New Additions

Questions to ask when looking for a therapist - 'Six Questions everyone should ask their therapist'.

A great TED talk if you want to understand more about how therapy can help you - 'Reconsidering Psychotherapy'

An interesting article about the changing understanding of what different therapies are most effective - Therapy Wars: The revenge of Freud.

finding a therapist

Deciding to see a therapist is a big decision - now you have to find someone convenient to you, who
is available and who you will feel comfortable working with. The following websites will provide lots of information and searchable databases.

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - link to information about choosing a psychotherapist, the different theraputic approaches and frequently asked questions.

UK Council of Psychotherapists - link to database of therapists.

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - link to database of therapists.

useful books

'Essential Help for Your Nerves: Recover from Nervous Fatigue and Overcome Stress and Fear' by Dr. Claire Weekes – the classic self-help for anxiety: Amazon reviews - A must read / Just brilliant / I can't recommend this book enough.

'Claustrophobia: finding your way out. Hope and help for people who fear and avoid confined spaces' by Andrea Perry - a moving first person account of dealing with claustrophobia – the ideas are applicable to other anxiety issues

'8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing' by Babette Rothschild - an excellent self-help book for trauma.

'Understanding Panic Attacks: And Overcoming Fear' by Roger Baker -  excellent self-help book for sufferers of panic attacks. Amazon reviews: This book works / Wish I'd had this book 10 years ago.

'Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison' by Dorothy Rowe – an excellent book for understanding your depression.

'The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook' by Edmund J. Bourne - step-by-step help for sufferers of anxiety and phobic disorders.

'Stop Worrying: Get your life back on track with CBT' by Ad Kerkhof - It's a book which sets realistic goals, has a down-to-earth approach, has been tested and proved to be effective for many people.

'Love myself slim' - helps identify the causes and patterns of overeating.  Lots of graphics and exercises

'The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You' - by Brene Brown the title explains the content.

'I thought it was just me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power' - another great book by Brene Brown

useful websites

Lots of leaflets available on the website of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Masses of information on all types of mental health issues from Mind – just click on the A to Z button.

Great self-help leaflets from an NHS Trust

some excellent blog posts

Preparing for your therapy session
Starting in therapy
Guess what's happening in therapy today

some great videos

Brene Brown On vulnerability - A great talk about being emotionally vulnerable 

Brene Brown Listening to shame - Another great talk by Brene Brown

Susan Cain The power of introverts - Susan explains how being an introvert is something to be valued