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Dec 2014 by PCI College

Christmas Reads! Stocking filler books for Christmas.

Looking for a great book for yourself or a loved one this Christmas? If you or someone you know has an interest in mental health topics, we have a list of great recommended reads for you.

We’ve put together a list of books from the fields of counselling & psychotherapy, psychology and beyond, each with a relevance to mental health, whether fact or fiction. We hope that it may be helpful to you in chosing stocking filler reads for friends and family this Christmas, or as a little gift to yourself.  You can also check out our Bite-Sized Book Review section for more recommendations from this year. Click on the links below for full details of each book on Amazon.co.uk

Many thanks to the members of our PCI College Faculty and Lecturing Team who took the time to give us their top suggestions for the Christmas list.  We wish you many happy and informative hours of reading.

From Eoin Stephens, PCI College President:
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9 by Kate Collins-Donnelly
One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go by Martin Boroson

From Eilish McGuinness:
Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behaviour and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey E Young
The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide: A Complete Resource for Building and Delivering Individual, Group and Integrated Schema Mode Treatment Programs by Joan M. Farrell, Neela Reiss and Ida. A Shaw

From Donagh Ward:
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
All Blacks Don't Cry by John Kirwan
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

From Caroline Pedley:
Fight Your Dark Shadow: Managing Depression with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by Therrie Rosenvald and Tian P. Oei
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman

From Andrew McLellan:
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction by J. Allan Hobson
Help for the Helper: Self-care Strategies for Managing Burnout and Stress by Babette Rothschild
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

From Liz Rackard:

Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom
Dibs in Search of Self: Personality Development in Play Therapy by Virginia M Axline
Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul by Shaun McNiff

From Mary O’Loughlin:
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

From Mary Connolly:
Quiet the Mind: An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate by Matthew Johnstone 
I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone 
Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone
The Curse of Lovely: How to Break Free from the Demands of Others and Learn to Say No by Jacqui Marson

From Pauline Macey:
Beyond the Frustrated Self: Overcoming Avoidant Patterns and Opening to Life by Barbara Dowds
Bodies by Susie Orbach
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

From Shauna Cathcart:
Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain - and Your Life by Rick Hanson
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time by Rick Hanson
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Achieve your Potential with Positive Psychology by Tim Lebon

From Bronagh Webb:
Reinventing your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behaviour and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey E. Young and Janet Klosko

From Clare Burke:
Radical Self Acceptance (audio) by Tara Brach
Start Where You Are: How to Accept Yourself & Others by Pema Chodron

From Brian Ó Murchu (PCI College Programmes Office):
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

If you have other great book suggestions you would like to share with the PCI College community, email Sinéad at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or post to https://www.facebook.com/PCICollege and we'll add them to the list.

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Jenny Hannigan - Foundation & BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate

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