On My Shelf

Books I’ve read and rather liked. At the moment this list is basically books about psychotherapy, but watch this space for (further)  updates.
At least three of these titles ought to be required reading for any therapist or therapist-in-training.


A Most Dangerous Method
by John Kerr

A Secure Base” by John Bowlby

Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship by Michael Kahn

Beyond Counter-Transference: The Therapist’s Subjectivity In The Therapeutic Process by Joseph Natterson

Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy” by Philippa Perry

Cult Fictions: C. G. Jung & The Founding Of Analytic Psychology by Sonu Shamdasani

Every Day Gets A Little Closer: A Twice-Told Therapy by Irwin D. Yalom & Ginny Elkin

Football Delirium by Chris Oakley

Home Is Where We Start From: Essays by A Psychoanalyst” by D. W. Winnicott

Human Nature by D. W. Winnicott

Kleinians: Psychoanalysis Inside Out by Janet Sayers

Knots by R.D. Laing

Modern Man In Search Of A Soul by C. G. Jung

On Becoming A Person by Carl R. Rogers

On Learning From The Patient by Patrick Casement

On The Way Home: Conversations Between Writers & Psychoanalysts ed by Marie Bridge

Psychodynamic Techniques: Working with Emotion in the Therapeutic Relationship by Karen J. Maroda

Psychotherapy: An Erotic Relationship by David Mann

Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation: Emotional Engagement In the Analytic Process” by Karen J. Maroda

Soul Searching : Studies In Judaism & Psychotherapy ed by Rabbi Howard Cooper

The Child, the Family, and the Outside World” by D. W. Winnicott

The Drama Of Being A Child by Alice Miller

The Fifty-Minute Hour by Robert Lindner

The Klein Lacan Dialogues ed by Bernard Burgoyne & Mary Sullivan

The Man Who Loved A Polar Bear – And Other Psychotherapist’s Tales by Robert U. Akeret

The Power of Countertransference: Innovations in Analytic Technique by Karen J. Maroda

The Psycho-Analysis Of Children by Melanie Klein

Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am? by Jane Haynes

Working At Relational Depth In Counselling And Psychotherapy by Dave Mearns & Mick Cooper


..and most of Freud‘s published writing.. Obviously.
Much more readable than you might imagine!

*** If you’d like to get hold of these books links will generally take you to Amazon.co.uk, but many of them may also be available from your local library. It’s a cheaper and greener option, unless you are like me and like to build a permanent home for the books you read. ***
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2 responses

  1. I’m curious. Which three should be required reading? You’ve got a pretty impressive reading list, I have to say. I’ve only read one or two of these.

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