This page will be added to over time. Recommended books and links are listed, for clients and counsellors. Often they will be helpful for both. They are not listed in any order of importance or significance. There are many other books I have read and studied. The books listed here I have greater personal appreciation for.


Gender: A Graphic Guide (Introducing…) by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Queer: A Graphic History (Introducing…) by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Sexuality: A Graphic Guide (Introducing…) by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker

Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma by Alex Iantaffi

Gender Euphoria: Stories of joy from trans, non-binary and intersex writers edited by Laura Kate Dale

Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities by Twist (Author), Vincent (Author), Barker (Author), Gupta (Author)

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fox Fisher and Owl Fisher

Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us by C. N. Lester

Trans Power: Own Your Gender by Juno Roche

Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows by Christine Burns

Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships by Juno Roche

Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Amanda Jetté Knox

Just One Letter by Kirstie McEwan

Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide by Christina Richards and Meg-John Barker

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs

Out of the Shadows: The Psychology of Gay Men’s Lives by Walt Odets

Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society’s Legacy of Gay Shame by  Matthew Todd

The Bi-ble: The Bi-ble: Volume One 1: Essays and Personal Narratives about Bisexuality by  Lauren Nickodemus (Editor), Ellen Desmond (Editor)

The Bi-ble: Volume Two (2) (The Bi-ble: New Testimonials: Further Original Essays and Narratives about Bisexuality) by  Lauren Nickodemus (Editor), Ellen Desmond (Editor)

Relationships & Sex

LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (UKCP Karnac) by Cabby Laffy

Rewriting the Rules: An Anti Self-Help Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships by Meg John Barker – 2nd edition

The Secrets of Enduring Love: How to make relationships last by Meg John Barker

Enjoy Sex (How, when and if you want to): A Practical and Inclusive Guide by Meg John Barker

Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture by Meg-John Barker and Rosalind Gill

Sexual Abuse


Our Encounters with Self-Harm edited by Charley Baker, Clare Shaw and Fran Biley

Safe with Self-Injury : A Practical Guide to Understanding, Responding and Harm-Reduction by Kay Inckle

Beyond Fear and Control: Working with Young People Who Self Harm by Helen Spandler

Personal development – good for clients & counsellors

The little book on authenticity by Nina Burrowes

I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Brené Brown

The Power of Focusing: Finding Your Inner Voice by Ann Weiser Cornell

The Radical Acceptance of Everything: Living a Focusing Life by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing: How To Gain Direct Access To Your Body’s Knowledge: How to Open Up Your Deeper Feelings and Intuition by Eugene T. Gendlin

Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression by Rachel Kelly

Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter Levine

Person-centred counselling – mainly for counsellors & therapists

Person-Centred Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series) by Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne

A Way of Being by Carl Rogers

On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers

Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment: Bridging Faith and Person–Centred Therapy by Brian Thorne

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy by Dave Mearns and Mick Cooper – 2nd edition

Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice by Dave Mearns and Brian Thorne

Person-Centred Counselling Training by Dave Mearns

Developing Person-Centred Counselling (Developing Counselling series) by Dave Mearns

Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy Third Edition (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) by Janet Tolan

Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Person-centred Practice editors Janet Tolan and Paul Wilkins

Practicing Client-Centered Therapy: Selected Writings of Barbara Temaner Brodley editors Kathryn A Moon, Marjorie Witty, Barry Grant and Bert Rice

Carl Rogers’ Helping System: Journey & Substance by Godfrey T Barrett-Lennard

Mystical Power of Person-Centred Therapy: Hope Beyond Despair by Brian Thorne

Person-centred Counselling: Therapeutic and Spiritual Dimensions (Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) by Brian Thorne

Focusing – mainly for counsellors & therapists

The Power of Focusing: Finding Your Inner Voice by Ann Weiser Cornell

The Radical Acceptance of Everything: Living a Focusing Life by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method (The Practicing Professional) by Eugene Gendlin

Focusing: How To Gain Direct Access To Your Body’s Knowledge: How to Open Up Your Deeper Feelings and Intuition by Eugene T. Gendlin

Integrating Spirituality in Counseling: A Manual for Using the Experiential Focusing Method by Elfie Hinterkopf

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health): 0 by Babette Rothschild

Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Beyond the Talking Cure by Greg Madison

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma – The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences by Peter A. Levine

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