Suggested readings and links


For perinatal psychological issues:

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood.2011.Kleiman, K. & Wenzel, A.

Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. 1998. Sebastian, L.

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions.2009. Gyoerkoe, K., Wiegartz, P., & Miller, L.

For general psychological issues:

An end to panic:  Breakthrough techniques for overcoming panic disorder, 2nd Edition.  1997. Zuercher-White, E.

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic, Workbook, 2007.Barlow, D.H., & Craske, M.G.

The assertiveness workbook: How to express your ideas and stand up for yourself at work and in relationships. Paterson, R.J. (2000).

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free From Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 2008. Forsyth, J.P. & Eifert, G.H.

The relaxation and stress reduction workbook, fifth edition. 2000. Eshelman, E.R., McKay, M., & Davis, M.

The shyness and social anxiety workbook:  Proven, step-by-step techniques for overcoming your fear2000. Antony, M.M., & Swinson, R.P.

The worry cure: Seven steps to stop worry from stopping you. 2005.Leahy, R.

The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. 2008. Lejeune, C.,

When perfect isn’t good enough:  Strategies for coping with perfectionism. 1998. Antony, M.M., & Swinson, R.P.


Internet Resources

Anxiety Canada: our main site has extensive self-help information for anxiety in adults, including a wide variety of fact sheets, handouts, and videos.

BC Reproductive Mental Health Program: Educational publications on perinatal mental health, including Coping with Depression during Pregnancy and Following the Birth and Coping with Anxiety during Pregnancy and Following Birth.

Centre for Clinical Interventions: Self-help modules on a variety of mental health issues, including assertiveness, social anxiety, worry, panic disorder, procrastination, and perfectionism.

Dietitian Services at HealthlinkBC: Healthy Eating provides information on nutrition as well as you can email a dietitian with specific questions.

Simon Fraser University’s Health and Counselling Service: Media Library has audio and video resources on Mindfulness and Relaxation.

The Best Chance (BC): A website filled with up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age.

UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center: Free Meditation Podcasts contain a selection of mindfulness exercises.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting women and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years. 


Community Resources

BC Reproductive Mental Health Clinic (located in Vancouver): The BC Reproductive Mental Health Program helps women and their families dealing with emotional difficulties related to pregnancy, perinatal depression, infertility, pregnancy loss, premenstrual disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, menopause and perimenopause.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Provide a Comprehensive list of Resources available in BC for a variety of mental health issues.