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!

Beginning at the Tasta Helseloft

I was very pleased to start working with the excellent team at the Tasta Helseloft at the beginning of the year. The Helseloft is a health centre in the Tasta shopping centre and houses a variety of practitioners specialising in physical and emotional health care, including physiotherapists, osteopaths, masseurs, and so much more. It is a one-stop-shop for all your physical, and now psychological, health needs. I am thoroughly enjoying working with such a friendly and approachable group, and they are very tolerant of my terrible attempts at Norwegian conversation in the lunch break! At Tasta I am able to provide a safe, clean and professional environment in which to see clients, with a comfortable therapy room, spacious waiting area, free parking and several very nice coffee shops in which to sit and reflect, post-session, with a cup of coffee.

Therapy room at the Tasta Helseloft