There are often so many options it’s hard to find a starting point. We’ve collected this list of quality self-help books, recommended by Banyan Group Counseling, to help you get started.

Too many self-help books to choose from? Start with this list from Banyan Group Counseling.

Books for Adults

Addiction / Alcohlism

Understanding Alcohol, by Jean Kinney, M.S.W.
The 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, by Alcoholics Anonymous

Anger Management

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson
Dr. Weisinger’s, Anger Workout Book, by Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D.
You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay

Anxiety / Panic Attacks

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.
The Worry Wart’s Companion, by Beverly Potter
Emotional Freedom, by Judith Orloff, M.D.
“Who moved my Cheese?”, by Kenneth Blachard

Couples / Marriage

The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D.
Fighting for Your Marriage, by Markman, Stanley & Blumberg
Men are from Mars, Women arre from Venus, by John Gray, Ph.D.
Crazy Time Surviving Divorce, by Abigail Trafford
The 4 Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz


The Depression Workbook, by Matthew McKay, Ph.D.


Divorce Poison, by Richard A. Warshak
Mom’s House, Dad’s House, by Isolina Ricci, Ph.D.
The Divorcing Father’s Manual, by Barry Frieman, Ed.D.
Joint Custody with a Jerk, by Julie Ross & Judy Corcoran
Putting Children First, by JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D.

Loss & Grief

On Death and Dying, by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
On Life after Death, by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
On Grief and Grieving, by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The OCD Workbook, by Bruce Hyman, Ph.D&Cherry Pedrick, R.N.
Helping your child with OCD, by Lee Fitzgibbons, Ph.D.&Cherry Pedrick, RN


STEP Parenting Teenagers, by Don Dinkmeyer SR, Gary McKay, Joyce McKay & Don Dinkmeyer, Jr.
Parenting Young Children, by Donald Dinkmeyer, Sr., Gary McKay&James Dinkmeyer
1 2 3 Magic, by Dr. Thomas Phelan
The Present, by Spencer Johnson

Books for Kids & Families

Addiction / Alcoholism (Child)

An Elephant in The Room, by Jill Hastings & Marion Typpo, Ph.D.

Addiction / Alcoholism (Family)

Codependent No More, by Melody Beattie
Children of Alcoholics, by Robert Ackerman

Anger Management (Child)

We can Get Along, by Murphy Payne, MSW
The very Angry Day that Amy Didn’t Have, by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.
Sometimes I Like to Fight, by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.
The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain
Danny the Angry Lion, by Dorothy Lachner
Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson
A Volcano in My Tummy, by Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney
Sometimes I Like to Fight, by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D.

Anxiety (Child)

A Teaspoon of Courage, by Bradley Trevor Greive
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner

Divorce (Child)

Dinosaurs Divorce, by Laurene Krasny Brown & Marc Brown
Two Homes, by Claire Masurel
Good-Bye, Daddy!, by Bridgitte Weninger & Alan Marks

Loss & Grief (Child)

Angel Catcher for Kids, by Amy Eldon
Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope, by Donna O’Toole
Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

Mental Illness (Child)

Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness by Lisa Anne Clarke

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Child)

Kids Like Me, by Constance H. Foster