Useful Books

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Here are some books that may be of interest

Click on the title to go to the book on the Amazon website. Many books have the look inside function which allows you to browse before you buy.

A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy
(Short Introductions to the Therapy Professions) – Ed Christine Lister Ford
An overview of Psychotherapy written by experienced therapists at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Skills in Transactional Analysis Counselling & Psychotherapy
(Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) written by Christine Lister Ford
A very clear exposition of Transactional Analysis. It also describes very clearly a model of stages through the therapy process.

Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure, Written by Robert De Board
A great book, with an unlikely title. It takes the reader through the process of therapy from beginning to end in the form of a story from Toad of Toad Hall. The journey could be any humanistic approach, but the model used is Transactional Analysis. A clear exposition of the therapy process, especially counselling, for those who don’t want to read a text book.

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD) [Paperback] Mark Williams (Author), John Teasdale (Author), Zindel Segal (Author), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Author)
In this book well respected authors and therapists set out a programme for using mindfulness to deal with depression. This is not a substitute for a therapist, but for those who have experienced depression – but are not clinically depressed at the moment – it has been shown effective in helping people stay out of depression.

Please note this is a list of suggestions, and any opinions expressed are simply personal. Not all books are of use to everyone! We do not necessarily endorse what is written in the books, and people must use their own discernment when taking advice written in books. Books are not a substitute for therapists!