Resources

This page provides links to helpful resources that I’ve discovered and often recommend to my clients. Feel free to scroll through this page or use the Table of Contents to jump to topics that are of interest to you. Whether you are a client of Sweitzer Counseling or not, I hope you will find useful information that can help you on your journey. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions, need additional assistance, or would like to start a counseling relationship. 

Table of Contents

ADHD

Affair Recovery

  • Beyond Affairs Network (BAN) is a grassroots organization made up of local support groups for people who are dealing with the devastating impact of a spouse’s affair.
  • Infidelity Survivors Anonymous hosts meetings virtually and in person. They use the 12-step model and apply it to infidelity recovery.
  • NOT “Just Friends” is the best book on affair recovery I’ve found. Author Shirley Glass dedicated her career to researching and working with couples recovering from an affair. She was the first researcher to identify PTSD symptoms in partners and name the trauma that can come with the discovery of an affair.

Alcohol Reduction Support

  • Serenity House in Buford, GA hosts more than 40 weekly AA, Al-Anon, Alatot, Ala-teen and ACOA programs. They may offer childcare.
  • AA Meeting Finder App Find meetings based on your location.
  • Reframe App This App was created by a Georgia Tech graduates and has become a popular tool to help people reduce alcohol use.
  • Helpful resource site full of books, podcasts and online resources for people rethinking their relationship with alcohol
  • Online programs for changing relationship with alcohol:
    • Tempest Membership Community: Clinically proven tools to help you explore your relationship with alcohol, developed by experts and folks who’ve been there.
    • Monument: Community forums, online and individual group therapy for alcohol use.
  • Really good, direct article from an Australian non-profit advocating a primarily whole food plant-based diet discussing the health ramifications of alcohol use.
  • Refuge Recovery Buddhist-based, non-theistic recovery. Find a meeting near you or attend an online group.
  • AA Agnostica. This site is dedicated to people seeking recovery through the 12-step model and fellowship but for whom the religious language in AA is somewhat off-putting.
  • Smart Recovery is one of the largest secular support groups for people wanting to change their relationship with drinking or other compulsive behaviors. It’s rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Huberman Labs podcast episode on alcohol does a fantastic job walking people through how alcohol affects the body and brain and some of the mechanisms of how alcohol is addictive. It’s currently the number one podcast in the health category on both Spotify and Apple. Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist and professor of Neurobiology at Stanford, and his podcast shares insights from scientific research on health in an easy-to-understand format.

Depression and Depressive Thoughts

  • Bright Light Therapy. This article from the Amen Clinic outlines the benefits of bright light therapy, including a study indicating it was as effective as an antidepressant (without the side effects). Supplies are available inexpensively on Amazon.
  • The daily mood log is one of the most effective interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in boosting mood and lowering anxiety. I’ve created a Google Sheet anyone can copy and use for talking back to the critical voice inside of them.

Divorce Support

Domestic Violence

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers support to victims of abuse. If you think you may be experiencing abuse in your relationship, learn about the types of abuse and how to get help.
  • The Verbal Abuse Information Site is a resource for people that suspect they may be in an abusive relationship. It’s put together by Patricia Evans, author of the best-selling book “The Verbally Abusive Relationship.” On this website, you will learn what constitutes verbal abuse and find resources to help.
  • Lundy Bancroft is the best-selling author of several books about abusive relationships. His site includes blog articles and other resources for people in abusive or other unhealthy relationships.

Emotions and Feelings

  • Emotional Agility” is a book written by Harvard psychologist Susan David. In it she talks about the power of acknowledging and feeling negative emotions and research to support how it makes us more resilient. You can also watch Dr. David’s impactful TED Talk.
  • Sweitzer Counseling offers an online Feelings Inventory to help you identify and articulate complex emotions. 
  • The book On Becoming a Person by Dr. Carl Rogers was a pivotal book in helping people get in touch with and learn to accept their rich emotional inner life. It’s a book that has profoundly shaped me and I recommend it to clients who are learning to be more open to and acquainted with their inner life.

Fatherhood

  • The Expectant Father is not explicitly a relationship or parenting book. But it does a tremendous job of helping men prepare for and transition into fatherhood, especially in how to support their partners.

Goal Setting and Behavior Change

  • StickK is a free goal-setting platform created by behavioral economists at Yale University. It leverages the behavioral change principles of loss aversion and accountability to help you set and follow through on your goals.
  • Atomic Habits is the best book I’ve found that translates decades of habit and behavior change research into easy to understand concepts. The author understands at a very deep level that significant change is possible and is engineered through small changes applied over time. A great and accessible book for anyone looking to make changes in their life.

Grief

  • The Dougy Center offers support materials and equips professionals in helping children and their families grieve. They have a directory of local support groups for children and adults.
  • Compassionate Friends offers support groups for parents who have lost a child
  • Griefshare is a network of grief support groups in the US and around the world. There are several groups in the Cumming area.

Infertility

All three of these organizations offer support resources for couples or individuals dealing with infertility:

Parenting

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, one of the best-selling parenting books of the last 50 years. The authors are not mental health professionals but were profoundly shaped by their participation in a parenting group with Dr. Haim Ginott. His and the author’s philosophy is rooted in a profound respect for children’s personhood, including their feelings and the importance of modeling to children the care and respect we often expect from them.
  • No Drama Discipline, by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. This book is rooted in brain science and provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with such issues as tantrums, tensions, and tears. I have attended training by the co-author of this book, Dan Siegel.
  • Good Inside by Becky Kennedy, is a book, a podcast, an Instagram page, and a paid online community for parents. Based on the Amazon reviews and the podcast episodes I’ve listened to, she seems to do a really good job of offering practical advice for real-world parenting challenges, while also being rooted in what science is teaching us about what helps children thrive (being aware of feelings so they can form constructive relationships with themselves, their work, other people and the world around them).

Pornography

  • The Great Porn Experiment. This straightforward TED Talk with 15 million views shows some of the biological processes involved in porn and how it hijacks the brain and our dopamine (the neurotransmitter involved with feelings of satisfaction and motivation).
  • Your Brain on Porn is a companion Website to the book written by Gary Wilson, the presenter in the previous TED Talk. It’s worth noting he was an avowed atheist and did not make any religious arguments. He faced a lot of criticism from porn advocates for his stance.
  • Fight The New Drug is a non-religious non-profit whose goal is to “provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts.”
  • Fortify, according to their Website, is a “science-based recovery tool to help individuals quit pornography through comprehensive training, real-time analytics, and interactive support so that more people can find greater happiness and lasting love.” As with other compulsive behaviors, getting support can help you understand and change your relationship with pornography, regardless of whether you decide to eliminate the behavior.

Sexual Abuse/Sexual Assault

Subsidized Counseling

Several local ministries subsidize counseling in various ways:
  • Summit Counseling Center 
  • Northpoint Church 
  • Browns Bridge Church
  • Stephen Ministers provide mental health support that is not professional counseling. It is faith-based and could be an alternative if professional counseling is not accessible. Stephen ministers are available all over the world through local religious organizations. 

Suicide Prevention

988: If you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about ending your life, dial 988 from any phone. You will be connected to the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline where a licensed, trained counselor will speak to you for free.

Trauma