Self help

A Good Read

True Stories, fiction and helpful books that may illuminate the therapeutic work you are undertaking, support, guide and possibly add depth to your experience of counselling.



Why Love Matters:
How affection shapes a baby’s brain. By Sue Gerhardt

Recovery is my best revenge:
My experience of trauma, abuse and dissociative identity disorder. By Carolyn Spring

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? By John Powell

Man’s search for Meaning. By Viktor E Frankl

The Choice- Even in hell hope can flower.  By Edith Eger

I know why the caged bird sings.
By Maya Angelou

Counselling for Toads:
A psychological adventure.
By Robert de Board

Loves executioner and other tales of psychotherapy.
By Irvin D. Yalom

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop OCD                                                                                                                By David Adam

In Search of Silence. By Poorma Bell



The Alchemist:
A fable about following your dream. By Paul Coello

Jonathon Livingston Seagull: A story
Inspirational fable of a bird, determined to be more than ordinary. By Richard Bach

Human Traces. By Sebastian Faulks

In Therapy:
The unfolding story. By Susie Orbach

Dibs, in Search of Self. By Virginia M. Axline

The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides


Help yourself:

Sane New World: Taming the mind.
By Ruby Wax

Games people play:
The psychology of human relationships.
By Eric Berne

Who Moved my Cheese:
An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life.
By Dr Spencer Johnson

The Chimp Paradox.
By Prof. Steve Peters

It’s All in your Head:
Stories from the frontline of Psychosomatic illness.
By Suzanne O’Sullivan

The Body Keeps the Score.
By Bessel Van der Kolk

Why Therapy Works: Using our minds to change our brains.
By Louis Cozolino

Between Therapist and Counsellor:
The new relationship.
By Michael Kahn

8 Keys to safe trauma recovery:
Take charge strategies to empower your healing.
By Babette Rothschild

The people inside us.
By John Rowan

On death and Dying.
By E Kubler-Ross

The Road less travelled.
By M. Scott Peck

Home Coming:
Reclaiming and championing your inner child.
By John Bradshaw

Couch Fiction:
A graphic Tale of psychotherapy.
By Philippa Perry & Junko Graat

More than Enough. By Elaine Welteroth

Savage God.  By Al Alverez

A Good Listen

BBC iplayer

BBC radio 4
– Its all in the mind
◦ loneliness
◦ Dementia
◦ Parents with children with mental health issues.


A Good Watch



Simon Sinek
– Millennials
• Start with why


◦ You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions; your brain creates them.
◦ The brain benefits from deep sleep and how to get it.



In Therapy.



A Dangerous Method 2011- In 1904 a Russian woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) arrives at Carl Jung’s (Michael Fassbender) clinic, seeking treatment for hysteria. Jung is eager to test Sigmund Freud’s (Viggo Mortensen) theories on Sabina and, in fact, successfully treats her. Two years later Jung and Sabina meet Freud in person, and Jung takes over the treatment of Otto Gross, whose influence leads Jung to begin an affair with Sabina, contributing to a rift with Freud.

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