcissistic Mothers: How to Handle a Narcissistic Parent and Recover from CPTSD: Adult Children of Narcissists Recovery, Book 1 – Caroline Foster

58. Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse – Jackson MacKenzie

59. My Mother Is a Narcissist: Understand Your Mother on a Deeper Emotional Level, Heal from Her Narcissistic Abuse, and Make a Revolutionary Recovery– Geoffrey Loren

61. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage – Brene Brown

62. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant

63. No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing out-of-Control Behavior – Jed Baker

64. Self Regulation and Mindfulness for Sensory Processing Disorders – Vareisha Gibb

65. It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand – Megan Devine

66. I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One – Brook Noel, Pamela D. Blair PhD

67. A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death – Dr. BJ Miller

68. Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death – Henry Fersko – Weiss LCSW

69. Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying – Sallie Tisdale

70. When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress – Gabor Mate

71. The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity – Melanie Greenberg PhD

72. Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry - Catherine M. Pittman PhD , Elizabeth M. Karle MLIS

74. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle – Emily Nagoski

75. Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN – Tara Brach

76. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself – Kristin Neff

77. Connecting Paradigms: A Trauma Informed & Neurobiological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation – Matthew S. Bennett

78. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain – Jason M. Satterfield

79. The Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry and Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal – Sheryl Paul

80. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It – Kelly McGonigal

82. The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias – Gayatri Devi MD

83. Emotional Intelligence: 3 Books in 1: How to Analyze People with Psychology, How to Improve Your Social Skills, Depression and Anxiety Therapy – Emotional Pathway

84. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry – Seth J. Gilihan PhD

85. The Self Care Prescription - Robyn L. Gobin PhD

86. Keep Pain in the Past - Dr. Chris Cortman, Dr, Joseph Walden

89. The Myth of Normal - Gabor Maté , Daniel Maté

90. Healing Trauma: Restoring the Wisdom of the Body - Peter A Levine

100. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma - Peter A Levine

  1. Anatomy of the Spirit - Caroline Myss

  2. Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive - Kristin Neff

  3. Coping Skills: Tools & Techniques for Every Stressful Situation - Faith G. Harper PhD LPC-S ACS ACN , Cassandra de Cuir

  4. Keep Pain in the Past: Getting Over Trauma, Grief, and the Worst That's Ever Happened to You - Dr. Chris Cortman , Dr. Joseph Walden

  5. The Self Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Well-Being - Robyn L. Gobin PhD

  6. Mindfulness for Stress Management: 50 Easy, Mindful Practices to Help You Stop Stressing and Start Living - Dr. Robert Schacter

  7. Unf*ck Your Boundaries: Build Better Relationships Through Consent, Communication, and Expressing Your Needs: The 5-minute Therapy Series - Faith G. Harper PhD LPC-S ACS ACN

  8. Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World- Pema Chödrön

  9. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness - Gabor Maté - foreword M.D. , Peter A. Levine

  10. The Tao of Fully Feeling: Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame - Pete Walker

  11. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book - Dan Harris , Carlye Adler , Jeffrey Warren

Webinars, Conferences and Training Programs:

  1. Wisdom of Trauma - All Access Pass

  2. Rewire Therapy Institute

  3. Trauma Super Conference (still in the works!)

  4. Polyvagal Institute

  5. NICABM - How to Work with Shame

  6. NICABM - Practical Strategies for Working with Deep-Seated Resentment

  7. NICABM - Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma

  8. Grief Literacy Series

  9. Palliative Care: In the Know

  10. Fundamentals of Palliative Care

  11. Hospice Palliative Care Ontario trainig

  12. Pallium Canada


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