Self-help reading can be a great way to support you as well as assist the process of therapy, but this doesn’t have to be through reading ‘self-help’ books. Clients often ask for suggestions, although in my experience how much a book helps is very much down to the individual experience of the book and their connection with it. Sometimes insights about ourselves are gained simply through the sharing of other people’s stories.
There is a wealth of self-help books written on many different topics, which come with all sorts of different approaches and angles. If you would like a more specific recommendation, we can discuss what sort of book might best connect with you.
Listed below are some of the books I have recommended – not all are ‘self-help’, but they may be helpful.
And there are also images of my own reading on this page too.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk
Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel
The State of Affairs by Esther Perel
The Choice by Edith Eger