books we read


books we read


career change
  • Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
  • Discover What You’re Best At by Linda Gale
  • Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time by Michael Addis and Christopher Martell
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression by Patricia J. Robinson and Kirk D. Strosahl
emotion dysregulation
  • Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life by Spradling, S.E.
  • Loving Someone with BPD by Shari Manning
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T Mason and Randi Kreger
  • The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD by Alex L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz
  • The Buddha and the Borderline (memoire) by Kiera Van Gelder
  • DBT Skills Workbook by Matt McKay
  • Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder by Blaise Aguirre
  • Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All by Jonathan S. Kaplan
generalized anxiety disorder (worry)
  • Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by Michelle G. Craske and David H. Barlow
  • Overcoming Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Client Manual: A Relaxation, Cognitive Restructuring, and Exposure-Based Protocol for the Treatment of GAD (Best Practices for Therapy) by Matthew McKay Ph.D. and John White
  • The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy
general life skills
  • The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt by Russ Harris
  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris and Steven Hayes
  • ACT with Love by Russ Harris
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith
health anxiety/hypochondria
  • Overcoming Health Anxiety: Letting Go of Your Fear of Illness by Katherine Owens and Martin Antony
  • Overcoming Health Anxiety by David Veale
  • Stuff: Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Gail Steketee.
  • Hoarding by Michael Tompkins
  • Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Treatments That Work) by David Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
  • Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All by Jonathan S. Kaplan
obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) and related conditions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well by Fred Penzel
  • Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty by Jonathan Grayson
  • Stop Obsessing by Edna Foa
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat by Jeff Bell
  • The Thought that Counts by Jared Kant
  • OCD: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Michael Tompkins
  • The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Bruce Hyman and Cherlene Pedrick
  • The Imp of the Mind by Ruth Baer
  • Dare to Challenge OCD by Joan Davidson
online dating
  • Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating by Dan Slater
  • I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Common Sense Guide to Successful Internet Dating by Evan Marc Katz
panic disorder
  • When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns
  • Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear by Claire Weekes
  • Anxiety and Avoidance: A Universal Treatment for Anxiety, Panic, and Fear Paperback by Michael A. Tompkins
problematic eating behaviors
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Bulimia: a Guide to Breaking Free from Bulimia Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Emily Sandoz, Kelly Wilson and Troy DuFrene
  • Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer
social phobia
  • Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia by Barbara G. Markway, C. Alec Pollard, Teresa Flynn and Cheryl N. Carmin
  • The Mindful Path Through Shyness: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from Social Anxiety, Fear, and Avoidance by Steve Flowers and Jeffrey Brantley
specific phobia
  • Mastering Your Fears and Phobias: Workbook (Treatments That Work) by Martin M. Antony, Michelle G. Craske and David H. Barlow
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Anxiety & Phobia Workbook) by Edmund J. Bourne
  • Mastery of Your Specific Phobia: Client Workbook (TherapyWorks) by Martin M. Antony, Michelle G. Craske and David H. Barlow
trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions
  • I Can’t Get Over It by Afrodita Matsakis
  • Finding Life Beyond Trauma by Victoria Follette and Jacqueline Pistorello


for parents: obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids With OCD by Bonnie Zucker
  • The Ray of Hope: A Teenagers fight against OCD by Ray St. John
  • Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children and Adolescents by Tamar Ellsas Chansky
  • Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser and A.J. Allen
  • Helping Your Child with OCD: A Workbook for Parents of Children With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Lee Fitzgibbons and Cherlene Pedrick
for children and teens: emotion dysregulation
  • Stopping the Pain: A Workbook for Teens Who Cut and Self-injure by Lawrence Shapiro
  • Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others by
for parents: emotion dysregulation
  • Parenting a Child with Intense Emotions by Pat Harvey
for parents: parenting
  • Parents And Adolescents Living Together: Part 1, The Basics by Gerald R. Patterson and Marion S. Forgatch
  • Parents and Adolescents Living Together by Gerald R. Patterson and Marion S. Forgatch
for children and adolescents: mindfulness
  • Sitting Still Like Frog: Mindfulness Exercizes for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel, Myla Kabat-Zinn and John Kabat-Zinn
  • Get out of Your Mind and into Your Life for Teens: J. Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes, and Ann Bailey

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"I am very grateful for finding Dr Zurita. She is responsible for teaching my son skills that have changed his life socially and enabled him to leave home and attend an out-of-state university. This was the dream of a lifetime for him and it would not have been possible without her help. Her guidance has also made it possible for him to live a much richer life, full of experiences he would have never considered, prior to his time meeting with Dr. Zurita.

I encourage parents to start this process much sooner, if they sense their child is having difficulty at a social level. Had I understood what he has been going through all of these years, I would have started the process much earlier, so that his prior social experiences and especially those in school, would have been much fuller ....

"Working with Patricia Zurita Ona has changed and saved my life. I have struggled off and on for years with sever anxiety disorder and OCD . I have been to therapy throughout the years and have found some helpful but nothing really got to the core of the problem. I often felt crazy and that my incredible fear and my phobias would remain with me thorough my life, I would not drive on the freeway, eat certain things and had constant catastrophic thinking, thus creating a lot of depression.

I needed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which I saw advertised on many therapists’ websites. When I would call most of them they said they offered it and specialized with Anxiety Disorder/ OCD which was not the case. I had felt alone, hopeless and frustrated for the past 9 years. Never feeling like I was getting the help I needed. It was not until I started meeting with Patricia that I actually started to feel better and feel as if I had control over my life and started to live again ...

“Patricia and her team have completely changed my life! I cannot express my gratitude enough.

She helped me craft values and goals I wanted to have in my relationships, and walked me through each step of how to get there. Her methods are simple, manageable, and make sense when you are upset. I’ve been to therapists who have told me to take deep breaths, visualize calming colors, rip paper, go for a walk or scream in to a pillow when im angry. But in the moment, when im soooo angry, none of these world work. I would forget to do them, or I would already be so angry, that they were ineffective to help me calm down. Patricia’s methods are not only EXTREMELY effective, but they are easy to do, they make sense in the moment, and they bring about radical change when you apply them ...


“I do not know how it reflects on my credibility should I happen to brag about being a seasoned vet when it comes to therapists and mental wellness pursuits. Regardless, I am. And on top of that, I also happen to be a health care practitioner myself. This means, for the purposes of a review, that when I walk into a new Doctor’s office, there is an additional dimension of critiquing for me to process. I would never willingly put myself under the guidance and care of a Doctor who did not 1) Impress me as a capable and honest caregiver and 2) Impress me as a professional colleague.

– Empathy
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– Professionalism
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I think that these are the basic bulletpoints that strike me when I consider why I think so highly of Patricia. Dr. Zurita takes NOTHING more seriously than the pursuit of her profession. Except possibly you, the patient.

Some therapists really care.

Other therapists are extremely knowledgeable.

Very few therapists are both. Patricia Zurita Ona is one of those very few.”

"I have referred several of my most challenging patients to Dr. Patricia Zurita-Ona, and been extremely impressed both with her clinical skills and humanity. I recommend her most highly. John Melbourne McGraw, M.D."

“Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona truly cares about her clients. Behavior therapy with her has benefited myself and my husband regarding my obsessive compulsive behavior. She has a gentle and kind approach and I would recommend her to others.”

“I was referred to Patricia Zurita Ona from my son’s psychiatrist for cognitive behavioral therapy treatment of his obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) and anxiety which rose to a level which was out of control. Dr. Zurita Ona is very skilled at working with teens who suffer from anxiety, especially related to academic success and test anxiety. She helped my son learn coping mechanisms and stress reducing strategies to control his level of anxiety. Dr. Zurita Ona introduced my son to a great stress relieving app which involves deep breathing and meditation. She has an amazing ability to connect with teens and get them to open up about their struggles, create realistic plans of attack and create goals so they can lead joyful lives and not be so burdened with their stress. We saw her weekly for about 1-2 years and my son’s sessions with her were very beneficial to not only him, but our entire family as his stress was causing tension for us all. Dr. Zurita Ona explained to me why my son had certain behaviors and ways to help him learn new strategies to cope with his anxiety. If you have a teen who needs help to learn how to manage and control stress and anxiety, schedule a session with Dr. Zurita Ona! I highly recommend her services!”

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