In this brief guide, we have compiled a list of counselling books which we feel everyone should read at one point or the other if you are considering counselling.
A list of counselling books
The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert
This is a very good book about counselling and upon finishing it I can say that it will help you if you are considering going into counselling or offering counselling.
The compassionate mind explains the evolutionary and social reasons why our brains react so readily to threats – and explains how our brains are also hardwired to respond to kindness and compassion.
The book is very insightful and will help you get a better understanding of your wellbeing.
Learning To Counsel 4th edition by William Stewart & Jan Sutton
The learning to counsel 4th edition by William Stewart & Jan Sutton is a very important book if you want to become a counsellor.
The book gives you on how to be a very good empathetic counsellor and transform yourself to a very successful therapist.
The book is also generally helpful, even if you are not training to be a counsellor.
Reflective Writing in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2nd edition by Jeannie Wright
Reflective Writing in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2nd edition by Jeannie Wright is a good counselling book that you need to read if you are thinking of becoming a counsellor.
It teaches you how to take a reflective approach to your counselling to ensure you are giving the best sort of counselling under some framework.
First Steps In Counselling 4th edition by Pete Sanders
First Steps In Counselling 4th edition by Pete Sanders is a good counselling book which has a very interesting layout.
It is a good counselling book to have if you are still trying to get up to your diploma level 4. I highly recommend this book.
The Book Of Human Emotions by Tiffany Watt Smith
The Book Of Human Emotions by Tiffany Watt Smith is a good counselling book which helps you if you are a student from level 2 and up.
It teaches you how to paraphrase what the client has told you in order to get more information out of them.
This book is a great book of counselling knowledge and I greatly recommend it.
4 Essentials Keys To Effective Communication by Bento C. Leal iii
This is an essential book for anybody, not just people studying counselling as it covers all aspects where communication is vital, not just in a therapy room.
It is laid out as a how-to guide, teaching practical communication skills to help you achieve relationship success.
Awareness and listening skills including how to pause, reflect, adjust and act.
If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.
Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.
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If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.
You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.