Blog — book prescriptions

There's a book for that!

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There's a book for that!

Throughout my 35 years’ of life, I have always relied on a book for some friendly comfort and non-judgemental advice. I can remember from my toddler years, I’d never leave a book store without throwing a tantrum — my parents had to buy me a brand new book to take home and discover. I would read at every opportunity — at my nan’s home, in the car, on restaurant tables or out in the garden in our family home in Nairobi. My passion for reading and my love of books sprouted a real interest in the personal development space (including psychodynamic psychotherapy, counselling and...

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What our clients say

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What our clients say

This blog is dedicated to our loyal clients and readers, who have supported us on our little journey to spread our love of books; and how they can lift you from difficult moments. Yes they truly can give you wings 😊 Jenny Stone: I have been reading books for years and never realised that I was self-dispensing therapy. Whenever I can empathise with a narrative it influences my mood, my mind, my emotions. Ironically I feel understood. It eases my mind and relaxes me, even if I don't have a solution straightaway. I love all of Bijal's book prescriptions - she just...

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Why everyone needs a book therapist in their life.

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Why everyone needs a book therapist in their life.

Best for book serendipity in a world where we are overwhelmed with books. Bibliotherapists or book therapists are experts on books. There are so many books, many of which we may never know about were it not for someone who has read extensively and is aware of what book is the most relevant for your particular needs at a given point in time: the magic of the right book at the right time. In that respect a book therapist can be life-changing and in a world where we are all fighting for time, it might just be the best investment...

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What are the benefits of book therapy?

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What are the benefits of book therapy?

Self-awareness, empathy and mental well-being Reading is more than just voraciously devouring words as we hurriedly rush through the chapters of an engaging J K Rowling book for example. It is the connection that we feel with the characters, the identification with those characters, the sense of comfort and the feeling of being understood.  A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology confirmed that when people read about an experience the same part of the brain lights up as having experienced it themselves. This suggests that people who read a lot, tend to empathise better with others, and are able...

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What kind of issues can be treated with book therapy?

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What kind of issues can be treated with book therapy?

There's a whole list under our A - Z of Book Prescriptions Book therapy can be very useful for those suffering from low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, addiction, stress, communication skills as well as relationship and family issues. At Book Therapy, however we prescribe books for every issue under the sun from divorce, break-ups, friends disappointing us, difficult in-laws, boredom, child-birth, commitment issues, ageing, ageing parents, unemployment, snoring, guilt, the hero complex to shopaholism. These are but a few. View our A - Z of Book Prescriptions for the full list.   Book Therapy offers an alternative to conventional therapy using the...

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