by Jodie, Jodie Gale.com: http://jodiegale.com/top-10-self-help-books-for-women/
Jodie Gale is a leading specialist in women’s emotional,
psychological and spiritual health and well-being.
She is a therapeutic
counsellor, life-coach and psychotherapist practising in Manly and
Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.
As a therapeutic counsellor, life-coach and psychotherapist
specialising in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health
and well-being - there are many books that I recommend over and over
Many are listed in my bookstore and on my Pinterest page but here are my top 10 recommendations to help women find change as well as adding depth and meaning to their lives.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, by Dr Christinane Northrup
“By the wisdom of the body I mean that we must learn to trust that
the symptoms in the body are often the only way that the soul can get
This is the ultimate bible for women’s health. It covers topics such
as the body, menstruation, infertility, motherhood, menopause,
sexuality, intuition, wisdom and self-nourishment. Dr Northrup takes a
holistic approach towards healing physical, emotional, psychological and
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés
This deep, soulful and inner life enhancing book has been described as ‘vitamins for the soul’, ‘a gift of profound insight’, ‘fertile and life-giving’, ‘a bible for women interested in doing deep work’. Jungian analyst, Dr Estés uses intercultural myths, dream symbols,
fairy tales and stories, to help women reconnect with the fierce, wild
woman and instinctual self within.
Women Who Love Too much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He’ll Change, by Robin Norwood
Along with ‘Codependent No More’ by Melody Beattie, this is
one of my most recommended books to women who suffer with a fear of
abandonment, controlling behaviours, co-dependency, love addiction and
relationship problems such as choosing unavailable or abusive men.
Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth
Geneen Roth suggests that food, diet and weight related issues are an
attempt to fix something that has never been broken. We are already
good and whole; our journey is to awaken to our goodness and wholeness.
She writes, “It’s never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value
of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale. We
are unrepeatable beings of light and space and water who need these
physical vehicles to get around. When we start defining ourselves by
that which can be measured or weighed, something deep within us
rebels … we don’t want to EAT hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our
lives to BE hot fudge sundaes. We want to come home to ourselves.”
Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children, by Sarah Napthali
Along with ‘Attachment Focused Parenting’ by Daniel Hughes –
this book is my bible for parenting in a calm and peaceful way.
Napthali applies Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness, presence,
acceptance and compassion to the everyday challenges and stresses of
raising children. Rather than focusing on the child’s behaviour, this
book focuses on the inner self of the mother.
Breaking the Spell: The Key to Recovering Self-Esteem, by Rachel Clyne
‘What matters is that we stop hating ourselves; when we do so what has to replace it is Love!’
At the heart of addiction, food related issues, depression and other
modern day concerns - working to increase self-esteem and self-worth is
always at the core of the healing process. Psychosynthesis
psychotherapist Rachel Clyne gives very practical suggestions in each
chapter for developing a healthier and more loving sense of self.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions, by Dr Christopher K. Germer
This is one of the best books out there for healing a toxic, harsh,
punitive and critical inner voice. With practical mindfulness techniques
for living in the present moment, this book teaches us how to nourish
the spirit, reconnect and show kindness, compassion and empathy towards
ourselves. Germer shows us that through self-compassion, we can heal
pain and suffering.
Depression as a Spiritual Journey, by Stephanie Sorrell
This book is rigorously researched and takes a well-balanced view.
Psychosynthesis practitioner Stephanie Sorrell explores indepth - the
medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of depression. She writes
poetically about suffering and depression as a ‘Dark Night of the Soul’. Sorrell shows us that it is possible to find value, meaning and purpose out of our suffering.
Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life, by Thomas Moore
This life affirming and soothing read illustrates how to add
spirituality, depth, and meaning to modern-day life by nurturing the
soul. Moore uses myths, stories and dreams to help us understand
everyday concerns such as depression, anxiety, death, low self-worth,
envy and narcissistic wounding.
Man’s search for meaning, by Dr Viktor E. Frankl
‘If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”
This moving book was named one of the 10 most influential books in
America. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl spent time in four Nazi death
camps. He survived his pregnant wife, parents and brother.
for meaning is based on Frankl’s own life experience as well as those he
worked with in private practice. His ultimate message is that we cannot
avoid all suffering in life but we can choose how we respond to it and
ultimately, we can find meaning and purpose in it.