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Reviews of Self-Help Books for Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy using self-help books offers a third way to psychological treatments and medication, and furthermore compliments these in providing written material that can provide orientation on psychological treatment, act as a "text-book" from which concepts can be revised, and much more. It has an evidence base which has been well summarised on the Reading Agency website - a charity whose mission is "to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers".

For an excellent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - based self-help books series written by psychologists and psychiatrists, many acknowledged leaders in their fields, go to Overcoming.co.uk, and order from Amazon where the reviews are extensive and illustrate the value of these books.

A different take on Bibliotherapy, which is increasingly associated only with CBT methods, is to gain access to life lessons from great thinkers – Life Lessons from Great Thinkers. While this approach may be not “evidence-based” how wonderful to be provided with concise access to the thoughts and ideas of exceptional thinkers.

Explore also the rest of this fascinating site – The School of Life- "The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life." It offers a variety of programs and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.

Below we present reviews of a selection of self-help books by current and former Sloane Court Clinic staff.

Click on book titles under each heading to read the review of the contents.

Alternatively, download the book list in PDF format to print.

Anger

ACT on Life Not on Anger: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger

Eifert, G. H., McKay, M., & Forsyth, J. P. (2006)

Oakland: New Harbinger

This very readable guide aims to help anger sufferers let go of this overwhelming emotion. By incorporating useful real life examples, metaphors, exercises and mindfulness meditation practice this book helps sufferers to change their relationship with, and response to their angry thoughts and feelings.

Anxiety

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Butler, G. (1999)

London: Robinson

This very accessible self-help CBT manual aims to help sufferers understand the origins of their social anxiety and offers helpful tools for overcoming this problem. By employing real life examples, the guide helps sufferers to identify, challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

Sufferers break the vicious cycle of social anxiety by developing and implementing new thinking and behavioural patterns in relation to previously feared social situations.

Overcoming Worry: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Meares, K. & Freeston, K. (2008)

London: Robinson

This easy to use self-help CBT manual aims to help people who suffer from excessive worry and generalised anxiety to understand the origins of their excessive worrying, and offers helpful tools for overcoming it. By using real life examples, questionnaires and exercises, this guide tries to help sufferers to identify, challenge and ultimately change these thoughts and behaviours that lead to worry and keep them worrying. Sufferers are taught how to tolerate uncertainty and how to become better at approaching problems.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: a guide to breaking free from anxiety, phobias & worry using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Forsyth, J. P. & Eifert, G. H. (2007)

Oakland: New Harbinger Publications

The authors of this book employ strategies in line with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that grew out of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy movement in order to empower the reader to reclaim their lives and live them without the hindrances posed by their anxiety, worries and fear. As Forsyth and Eifert explain this book will

‘help you live better, more fully, more richly. …No matter what kind of anxiety problems you’re struggling with, this workbook can guide you toward a more vibrant and purposeful life’’.

This book includes helpful metaphors, examples and exercises that educate anxiety sufferers about their difficulties and teach them skills to overcome these whilst focusing on their life goals and priorities. This is an easy to read book that comes with a CD that includes self-report diagrams as well as mindfulness exercises.

Overcoming Anxiety for Dummies

Foreman, E. I., Elliott, C. H. & Smith, L.L. (2007)

John Wiley & Sons

This friendly expert guide demonstrates techniques which help anxiety sufferers to discover the root cause of their anxiety, change their thought processes and take control of their fears.

Besides teaching psychological skills, it offers practical advice on relaxation, nutrition, exercise and medication.

It is a standard yet accessible CBT book for anxiety.

Eating Disorders

Getting Better Bit(e) by Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders

Schmidt, U. & Treasure, J. (1993)

Hove: Psychology Press

A very accessible self-help programme which is indeed a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia and binge eating disorders. By incorporating real life cases and motivational exercises, it enables sufferers to implement behavioural changes that help them overcome their eating difficulties. Core issues that contribute to the development and perpetuation of bulimia and binge eating disorder are also addressed.

OCD

The OCD Workbook second edition: your guide to breaking free from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hyman, B. M. (2005)

Oakland: New Harbinger Publications

The OCD Workbook presents a self-directed programme based on CBT that can be a very helpful resource for people with OCD and their families.

The book covers the symptoms and causes for OCD, a review of the most effective treatments, a step-by-step CBT programme for combating OCD, specific symptoms and disorders in the OCD spectrum (i.e. scrupulosity, trichotillomania, body dysmorphic disorder), other disorders that often accompany and complicate OCD (i.e. depression, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome) and finally it gives detailed information about reaching out to others for help.

This book is an accessible and comprehensive therapeutic guide that can be used in conjunction with therapy or alone.

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques

Veale, D & Willson, R. (2005)

London: Robinson.

This self-help guide presents a step-by-step CBT approach together with useful information about the symptoms and causes of OCD.

The appendices section provides useful information about medication, available resources for OCD sufferers, self assessment forms as well as work sheets to be completed as part of the sufferer’s homework.

Depression

The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living

Harris, R. and Hayes, S. (2008)

Massachusetts: Trumpeter

This very engaging self-help guide challenges popular myths about the nature of happiness that often contribute to the onset and maintenance of depression and anxiety.

Its main aim is to help readers become more psychologically flexible by increasing their awareness of the present moment and their ability to change by developing effective, value-driven action plans to build a rich and meaningful life.

The guide is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and incorporates useful real life examples, metaphors, and exercises.

The Mindful Way Through Depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness

Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., & Kabat-Zin J. (2007)

New York: The Guilford Press.

The Mindful Way through depression is an excellent resource for those who struggle with recurrent depression or for people who would like to gain a better understanding of their mind and emotions.

This book invites the reader to focus on their experience in their present moment in a non-judgmental way as this can break the cycle of rumination that maintains depression. This book is grounded on research that demonstrates the efficacy of the treatment suggested.

The practical skills described in this book not only help those who read it to become aware of the mode of mind that maintains depression but also enable them to shift to an alternative mode of mind that is flexible and thus less painful.

This book comes with a CD which includes guided meditation practices.

The Cognitive Behavioural Workbook for Depression: a step-by-step program

Knaus, W. J. & Ellis, A. (2006)

Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

The authors of this workbook employ techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and rational emotive therapy (REBT) in order to help those suffering from depression to develop a personalised plan for change and overcome their depression.

This is an excellent and comprehensive resource that is written in a user friendly language and tone.

Low Self-Esteem

Overcoming low self-esteem self-help course: A 3-part programme based on cognitive behavioural techniques

Fennell, M (2006)

London:Robinson

This self-help CBT course comes in three workbooks which aim to facilitate the readers understand the origins of their low self esteem as well as change the thought patterns and behaviours contributing to and maintaining low self esteem.

This is a consumer-friendly CBT course that includes multiple worksheets and charts to be completed by the readers as part of their daily CBT homework.

Alcohol & Drug Problems

The Treatment of Drinking Problems: A Guide for the Helping Professions.

Edwards, G., Marshall, E.J. & Cook C.H. (2003)

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This is a guide for helping professionals working in the field, but is equally accessible to the lay person – sufferer or carer. A book that rewards the conscientious reader with a masterly understanding of the science and practicalities of alcohol dependence – a physical dependence- and the modes of its management. If you need to have a reliable well written source book on alcohol and its problems this should be on your list.

Overcoming your Alcohol or Drug Problem: effective recovery strategies

Daley, D. C & Marlatt G. A. (2006)

New York: Oxford University Press.

This recovery workbook provides the user with practical information and skills to help them understand and change their substance related problem.

It is designed to be used in therapy or counselling and is based on an evidence-based treatment with proven effectiveness. Besides this, the first few chapters of this book can help readers who do not acknowledge their addiction to substances to make the life-changing decision to quit and thus seek help for it.

This easy to read book provides useful and practical information which helps users to understand the recovery process, identify how their substance abuse affects their lives and the lives of people close to them, learn skills to manage the challenges encountered in recovery and finally reduce the risk of future relapse.

This workbook includes work sheets and home exercises.

Social Anxiety and Shyness

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Butler, G. (1999)

London: Robinson

This very accessible self-help CBT manual aims to help sufferers understand the origins of their social anxiety and offers helpful tools for overcoming this problem. By employing real life examples, the guide helps sufferers to identify, challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

Sufferers break the vicious cycle of social anxiety by developing and implementing new thinking and behavioural patterns in relation to previously feared social situations.