Leaves Shadow


This working list is non-exhaustive but is a working document to support clients in various areas that I find come up in therapy. Please take what you need, and leave what is not helpful or supportive for you. Check back if you need as it will be continually updated, and feel free to share with others who might benefit from these resources.

Crisis Resources (City of Toronto)


  • Toronto Distress Centre 24 hour crisis line 416-408-4357 (408-HELP)

  • Gerstein Centre 24 hr crisis line 416-929-5200

  • Kids Help Phone 24 hour crisis line 1-800-668-6868

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline (24 hrs) 1-866-863-0511

  • Toronto Rape Crisis Centre crisis support 416-597-8808

  • Women’s College Hospital 24hr Sex Assault/Domestic Violence care: 76 Grenville St. rm 1305, 416-323-6885

  • Gerstein Centre mobile crisis team 416-929-5200

  • St. Elizabeth mobile crisis team 416-4980043

  • St. Mike’s and St. Joe’s mobile crisis teams call 911 and ask for mobile crisis team

  • Location of CAMH emergency: 250 College St.


BIPOC therapy services 



Self-Help General 








  • Online quiz - http://attachmentandhealth.com/

  • The Course of Love - Alain de Boton - fiction novel about a couple navigating marriage with opposing attachment styles 

  • You are the one you’ve been waiting for - Richard Schwartz - (book) - for couples - TL:DR: in order to be present in your relationship, you must also care for your parts 

  • Wired for Love - Stan Tatkin - (book) 

  • Attachment Theory Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOowWxOXCg 




  • Internal Family Systems - Richard Schwartz - (book) - general overview and introduction to the IFS therapy model 

  • You are the one you’ve been waiting for - Richard Schwartz - (book) - for couples - TL:DR: in order to be present in your relationship, you must also care for your parts 


Women’s Empowerment 


  • Come As You Are - Emily Nagowski - (book) - TL:DR: chances are, there’s nothing wrong with you (in terms of sexually speaking)



Masculinity (Toxic Masculinity) 


Mindfulness & Self-Compassion 


  • Tara Brach - (website) - https://www.tarabrach.com/ 

  • Kristen Neff - (website) - https://self-compassion.org/ 

  • Insight Timer (meditation app) - free with paid options, explore which teachers resonate with you, 

  • Get Out of your Head and Into your Life - Steven Hayes - (book) - TL:DR: goes through Acceptance and Commitment approach; explains mindfulness, relational frame theory, values work, with exercises and reflections throughout 

  • 3 Happiness Myths - Russ Harris - (video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93LFNtcR1Ok 

  • The Power of Focusing - Ann Cornell Weiser - (book) - TL:DR: our bodies hold memories; teaches the practice of Focusing (listening to your body) 


Social Justice, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression 


  • My Grandmother’s Hands - Resmaa Menakam - (book) - TL:DR: teaches about racial trauma in the body, provides exercises towards somatic abolitionism 

  • Me and White Supremacy - Layla Saad - (book) - TL:DR: 

  • How to be an AntiRacist - Ibram X Kendi - (book) - TL:DR: 

  • (for White bodies) White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo - (book) - TL:DR: 


Trauma in the Body 


  • The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel Van Der Kolk - (book) 

  • Waking the Tiger - Peter Levine - (book) 

  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation - Janina Fisher - (book) - 

  • The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy - Deb Dana - (book) - 

  • Understanding Polyvagal Theory - (video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AnHlx3qZ30 


Understanding Emotions 



Habits (Changing them, Starting them) 


  • The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg - (book) - TL:DR: 

  • Atomic Habits - James Clear - (book) - TL:DR: