Live Wise Book Therapy

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 some good evidence to show that quality self-help books can be useful with a range of psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, panic, depression, bereavement, family issues and eating problems. It highlights a problem-solving approach and the potential of self-management. 

It can be used independently; or in addition to individual counselling, group work and/or medication.

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

Areas covered are categorized under:

Addiction, Anxiety & Stress, Depression, Grief & Loss, Health & Illness, Managing Emotions, Mindfulness & Self-Compassion, Neurodiversity, New Approaches to Life’s Challenges, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Parenting, Relationships, Self Development, Sexuality, Skills for Academic Success, Trauma. 


A copy of each of these books is now available in the DCU libraries.


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. 


Please find our Live Wise Book Therapy Collection here