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Shelf Help: Recommended Reading for Personal Well-Being


Low Mood & Depression


Depression by Tony Bates (1999) Newleaf

Mind over Mood (1995) Christine Padesky & Denis Greenberger

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Garrisson

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan by Mary Ellen Copeland

Depression and How to Survive it by Spike Milligan and Anthony Clare

Think You’re Crazy? Think Again. A Resource Book for Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis by Anthony P Morrison, Julia Renton, Paul French and Richard Bentall.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – Practical DBT exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation and Distress Tolerance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C Wood and Jeffrey Brantley.


Worry, Stress and Anxiety


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction workbook (2008) Martha Davis et al


How to stop worrying by Dr. Frank Tallis (1990)

Overcoming Anxiety by Helen Kennerley (2009)


When Panic Attacks by Dr. Aine Tubridy (2007)

Mastery of your Anxiety and Panic by Michelle  Craske (2006)


Overcoming Traumatic Stress by Claudia Herbert and Ann Wetmore (2008)

The PTSD Workbook by Marybeth Williams and Soili Poijulu

Social Anxiety / Phobia

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness by Gillian Butler (1999)

The Imp of the Mind by Dr. Lee Baer

Feel the Fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers

Overcoming Depersonalisation and Feelings of Unreality by Dawn Baker


Additional Issues / Concerns


Overcoming Anger and Irritability by William Davies (2009)

The Anger Workbook (1994) Lorraine Bilodeau


Overcoming Childhood Trauma (2000) Helen Kennerley

Self Confidence / Esteem

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem by Melanie J.V Fennell (2009)

Loss & Bereavement

The Courage to Grieve by Judy Tatelbaum (1997)

Finding a Way Through when Someone Close has Died by Pat Mood and Lesley Whittaker (2007)

No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine

Eating Difficulties / Issues

The Beginners Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery by Nancy Kolodny(2004 )


General Mental Health and Well Being

Feeling Good & Minding your Mental Health

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D Burns (1999)

The Mental health Handbook by Trevor Powell (2007)




Overcoming Compulsive Gambling by Alex Blaszczynski (2010)                                             

Overcoming Your Pathological Gambling by Ladouceur, Robers & Lachance, Stella (2007)

Treating Gambling Problems by McCown, William G. Howatt, William A. (2007)                                    


Controlling Your Drinking by William Miller, PhD & Ricardo Munoz, PhD (2005)                        

A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps by Dan Griffin, M.A. (2009)

Now That You’re Sober by Earnie Larsen, with Carol Larsen Hegarty, (2010)                

Get Your Loved One Sober by Meyers, Ph.D, Brenda Wolfe, PhD (2004)                                             

Bottled Up. How to Survive Living with a Problem Drinker by Dr. John McMahon and Lou Lewis (2010)

Drug Addiction 

Sex Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate by Thomas Horvath, Ph.D A.(2009)

Recovery Options: The Complete Guide by Volpicelle, M.D., Ph.D. Joseph &  Maia Szalavitz, (2000)

Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drug Dependence: An Introductory Guide by Tracey J. Jarvis, Jenny Tebbutt, Richard P Mattick, Fiona Shand

The Joy of Quitting Cannabis by Chris Sullivan


Mindful Recovery by Thomas Bien, PhD & Beverly Bien, M.Ed (2002)

Addiction and Change by Carlo C. DiClemente (2006)

Recovery from Addiction by William Cloud & Robert Granfield (2001)

Managing Addictions by Michler Bishop, Ph.D., CAS F. (2001)


How to Quit Without Feeling S**t by Patrick Holford (2009)

Stop Smoking Now Without Gaining Weight by Alan Carr (2010)

Smoke-Free in 30 Days by Daniel F. Seidman, Ph.d. (2010)

Stop Smoking in One Hour by Susan Hepburn (2000)


Child/ Family

Parenting Support

Supporting your child’s emotional challenges

How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (2001)

The Incredible Years: A Trouble-shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 Years by Carolyn Webster-Stratton (2006)

Parent Power: Bringing up Responsible Children and Teenagers (2002) by John Sharry.

The Parent’s Handbook by Don Drinkmeyer and Gary McKay (1997)

Parenting Young Children by Don Drinkmeyer, Gary McKay and Others (1997)

Anxious children

Keys to Parenting your Anxious Child (2008) Manassis, Katharina

Depression in young people

Coping with Depression in Young People by Carol Fitzpatrick and John Sharry .


Relationship and social issues

Loss and bereavement

Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One by William Kroen (1996)

Separation and divorce                                       

When Parents Separate by John Sharry (2001)

Social Skills difficulties

Navigating the Social World by Jeannette McAfee (2001)


Bullying: A Parent’s Guide by Jennifer Thomson (2005)

How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies by Kate Cohen-Posey.

Raising Bully Proof Kids by Paul Coughlan (2011)