Below is a set of resources (in no particular order) that I sometimes suggest to people and that people have told me they find helpful. Many of the resources could’ve been placed in several categories as there’s lots of overlap between them. I encourage you to follow your intuition as you look through this list and check out what seems like it might feel helpful to you. If you’re going to be reading something that might feel triggering, I encourage you to think about how to take care of yourself before, during and after doing some reading. And pace yourself – take breaks and take your time – there’s no need to rush your process.

Like us all, these resources aren’t perfect so feel free to pass over or stop reading anything that isn’t fitting for you.

I am interested in hearing feedback so if you have thoughts about these resources or ones you think I should add, feel free to reach out.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Free Peer Support

MDAO offers free 1-1 peer and group support. Check out the toronto groups or search your area:

Telephone Support is available mon to fri 930am-5pm at 1-888-486-8236

Sensory Grounding (tools to cope with intense emotions) 


Nedra Tawwab’s resources on social media and youtube, and her book Set boundaries, find peace and the accompanying workbook

Dr. Nicole LePera aka The Holistic Psychologist’s resources on social media and her book How to do The Work (note: there’s a short section in this book on eating patterns that does not fit with my anti-diet beliefs and approach)

Sharon Martin’s blog:

Brené Brown

The Power of Vulnerability tedtalk:

The Call to Courage on Netflix

Brené Brown with Dr. Susan David on The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, Part 1 of 2

And her many, many books and her two podcasts at


Anxiety Canada website:

Cognitive defusion:

Tolerance for Uncertainty, a COVID-19 workbook (a guide to accept your feelings, tolerate distress and thrive):

Apps/Tech: Mindshift app by Anxiety Canada; Headspace app; Calm app; Muse headband

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / Hair-Pulling / Skin-Picking

Sunnybrook hospital guide re OCD for patients and families:  

Workbook Getting Over OCD: a 10-step workbook for taking back your life (I don’t love the name of this but I especially like chapter 1 which many people I’ve offered it to have found helpful and validating)

Body-focused repetitive behaviours website with resources including:

The Great Big List of Favourite Fiddles (Stimulation substitutes):

List of Strategies for Skin-Picking:


10 self-care tips to help you sleep, according to science:

What really works when you’re too anxious to fall asleep:


Mindful Way through Depression (book) by Williams and Teasdale

KC Davis’ book How To Keep House While Drowning and website resources to help with chores, hygiene and movement


Mind Over Mood (a CBT-based) workbook including chapters about anxiety and depression

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, Jeffrey Brantley

Childhood Emotional Neglect

Jonice Webb’s article about affirmations for healing from childhood emotional neglect:

Affirmation cards:

Jonice Webb’s blog and the book running on empty:

Annie Wright’s blog:

Anti-Diet Culture Resources

Christy Harrison (an anti-diet dietician): her podcast FoodPsych, her social media resources, and her book Anti-Diet:

Health At Every Size (the book) by Lindo Bacon

Sheena’s Place toronto: free Peer Support groups

ADHD resources

ADDitude magazine’s website, podcasts and free webinars:

Women with ADHD:

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria:

Jessica McCabe’s youtube channel, How to ADHD:

Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) has many resources including:
Readings lists for individuals/families:
Resource finder by location:
YouTube Channel:
Webinars and courses:

Background noise to mask the noises you don’t want to hear:

Youtube also has many videos with binaural beats that people find helpful like:

Sensory Processing Disorder

ADDitude magazine’s website section on SPD:

Autism Spectrum resources

Samantha Craft’s unofficial checklist for women/AFAB folks:

Dori Zener’s website lists web resources and books: and

Autism Spectrum Quotient:

Tony Attwood’s website, youtube videos and books:


Dr. Kristin Neff’s tedtalk, guided meditations and resources:

Positive Psychology

Tedtalks on research about what makes people feel happier and more fulfilled:

Dr. Martin Seligman’s tedtalk:

VIA Character Strengths Questionnaire is about half way down on the questionnaire centre page: click on the test and it will ask you to login or register. Registration is here:


Coping with grief and loss guide:

Bereaved families of Ontario: ​ Individual peer support, groups (youth and adult groups; ongoing drop-in groups and closed registered groups). Also they have a blog with a lot of information and resources is a website full of information modules related grief including grieving before a loss has hundreds of articles related to grief

Gender Identity

A guide for families supporting youth:

Resources for parents compiled by therapist Lindsay Elin: