Recommended Resources

Recommended resources

These books have been divided into categories so you can jump directly to the section of interest, or just scroll down the page.

CBT-based self-help books 

I would recommend any of the books in the "Overcoming" series by Robinson Publishing, but the following are the ones I most frequently suggest clients read:

  • "Overcoming Anxiety" by Helen Kennerley (2009)
  • "Overcoming Anger & Irritability" by William Davies (2009)
  • "Overcoming Chronic Fatigue" by Mary Burgess & Dr Trudie Chalder (2009)
  • "Overcoming Depression" by Dr Paul Gilbert (2009)
  • "Overcoming Health Anxiety" by David Veale & Rob Wilson (2009)
  • "Overcoming Insomnia & Sleep Problems" by Colin Espie (2006)
  • "An Introduction to Coping with Phobias" by Brenda Hogan (2017)
  • "Overcoming medical phobias: how to conquer fear of blood, needles, doctors and dentists" by Martin Antony & Mark Watling (2006)
  • "An Introduction to Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress" by Ann Wetmore (2010)
  • "Overcoming Low Self-Esteem" by Melanie Fennell (2016)
  • "Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" by David Veale (2009)
  • "Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness" by Gillian Butler (2009)
  • "Overcoming Worry & Generalized Anxiety Disorder" by Mark Freeston & Kevin Meares  (2015)

Self-help books for couples:

  • "Resolving Relationship Difficulties with CBT: A Self-help Guide for Couples" by Rod Holland, Sadhana Damani, Larissa Clay & Claudia Herbert (2008)
  • "Getting Past the Affair" by Douglas Snyder, Donald Baucom & Kristina Gordon (2007)
  • "Act with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" by Russ Harris (2009)
  • "The Mindful Couple" by Robyn D Walser & Darrah Westrup (2009)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) based self-help books:

  • "Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life" by Steve Hayes (2005)
  • "Living Beyond Your Pain" by Joanne Dahl & Tobias Lundgren (2006)
  • "The Happiness Trap" by Russ Harris (2008)
  • "Things Might Go Terribly Wrong" by Kelly Wilson (2010)
  • "The Confidence Gap: from fear to freedom" by Russ Harris (2010)
  • "The Sleep Book: Sleep Well Every Night" by Guy Meadows (2014)
  • "ACTivate Your Life: Using acceptance & mindfulness to build a life that is rich, fulfilling & fun" by Joe Oliver, Jon Hill & Eric Morris (2016)
  • “The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem” by Joe Oliver & Richard Bennett (2020)

Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT) based self-help books:

  • "Recovering from Trauma using Compassion Focussed Therapy" by Deborah Lee & Sophie James (2012)
  • "The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence" by Mary Welford (2012)
  • "The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self" by Chris Irons & Elaine Beaumont (2107)

Mindfulness books & websites:


  • "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" by Mark Williams & Danny Penman (2011) includes mindfulness CD
  • "Mindfulness for Dummies" by Shamash Alidina (2010) includes CD
  • "Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain & Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn (2013)
  • "Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices" by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (2009)
  • "Wild Chickens & Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness" by Arnie Kozak (2009)
  • “How to Train a Wild Elephant” by Jan Chozen Bays (2011)
  • “Mindful Eating”: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food” by Jan Chozen Bays (2009)