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2018 Holiday Gifts for Therapists - The Therapist's Bookshelf
2018 Holiday Gifts for Therapists

2018 Holiday Gifts for Therapists

If you count a therapist among the family and friends you’re shopping for this holiday season, you might feel stuck for a gift.  We mental health professionals can be a hard group to buy for.  Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the internet to find the perfect thing.


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Holiday gifts for therapists

Brené Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability has influenced countless therapists around the globe.  In her latest book, she sums up all she has learned in decades of research and listening to people’s stories.  Dare to Lead is sure to please almost any counselor.



Therabox Subscription – $34.99+

As much as we therapists talk about self-care, we’re not always the best at doing it for ourselves.  Every month, Theraboxes are curated by a group of therapists and filled with themed items to help your favorite therapist relax.  You can order a single box or a subscription for up to a year.


Focus: A Guided Journal to Create Lasting Change in Your Life – $25

This journal was designed by a therapist to  help you carve out a space in your day for intentionality and gratitude. Each entry includes space to recognize recent wins, notice something you are thankful for, reflect on a powerful quote and journal.  My favorite thing about this journal has to be the affirmations. There is a long list in the back of possible affirmations for the day plus instructions for creating your own.  I enjoyed finding a few that fit and using them throughout the day to keep me focused.  Read my full review here.



All-new Kindle Paperwhite – $129.99

Amazon’s latest e-reader is waterproof so you can read all the books we recommend in the tub or at the beach.





Describe Cards – $24.99

The Describe Card deck was created by a counselor and is the perfect addition for any therapist’s toolbox.  There are 104 cards with a wide range of adjectives for clients to describe themselves, their feelings, or the people in their lives. Each card also has three questions to help you delve deeper into the meaning of the words for the individual or couple you are working with. You can find my full review here.



Bad Therapy: Master Therapists Share Their Worst Failures by Jeffrey A. Kottler & Jon Carlson – $34.15

Bad Therapy is one of my absolute favorite books.  The authors interviewed master therapists about their worst failures.  Many of the people are incredibly vulnerable.  This is an excellent gift for new therapists who are struggling with impostor syndrome.




Dan Seigel’s latest book explores the current research on mindfulness while he teaches a simple tool called the Wheel of Awareness.  If your favorite therapists practices mindfulness or is interested in



holiday gifts for therapists

Freudian S

lips Mug

“You say one thing but you mean your mother.”  That’s psychology humor at its finest.




Sue Johnson is the founder of EFT and her newest book has created quite the buzz, especially among therapists who work with couples.  It won’t be released until January 1st but you can preorder it through Amazon now. This will likely be one of the top therapy books for 2019 so you can impress your friends by gifting it to them even before it hits the shelves.





Brain Bookends

The therapists in your life can find tons of books on this site and hold them all together with this brain.  These bookends are a perfect addition to any bookshelf, especially a therapist’s bookshelf (pun intended.)





Just a note: therapists are often not able to accept gifts from clients.  If you are looking for a way to express your appreciation to a therapist you see, it may be best to ask them ahead of time for their policy on gifts.  A handmade treat or a card might be your best bet.  If you choose to buy your therapist a gift, it is generally best to stay under $20.  If you are looking to buy for therapists in your life, these gifts are sure to please.  And, if you are looking to surprise your favorite therapist who also happens to run a book review website, she might really like those brain bookends.

Le Shepard

Le Shepard, LPC earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She sees clients face to face at Wise County Christian Counseling and works with individuals or couples through her online-only private practice. 1000 Hills Counseling & Consulting. Le loves to read, adventure, and play with her corgi or kids.

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