Suggested reading for the mind, heart and soul

Some books which may help with your self-discovery.  The feelings, memories, thoughts and worries which may come with some of these subjects are commonly issues talked about in counselling.

The Book of Human Emotions

Tiffany Watt Smith

A fascinating exploration of the many familiar or rare feelings - a book you can dip in and out of and find names for feelings you have but just didn't know how to describe.  

Love for Imperfect Things

Haemin Sunim

This little gem of a book is almost small enough to fit in a pocket.  It is like oxygen for the soul.  Little chapters best enjoyed with some quiet and a cup of herbal tea and time to practice just being yourself.

Dear Life - a doctor's story of love, loss and consolation

Rachel Clarke

Some things we may not want to think about and commonly this is the last taboo - death.  This is a compassionate book which offers great hope to those wrestling with what the 'end of life' looks like.

Quiet - the power of introverts in a World that can't stop talking

Susan Cain

If you are one of those people who simply prefers time alone with a book to a wild party or if you live with someone like this, or parent a quieter child -then this is the book for you.  It's okay to be a quiet person - the World needs them.

Losing my Best Friend - thoughtful support for those affected by dog bereavement or pet loss

Jeannie Wycherley

A companion for grief when your little, or big, furry companion leaves this World ahead of you - and because no dog is 'just a dog'.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

A beautiful book of drawings and wise words to return to again and again. It is about friendship, weakness, individuality and above all, kindness.  As a counsellor my favourite quote is 'What is the bravest thing you've ever said?' asked the boy - 'Help', said the horse'.  As adults we often forget we can ask for help.

With the End in Mind - how to live and die well

Kathryn Mannix

An unflinching, tear-jerking and above-all, life-affirming book telling the true stories of people's deaths.  Our society often hides death away and we have lost touch with how it is.  The unknown often breeds fear.  This book is a conversation-opener; who do we need to talk to about death?  When we can accept that our life here will end it can bring freedom and the ability to truly live.

In the Realm of HUNGRY GHOSTS - Close Encounters with ADDICTION

Gabor Mate

Revisit this page to get further suggestions in future.  If you wish to recommend a book please make contact!

i want to die but i want to eat tteokbokki

baek sehee


An engaging and relatable account of depression and conversations with a psychiatrist from a young Korean woman.

Codependent No More - How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

Melody Beattie


A book for anyone who has lost themselves in the quest to rescue, save or love someone else better and who has experienced the powerlessness of trying to change someone else when the only person we can change is ourselves.  This book is a great help for the healing journey of self-care and finding a way through to being happy and healthy whether or not a loved one's situation changes.

More to follow

Keep checking for new book suggestions.  If you wish to recommend a book please message me.  I would be delighted to hear of books which have helped you.



'Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul' Emily Dickinson

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