Here are a selection of books which some clients and colleagues have found helpful when trying to understand their difficulties:

  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world –  Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman
  • Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure – Robert de Board
  • Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  • Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving – Julia Samuel
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk
    • This is a book that explores the many different ways in which we experience trauma and the bodies response to trauma, while looking at the many different treatments available and what evidence supports these.

Therapists in training may also find the following texts useful while working with clients:

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk
  • The Therapeutic Relationship – Petruska Clarkson
  • The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment – Babette Rothschild
  • The Body Remembers: Volume 2: Revolutionizing Trauma Treatment – Babette Rothschild
  • On Becoming a Person – Carl Rogers
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder – Marsha M. Linehan
  • DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition – Marsha M. Linehan
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Third Edition: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures – Francine Shapiro
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition – by Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams & John D. Teasdale