Our Bookshelf List - Self Help Books

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The following self-help books were considered excellent by a significant number of mental health practitioners in a large survey. This is only a partial list of the most highly rated books. The complete study is found in The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Resources in Mental Healthby John Norcross, John Santrock, Linda Campbell, Thomas Smith, Robert Sommer, and Edward Zuckerman, New York: The Guilford Press.





Battered women


Death & Grieving


Eating Disorders



Mood Disorders

  • Feeling Good by David Burns
  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns
  • Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky
  • Control Your Depression by Peter M. Lewinsohn
  • When Living Hurts: For Teenagers and Young Adults – A Lively What-To-Do Book for Yourself or Someone You Care About Who Feels Discouraged, Sad, Lonely by Sol Gordon
  • When Feeling Bad Is Good by Ellen McGrath


Self Management


Sexual abuse


  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck


Weight management

And a few of my personal favorites….

  • The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
  • How to Cure Your Memory Failures: Dozens of Proven Methods from Two World Experts by Douglas Herrmann and Michael Gruneberg
  • Messages: The Communications Skills Book by Patrick Fanning, Matthew McKay, and Martha Davis
  • Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do about It by Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen
  • Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
  • Reinventing Your Life by Jeffrey Young and Janet Klosko
  • The Relationship Cure: A Five-Step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Lovers by John Gottman and Joan DeClaire
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
  • Shadow Syndromes: The Mild Forms of Major Mental Disorders that Sabotage Us by John Ratey and Catherine Johnson
  • Ten Days to Self-Esteem by David Burns
  • The Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life by Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning
  • When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within by Matthew McKay, Peter Rogers, and Judith McKay
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