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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  • Reinventing your life
    September 2022

    Reinventing your life

    by Jeffrey E. Young and Janet S. Klosko

    Schema therapy was developed from these authors.  This book allows the reader to explore concepts of schemas, and with some interactive tools, helps one identify the adaptive and maladaptive ideas influencing their lives daily.

  • Other Minds
    July 2022

    Other Minds

    by Peter Godfrey-Smith

    One of my favourites for the year, this book explores neurology in the animal kingdom, particularly focused on the octopus.  For reasons explained in fascinating and humourous ways, we are more similar to this animal than one would think, despite very different ancestral evolutionary backgrounds.  The question is, how can that be?

  • A Thousand brains
    August 2022

    A Thousand brains

    by Jeff Hawkins

    A great book for understanding the most recent research in how neurons work together to process the world around us.  From the inventor of the Palm Pilot, his current endeavours understanding brain science also leads to a review of how artificial intelligence may develop to create our futures.

  • The Body Keeps the Score
    June 2022

    The Body Keeps the Score

    by Bessel van der Kolk

    Considered one of the leading practitioners in trauma, this book is seminal in understanding the role of trauma across the mind and body. There is a lot of scientific and technical detail along with anecdotes and case studies. This mixture of approaches is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the role of emotional state and experiences on physical functioning.

  • Vaxxers
    May 2022


    by Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, these two ladies were spearheading one of the projects for vaccine development. Their account of this work extends beyond their specific story to debunk myths and give greater understanding of the world of pharmaceutical drug development. It is a fascinating and human story that the general pubic should read to have greater insight into the world of healthcare.

  • Cured
    April 2022


    by Dr Jeff Rediger

    A hopeful book filed with case studies of the people who defied medical odds to get rid of incurable conditions. The author takes the reader on a journey to explore the science behind the many aspects of life that likely have influence on disease. This book offers thoughtful and scrupulous considerations of factors outside of the medical model that may explain the personal variability seen within traditional treatments.