• Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world CD


    A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.

    CD available in your local library.

    Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In “Mindfulness,” Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life. Based on the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, the unique program developed by Williams and his colleagues, the book offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditation that can be done by anyone and it can take just 10 to 20 minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.

  • Mothers Cry Too


    In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

    Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.

    Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on more than 20 years' experience in counselling new mothers. Her helpful hints cover everything from exercise and diet to managing stress and the effects of sleep deprivation.

  • Mr Worry (preschool/primary age)

    OCD - Young People

    This easy to read and well-illustrated book is suitable for adults and children to help them to gain an understanding about OCD and strategies that can help. Mr Worry provides a story that children can relate to and understand and is a platform for discussion between parents and children.The story follows a young boy called Kevin and his daily struggle with OCD. Kevin feels relief when he is diagnosed and learns that he is not “crazy” but that OCD is a particular way for some brains to manage worry and fear. Kevin begins meeting with a Counsellor who takes a playful approach in her therapy encouraging Kevin to imagine OCD as a little man called Mr Worry who is keeping a checklist of Kevin’s daily rituals. Over time, and with the help of medication, Kevin is able to listen to Mr Worry less and less.

    The Author’s own son has been diagnosed with OCD and she has written this book to offer hope that OCD can be helped through medication and therapy. The important messages this book aims to communicate to other parents is that a child with OCD is not crazy or seeking attention; parents or an upsetting event do not cause OCD; discipline, coaxing, or ridicule will not cure it; and that there is hope for children with OCD.

  • My Anxious Mind: A teens guide to managing anxiety and panic (secondary age)

    Anxiety and Worry - Young People

    This book is for adolescents who find that their anxiety, shyness or worrying thoughts are getting in the way of them making friends, asking for help, or doing the things they want to do. Teens are guided through recognising their anxiety, accessing help and support, as well as being provided with tools and exercises which may help them manage anxiety with a wellness plan. While this book specifies a target audience age of 12 to 18, the nature of some topics (a young person’s anxiety, triggers, coping mechanisms) means it may be more suitable to be read with a trusted adult or mental health professional for those aged 12 to 15. For older teens reading this book alone, it would be useful for them to be engaged with a mentor so they have support to work through issues that are brought up for them.


    This book provides a myriad of strategies and resources for a teen to work through and implement in their daily life. It is readable with a good mix of narrative with exercises and illustrations. It would likely be most effective for teens with good literacy levels who are motivated and also have support from a trusted adult or appropriate clinician. However, the tone of this book conveys that if they work hard enough they can manage their anxiety which could be damaging for some teens – recognising that anxiety occurs in the context of a teen’s whole life and there are things that they cannot control.

  • My Name is Mina


    Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window, witness to the moon's silvery light. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free.

    A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams.

  • Oku Moe Moea (secondary age)

    Resilience - Young People

    Victory would seem to have it all. He is growing up in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, surrounded by generations of his people. But this gifted boy struggles as his eyes are opened to the anguish of a society in change and he reaches for meaning in his life through art. Oku Moe Moea – The dream which is bigger than I am has been acclaimed by teachers and commentators as a moving novel examining the role art plays for young people in enabling the survival of creativity in the young.

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability CD


    : Talks with your Therapist.

    CD Available in your local library.

    This CD is based on the book: Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. The CD includes a series of nine talks by clinical psychologist Dr William Davies.  It explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

  • Overcoming Anxiety


    A Self-help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    This book explains why anxiety is a major problem for some people and not for others, and then guides the reader through a series of steps to enable them to overcome problem fears and anxieties of all kinds.

  • Overcoming Depression and Low Mood


    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


    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


    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.

  • Overcoming Problem Drinking


    Self-help book aimed specifically at problem drinking uses an approach based on real clinical practice, first to recognize alcohol misuse and then, using proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, to show the drinker how to turn the tables and regain control of alcohol consumption. For anyone who feels alcohol is beginning to rule their lives, this is an indispensable guide, combining the expertise of psychologists and those working in the medical profession. It also shows how to enlist the help of friends and family.

  • 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.

  • Reading in Bed


    Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation.

    Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.

  • Rising Tide (primary age)

    Resilience - Young People

    This New Zealand written book is an engaging story that follows Ari and his family through some big events. The book explores themes of worry, family bonds, self-belief, resilience and self-doubt. Additionally, at the conclusion of the story a very good Appendix is provided that both explains this disability and includes exercises for adults on how they can help a child or children in this situation.

    For free digital and audio copies of this title visit https://www.theworrybug.co.nz/rising-tide.html


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