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5 of the Best Self-Help Books

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

The journey through therapy is different for everyone and for some that might be supplementing the learning and work in the therapeutic room with self-help outside of the room and in between sessions. This is our selection of the best self-help books to help with your mental health journey.

a woman sat on a sofa reading

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

By Dr Julie Smith

You might already be familiar with Dr Julie from her social media work, which provided guidance to us all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her debut book continues with her relatable content, creating a book written in bitesize portions and dealing with many different mental health problems in a concise and easy-to-understand way. You don’t need to read the whole book, just picking the chapter that works for you and allow Dr Julie to explain and provide help from her therapy room.

Atlas of the Heart

By Brené Brown

There are two Brené books on this list, but her newest Atlas of the Heart is a beautifully illustrated encyclopaedia of emotions and feelings we might experience as a human being. If you know the feelings wheel or simply want some help in understand emotions and feelings, then this one is for you. Imagine a self-help coffee table book mixed definitions of our experience.

Gifts of Imperfection

By Brené Brown

The second of our Brené books is The Gifts of Imperfections and one of her most seminal pieces of work. A unique blend of personal storytelling and clinical research, Gifts of Imperfection guides readers through 10 signposts to more wholehearted and authentic living. It can teach to become more accepting of ourselves, leading to self-compassion, working through shame and living more wholehearted lives.

Self-Care for Tough Times

By Suzy Reading

Suzy champions the importance of self-care and how to factor it into your daily life. This book is targeted to those having a difficult time and those are the times that we more need some self-care and to be kind to yourselves. The book guides you through physical exercises and stretches that can help, journal prompts, soothing scents and much more.

The Kindness Method

By Shahroo Izadi

Would you talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself? Well, that is the premise of The Kindness Method. Written by a behavioural change therapist, Shahroo works by the principle that being kind to yourself is the most effective way to encourage healthy change. Inviting you to give yourself a break, The Kindness Method works through simple and practical exercises and techniques to give you the power back.

These are our favourite self-help books, but we would love to know if you have read any of these or if there have been any books that have helped you on your journey?

If you want to find out more about what we do and how we can help you, then please don't hesitate to get in touch.

This blog post was written but one of our counsellors on placement, David. David offers sessions in Kingston, Epsom and online. Find out more about David here:

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