Enhance your psychological skills
Self-help books and on-line resources can provide knowledge and guidance that boosts understanding. Such resources cannot replace the experience and benefit of a therapeutic relationship. However, informing yourself can enrich your understanding and help resolve some of your problems.
Psychodynamically influenced self-help:
Living like you mean it: Use the wisdom and power of your emotions to get the life your really want, by Ronald J. Frederick
Combining psychodynamics, neuroscience and mindfulness, this book supports you in developing emotional awareness, noticing unhelpful coping patterns (defences) and developing anxiety regulation skills.
Hold me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships, by Sue Johnson
This book is a clear practical guide on how to enhance emotional skills and intimacy in your couple relationship, helping you to replace unhelpful patterns of relating. Based on sound research and attachment science.
1 - Free online audio & video guides for Relaxation/ Mindfulness/ Stress reduction
2 - Further free online audio guides for Relaxation/ Mindfulness/ Stress reduction
3 - Self-Compassion online resource
Dr. Kristin Neff (Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture) offers exercises and video and audio guides for developing self-compassion.
An On-line support network for emotional well-being:
An online community offering a variety of resources, where you can get support from others struggling with emotional/psychological difficulties. This site is also supported by trained professionals who ensure that it is a safe and supportive online environment. A small fee is required to join.
Free CBT self-help:
1 - The "Living Life to the Full" online course
A free online UK-based CBT course that has been shown to be effective in supporting some people to overcome depression and manage excessive anxiety:
2 - The Mood Gym online course
An Australian-based free CBT website that includes a relaxation audio track
3 - Centre for Clinical Interventions Client Resources Workbook Courses
Free CBT workbooks for a variety of psychological problems
4 - www.getselfhelp.co.uk
A CBT website with free or very low cost resources that can help with developing coping skills, relaxation and mindfulness