Here are some of my favourite books on the models of psychotherapy and counselling that I use, suitable for client reading. I may recommend that you obtain one or two of them as we work.




Dryden, W. (2014). Ten Steps to Positive Living. (2nd Ed.). London: Sheldon Press.

(This is based around REBT principles for general application across one’s life. Read steps 1 to 6 at a minimum. Recommended first purchase)


Dryden, W., Gordon, J. (1990). Think Your Way to Happiness (Overcoming common problems). London: Sheldon Press.

(This is a more detailed self-help book dating from the days when REBT was known as RET. It is organised around specific emotional disturbances and issues, and contains a lot of detail for its size and price. Read chapter 1 for an introduction to the basic ideas of REBT) 


Dryden, W., (2012). CBT Tips for a Fulfilling Life: Flash. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

(This is a succinct and very easy book that describes the theory and steps of the REBT approach for a client undertaking therapy or coaching using this method.)


Edelstein, M. R., (1997). Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. Lakewood, CO: Glenbridge Publishing Ltd.

(This is an old but delightful book about the application of REBT to many of  life’s common challenges with example cases)


Ellis, A. (2006). How to STOBBORNLY REFUSE TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE About Anything (Yes, Anything). New York, NY: Citadel Press.


Joseph, A. (2010). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Your route out of perfectionism, self-sabotage and other everyday habits. Chichester: Capstone.

(This is a detailed but easy to read book on the use of REBT in the context of real-life goal achievement. It is a more applied text than those above.)


Joseph, A., Chapman, M. (2013). Visual CBT: Using Pictures to help you apply Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to change your life. Chichester: Capstone.

(This book is organised around the eight pairs of unhealthy and healthy negative emotions, along with their associated thinking and behaviour patterns. The comparisons are shown as pictures of people in real situations, which facilitates rapid learning. Recommended first purchase)



Developmental trauma and co-dependency.


Bradshaw, J., (1999). Home Coming: Reclaiming and championing your inner child. London: Piatkus.


Mellody, P., Wells Miller, A., Miller, J. K. (1989). Facing Codependence: What it is, where it comes from, how it sabotages our lives. New York, NY: Harper Collins.


Payson, E., D. (2008). The Wizard of Oz and other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family. Royal Oak, MI: Julian Day


Smallwood, D. (2014). Who Says I’m an Addict?: A book for anyone who is partial to food, sex, booze or drugs. London: Hay House


Lee, J. (2001). Growing Yourself Back Up: Understanding Emotional Regression. New York, NY: Random House





Luber, M. (2013) EMDR Trauma Aid UK Client Handbook. London: Trauma Aid UK.


Shapiro, F. (2013). Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy. New York, NY: Rodale.



Schema Therapy


Behary, W. T. (2013). Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed. New York, NY: New Harbinger.


Bricker, D., C., Young, J. E. (2015). A Client’s Guide to Schema Therapy. Retrieved from


Young, J. E., Klosko, J. S. (1993). Reinventing Your Life. New York, NY: Plume.



Existential Therapy.


Adams, M. (2013). A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling. London: Sage.


Cooper, M. (2012). The Existential Counselling Primer: a Concise, Accessible and Comprehensive Introduction. London: PCCS.


Deurzen, E. Van., Adams, M. (2016). Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy. (2nd Ed.) London: Sage.