Bibliotherapy

Your Counselling Service, in collaboration with the Library Services team, have set up a Bibliotherapy scheme to help you tackle life’s ups and downs.  

The Bibliotherapy scheme is funded by a former student of the University of Westminster.

What is Bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy aims to help you find self-help books that can empower and guide you when dealing with emotional difficulties such as:

  • anxiety
  • mild depression
  • bereavement
  • homesickness
  • relationship problems
  • fear of failure

Can books really help?

There is good evidence to suggest that books really can help us with emotional difficulties.

Bibliotherapy is designed to help you find books that will increase your understanding of the issues you face and help you tackle them successfully.

The scheme was first introduced in Cardiff and has now been adopted by many public library services and universities.

What books are available?

You can browse our list of recommended books (PDF) and find them through our Library Search.

The books are all available at our Marylebone Library and are also readily available to buy online or in bookshops.

Let us know what you think

We'd like to hear your feedback on any of the books in the Bibliotherapy Scheme, and welcome any recommendations of titles that have helped you and might help others.

Comments and recommendations can be sent anonymously via the Counselling Service.

Need more help or advice?

You might find the books helpful on their own or they may be just the first step in identifying and tackling a problem.

If reading the books leads to strong emotions or you'd like to talk to someone for more advice, get in touch with our Counselling Service or your GP.

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Contact us

Get in touch with the Counselling Service.