Recommended Books & Resources

Find excellent reading material recommended by the Brain Change Center and learn from the most respected authors of neuroscience!

The Brain Bible: A Plan to Stay Vital, Productive, and Happy for a Lifetime by John Arden, Ph.D.
One of today’s leading experts on brain health, Dr. John Arden tells it straight: There is no single remedy for maintaining sharpmindedness into old age. But there are a lot of things you can do that, over the course of time, will work wonders. It’s not about adding one activity or breaking one habit–it’s about making many small, simple changes in your everyday routine.

Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for for Self-Transformation by Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. and J. William Wade, Ph.D.
In this groundbreaking book, Kershaw and Wade present Brain Change Therapy (BCT), a therapeutic protocol in which clients learn to manage their emotions and behaviors, and thus reduce stress and control emotional reactivity. Drawing from the latest neuroscientific research as well as integrative principles from hypnosis, biofeedback, and cognitive therapy, BCT helps clients reach stable neurological and emotional states and thus shift perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, and personal narratives toward the positive.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity.

Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness and Peace by Reclaiming Your Essential Self by Shelley Uram
Even when we achieve the highest of life’s goals, we ultimately still find ourselves not fully satisfied or happy, and in an endless cycle of wanting more or something different. Why is this? As noted psychiatrist Dr. Shelley Uram shows us, when we peel back the layers to reveal what we really want most in life, it turns out to be the qualities that are already present at our very core―our Essential Self.

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw
Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction and drive to superachieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.

Resources for Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling

Talk therapy is a great compliment to the NeuroOptimal process. Even though NeuroOptimal helps clean out the debris stored in your mind and brings your brain into balance and prepares the field for a great harvest, it doesn’t teach you a thing about how to live your life behaviorally as a healthy adult or family member. Dr. Becky Whetstone can teach you all that, and is one of Little Rock’s most prominent Marriage and Family Therapists. With years of training and experience, most notably trained by Facing Codependence author Pia Mellody and author of “The New Rules of Marriage,” Terry Real, Doctor Becky can help you make sense of things in your life and relationships that you haven’t been able to figure out. The Brain Change Center encourages you to use talk therapy as a tool, no matter what therapist you choose. Schedule a session with Dr. Becky today so you can begin living your best life with your loved ones!