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Therapy book recommendations for International Women’s Day 2023

In recognition of International Women’s Day this year (a day late…), here are some inspiring books by inspiring women. These are books about counselling or psychotherapy that I have enjoyed and recommend to clients:

๐Ÿ“š Maybe You should Talk to Someone 

One of my favourite fiction books (but drawing on years of clinical practice), this is a book by Lori Gottlieb. It offers a frank look at what happens in the therapy room woven into a beautiful piece of fiction about love and living. Highly, highly recommended if you are wondering what relational, humanistic therapy is about and how it ‘works’.

๐Ÿ“šCouch Fiction 

An extraordinary book by the fabulous Philippa Perry. What happens in the therapy room through the wondrous means of a graphic novel.

๐Ÿ“šThe Drama of Being a Child 

This is a tough-going book but wonderful book on the impact of psychological harm during childhood. A therapist recommended it to me many, many years ago and I regret not picking it up sooner. By Alice Miller.

๐Ÿ“šTell me the Truth About Love  

If you are curious what a relationship therapist with decades of experience and wisdom might say about love and human connecting, this is the book for you. By Susanna Abse.

๐Ÿ“šAphrodite’s Hat 

Selection of stories by Salley Vickers, a former therapist. An exploration of love and loss.

๐Ÿ“šMad, Bad and Sad 

A history of women and psychology and talking therapies from the 1800s onwards, by Lisa Appignanesi. From the depression to addiction, this is a challenging look at the relationship between therapist / psychologist / psychiatrist and female clients.

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