The use of books for therapeutic purposes is known as ‘bibliotherapy’ and is the term used to cover the use of self-help books addressing psychological and emotional issues and difficulties.

The effectiveness of bibliotherapy continues to be researched and there is good evidence to show that quality self-help books can be useful with a range of psychological issues. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK recommends Bibliotherapy as a useful start in treating mild to moderate depression, anxiety, panic and some other mental health issues.

Attached is a list of books which have been written by psychologists, psychotherapists and educationalists and is compiled from a number of established bibliotherapy listings coupled with practitioners’ recommendations.

A copy of each of these books is now available in the DCU Library, Glasnevin Campus for reference.

Also attached is a self-help worksheet which will help to structure your bibliotherapy reading.

It is advised that you take and use the information, techniques/skills that you find are applicable and effective in your particular situation and leave aside that which is not. 


For the 'Live Wise' Booklist Collection, visit the Cregan Library on DCU St Patrick's Campus - click on the following link