Self-Help Books Recommended by CWC Staff

CWC Recommended Self-Help books


Beating the College Blues by Paul Grayson & Philip Meilman                                              

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne 

An End to Panic by Elke Luerchen-White 

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic by David Barlow and Michelle Craske 

Shyness by Philip Zimbardo

Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna B. Foa, and Reid Wilson 

The Worry Cure by Robert L. Leahy


Your Perfect Right: A Guide to Assertive Living by Robert Alberti, and Michael Emmons

Depression and Mood

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron: a first-hand account of depression 

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns                                                    

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, and Christine A. Padesky

An Unquiet Mind by K.R. Jamison: a first-hand account of bipolar disorder

Domestic Violence and Abuse

Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding by Jon G. Allen, PhD

Eating Disorders and Body Image

Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia- A Practical, Lifesaving Guide by Ira M. Sacker and Marc A. Zimmer 

Healing the Hungry Self: The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management by Deirdre Price 

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn 

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Issues

Becoming a Visible Man  by Jamison Green

Becoming Gay: The Journey to Self-Acceptance by Richard Isay

Coming Out of Shame by Gershen Kaufmen and Lev Raphael

Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not by Joanne Herman

Grief & Loss

How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Peter McWilliams, Harold Bloomfield, and Melba Colgrove

The Journey Through Grief by Alan Wolfelt


Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28 Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

Rape/Sexual Assault

I Never Called It Rape by Robin Warshaw

Journey to Wholeness by Monique Lang


The Communication Skills Book by Patrick Fanning, Matthew McKay, and Martha Davis

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

Sexual Abuse

The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass, and Laura Davis


Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs, and Herbert Benson


The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson with Miriam Klipper

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eschelman, and Matthew McKay

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn