Recommended Reading

Here is a list of some titles of books that you may find helpful.

I’ve provided Amazon links to the books (click on the cover), and although some are expensive or out-of-stock there are often nearly new and second-hand copies available from Amazon Marketplace sellers. You can of course also enquire at your local library.


The Courage to Grieve

Courage to Grieve By Judy Tatlebaum
Courage to Grieve: Creative Living, Recovery and Growth through Grief
by Judy Tatlebaum
Profound loss and disappointment are emotions that each of us will experience at some point in our lives. Loss is one of the most difficult experiences to come to terms with. The Courage to Grieve explores how we can deal with every kind of grief.

On the Way to Self

On the Way to Self by J K Tabin
On the Way to Self
by Johanna Krout Tabin
Traces the psychological development of young children during the first two years, discusses the psychological roots of anorexia nervosa, and suggests a new theory of personality.

Our Needs for Others

Our Needs for Others and Its Roots in Infancy by Josephine Klein
Our Needs for Others and Its Roots in Infancy
by Josephine Klein
In this original and highly readable book Josephine Klein provides a detailed picture of how young infants experience life and how this lays the foundations for later personality structures.

Why Love Matters

Why Love Matters By Sue Gerhardt
Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
by Sue Gerhardt
Why Love Matters explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health.

Overcoming Depression

Overcoming Depression by Paul Gilbert
Overcoming Depression: A self- help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques
by Paul Gilbert
If you suffer from depression you are far from alone. Depression affects over 300 million people around the world. This highly acclaimed self-help book has been of benefit to thousands of people including sufferers, their friends and families, and those working in the medical profession.

I Had a Black Dog

I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone
I Had a Black Dog
by Matthew Johnstone
Winston Churchill popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

Coming into Mind

Coming Into Mind by Margaret Wilkinson
Coming into Mind: The Mind-Brain Relationship: A Jungian Clinical Perspective
by Margaret Wilkinson
Coming into Mind aims to bridge the gap between contemporary neuroscience theory and clinical practice, demonstrating how awareness of the insights gained from neuroscience is essential if the psychological therapies are to maintain scientific integrity in the 21st century.

Healing the Shame That Binds You

Healing the Shame That Binds You
by John Bradshaw
"I used to drink," writes John Bradshaw, “to solve the problems caused by drinking. The more I drank to relieve my shame-based loneliness and hurt, the more I felt ashamed." Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviours.

The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
The Road Less Travelled
by M. Scott Peck
Confronting and solving problems is a painful process which most of us attempt to avoid. And the very avoidance results in greater pain. Leading psychiatrist Peck suggests ways in which facing our difficulties can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding.

Mind Over Mood

Mind over Mood by Greenberger & Padesky
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
by Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky
Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress--and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than a million readers to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.

Beyond Fear

Beyond Fear by Dorothy Rowe
Beyond Fear
by Dorothy Rowe
Dorothy Rowe shows us how to have the courage to acknowledge and face our fears – only through courage can we find a sustaining happiness.


Mindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny Penman
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams & Danny Penman
Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre.

Trauma and Recovery

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
by Judith Lewis Herman
Herman s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.

On Not Being Able To Sleep

On Not Being Able to Sleep by Jacqueline Rose
On Not Being Able To Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World
by Jacqueline Rose
In these powerful essays Jacqueline Rose delves into the questions that keep us awake at night, into issues of privacy and publishing, exposure and shame. Rose explores psychoanalysis’ affinity with modernism and asks what it can tell us about the limits of knowledge.

Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life

Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes
Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life
by Steven C. Hayes
This book offers a five-step plan for coping with painful emotions such as anxiety and depression. It teaches you how to learn life-enhancing behaviour strategies that work to further the goals you value most. You'll find out how to let go of control, and develop compassion and flexibility.