How do you decide which books to recommend?

Most of our recommendations come from other mental health professionals.  We spend a lot of time talking to other therapists online and in real life and always ask for their favorite resources.  You can submit a recommendation here or in tell us about it in the comments.  Sometimes authors send us a copy of their book to review and, if we like it, we’ll add it to the lists.

I wrote a book. How can I have it featured?

No one can pay for a review on The Therapist’s Bookshelf or to have their book featured. If we think your book sounds like something helpful for therapists and their clients, you may send us a copy of your book and we’ll write an honest review.  Email here for more information.

What if I disagree with you about a book?

That means you’re human and we are too.  There is no one right way to be a therapists and there is no one resource that works for everyone.  A book we love might be offensive or dull for you.  You might see read a negative review about your favorite resource.  Please share your thoughts in the comments.  As long as they’re respectful, we’ll keep them up and encourage a healthy debate.

Tell me about the links.

Most of our product links are affiliate links.  That means that we get a small percentage of what you spend without it costing you anything extra. It’s what keeps this site running. We only recommend books or products that we honestly see value in, whether or not we make any money off you.  If affiliate links bother you, simply go straight to Amazon, or Amazon Smile so you’re at least supporting a charity with your purchases, and type in the name of the book.  We really hope you’ll use our links though.

How can I use the books?

Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together.  We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners.  Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed.  If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today.  If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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