Recommended Workbooks for Teens

In my clinical practice, I often recommend to my teenage clients different workbooks that can supplement and reinforce the therapeutic work we do together. These workbooks offer activities, exercises, and information that can be helpful for adolescents aged 13 to 17.

It is important to keep in mind that the workbooks do not replace seeking professional help from a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist or other health professional, especially for more severe and complex problems. Rather, these recommended workbooks can be a good place to start and can compliment the services you are receiving.

Topics covered by the workbooks listed below include: relaxation techniques; mindfulness and meditation; self-esteem building exercises; learning to focus on the positive; strategies to cope with depressed feelings, stress, or anxiety; skills to improve communication and relationships, and much more.

Recommended Workbooks for Teens

WorkbookAuthorDescription
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety
Christopher Willard, PsyDThis recommended workbook focuses on helping adolescents take control over their anxiety by learning all about developing mindfulness skills. The workbook offers teens proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices, such as special breathing exercises and guided visualization exercises and many other tips, to help them overcome anxiety at home, at school, and in other situations.
Beyond the Blues
Lisa M. Schab, LCSWThis recommended workbook offers many activities to help teens overcome depression and low self-esteem. For example, teens learn to focus on the positive, create balanced lives, assert themselves, and improve communication skills.
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens

Sheri Van Dijk, MSWThis recommended workbook explains and teaches dialectical behavior therapy skills including mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance in order to help teens manage mood swings, control their anger and painful emotions, and improve their relationships with others.
The Stress Reduction Workbook for TeensGina M. Biegel, MA, LMFTThis recommended workbook teaches mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation skills as well as other tools in order to help teens deal effectively with their stress.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens
Lisa M. Schab, LCSWThis recommended workbook provides 42 different activities to help teens cope with their anxiety and worries by learning relaxation skills, problem-solving skills, and ways to challenge their thinking.

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