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Self Help - Therapy and Counselling Books

Absolute Discretion Counselling Therapy do not sell books, but many clients value being able to be able to understand their concerns and to use self help methods as well as counselling. While not recommended as the best in their field, the books below are provided as a suggested step towards better understanding. Please feel free to email us your comments on these or other books you have read.

Abuse and Abusing

For a range of books on abuse, sex abuse and domestic violence

A book to help men understand and change their abusing behaviour. - Violent no More by Michael Paymar (2000) published by Hunter House.


Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternative to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening. By Robert J. Myers and Brenda L. Wolfe published by Hazelden in paperback, 2004

Sober for Good By Anne M. Fletcher published by Houghton Mifflin, 2001


Karina Lovell's Self Help Book, free download at

Overcoming Agoraphobia by Melissa Murphy published by Sheldon Press

Life isn't Just Panic by Anita Pace published by Babysteps Press


Anger Hurts by Matthew McKay, Judith McKay and Peter D. Rogers

Overcoming Anger and Irritability by Dr William Davies published by Basic Books

Stop The Anger Now by Ronald Potter-Efron

The Anger Control Book by Matthew McKay and Peter D. Rogers

The Anger Workbook For Women by Laura Petracet

Anxiety and Phobias

Anxiety UK website lists dozens of helpful books

No More Panic range of NHS elf help books on anxiety etc

An Introduction to Dealing With Health Anxiety by Charles Young and Brenda Hogan published by Robinson Books

How to Control Your Anxiety Before it Controls You by Albert Ellis

Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook by M. R. Antony and P. P. Swinson published by New Harbinger

Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life: A Workbook of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques by M.McKay, P. Fanning, and M.Davis

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Matthew McKay, and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne

Beyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery by Edmund J. Bourne

Anxiety, Phobias, & Panic : A Step-by-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life by Reneau Z Peurifoy

Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick by David Carbonell

Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia by Barbara Markway, Cheryl N. Carmin (Ph.D.), C. Alec Pollard, Teresa Flynn

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Techniques for Overcoming Your Fears by Martin M. Antony, Richard P. Swinson


The assertiveness workbook R. J. Paterson (New Harbinger Press 2000) Confidence works: learn to be your own life coach G. McMahon (Sheldon Press 2001)


A Grief Observed by C S Lewis published by Faber

Coping with Bereavement - a Royal College of Psychiatrists Cassette audio pack 02072352351x146

The Death of a Child by Tessa Wilkinson published by Jonathan Cape

You'll Get Over It by Virginia Ironside published by Penguin Books

See also Cruise Bereavement Care for literature

Body Image disorders

Broken Mirror by Katharine Phillips . Oxford Press available from their website


Bullying Prevention and Intervention by Susan M Swearer, Dorothy L Esplage and Scott A Napolitano published by Guilford Press


Finding Your Way Out by Andrea Perry published by Worth Publishing


Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by D. Stone, B. Patton and S. Heen. Published 1999 by Penguin


Living With The Black Dog by Caroline Carr published by Whiteladder Press

Depression: The way out of your prison by Dorothy Rowe published by Routledge

Depression and Mental Health A range of Literature for carers of people with mental health problems

Divorce and the Children

Vicky Lansky's Divorce Book for Children available through

Eating Disorders

Biting the Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia Bulimia. by Maisel, Epston and Borden, published 2004 by Norton and Co of New York


Overcoming Compulsive Gambling by Alex Blaszczynski published by Constable and Robinson

Health Anxiety

An Introduction to Coping With Health Anxiety by Charles Young and Brenda Hogan published by Constable and Robinson


Infidelity: A Survival Guide by Don-David Lusterman

When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal by Donna Frazier (Contributor), Susan Forward (Reader)

After the Affair : Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful by Janis Abrahms, Pad Spring, Michael Spring

Women Who Stay With Men Who Stray: What Every Women Needs to Know about Men and Infidelity by Debbie Then

Secret Lovers: Affairs Happen...How to Cope by Luann Linquist

Marriage and Relationships

The Highway Code for Marriage by Michael and Hilary Perrot available from Amazon etc.

The Sex Starved Marriage by Michele Weiner Davis available from Amazon etc.

Mental Health A range of Literature for carers of people with mental health problems

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Habits

The Habit Change Workbook by James Clairborn and CherryPedrick published by New Harbinger

On line OCD guidebook.

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Veale & Willson, published by Robinson
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – The Facts by De Silva & Rachman, published by Oxford University Press.
The OCD workbook - your guide to breaking free from OCD by Hyman & Pedrick, published by New Harbinger
Stop Obsessing by Foa and Greenberger, published by Bantam Books.
Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions by Tallis, published by Sheldon Press.
Managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- by Westbrook and Morrison. Available

Porn Addiction

Free help and tips website


The Now Habit by Neil Fione


How to Accept Yourself by Windy Dryden published by Sheldon Books

Overcoming Low Self Esteem by Melanie Fennell published by Constable/Robinson

Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning published by New Harbinger

The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn Schiraldi published by New Harbinger



"Work Addiction - Hidden Legacies of Adult Children", by Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D.(1989) Florida: Health Communications,Inc.
“Burdened Children: Theory, Research and Treatment of Parentification” By Nancy D. Chase. Sage Publications
“Working Ourselves to Death - And The Rewards of Recovery” By Diane Fassel,(1990) N.Y.: Harper Paperbacks

Other Sources

We can recommend :-
Patient UK - very comprehensive list of books recommended by GP's and Nurses.


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