• Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

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    A Five Areas Approach

    • Presents patient-friendly workbooks with illustrations and practical advice
    • Incorporates proven, trusted information from an award-winning author
    • Delivers a wealth of strategies to deal with conditions ranging from low mood to long-lasting depression
    • Includes advice for family, friends, and caregivers
  • Overcoming Low Self Esteem

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    A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    Melanie Fennell’s Overcoming Low Self-Esteem is a classic of self-help literature, winning acclaim for its practical and user-friendly approach and now recommended on the National Health Service’s self-help scheme known as Books on Prescription. This book will aid readers to understand their condition and with this knowledge enable them to break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learn the art of self-acceptance and alter their lives for the better. Explains the nature of low self-esteem and self destructive thinking. Contains a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets. Is based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.

  • Overcoming Low Self-esteem CD

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    CD available in local library. Talks with Your Therapist

    Low self-esteem and negative self-image cause great distress, can severely affect relationships and have many other negative impacts on one's life. They can, however, be effectively treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, the basis of this series of talks from Dr Melanie Fennell, one of the UK's leading experts on low self-esteem. Learn what causes low self-esteem and why it sometimes persists, explore how to stop self-criticism in its tracks, challenge negative self-beliefs and develop new self-acceptance. The talks are focused on the following themes: The nature and effects of low self-esteem. What maintains it. Self-criticism and negative beliefs. Enhancing self-acceptance.

  • Quiet the Mind (secondary age)

    Mindfulness - Young People

    An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate.

    In a world where finding even ten minutes to ‘do nothing’, the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew’s guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.

  • Stand By Me

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    Helping your teen through tough times

    I'm a dad and I'm scared.

    When I say I'm a dad and I'm scared, I really mean: I'm a dad and I'm looking for answers – from the professionals, kids, mums, dads and other caregivers who have been there, holding each other's hands to hell and back.

    Stand by me. Let's take the journey together.

    Charting John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, Stand By Me investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.

    With clinical psychologists Dr Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, JK confronts the big questions facing parents and teens, highlighting key messages and offering best approaches. Stand By Me also draws on the perspectives of teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues and the families who have journeyed with them. In their own words, the young people reflect on their darkest days and recovery, and consider how these experiences have shaped them as they face forward into their adult lives.

    Intimate, enlightening and impossible to ignore, Stand By Me is a window into an all-too-real issue facing New Zealand families, and a powerful tool for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care.

  • The Happiness Trap Pocketbook

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    An illustrated guide on how to stop struggling and start living

    Whether you’re lacking confidence, facing illness, stressed at work, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled — in this book you will learn effective techniques to:
    • reduce stress and worry
    • rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
    • handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively
    • break self-defeating habits
    • develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
    • let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness, and
    • create a rich, full and meaningful life.

  • The Mindful Way through Depression

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    Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (includes CD)

    The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to provide effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

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    The book contains relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

    In the first chapter, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

  • The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (secondary age)

    Stress - Young People

    Mindfulness Skills to Help you Deal with Stress

    First, the bad news: your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. Up to 70 percent of teens say they’re stressed out, and with pressure about grades at school, parents who just don’t seem to get it, and friends who drive you crazy, it’s no wonder. Here’s the good news! If you learn a few strategies for getting stress under control now, you’ll have the skills you need to deal with problems and difficult feelings that life sends your way in high school and beyond.

  • Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions

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    A Self-help Manual

    This guide is by the author of “How to Stop Worrying”. People suffering from some degree of obsessive compulsive disorder may be embarrassed by their symptoms and not present themselves for treatment. This book, therefore, attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to self-help, explaining the principles of anxiety reduction, giving treatment instructions in easy-to-understand language. It covers compulsive checking, washing, hoarding, obsessional thoughts and worry, obsessional personality and depression.

  • What Abi Taught Us

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    The inspiring story of how Lucy Hone coped with the tragic death of her daughter and how strategies from the science of resilient grieving can help anyone face an equally helpless situation.

    Lucy Hone’s beloved 12-year-old daughter Abi was killed in 2014 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi’s friend Ella and Ella’s mother Sally.

    Lucy works in the field of resilience psychology, helping ordinary people exposed to real-life traumatic situations. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of Abi’s tragic death Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit.

    She used her practice to develop ways to support her family in their darkest days, and to find a new way of living without Abi.

    In What Abi Taught Us Lucy shares her story and research so that others can work to regain some sense of control and take action in the face of helpless situations.

  • When Happiness is not Enough

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    Happiness is such a simple, unifying concept. We all want to be happy. We all want to die happy.

    But do we really know what happiness is? Do we really understand its complexity? Does ‘pure joy’ lie on the same continuum as a ‘quiet satisfaction’? And does happiness in itself lead us to live a fulfilling life? This book helps us to discriminate clearly between two fundamental types of happiness. It helps us to know ourselves better, and to make active choices towards a more fulfilling life.

    The central theme here is that the simple concept of plain ‘Happiness’ is not enough. Instead, complete happiness is to be found by blending feelings of sensory pleasure with feelings of satisfaction through achievement. We learn to balance the excitable pleasure of the moment with the deeper satisfaction of achieving our established goals in life. If we can establish a healthy balance between Pleasure and Achievement for ourselves, then we learn to live a fulfilling life. And by applying the Pleasure/Achievement Principle to the lifestyle decisions that we make, we will learn to experience a far deeper sense of personal fulfillment in our lives.

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