Best Guides for Working with Adults

Best Workbooks and Clinical Guides for Working with Adults


Therapy with adults is the cornerstone of the field. More therapy is done with individual adults than with any other population. As a result the volume of books written about the subject is daunting.

We have distilled down what we feel are the top 5 books for adults to make your life as a clinical therapist a little easier.


Our selection process for books and workbooks is to test them regarding whether they are:

1) Proven effective and are broad enough to be able to be used with various clinical styles and approaches

2) Written specifically to give concrete help, structure, and guidance with little to no fluff. (Your time is important)

Please follow this link for a detailed explanation of our selection criteria.


We welcome comments and suggestions regarding books you have found helpful and would be happy to review and potentially add them to our list.


The Best Workbooks and Clinical Guides for Working with Adults

In no particular order


Therapist’s Guide to Clinical Intervention, Second Edition: The 1-2-3’s of Treatment Planning (Practical Resources for the Mental Health Professional)

Focusing the sometimes messy issues that adults bring you will help both you and your client establish clear, attainable goals. This book helps you and your client select therapy objectives from a list by problem type to guide therapy. It is also written to meet insurance company standards of therapeutic care. This means not only does your client feel supported, you are more likely to get paid.


Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner (PracticePlanners)

This book offers clear, concrete homework for adults. It is broken down by problem area and gives multiple homework samples by subject. The subjects are expansive and the reviews of the book have been consistently good.  The newest edition is being released now.


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Regardless of the issue, coping with stress is going to be a central component of helping adults improve their lives and to find the strength and courage to look inward, outward, and to make  changes in their lives. This book has stood the test of time as a go to book for concrete homework to help the adult who is overwhelmed regain a sense of control over their stress.


The Clinical Assessment Workbook: Balancing Strengths and Differential Diagnosis (Mental Health Practice)

Making good assessments is about really listening to the client in the moment and asking good questions. It is also about connecting the information into a preliminary diagnosis.  This book is designed to assist in the formation of the questions needed to create a sound evaluation of the client that goes hand and hand with the DSM-5. As therapists, many of us tend to lean toward the person and the softer issues, this book will help pull us back toward the diagnostic questions and thinking needed for paperwork and billing.


The Clinical Documentation Sourcebook: The Complete Paperwork Resource for Your Mental Health Practice

No list would be complete without the dreaded documentation book. We got into the profession to help others, we hate documentation bla, bla, bla…. BUT, we gotta do it.  So lets do it correctly. This book offers clear, concise help and form examples to help keep you clear from legal ill’s at worst, and at best, help you run a healthy thriving practice with the forms you need.

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