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References and Further Reading

Working With The Tough Inner Critic Guide

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Videos/ Training

NICABM (2013) "Transforming the Brain Through Good Experiences  A Webinar Session" with Ruth Buczynski, PhD and Rick Hanson, PhD, National Institute the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine NICABM series on 'current brain research', 2013).

NICABM (2019) How to Work with a Client's Perfectionism

NICABM (2021) How to Work With Clients Who Struggle with an Inner Critic

NICABM, How to Target the Limbic system to address Trauma's Physiological Imprint, Bonus video 3, date unknown.

Kate Williams Training 07-March-2022 Work with the Inner Critic & Depression with Creative & Embodiment Practices Online Events.


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Books and Academic papers

Ainsworth MD, Blehar M, Waters E, Wall S (1978). Patterns of Attachment: A Psychological Study of the Strange Situation. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-89859-461-4.

Batten, S. V. (2011) Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Sage Publications.

Bowlby J (1971) [1969]. Attachment and Loss (Vol. 1: Attachment) (1st ed.). London: Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140212761.​

Bowlby J (1999) [1982]. Attachment. Attachment and Loss Vol. I (2nd ed.). New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0465005438.

Brach, T. (2003) Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love that Heals Fear and Shame Rider Books, Penguin.

Chang, E. C. (2002) "Examining the Link Between Perfectionism and Psychological Maladjustment: Social Problem Solving as a Buffer" in Cognitive Therapy and Research 26, 581-595 October 2002.

Claes, L.; Soenens, B.; Vansteenkiste, M.; Vandereycken, W. (13 Sep 2011) "The Scars of the Inner Critic: Perfectionism and Non-Suicidal Self-injury in Eating Disorders" in​

Cooper, M. & Dryden, W. (eds.) (2016) The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Sage Publications.

Cooper, M. & McLeod, J.(2010) Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Sage Publishing

Cozolino, L. (2004) The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey W. W. Norton & Co.

Didonna, F. (ed.) (2009) The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness Springer Publishing.

Dryden,W. (ed.) (2012) Cognitive Behaviour Therapies Sage Publications

Elliott, Robert; Bohart, Arthur C.; Watson, Jeanne C.; Greenberg, Leslie S. (2011). "Empathy". In Norcross, John C. (ed.). Psychotherapy relationships that work: evidence-based responsiveness (2nd ed.). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 132–152.

Fennel, M. (2006) Overcoming Low Self Esteem: Self  Help Course Parts 1-3. Robinson London

Fisher, J. (2017) Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation Routledge Press. 

Flett, Hewitt, Oliver & MacDonald (2002) "Perfectionism in Children and their parents: A Developmental Analysis" in Perfectionism: Theory, Research and Treatment 89-132.

Freud, S. (1910) "The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis" in American Journal of Psychology 21 (2) 181-218.

Freud, S, (1923) Das Ich und Das Es, Internationaler Psycho-analytischer Verlag, Leipzig, Vienna und Zurich translated by Joan Riviere The Ego and the Id Hogarth Press and Institute of Psycho-analysis, London, UK, 1927.

Gilbert, P. (2009). "Introducing compassion-focused therapy" in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 15(3), 199-208.

Gilbert, P. (2010). The compassionate mind: A new approach to life’s challenges. New Harbinger Publications.

Gilbert, P. (2010) Compassion Focussed Therapy: Distinctive Features Sage Publishing.

Gilbert, P. (2014) "The Origins and Nature of Compassion Focussed Therapy" in British Journal of Clinical Psychology 53, 6-41.

Goldman, Rhonda N.; Greenberg, Leslie S.; Pos, Alberta E. (July 2005). "Depth of emotional experience and outcome". Psychotherapy Research. 15 (3): 248–260.

Glassman, L, Weierich, M, Hooley, J., Deliberto, T. & Nock, M. (2007) "Child Maltreatment, Non-Suicidal Self Injury, and the Mediating Role of Self-Criticism" in Behaviour Research and Therapy Vol. 45, Issue 10, October 2007

Hanson, Rick (2013) Hardwiring Happiness Harmony Publishing

Hayes, S. (2016) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change Guilford Press.

Hewitt, P. & Flett, G. (1991) "Dimensions of Perfectionism in Unipolar Depression" in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 100 (1)  98-101.

Higdon, J. (2012) Psychodynamic Theory for Therapeutic Practice Palgrave Macmillan.

Jackman, R. (2020) Healing Your Lost Inner Child Companion workbook Practical Wisdom Press.

Johnson, Susan M.; Greenberg, Leslie S. (1992). "Emotionally focused therapy: restructuring attachment". In Budman, Simon H.; Hoyt, Michael F.; Friedman, Steven (eds.). The first session in brief therapy. New York: Guilford Press. pp. 204–224

Johnson, Susan M. (2008). "Emotionally focused couple therapy". In Gurman, Alan S (ed.). Clinical handbook of couple therapy (4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press. pp. 107–137.

Johnson, Susan M. (2009a). "Attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy for individuals and couples: perfect partners" (PDF). In Obegi, Joseph H.; Berant, Ety (eds.). Attachment theory and research in clinical work with adults. New York: Guilford Press. pp. 410–433. 

Johnson, Susan M. (2009b). "Extravagant emotion: understanding and transforming love relationships in emotionally focused therapy". In Fosha, Diana; Siegel, Daniel J.; Solomon, Marion Fried (eds.). The healing power of emotion: affective neuroscience, development, and clinical practice. Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 257–279.

Johnson, S. & Campbell, T. L. (2022) A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
Cultivating Fitness and Growth in Every Client
Routledge Publishing.

Klein, M. (1921). Development of Conscience in the Child. Love, Guilt and Reparation, 252.

Klein, M. (1932) The Psychoanalysis of Children.(The International Psycho-analytical Library, No. 22.).

Leahy, R. L. (2001) Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy New York: Guildford Press.

Main & Kaplan (1984) Adult Attachment Interview University of California

McLeod, J. (2018) Pluralistic Therapy: Distinctive Features Routledge Press.

McLeod, J. (2019) An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy Sixth Edition Open University Press

Meichenbaum, D. (2012) Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, trauma victims and their families Clearwater FL: Institute Press.

Mueser, K. T., Rosenberg, S. D., & Rosenberg, H. J. (2009). Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in special populations: A cognitive restructuring program. American Psychological Association.

Neff, K. D. (2003a) "Self-Compassion: An Alternative Conceptualisation of a healthy attitude towards oneself" in Self and Identity 2,: 85-102.

Payne, M. (2006) Narrative Therapy Second Edition Sage Publications ISBN-9781412920131

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Schore AN (1994). Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self: The Neurobiology of Emotional Development. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 978-1-1356-9392-3.

Smith, K; Mcleod, J.; Blunden, N; Cooper, M.; Gabriel, L.; Kupfer, C.; Mcleod, J.; Murphy, M. C.; Oddli, H. W.; Thurston, M.; Winter, L. A. (06 November 2021) "A Pluralistic Perspective on Research In Psychotherapy: Harnessing Passion, Difference and Dialogue to Promote Justice and Relevance" in

Smith, J. (2022) Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? Penguin Books Michael Joseph.

Stott, R. (2007) "When the Head and Heart do Not Agree: A Theoretical and Clinical Analysis of Rational-Emotional Dissociation (RED) in Cognitive Therapy" in Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 21: 37-45.

Wei, Mallinckrodt, Russell & Abraham (2004) "Maladaptive Perfectionism as a Mediator and Moderator Between Adult Attachment and Depressive Mood" in Journal of Counselling Psychology, 51 (2) 201-212.

Wei, Hepner, Russell & Young (2006) "Maladaptive Perfectionism and Ineffective Coping as Mediators between Attachment and Future Depression: A Prospective Analysis" in Journal of Counselling Psychology 53 (1) 67-79.

Wills, F. (2009) Beck's Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features London: Routledge.

Van Der Kolk, Bessel A.  (2015). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin Books. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-14-312774-1. OCLC 861478952.

Yong Khan Chan (2017) The Disbelief Habit: How to Use Doubt to Make Peace with Your Inner Critic ASIN.

Please see separate section on further reading on self-compassion.

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