Mental Health and Well-Being Book Recommendations

Check out our mental health and wellness book recommendations organized by topic area, curated by our licensed counselors and department staff members. For questions or concerns email

Additionally, there are books available through the S&T Library of varying mental health and wellness topics. For a list categorized by topic and location, download this document: Fall 2023 Book List - Student Well-Being and Library

Feeling Great: The New Mood Therapy -- David Burn

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think –Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life -- Daniel G. Amen

Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety -- Seth J. Gillihan

101 Ways to Be Less Stressed: Simple Self-Care Strategies to Boost Your Mind, Mood, and Mental Health -- Caroline Leaf

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? -- Julie Smith

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Daniel J. Siegel

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook -- Edmund J. Bourne

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks -- Barry McDonagh

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry -- Catherine M. Pittman PhD

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things --Jenny Lawson

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind -- Scott Stossel

The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points -- Alice Boyes

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It -- Margaret Wehrenberg

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness -- J. Mark G. Williams

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program -- William J. Knaus

The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living -- Russ Harris, Bev Aisbett

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time -- Alex Korb

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress -- John Teasdale

Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression -- Dan Tomasulo 

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love -- Amir Levine, Rachel Heller

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts -- Gary Chapman

How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving --David Richo

Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You -- Susan J. Elliott

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself --Nedra Glover Tawwab

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are -- Brené Brown

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem -- Nathaniel Branden

Ten Days to Self-Esteem -- David D. Burns

What to Say When You Talk to Your Self -- Shad Helmstetter

The Self Confidence Workbook: A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem --Barbara Markway

Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions -- Stephen Dansiger

Anger Management Workbook for Men: Take Control of Your Anger and Master Your Emotions -- Aaron Karmin

The Anger Management Workbook for Women: A 5-Step Guide to Managing Your Emotions and Breaking the Cycle of Anger --Julie Catalano

Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion -- Gary Chapman

It’s OK That You’re Not OK -- Megan Devine

Grieving Mindfully -- Sameet Kumar

Bearing the Unbearable -- Joanne Cacciatore

Permission to Mourn:  A New Way to Do Grief -- Tom Zuba

Healthy Healing: A Guide to Working Out Grief Using the Power of Exercise and Endorphins --Michelle Steinke-Baumgard

Transforming Traumatic Grief -- Courtney Armstrong

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks -- Thomas Cash

More Than A Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament -- Lexie Kite, Lindsay Kite

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food -- Evelyn Tribole

Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity -- Devon Price

Thriving with Adult ADHD: Skills to Strengthen Executive Functioning– Phil Boissiere

Asperger’s and Adulthood: A Guide to Working, Loving, and Living with Asperger’s Syndrome -- Blythe Grossberg

The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression – Anneliese A. Singh

Beyond the Gender Binary – Alok Vaid-Menon, Ashley Lukashevsky

She/He/They/Me - Robin Ryle

How to They/Them - Stuart Getty

Beyond Magenta - Susan Kuklin

The ABCs of LGBTQ+ - Ash Hardell

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions -- Russell Bran

The Addiction Recovery Workbook: Powerful Skills for Preventing Relapse Every Day –Paula A. Freedman

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

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing -- Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry

Self-Care for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: Honor Your Emotions, Nurture Your Self, and Live with Confidence-- Lindsay C. Gibson

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma – Pete Walker

Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse --Jackson MacKenzie