The following resources are not intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy, but can serve as helpful supplements to mental health care.  Not all opinions expressed in these resources are the opinions of Dr. Carla Messenger.

Web Sites:

Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Learn more about evidence-based approaches to treatment)

Zero to Three (Information for parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers)

Playful Parenting ( Resources that teach parents how to build loving, engaging relationships with their kids)

Learn more about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder through C.H.A.D.D.

Books for Parents:

Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents.
Chansky, Tamar.

Ready, Set, Relax: A Research-Based Program of Relaxation, Learning and Self-Esteem for Children
Allen, Jeffrey, S., & Klein, Roger J. 1997.

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias.
Chansky, Tamar. 2004.

Helping Your Child with Separation Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents.
Eisen, A.R., & Engler, L.B. 2006.

If Your Adolescent has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents.
Foa, E.B., & Andrews, L.W. 2006.

Help for worried kids: How your child can conquer anxiety and fear.
Last, C. G. 2006.

Talking Back to OCD: The Program That Helps Kids and Teens Say “No Way” — and Parents Say “Way to Go”.
March, John, S. 2006

Helping your anxious child: A step-by-step guide for parents.
Rapee, R.M., Spence, S.H., Cobham, V., & Wignall, A. 2000.

What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions.
Wagner, Aureen. 2002.

Worried No More – Second Edition: Help and Hope for Anxious Children.
Wagner, Aureen. 2005.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resources:

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
Greene, Ross.

The ADHD Handbook for Schools
Parker, Harvey.

Ready, Set, Relax: A Research-Based Program of Relaxation, Learning and Self-Esteem for Children
Allen, Jeffrey, S., & Klein, Roger J. 1997.

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior.
Barkley, Russell. 1998.

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child .
Kazdin, Alan. 2008.

Social Skills Resources:

It’s So Much Work To Be Your Friend.
Richard Lavoie. 2006.

Best Friends, Worst Enemies.
Michael Thompson & Cathereine O’Neill Grace. 2002.

How to Start A Conversation and Make Friends.
Don Gabor. 2001.

Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids.
Cohen, Cathi. 2000.

General Parenting Resources:

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Dweck, Carol. 2007

Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking.
Chansky, Tamar. 2008

Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child.
Brooks, Robert & Goldstein, Sam. 2002.

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel, MD and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.

The Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resilience.
Seligman, Martin. 1996.