Well-Read: Amber’s Book of the Month

Dr Amber Johnston is passionate about helping medical practitioners, researchers, and the general public understand the benefits and nuances of psychology and neuropsychological therapy. She likes to share her favorite books and resources as she continues her professional development to find the very best methods of psychology and treatment for her patients.

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  • The Microstress Effect
    September 2023

    The Microstress Effect

    by Karen Dillon and Robert L.Cross

    In the hustle and bustle of modern life, our attention is often captured by the grand stresses that appear like enormous mountains in our paths.

    But what if I told you the real tricksters are the unseen and unsung? They’re the “micro-stresses”!

    The book “The Micro Stress Effect” leads us on an enlightening journey, showing how these subtle, almost invisible stressors can chip away at our well-being, and teaches us strategies to combat them.

  • How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics by Michael Pollan
    August 2023

    How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics by Michael Pollan

    by Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan, renowned for his deep dives into our relationship with food, takes an unexpected detour into the realm of consciousness. Venturing beyond the recreational and often stigmatized image of these substances, Pollan sheds light on their transformative and therapeutic potential.

    And we are here to share some of our key takeaways from this controversial book…

    1. Pollan masterfully traces the history of psychedelics, from their sacred use in ancient civilizations to their rediscovery in the mid-20th century, leading to a brief but golden age of research before the onset of political and cultural backlash.

    2. Psychedelics, particularly LSD and psilocybin, have the potential to “reboot” the brain, making entrenched thought patterns more malleable. By quieting the brain’s Default Mode Network, which is associated with the ego, these substances can foster a profound sense of interconnectedness and universality.

    3. Beyond recreation, psychedelics show promise in treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Clinical trials are revealing their ability to engender powerful, life-changing experiences in controlled settings.

    4. Pollan doesn’t merely rely on scientific data; he embarks on his own personal journey, trying psychedelics under guided circumstances. His subjective experiences provide readers with a grounded, human perspective on the potential and challenges of these substances.

  • The molecule of more:
    July 2023

    The molecule of more:

    by Daniel Z. Lieberman, Michael E. Long

    How a Single Chemical in your Brain Drives Love, Sex and Creativity – and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race.

    This months book is an enlightening exploration of the mighty power of dopamine, a crucial neurotransmitter. The authors argue that dopamine is a “molecule of more” because it’s not about immediate gratification but about future rewards. It drives desire, ambition, and the pursuit of the new, thereby fueling innovation, creativity, and progress. Yet, it can also lead to addiction and overconsumption, as our desire for “more” can sometimes spin out of control.

  • Anchored
    June 2023


    by Deb Dana

    “Anchored,” provides invaluable guidance on how to navigate life’s challenges and foster healing by understanding the power of Polyvagal Theory.

    Dive into “Anchored” to gain a deeper understanding of your nervous system and embark on a transformative healing journey, guided by Deb Dana’s expertise and compassionate approach.

  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)
    May 2023

    The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

    by Philippa Perry

    Some of my key takeaways from this book:
    – Good parents/Bad parents: The downside of judgement
    – Parental guilt does not help us or our children – Acknowledging our errors and making changes does
    – Don’t be afraid of your mistakes but move forward learning from them..

  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents
    April 2023

    Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

    by Lindsay C. Gibson

    This book has been described as a “breakthrough book” as Clinical Psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the ramifications of parents who are stuck at lower levels of emotional immaturity. Gibson’s book is highly relatable to help adults recognise the flaws of their own parents and how those flaws potentially influenced the struggles of those adults today. This book is not about criticism and blame but instead compassionate understanding.