Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars – Juan Martinez

  5/5 Stars I remember having followed the proceedings carefully when they were airing and thinking how brilliant and clever Martinez was. I really enjoyed this and was happy to have some insight into his strategy and mindset. I loved seeing his tenacity in the courtroom and how hard he worked to not let Arias […]

Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Trama and Grief on Relationships – Tian Dayton

3/5 Stars As a mental health professional, this was an easy and quick read. I could see myself assignment sections of this book to clients as well as the exercises in the back because it breaks down trauma in an easy to understand way, using simple language. I also appreciated the brief sections about dissociation. […]

Almost a Psychopath – Ronald Schouten & James Silver

4/5 As a mental health professional, it was nice to read something useful but not jam-packed with jargon, as I am already used to that in my doctorate program. I can see myself referring to this book when assessing clients and/or interactions. I liked how the authors presented case studies of many different types of […]

The Lost Boy – Dave Pelzer

5/5 I read A Child Called It, I think, while either in college or high school and this next book in the trilogy has been on my shelf for a while. I am not quite sure what exactly made me reach for it, during this Winter break from classes of my doctorate program, but I […]

Imposter Syndrome

I received an award today, and at the dinner right before I was about to go up, I felt a bout of imposter syndrome take over me.  Do I really deserve this? The award recognized me for mentoring other women and promoting gender equality.  I believe that I do these things, but in my moment […]

The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer

4/5 stars Overall, I really enjoyed this work. I appreciated how it emphasized that in order to find and experience inner peace and tranquility you have to live in the present moment because that’s all you have. If you’re feeling regret, you’re living in the past and if you’re feeling anxious you’re living in the […]

Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever

Women Don’t Ask is an essential read for everyone, but especially females. This book explains how gendered socialization not only hinders women’s voices in many cases, but also thwarts their success in negotiating many areas of their life. Focusing primarily on work, this book showcases example after example (backed by research) of women falling short/not living […]