Press and Writing Portfolio

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My Fiction Prescription (Woman's Own)

Did You Know Reading Can Reignite A Romance (The Irish Times' Gloss Magazine)

Book Announcement of Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading in the Bookseller (The Bookseller)

The healing power of storytelling (

How to survive the 'post-book blues' (BBC Culture)

Why There's Healing Power in A Good Book (PS Magazine)

A Reading Retreat Helped Me Start A New Chapter (Daily Express)

A Literary Buff's Odyssey (SEEMA Network)

Meet the Book Doctor (Bookish Magazine)

Here's Why Escapist Fiction Shouldn't Be Looked Down Upon (Free Press Journal)

Book Box: Seven Powerful Books on Mental Health

Bored of books just catching dust? Let this service revive your reading list (The Independent)

Amity School of Languages Annual Magazine (Zenith, p53 - 57)

VICE's Refinery 29 Review of our Personalised Book Prescription Service

Reader's Digest article on How to Make Reading a Regular Habit

Buzzfeed's Review of our Personalised Book Prescription Service

Bibliotherapy and Confidence on Tania Cutari's Coaching IG Live

On Mara Girone's Empowering Voices podcast talking discussing Bibliotherapy

Talking All Things Bibliotherapy with Radio Free Brooklyn's Truth to Power Show

The Alternative Therapy Series: Bibliotherapy featuring Bijal Shah (A Conversation with LonePack Mental Health NGO)

Bibliotherapy & Storytelling with Bijal Shah & Scott McArthur on ARTEFACTLive: the art and science of storytelling

Bibliotherapy Feature (Mumbai Mid-day)

Breathe Magazine - Be transported: the immersive literature that allows you to explore far and wide without stepping outside your front door

What I've Learned After Finally Reading the Hobbit (The Daily Telegraph)

HealthOMind interview Bijal Shah on Bibliotherapy

Lost the Motivation to Read for Pleasure? Here's How to Get It Back (HelloGiggles)

The Kelly Diane Report (Father's Day Gift Guide)

The best products to help children’s mental health during lockdown (My Anxious Life)

Raw Childhood's Christmas Gift Guide (featuring Book Therapy's Reading Affirmation Cards for children)

What You'll be Reading in Fall 2020 and Beyond, According to Publishing Industry Insiders (The New York Observer)

On Mental Health, Literature and Entrepreneurship on The Elevator (City Hindu Network)

Losing the plot? Ditch the phone and grab a classic (The Sunday Telegraph)

The Best Products to Help Children's Mental Health During A Lockdown

Book and cinema therapists share their 'prescriptions' for surviving coronavirus quarantine (NBC News)

Why books can stop you losing the plot (Marie Claire)

A Slummy Mummy's Four For Teens Christmas Gift Guide 

Women with Gifts International - Business Feature

Momma Reviews Valentine's Day Gift Guide 

Blogs by FA - Personalised Reading List

Kate on Thin Ice - Book Review

Emma Stokes' Mother's Day Food & Lifestyle Gift Guide 2019

Kiddycharts Mother's Day Gift Guide

Asian Women Mean Business - Inspiration

Why Poetry is One of the Most Powerful Forms of Therapy (Asian Voice)

Literature and Therapeutic Word Art

5 Books on Finding Connection to People and Life (Asian Voice)

The Guardian Book Clinic - Therapists in Fiction

Our Daily Read - Incisive novels from the psychiatrists chair and beyond 

Pirjo Suvilehto's Literature and Therapeutic Vocabulary 

Crazy Carney's Parenting Podcast on How to Get your Child Reading

America Reads Blog

A 2-Step Guide to Getting Out of Toxic Friendships



Bibliotherapy Seminars

Radio Appearances

Podcast Appearances

Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading Podcast - Multitudes Podcast

The Power of Bibliotherapy - Penny Wincer's Not Too Bust to Write Podcast

Bibliotherapy - The Power of Stories to Heal (on the Untriggered Parenting Podcast

Stephanie Affinito's Get Lit(erate) Podcast - The Healing Power of Books with Bijal Shah

Bibliotherapy, Self-care and Diversity & Representation in Books Podcast with Tania Cutari and Bijal Shah

Talking Creativity Books and Wellbeing with BiblioTherapist Bijal Shah

What is Bibliotherapy? With Bijal Shah and Tales of Advocacy (Texas Association of Literacy Education) 

The Forgot Podcast - Book Therapy with Bijal Shah

Therapeutic Benefits of Reading & Journaling with Bibliotherapist Bijal Shah

Bibliotherapy and Confidence on Tania Cutari's Coaching IG Live

On Mara Girone's Empowering Voices podcast talking discussing Bibliotherapy

Talking All Things Bibliotherapy with Radio Free Brooklyn's Truth to Power Show

The Alternative Therapy Series: Bibliotherapy featuring Bijal Shah (A Conversation with LonePack Mental Health NGO)

Bibliotherapy & Storytelling with Bijal Shah & Scott McArthur on ARTEFACTLive: the art and science of storytelling


Video Appearances

Bibliotherapy and Grief with Author Julia Lee Barclay-Morton on her Virtual Author Chat series

Bibliotherapy and Confidence on Life Coach Tania Cutari's Coaching IG Live

Bibliotherapy & Storytelling with Bijal Shah & Scott McArthur on ARTEFACTLive: the art and science of storytelling

HealthOMind interview Bijal Shah on Bibliotherapy


Independent Reviews

Rick Macdonnell's independent review of our Personalised Book Prescription service titled "A Book Therapist Prescribed Me 9 Books"

Other work published by Bijal

Therapeutic Fiction on Prescription — A Haitian Bibliotherapy Collection on Love, Loss and Grief

Two Dystopian Fiction Books to Read if You're Wondering How the Coronavirus Plays Out

Mamta Saha on the Therapeutic Power of Written Affirmations

One of the Best Books on Family and Relationships You’ll Read

The Therapeutic Power of Stories (PESI UK)

Why You Should Book Journal

40 Books from 2019 You Need to Read in 2020

Neha Hiranandani’s 50 Indian Female Mavericks You’ve Never Heard About

Girl Power! 50 Extraordinary Indian Women that Smashed Status Quo

Imagine Me Stories

Who Am I, the Identity Crisis Faced by Millennials Today

4 Gorgeous Picture Books for Children Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights

People, Places and Home

Philly & Friends, An Exciting New Publishing House for Diverse Children's Books

A Fabulous New Book on Mastering Your Own PR

Matt Zurbo: 365 kids books in 365 days

2019's Best Summer Nonfiction Reads So Far

French for Kids and Some Fabulous Bilingual Children's Books

Interview with Pirjo Suvilehto, Finnish Bibliotherapist and Doctor of Philosophy & Literature

Love Fiction? 6 Delightfully Anticipated Summer Reads from Around the World

The Power of Self-love and Book to Get You Started

The Therapeutic Power of Voice Journaling

Michelle Obama's "Becoming"- A Book Review

Three Fabulous Books for Two Year Olds

Why audiobooks are perfect for parents and four great ones to start the year. 

Book Therapy's Best Books of 2018 

Life is Too Short for the Wrong Books and Why We All Need a Book Curator 

7 Books on finding greater connection to people and life 

3 Non-fiction reads that are going to be huge this fall 

A Child-hugging Robot for the Nuclear Family

Four fiction books you need to read this Autumn 

The best books of 2018 so far… 

Why Literary Fiction is My Favourite Form of Therapy 

A Novel Literary Advice Service: introducing Book Therapy 

Weekend Reads — 29 June to 6 July 2018 

Literature’s 13 most unusual books 

Weekend Reads — June 22 to June 29 2018 

The Japanese books that are making loneliness popular 

Nine Great Comfort Reads 

A Book Prescription for a trip to New York 

A Book Prescription for Meghan Markle 

Why I love Virginia Woolf 

Don't chase happiness, chase this instead. 

Bibliotherapy is everywhere I look 

Motherhood is in vogue 

Four invaluable books to help you transform your writing from good to great

Help your child become a lifelong reader  

2018 Pulitzer Prize Awards 

Why we need to adopt these words for happiness in other languages 


Poems published by Bijal

Letting your children go (A Poem)

This Was Home Too (A Poem)

A Moment in Time (A Poem)

The Establishment (A Poem)

Life's A Series of Journeys (A Poem)

Chasing Time (A Poem)

Torn (A Poem) 

My Favourite Book Therapy Quotes

Transactional Relationship (A Poem)

Short Life Advice for my Kids (A Poem)

It's Ok Not to be Happy All The Time (A Poem)

No, I Don't Want to Pursue YOur Dream (A Poem)

Transitions (A Poem)

My American Dream (A Poem)

The City of Angels (A Poem) 

The Corporate Bully vs The People (A Poem)

My Heaven and My Hell (A Poem)


Books Published by Bijal

Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading 

The Happiness Mindset: 12 Strategies for Happiness and Success I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Younger

the happiness mindset best books on happiness recommended books on happiness


Literary Guides

Literary Travel Guide to New York: What to Read and Where to Visit

Meditations on Khalil Gibran's The Prophet: What Gibran's Poetry Fables Teaches Us About Life

Writing Therapy: A Self-Therapy Literary Guide 

The Power of Poetry as Therapy: Reading and Writing Poetry As Therapy

Literary Travel Guide to London: What to Read and Where to Visit

A Literary Guide on Dealing with Friendship Break Ups



15 Minute Shorts

 The Happiness Plan

Say Hello to Happier, More Resilient Kids

A Short History of Elon Musk

A Short History of Warren Buffett

How to Influence Anyone

The Smart Mindset

Parenting, The French Way

Parenting, The Japanese Way

Eudaimonia, The Art of Flourishing




A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.

You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation.

In this role, I have had the opportunity to publish two books, Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading and The Happiness Mindset, and write various literary essays and pieces for newspapers and magazines. I have undertaken bibliotherapy workshops for The United Nations, various libraries in New York and corporate organisations in the UK and US. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice, New York Observer, Sydney Telegraph and various other publications. If you are a parent you might enjoy a podcast I’ve recorded with speech and language therapist Sunita Shah on Raising A Reader & Storyteller. And if you’d like to connect, email me at or



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