I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my experience of using fiction to support good mental health. I didn’t think my writing would ever have an audience, so it’s awesome that you’re here and reading this.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety disorders and was struggling – big time. What ended up pulling me through was EMDR therapy, a lot of self-care, and one other special ingredient… books.
One particular book became the surprising antidote to my anxiety: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Some time after starting up Tolstoy Therapy, I found out that my technique actually had a name. It was bibliotherapy.
In 2013, I shared my best bibliotherapy advice and book recommendations in my book, Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription.
Over the last few years, a lot has changed.
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A few boring points about the website:
- All ideas on my blog are my own. Please get in touch if you want to use some of them, and I may well say yes!
- I use Amazon affiliate links to books. This is not necessarily for my financial gain (it doesn’t lead to much, I assure you). Rather, I find it useful to be able to easily find out more about a book, where to buy it, how much it is, and what it’s rated on popular websites.
- I do not encourage reading over therapy or medication, and nor am I a clinician. I’ve personally found literature to be a great way to complement my therapy and self-care, but by no means do I think that it should be used alone when dealing with severe problems. More about this here.