Voice Activated

The title for this section comes from one of our therapists. This therapist often uses a “voices in your head” analogy with clients as a way of externalizing their thoughts about their concerns. In many cases the conflict is essentially “voice activated” as clients are asked to verbally enact any dissonance or ambivalence they have about making the changes they seek.

In this “Voice Activated” section of Help Yourself we offer reading material suggested by staff as a means of engaging emotions and thought. We suggest you read this material with attention to any emotional response or parallels with your own life experiences.

A Reading List by John Lee - Like most of our staff, John Lee LCSW, is an avid reader. He submitted this list of some of his favorite books and literary pieces.

  • Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - Mark Epstein
  • Blue Fire - James Hillman
  • Love's Body - Norman O. Brown
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Suzuki
  • A Year of Magical Thinking - Didion
  • Faith and Violence - Merton
  • Franny and Zooey - Salinger
  • All Quiet on the Western Front - Remarque
  • Sirens of Titan - Vonnegutt, Jr.
  • If you Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him - Knopp
  • A Long Day's Journey into Night - Eugene O'Neal
  • "Sonnet XXIX" - Shakespeare
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow - Weller
  • Knots - Laing

"Ask Yourself: Bodies at Rest" - a staff generated article on the gift and curse of adaptation - Click to read

"The Science of Bouncing Back"- an article on resilience recommended by Sherryl Richier. Click to read

Itself: by Michelle Castleberry - Click to read

Winston Churchill personified his experience of depression by calling it his “black dog.” That prompted this poem, which was my attempt to address anxiety with a similar metaphor. –Michelle Castleberry

Opening Day: by John Nelson Cain, recommended by Dennis Cain - Click to read

 When my father was alive we never missed opening day of Dove season.  - Dennis Cain

The Season: by Dennis Cain - Click to read