The therapy hour can go by very quickly. The good work my clients and I do in session carries into the time between visits with “homework” we design together and “bibliotherapy.” There are so many great books out there written by people who are qualified experts in their fields, it’s like having the best and brightest in consultation with us. None are required reading, only really pushy suggestions. Why not take the time to go to a book store with a cafe (whoever invented the bookstore cum cafe idea deserves the Noble Prize!) grab a handful of whatever speaks to you (books, not cookies) sit, sip and browse. Below are just a sampling of favorites.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-studied talking therapy known to be an effective non-medication treatment for mood problems and low self-esteem. When my clients are struggling with any of these issues I often suggest these books to help them understand the underlying theory that is a big part of how I help them. The more my clients know what I know, the better. In Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Dr. David Burns outlines the fundamentals of CBT, what it is and how to apply it to your situation. His style can be on the academic side which many people prefer but it’s not for everyone. He certainly does not talk down to you. Consider his books a reference, not something to necessarily read cover to cover. The Feeling Good Handbook is more hands on with exercises that help illustrate how your particular thoughts can influence how you feel. Some find Dr. Mathew McKay’s workbook Thoughts & Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life an easier read. Your choice of book is purely a personal preference. It’s all good.