Recommended Reading

The Counselling Service has a wide range of recommended books which are now available to loan through the University of Manchester Library. The reading list covers topics such as procrastination, low mood, relaxation, OCD, and many more.


  • The relaxation & stress reduction workbook - Davis, Martha, Eshelman, Elizabeth Robbins, McKay, Matthew, 2008


  • Let's have it out: the bare-bones manual of fair fighting - Hough, Arthur S., c1991
  • The lost art of listening: how learning to listen can improve relationships - Nichols, Michael P., c2009


  • Bully in sight: how to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying : overcoming the silence and denial by which abuse thrives - Field, Tim, 1996
  • Fighting back: overcoming bullying in the workplace - Graves, David, c2002


  • Overcoming anxiety: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Kennerley, Helen, 2009
  • Stop worrying: get your life back on track with CBT - Kerkhof, Ad, Akhnikh, Saida, c2010


  • Overcoming depression: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Gilbert, Paul, 2009
  • The compassionate mind: a new approach to life's challenges - Gilbert, Paul, 2009
  • Mind over mood: change how you feel by changing the way you think - Greenberger, Dennis, Padesky, Christine A., c1995
  • Overcoming depression and low mood: a five areas approach - Williams, Chris, 2009
  • The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness - Williams, J. Mark G., c2007

Self Esteem

  • Overcoming low self-esteem: Part 1 - Fennell, Melanie J. V.
  • Overcoming low self-esteem: Part 2 - Fennell, Melanie J. V.
  • Overcoming low self-esteem: Part 3 - Fennell, Melanie J. V.
  • The confidence plan - Litvinoff, Sarah, 2007
  • Assertion training: how to be who you really are - Rees, Shà‚n, Graham, Roderick, 1991
  • Beat low self-esteem with CBT - Wilding, Christine, Palmer, Stephen, 2010
  • Build your confidence with CBT – Manja de Neef, 2015, Open University Press


  • Overcoming anger and irritability: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Davies, William, 2009
  • Taking charge of anger: how to resolve conflict, sustain relationships, and express yourself without losing control - Nay, W Robert, c2004
  • Overcoming anger in your relationship: how to break the cycle of arguments, put-downs, and stony silences - Nay, W. Robert, c2010


  • When perfect isn't good enough: strategies for coping with perfectionism - Antony, Martin M., Swinson, Richard P., 2009


  • The procrastinator's guide to getting things done - Basco, Monica Ramirez, 2010


  • Meditation for life - Batchelor, Martine, Batchelor, Stephen, 2001
  • Calming your anxious mind: how mindfulness and compassion can free you from anxiety, fear and panic – Brantley, Jeffrey, 2003
  • Managing your mind: the mental fitness guide - Butler, Gillian, Hope, R. A., 2007
  • Wherever you go, there you are: mindfulness meditation for everyday life - Kabat-Zinn, Jon, Kabat-Zinn, Jon, 2004
  • Coming to our senses - Kabat-Zinn, Jon, 2005


  • Getting over OCD: a 10-step workbook for taking back your life - Abramowitz, Jonathan S., c2009

Body Dysmorphia

  • The broken mirror: understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder - Phillips, Katharine A., 2005
  • The BDD workbook - Claiborn, James, Pedrick, Cherry, 2002

Pain management

  • Overcoming chronic pain: a self-help manual using cognitive behavioral techniques - Cole, Frances, 2010


  • Overcoming anorexia nervosa: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Freeman, Chris, 2009
  • Bulimia: a guide to recovery ; completely revised & updated - Hall, Lindsey, Cohn, Leigh, 2011
  • The anorexia workbook: how to accept yourself, heal your suffering and reclaim your life
  • - Heffner, Michelle, Eifert, Georg H., 2004
  • The food & feelings workbook: a full course meal on emotional health - Koenig, Karen R., c2007
  • It's not about food: end your obsession with food and weight - Normandi, Carol Emery, Roark, Laurelee, 2008
  • Feeding the hungry heart: the experience of compulsive eating - Roth, Geneen, 1993
  • When you eat at the refrigerator, pull up a chair: fifty ways to feel thin, gorgeous, and happy (when you feel anything but) - Roth, Geneen, 1998
  • Breaking free from emotional eating - Roth, Geneen, Roth, Geneen, 2003


  • Overcoming childhood trauma: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Kennerley, Helen, 2009
  • Overcoming traumatic stress: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral techniques - Herbert, Claudia, Wetmore, Ann, 1999
  • Restoring hope and trust: an illustrated guide to mastering trauma - Lewis, Lisa, Kelly, Kay, Allen, Jon G., c2004


  • Change for the better: self-help through practical psychotherapy - McCormick, Elizabeth Wilde, 2008
  • Do one thing different: ten simple ways to change your life - O'Hanlon, William Hudson, 2000
  • Borderline personality disorder - Krawitz, Roy, Jackson, Wendy, 2008
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy - Wilding, Christine, Milne, Aileen, 2010
  • 59 seconds: think a little, change a lot - Wiseman, Richard, 2009