Recommended Psychology & Counselling Books

In my line of work, I both read a lot and recommend books to my clients to help them with what they are experiencing or to help them achieve their goals.  I thought it was about time that I helped people find those books more easily and helped spread the word on what I think are some of the better books people could be reading.

I buy many of my books from Books Depository because they offer value for money and free worldwide delivery. The links on this page will take you to Books Depository although you may find some of the books in your local bookshop or via other online sellers.  Full disclosure: these are affiliate links so I do receive a minimal referral fee if you do use these links and buy a book.

The Happiness Trap

Dr Russ Harris

Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depression. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse.In this controversial, but empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the ‘The Happiness Trap’, where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, openness, and focus. Mindfulness skills are easy to learn and will rapidly and effectively help you to reduce stress, enhance performance, manage emotions, improve health, increase vitality, and generally change your life for the better.The book provides scientifically proven techniques to: Reduce stress and worry.Rise above fear, doubt and insecurity.Break self-defeating habits.Improve performance and find fulfilment in your work.Build more satisfying relationships.Create a rich, full and meaningful life.

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ACT with love

Dr Russ Harris

Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there’s no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together. With your partner or alone, ACT with Love will teach you how to: Let go of conflict, open up, and live fully in the presentUse mindfulness to increase intimacy, connection, and understandingResolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences. ACT on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship.

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Freedom from Anxiety

Marcey Shapiro

This book presents hundreds of safe, practical, and effective tools and techniques to alleviate anxiety, an epidemic that affects nearly 20 percent of people. Author and seasoned physician Marcey Shapiro shares how her personal struggle with this widespread syndrome led her to discover that there is not one treatment program that works for everyone and provides a wide range of integrative methods that will help readers find real and transformative relief.

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On Grief and Grieving

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, David Kessler

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying, grew out of Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr Kubler-Ross first explores the now-famous stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, she gives the reader a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient’s family, bringing hope to all who are involved. This new edition will include an introduction by Dr. Ira Byock, a prominent palliative care physician and the author of Dying Well.

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