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Books about what happens in therapy

Curious about what happens in the therapy room? How therapy works? We’re all different and your experience with one counsellor or therapist could be very different from another. Here are some suggested books about therapy …

Part memoir, part how-to guide, Jo Love’s Therapy is Magic gives a wonderful insight into what happens in talking therapy

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb was one of my favourite lockdown reads. A fictionalised account drawing on years of psychotherapeutic experience giving an insight into the therapist’s perspective of what happens in therapy

Philippa Perry’s Couch Fiction is an ambitious graphic tale of what happens in the room. Funny, sensible, compassionate.

If you like Wind in the Willows, you may enjoy this fictional account of Toad’s therapy journey by Robert de Board in Counselling for Toads.  This book is also a gentle introduction to Transactional Analysis which is one of the modalities I use in my therapeutic work.

Sometimes Therapy is Awkward by Nicole Artz. And sometimes it’s also painful, messy, and downright confusing. This is a book that explores what it’s like to really engage in the work.

Good Morning Monster (not on Bookshop but available through other retailers) by Catherine Gildner. A therapist weaves extraordinary stories drawing from her most ‘heroic’ clients.

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