What's on my bookshelf?

Sometimes I am asked what resources I would generally recommend to people.  These are books that explore well-being and would be good reads for those who are motivated to learn more about causes of distress on their own.  Headspace and Calm  are both very good apps for those both interested in getting started on a personal mediation practice or for those who are more experienced meditators. The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is a resource for courses on mindfulness in the UK.  This is a good website that explains the different types of therapy in practice today to aid in finding the approach that may suit you: Types of Therapy.  

Books on stress, anxiety and depression:

  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.  This book includes an 8-week program that introduces mindfulness practice into our daily routine.
  • The Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – And the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari.  A book on how medication alone is not the answer to alleviating distress in the long term.
  • Living Like Crazy and Mindful Compassion both written by Paul Gilbert.  An explanation of how our evolutionary impulses and evolved brain are not set up for our modern world, and how compassion is the way forward.


mindfulness Lost Connections Living Like Crazy mindful compassion


Books for overcoming disturbing events and memories:

  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing, by Babette Rothschild.  Babette is well known is the psychological trauma recovery world and here she has condensed some key principles for survivors in recovery.
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman.  A seminal work for practitioners who are interested in this field.
8 keys Trauma and Recovery



  • How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish.  Communicating with children in more effective ways.
  • Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.  Different children have different needs and approaches and what works for one child may not work with another.
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Books on overcoming abuse:

  • Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life by Evan Stark.  Insight into how coercive control plays out in the modern world.
  • The Joyous Recovery: A New Approach to Emotional Healing & Wellness by Lundy Bancroft.  A book for those wanting to overcome interpersonal abuse.
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