Suggested Reading for Counsellors and Professionals

Recommended reading 2018 for counsellors and professionals

The following books and resources have been recommended by Safeline volunteer counsellors.

For Counsellors and other Professionals:

  • Breaking Free, Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon (Workbook also available)
  • Counselling Skills for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Christiane Sanderson
  • Counselling Skills for Working with Shame by Christiane Sanderson
  • Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors, Emotional Resource Guide by Carolyn Spring (Other publications by this author also available and useful Website
  • Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation, Skills Training for Patients and Therapist by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, Onno Can der Hart
  • Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter Levine with Ann Frederick
  • The Body Keeps the Score; Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van de Kolk
  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem by Melanie Fennell
  • Overcoming Childhood Trauma by Helen Kennerley
  • Overcoming Traumatic Stress by Claudia Hebbert
    (Many books are available in this ‘Overcoming’ series which are written by CBT counsellors but useful to all including clients further on in their therapy)
  • Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom (a rare glimpse into the consulting room of a master therapist)
  • Touch and Go Joe – An Adolescent’s Experience of OCD by Joe Wells
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us, The New Psychology of Post-Traumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph


Using Writing

  • Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy a guide to reflective writing with exercises, case studies and ideas for self-directed learning. Exercises can be used as a useful resource for facilitated group-work or in counselling sessions for clients with an interest in writing as a form of expression. By Jeannie Wright and Gillie Bolton


Working with people who find it easier to work with pictures:

  • Jenny Speaks Out may enable a person with a learning disability or mental health problem or someone with English as a second language to open up about the experience of sexual abuse. By Sheila Hollins and Valerie Sinason
  • I Can Get Through It for someone who has an intellectual disability who has been sexually abused to help them understand their feelings. By Sheila Hollins, Christiana Horrocks and Valerie Sinason.


For Counsellor and Professionals Working with Children and Young People (and the Inner Child)

  • Huge Bag of Worries, (for children and working with the Inner Child) by Virginia Ironside and illustrated by Frank Rodgers
  • Ruby and the Rubbish Bin (for children and working with the Inner Child) by Margot Sunderland and Nicky Armstrong
  • Puppet on a String; a young girl’s fight to survive Anorexia Nervosa by Helena Wilkinson
  • Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse find engaging ways to work with sexually abused and complexly traumatised children using creative therapeutic techniques. By Liana Lowenstein, MSW


Thanks to Rose, Maria, Catherine, Dianne, Celia, Frances, Emma, Sue and Liz

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