Self Help Books
Below are a number of self help books that we regularly recommend alongside individual therapy. Most of these books are based on a new and exciting psychotherapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is described as the third wave in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

  • The Happiness Trap, (Russ Harris): The Happiness Trap is a unique and empowering self-help book – now published in 30 countries and 22 languages – that will enrich your life and fundamentally transform the way you handle difficult thoughts and painful feelings. The title reflects a key theme in the book: popular ideas about happiness are misleading or innacurate, and will make you miserable in the long term, if you believe them.
  • Get out of your Mind and into your life, (Steve Hayes): This work features step-by step mindfulness and acceptance exercises for effective relief from emotional pain. This book develops acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a revolutionary and exciting new direction in psychotherapy, into step-by-step exercises that readers can use to get relief from emotional pain. Written by ACT’s founding theorist, it offers a self-help programme proven to be effective for coping with a range of problems, from anxiety to depression, eating disorders to poor self-esteem.
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, (Forsyth & Eifert): Many have struggled too long to control the symptoms of anxiety, only to find fear, shyness and worry creeping back into their lives the minute they let down their guard. The bottom line is that most efforts to “control” or “get rid of” anxiety simply don’t work. This book focuses on finding an alternative way of relating to symptoms of anxiety; from an accepting and compassionate stance. The focus is to move towards a valuable life.
  • The Worry Trap (Lejeune): This book works on creating an accepting stance with your anxiety and focusing on the unlhelpful imact it is having on your life. It helps you look at ‘what works’ and how to pursue what you want in life.
  • The Mindful way Through Depression (Williams & Teasdale): A workbook that follows an 8 week programme. It is desgined to help individuals overcome the cycles of depression by finding new ways to approach their feelings with acceptance and compassion, whilst pursuing a life they value.

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Client Resources

If you want to find out what CBT may look like for a number of disorders, you can click on the various self help manuals below developed by They will give you a good introduction and some great pointers on how to get started! However these are not a substitute for therapy or medical help.  Please contact your GP if you are worried about your moods/food and are finding it hard to manage them.

Depression | Sleep Difficulties | Anorexia Nervosa | Bulimia Nervosa | Social Anxiety | OCD | Panic Attacks | Generalised Anxiety Disorder | Stress | Health Anxiety

Useful Links

Depression and Anxiety
  • Depression Alliance – has useful information on depression and self help groups. You can order an information pack.
  • No Panic – a charity that specialises in helping those who suffer with anxiety. There is a 24 hour answer phone service and self help groups.
  • Young Minds – a charity with information about mental health difficulties in young persons. It also has a parent helpline and has an interactive website for children and young persons.
  • Samaritans – a charity which offers a 24/7 helpline for those young and older who need someone to talk to.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • CHADD – a US based charity which specialises in support and treatment for individuals struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Information for parents on treatment and support.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • The National Autistic Society – A UK based charity which offers information, support and services for parents, children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders.

Introductory Readings/Audios