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Ryan McGinnis, LMSW is a psychotherapist and yoga therapist practicing in Austin, Texas. She provides individuals and couples with the support they need to gain deeper awareness, insight, and compassion. Visit this website for more information!



Here you will find various resources including book recommendations, quotes, podcast recommendations, and videos that inspire, inform, and generate food-for-thought.


"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." -Carl Rogers

"You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew." -Albert Einstein 

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."      -Maya Angelou

"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen; a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth." -N.T.

"Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding; the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings." -Rumi

"Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there's got to be a way through it." -Michael J. Fox

"Sensory experience does not offset the intense pain or pleasure we feel on a mental level; it may distract us, but doesn't overcome it. On the other hand, if we have peace of mind, even negative experiences do not upset us. Peace of mind is also good for our physical health. Medical experts have found that anger, hatred and fear eat into our immune system. Being calm and relaxed is better for our physical well-being." Dalai Lama

"There is a place deep inside of us where all the answers reside. That place can only be accessed with a willingness to listen to our deepest pain." -Jennifer Sierzant

"Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help." -Brene Brown

"Many of our escapes are involuntary: addiction and dissociating from painful feelings are two examples. Anyone who has worked with a strong addiction—compulsive eating, compulsive sex, abuse of substances, explosive anger, or any other behavior that’s out of control—knows that when the urge comes on it’s irresistible. The seduction is too strong. So we train again and again in less highly charged situations in which the urge is present but not so overwhelming. By training with everyday irritations, we develop the knack of refraining when the going gets rough. It takes patience and an understanding of how we’re hurting ourselves not to continue taking the same old escape route of speaking or acting out." -Pema Chodron


Psychotherapy, NeuroSCIENCE, and trauma

Mindsight by Daniel Siegel, M.D.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine

The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom

Sitting Together by Pollak, Pedulla, and Siegel

The Body Remembers (Volumes 1 & 2) by Babette Rothschild

Psychotherapy and the Spirit of the Tao-te-ching by Greg Johnson and Ron Kurtz

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk 


The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

Gone, but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child by David Wiersbe



The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary, PhD

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Hughes

Peaceful Parents Happy Children by Laura Markham

Brainstorm by Daniel Siegel (for parents of teens)

The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegel

 Attachment Focused Parenting by Daniel Hughes

Chip, The Puppy with Two Homes by Jodi Hassler (a children's book on divorce)



How To Meditate by Pema Chodron

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven



A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover

Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith



Your Brain on Love by Stan Tatkin

Wired For Love by Stan Tatkin

What Makes Love Last by John Gottman

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson

The Two Step: The Dance Towards Intimacy by Eileen McCann

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel



The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran

Yoga for Emotional Balance by Bo Forbes

Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi

The Forgotten Body by Elissa Cobb

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy by Michael Lee

Good Morning Yoga Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates (for kids)

You are a Lion! by Tae Eun Yoo (for kids)

Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel 

Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub


LINKS and Apps


Tips to try an easy walking meditation:

 Insight Timer: A great app with thousands of free guided meditations

Headspace: A meditation app with various programs and packages to help jumpstart your meditation practice (costs $)


Yogaglo offers a monthly subscription to their online yoga classes, lectures, and more. They offer classes with world-renowned teachers, and you can take these classes from the comfort of your own home. They have offerings for beginner, intermediate, and advanced yogis, with a wide variety of styles. They even offer a 15 day free trial! 

Yoga with Adriene offers free yoga and a large online (and in person if you live in Austin) community! 

 Tara Stiles is a world-class yoga teacher who offers free yoga, nutrition, etc. videos on her youtube channel! 



Over It and On With It with Christine Hassler

Ready, Set, Love: The New Science of Relationships with John Howard

Unruffled: Respectful Parenting with Janet Lansbury

The Anxiety Coaches Podcast with Gina Ryan

From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

On Being with Krista Tippett

Transgressive: The Podcast 

Therapist Uncensored 

Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel

Dear Sugars Podcast

Therapy Chat




Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Dr. Leslie Carr is a registered clinical psychologist in private practice, where she works with adults. She is committed to showing the world that therapy is cool.

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement.

Here is a humorous depiction of what I DON'T do in therapy!