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The following self-help books were considered excellent by a significant number of mental health practitioners in a large survey. This is only a partial list of the most highly rated books.


  • Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion by Carol Tavris
  • The Anger Workbook by Lorrainne Bilodeau
  • Letting Go of Anger: The 10 Most Common Anger Styles and What to Do About Them by Ron Potter-Efron, et al
  • A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger: A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers by Eliane Whitehouse, Warwick Pudney
  • The Explosive Child by Ross Greene


  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
  • Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks by R. Reid Wilson Ph.D
  • Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised Edition) by Edna B. Foa, Reid Wilson
  • The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Bruce M. Hyman, Cherry Pedrick

Battered Women:

  • The Battered Woman by Lenore E. Walker
  • Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life by Ginny Nicarthy
  • The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner


  • How to Communicate: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Personal and Professional Relationships by Davis, McKay, et al
  • People Skills by Robert Bolton
  • You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud, John Townsend

Death & Grieving:

  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Peter McWilliams, et al
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
  • On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa Huntley


  • Love Is Never Enough by Aaron T. Beck
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • The Triangle of Love: Intimacy, Passion, Commitment by Robert J. Sternberg
  • Obsessive Love: When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go by Susan Forward, Craig Buck


  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last by John M. Gottman, Nan Silver
  • Intimate Partners: Patterns in Love and Marriage by Maggie Scarf
  • Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix
  • Divorce Busting: A Revolutionary and Rapid Program for Staying Together
    by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Mood Disorders:

  • Feeling Good by David Burns
  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns
  • Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky
  • Control Your Depression by Peter M. Lewinsohn
  • When Living Hurts: For Teenagers and Young Adults – A Lively What-To-Do Book for Yourself or Someone You Care About Who Feels Discouraged, Sad, Lonely by Sol Gordon

Self Management:

  • Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind & Your Life by Martin E. Seligman
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • What You Can Change… and What You Can’t: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement: Learning to Accept Who You Are by Martin P. Seligman
  • Overcoming Procrastination: Or How to Think and Act Rationally in Spite of Life’s Inevitable Hassles by Albert Ellis, et al

Sexual Abuse:

  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew, Ellen Bass


  • The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, et al
  • The Stress and Relaxation Handbook: A Practical Guide to Self-Help Techniques by Jane Madders
  • The Wellness Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress-Related Illness by Herbert Benson, Eileen M. Stuart


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