Book Recommendations


A selection of useful books which may be helpful approaches to a range of subjects.

Beat The Booze – Edmund Tirbutt & Helen Tirbutt

Overcoming Irritability and anger – Will Davies

Managing Your Anger – Russell Kolts

Overcoming anxiety – Helen Kennerley

Overcoming anxiety: A Five Areas Approach – Chris Williams

Living with loss – Liz McNeill Taylor

Silent Grief – Christopher Lukas

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Therapy Of Anxiety Disorders – Adrian Wells

Overcoming Depression – Paul Gilbert

I Had A Black Dog – Matthew Johnstone

Inner Child
Inner Child Workbook – Cathryn L Taylor

The Family – John Bradshaw

Mind Body Spirit
It’s The Thought that Counts – David R.Hamilton

The warmth of the heart prevents your body from rusting – Marie de Hennezel

The Miracle of Mindfulness -” Thich Nhat Hanh

Coming to our Senses – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go There You Are – Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindfulness Solution – Ronald D Siegel

Mindfulness (Finding Peace in a Frantic World) – Mark Williams& Danny Penman

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – David Viele& Rob Wilson

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD – David A Clark

Breaking Free from OCD – Jo Derisley et al (for Young People)

Personal Development
Springboard: Women’s Development Workbook – Liz Willis& Jenny Daisley

Talking of love on the edge of a precipice – Boris Cyrulnik

The Art of the Psychotherapist – James F.T. Bugental

Why Marriages Succeed and Fail – John Gottman

When You and Your Mother Cant Be Friends – Victoria Secunda

Women and Their Fathers – Victoria Secunda

Boundaries And Relationships – Charles L Whitfield

Thats Not What I Meant – Deborah Tannen

Secrets lies betrayals – Maggie Scarf

Passionate marriage – David Schnarch

The five love languages – Gary Chapman


Emotional Core Therapy – Robert A Moylan

Narrative Therapy – Martin Payne

Mindfulness for two – Wilson

Intimacy and desire – David Schnarch

Pretending to be normal – Leane Holliday Willey

Re-enchanting the forest – William Ayot

The Healing power of writing – Susan Borkin

Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure – Robert de Board

Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy – Philippa Perry
Along with Counselling for Toads, this is a good visual introduction, in the form of a graphic novel, of the experience of counselling, helping to shed insight on the process for those unsure of what counselling really entails.

Recovery of Your Inner Child – Lucia Capacchione
Lots of information and practical ways of connecting with different aspects of your Inner Child, with useful examples.

Mindsight: Transform your brain with the new science of kindness – Daniel Siegel
This is a warm, wise book that I found easy to read and understand (not heavy on technical theory), and it has hugely expanded my understanding of how our brains affect our emotional responses and ways of communicating. Highly recommended.

Daring Greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead – Brené Brown
Shines a light on how we all erect barriers to protect ourselves from the fear of shame, and how much we can gain from learning to be vulnerable with each other.

The Emotionally Absent Mother: a guide to self-healing and getting the love you missed – Jasmin Lee Cori
This is a really warm, supportive and positive book (a bit like the Ideal Mother she advocates that we find in ourselves!), of help to anyone who feels there were gaps in how they were parented and who now wishes to heal some of those wounds.

Mind over mood – Christine Padesky& Dennis Greenberger

Manhood – Steve Biddulph

Healing Lifes Hurts – Michael Hardiman

The Power Of Now – Eckhart Tolle

The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine N Aron

What We May Be – Piero Ferrucci

The Gift Of Therapy – Irvin D Yalom

Living With Alzheimers Disease – Dr. Tom Smith

Feelings – Dr. Brian Roet

Trauma – Thom Spiers

The PTSD Workbook – Mary-Beth Williams and Soili Poijula

Zero Degrees of Empathy – Simon Baron-Cohen