In my clinical practice, I often recommend to my teenage clients different books, workbooks, and cards that can supplement and reinforce the therapeutic work we do together. These resources offer activities, exercises, and information that can be helpful for adolescents aged 13 to 17.
It is important to keep in mind that the books 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 resources can be a good place to start and can complement the services you are receiving.
Topics covered by the books 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.
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Recommended Books and Resources for Teens List
Find new ways of managing your feelings so that you'll be ready to handle anything life sends your way.
With proven CBT-based skills and mindfulness techniques, this book can be your guide out of the spiraling stress of anxiety and get you back on track to living a happy and healthy life.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens provides the most up-to-date strategies for calming fear, anxiety, and worry, so you can reach your goals and be your best.
Psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating, social media, or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, in school, and with friends.
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a collection of thirty-seven simple workbook activities that will teach you to reduce your worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment.
If you struggle with worry or anxiety that gets in the way of being your best, this fun and friendly guide will help you maintain a mindful life in a frenzied world.
If you feel like your anxiety is taking over your life, this book will help you get it back. If confidence, independence and happiness is what you're after, this is your guide!
This workbook offers fun and tactile exercises grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion to help you cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of day-to-day life. You’ll learn how to be present with difficult emotions, and respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.
Be Mindful cards offer you 50 ways to be present to your life as it is actually taking place. These cards help you be in the here and now with less thinking about the past or worrying about the future.
This engaging workbook uses fun activities and real life stories, and can be used by young people aged 10+ on their own or with a parent or practitioner. It is also an ideal anxiety management resource for those working with young people, including mental health practitioners, social workers, education sector staff and youth workers.
The activities in Beyond the Blues can help you cope with sad and difficult feelings, find new ways to make friends, and deal with conflicts. Little by little and on your own schedule, you can make small changes in your life that will lead you to a brighter, more enjoyable future.
- Simple skills to successfully manage anger
Change isn’t easy, but with the right frame of mind and set of skills, you can do it. This book will help you understand how both your mind and body respond to anger, and how you can handle this anger in more constructive ways.
This workbook helps you find out who you really are through a series of exercises and worksheets that focus on identifying your strengths and interests. Then, you'll begin using those strengths to create strategies for overcoming the ADHD-related issues you struggle with.
Siegel explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
Build confidence and self-esteem with this fun and effective workbook for young people.
Build a positive body image with this fun and effective workbook for young people.
Workbooks for Teens summary per book
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else
This 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: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression
This workbook by Lisa M. Schab LCSW 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: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others
This one 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 Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress
This workbook by Gina M. Biegel MA LMFT 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: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
This workbook by 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.