What is bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy is all about feeling good with books: reading great novels, poems and stories to help us through difficult situations and feelings.

It’s also about nurturing our sense of wellbeing and feeling better in ourselves. Reading is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.

Reading fiction is one of the easiest ways to relate to others when we feel isolated. Also, as we get to know characters, we get to know ourselves.

Bibliotherapy is a lifelong companion to all those who welcome it. You don’t have to hit rock-bottom before you consider it, simply pick up a book.

Remember, for severe problems, bibliotherapy is a way to complement therapy, self-care, and a healthy lifestyle. For feelings as troubling as those related to PTSD, depression, severe anxiety, or other mental health issues, fiction is clearly not enough. I would recommend using books to help your wellbeing, but only when you are sure that you are receiving the support and guidance that you need as well.



The Bibliotherapy Books List

Books for accepting yourself

Books for anxiety

Read more: 20 books for anxiety to relax with

Books for beauty and meaning

Read more: 8 books to appreciate how beautiful life really is

Books for breakups and heartbreak

Books for depression and low mood

Books for knowing yourself

Books for low self-esteem

Books for PTSD and trauma

Read more: 10 books that helped me through trauma & PTSD

Books for persevering through hardship

Books for self-care

Read more: 7 self-care books for relaxing and unwinding with

Books for solitude