The following select web-based and print resources I utilize myself, and offer to others.
Click on the following categories or scroll down:
- Addiction + Recovery
- Crisis Lines
- Health, Community + Social Services
- Healthcare Provider Support
- Infertility, Pregnancy Loss + Infant Death
- Mental Health Advocacy + Education
- Moms + Dads
- Parenting Help
- Physical + Emotional Development
- Pregnancy + Childbirth
Addiction + Recovery
"Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” Find a meeting in your area with this tool.
This website, maintained and developed by mothers in recovery, is an inspiration with ongoing blog posts by Moms on the path to being addiction-free. It contains a wonderful resource list.
Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.
Al-Anon offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers and individuals with drug addiction.
If you are in deep distress or feeling suicidal right now, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also contact one of the crisis lines listed below. County crisis lines are staffed 24-7 with folks trained to help.
- Multnomah County 503-988-4888
- Clackamas County 503-655-8585
- Washington County 503-291-9111
Health, Community + Social Services
211info has free information about more than 7,000 health, community, and social services. 211 is available in EVERY Oregon county.
Healthcare Provider Support
Iron Doc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians (second edition- 2011) by Mamta Gautam, MD
A practical resource that provides empathy and skills for stressed healthcare providers, written by a busy physician who gets it.
The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy Life in Medicine also by Mamta Gautam, MD
More musings on critical self-care relevant to all of those in the helping professions.
Delivering Doctor Amelia: The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Error and the Psychologist Who Helped Her
by Dan Shapiro
This book takes a look inside the process of developing compassion and empathy—for ourselves and our patients/clients. It is an easy, impactful read.
Infertility, Pregnancy Loss + Infant Death
Informational website maintained by the National Infertility Association on diagnosis, treatment options, and self-care. Includes information on times and locations for local support groups.
Brief Encounters is a nonprofit, nonsectarian group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth. Provides meetings in the greater Portland, Oregon area and phone support in Spanish and English.
Coming to Term by John Cohen
A hopeful look at the causes of and treatments for pregnancy loss.
Mental Health Advocacy + Education
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, supports research, and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community of hope for all of those in need.
This site provides information, training and support for adults with ADHD.
This website offers inspiring, useful tools for individuals with mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression, as well as a education for the clinicians and family members who support them.
This is an excellent website with essays, self-assessment tools, and state-of-the-science information related to the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar spectrum mood disorders.
Moms + Dads
Developed and maintained by psychiatric specialists in women’s mental health. Offers up-to-date information on the latest studies and treatments addressing premenstrual, pregnancy, postpartum, and peri-menopausal anxiety and mood disorders.
Baby Blues Connection offers Portland-based peer support groups, a warm-line, and provider referrals for mothers and fathers with prenatal and postpartum anxiety, depression, and other symptoms or distress. Resources available for English and Spanish speakers.
Postpartum Support International provides education and referrals, and coordinates global resources for new parents suffering from mental illness and the clinicians who treat them.
A wonderful blog about postpartum suffering with daily postings that include wisdom, wit, and hope.
Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden
An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.
Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali
Firmly grounded in the day-to-day reality of being a mother, Buddhism for Mothers discusses Buddhist teachings as applied to the challenges of bringing up children.
I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern Motherhood
by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile
A humorous and realistic look at the common challenges faced by every Mom.
The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian
Provides a thought-provoking, sex-specific discussion about raising sons in today’s world.
The Wonder of Girls by Michael Gurian
Pulls together scientific research on female hormones and brain development to examine the interests, behavior, and relationships that are typical for girls and young women.
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon
An honest, and sometimes humorous, look at one middle-aged father’s reflections on his relationships and choices.
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
An insightful look at childhood brain development and the impact on stage-specific, parenting challenges and choices.
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Application of brain-wise principles for effective and supportive parenting that will build relationships and skills in children.
Lisa Weiner, MSN, offers classes and consulting support to help parents meet their children's needs through understanding the path of development and cultivating right relationship.
Love and Logic provides practical help for parenting from early childhood through adolescence.
PEPS "supports new moms and dads as they begin their parenting journey" by connecting parents within communities for a variety of shared social and parenting opportunities.
Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach parents how to shape young people into responsible and resourceful members of their communities.
Physical + Emotional Development
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD
This important, accessible book demystifies the hormone-brain connection that underlies women’s moods and experiences across the lifespan.
The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD
Takes a close look at male physiology, hormones, and their affect on the lived experience and relationships of boys and men.
What Could He Be Thinking? by Michael Gurian
A useful guidebook written by an expert on male development for female partners.
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
A challenging and graphic look at biology and psychology as experienced by women.
Pregnancy + Childbirth
Backline promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for the full spectrum of decisions, feelings and experiences related to pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion. A hotline is available during selected hours throughout the week.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
A thought-provoking look at childbirth practices and choices in America from a cultural icon and expert.
Mother Tree offers childbirth classes, birth and postpartum doula care throughout the Portland area.
After Baby Comes Doula Service offers a team of postpartum doulas in Portland, Oregon that provides in-home postpartum care to families with infants.
At Birthing Stone Doula & Childbirth Services there is a shared commitment to "bringing the village back to birth" with a variety of birth and postpartum packages that increase comfort and ease the transition to parenthood.
Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
A simple guide for speaking and listening with clarity and integrity.
Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship by David Shnarch
A powerful examination of common dynamics in intimate relationships.
Attached by Amir Levine, MD and Rachel S. F. Heller, MA
Levine and Heller guide readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate—or potential mate—may have, offering a road map, starting from the first date, for building stronger, more fulfilling connections with long-term partners.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
Contains time tested techniques for addressing relationship distress. Gottman’s work is based on hard data gained by observing thousands of healthy and struggling couples.
A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon
Surveys scientific understanding of emotions, intimacy and love, from Freud through modern neuroscience. Explores the power of harmful and healthy relating.
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson
A definitive resource for healing wounds and fortifying bonds in love relationships.
See Meet Adria to get acquainted with my philosophy and treatment approach.