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Bibliotherapy


Sometimes it can be difficult to make sense of what is happening in your life,especially if you don’t have any other experience to compare it to. Bibliotherapy aims to bridge this gap by using literature to help you understand what may be going on, to normalise what is happening and give words to what might feel impossible to express.


Bibliotherapy (also referred to as "book therapy" poetry therapy or therapeutic storytelling) involves storytelling, reading or the recommending of specific texts with the purpose of healing. Below are books that I have read (in no particular order!) that I would be happy to recommend.



FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO YOURSELF

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl

Poetry by David Whyte

I am Here, Stories from a Cancer Ward – Johannes Klabbers

When the Heart Waits, Sue Monk Kidd

Dibs, In Search of Self, Virginia Axline


TRAUMA

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk

Waking the Tiger Peter Levine

Healing Trauma Peter Levine

The Eight Keys to safe Trauma Recovery Babette Rothschild


SHAME

The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown


FROM VICITIM TO SURVIVOR

The choice, Edith Eger

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl


INVITING SIMPLICITY INTO LIFE

The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, E.H. Shepard


DEPRESSION

Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig


MINDFULNESS

Sane New World, Ruby Wax


POETRY FOR LIFE SITUATIONS

The Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma

The Poetry Pharmacy, William Sieghart


EXPLORING SPIRITUALITY

Truly Awake & Truly Alive, Rev. Jane E. Vennard

When the Heart Waits, Sue Monk Kidd

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Sue Monk Kidd

Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World John O’Donohue

To Bless The Space Between Us, John O’Donohue

Why I left, Why I Stayed, Tony Campolo & Bart Campolo

Beyond Religion, David. N. Elkins

The Power of Modern Spirituality, William Bloom

Undivided, Vicky Beeching (Coming out as gay within the religious community)

Mary Oliver, New & Selected Poems



CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Holloway, Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards

New & Selected Poems, Mary Oliver


POETRY WHICH INVITES YOU TO MEET WITH YOUR REAL SELF

The House of Belonging David Whyte

Everything is Waiting for you, David Whyte

Pilgrim, David Whyte


POETRY FOR ILLNESS, AGE & BEREAVEMENT

The Poetry Cure, edited by Julia Darling & Cynthia Fuller


EXPLORING DEATH

Being Mortal, Atul Gwande

Until Further Notice, I am Alive, Tom Lubbock

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

The Unwinding of the Miracle, Julie Yip-Williams

With The End in Mind, Kathryn Mannix

The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy

Creatures of a Day, Irvin Yalom

I am Here, Stories from a Cancer Ward – Johannes Klabbers


BEREAVEMENT

The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Francis Weller


LEARNING TO PAUSE, CREATIVITY

The Unwinding, Jackie Morris

The Quiet Music of Falling Snow, Jackie Morris

The Book of Symbols

Consolations, (or any poetry!) David Whyte


PARENTING

Sibling Rivalry, Sibling Love, Eileen Hayes

The Highly Sensitive Child, Elaine N. Aron


LISTENING

Feeling Heard, Hearing Others, Rob Foxcroft


BOOKS WHICH DEMYSTIFY THERAPY

Momma & The Meaning of Life, Irvin Yalom

Love’s Executioner, Irvin Yalom

Tales of Unknowing, Ernesto Spinelli

This Too Shall Pass, Julia Samuel

Confessions of a Trauma Therapist, Mary K. Armstrong

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottileb


SEX

Relate, Sex in Loving Relationships

Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel

Sex without Stress, Jessa Zimmerman


FOCUSING

Focusing, Eugene Gendlin

The Radical Acceptance of Everything, Ann Weiser Cornell


SELF ESTEEM & THE INNER CRITIC

The Dog Story, from The Radical Acceptance of Everything, Ann Weiser Cornell

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach

Counselling for Toads, Robert De Board


NEURODIVERSITY

The Highly Sensitive Child, Elaine N. Aron

Aspergirls – Empowering Female, Rudy Simone