So what is bibliotherapy?

bibliotherapyI get a huge amount of pleasure from reading, both fiction and non-fiction, and my default reaction to any new situation, problem or stage in life, is to buy a book. I was delighted when I discovered that using books as therapy is a recognised, well established and research supported approach to supporting mental health, and goes by the rather wonderful name of bibliotherapy. Bibliotherapy is defined as using books to help work through, understand and resolve emotional concerns.

I recently added a Bibliotherapy section to this website, as it is an area I find really interesting and so accessible. Many people will have had an ‘aha’ moment reading a novel, a poem, biography or self-help guide, a moment of clarity, catharsis and inspiration. I’ve added links to some of my favourite books, but would love to hear some of your suggestions. I’ll add them to my Amazon wish list!