Books written by the community

These books are written by Creative Counsellors Community Members and we love them at CCC HQ!

Creative Counselling by Tanja Sharpe

This guide explains how to incorporate creative interventions into counselling confidently and effectively and provides activities to support clients to express themselves through art, sound, movement, symbols, poetry and more.

The book presents the Creative Counselling Framework – The Create Circle, and gives guidance on incorporating creativity at every step of the therapeutic journey, from initial contract through to managing endings. It will support you to better adapt to the needs and interests of your clients, increase engagement, build better therapeutic relationships and improve outcomes. Advice is also given on nurturing your own creativity as a therapist and using creativity as self-care.

Bonus content! This book also gives access to a free video series where you can learn more about some of the creative tools and interventions in the book, such as using clay, sand and symbols.

Doodle Yourself Happy by Tanja Sharpe

What does happy mean to you? Even though happiness is important to our minds and our bodies, we don’t hear people talking about it much. The doodling activities in this book can help you to understand your feelings and find ways to grow a spark of happiness even when things feel tough. This is your book, and you can use it in any way that you like.

Featuring 50 fun doodling activities, this creative workbook helps primary aged children to work through low mood and sadness and use doodling as a way of inviting more joy, confidence and resilience into their lives. This exploration can be independently led by the child themselves or with guidance from a parent or professional.

Doodle Your Worries Away by Tanja Sharpe

This workbook draws on creative therapy methods to help primary aged children to understand their worry and anxiety.
Featuring 50 fun and engaging doodling activities, this book allows young people to tune into their worries and their sources, using creativity to process anxiety, and building confidence to find their own solutions. This exploration can be independently led by the child themselves or with guidance from a parent or professional.

The Appearing Act by Masha Bennett

Masha Bennett’s poems touch into the themes of human conditioning, connection, creativity, compassion, courage and other topics of healing, self-realisation and personal development.

She is a UK-based trauma-informed psychotherapist working creatively with metaphor, symbols, sandplay, art, clay, nature and Pesso Boyden therapy.

A Creative Guide to Working with Blocked Anger: for Counsellors and Psychotherapists by Pauline Andrew

A fascinating exploration of why clients in the counselling room can struggle to express their angry feelings. Pauline Andrew provides an imaginative look at how to understand the process of blocking anger and suggests many different ways of working creatively to help clients release deep emotions. This full colour illustrated book includes stories of client work, and the author’s own personal experience is shared with raw honesty.

A Creative Guide to Working with Nesting Dolls: for Counsellors and Psychotherapists by Pauline Andrew

Discover layers of feelings in a powerful yet gentle way with nesting dolls.

  • explore all the different aspects of who you are
  • see how the dolls can help work on relationship dynamics
  • hear how counsellors have worked with adults and children
  • read casework using the dolls with a dissociative client
  • learn tips and tricks for choosing and decorating your own dolls

A Creative Guide to Working with the Inner Child: for Counsellors and Psychotherapists by Pauline Andrew

This illustrated booklet includes case work, 9 creative interventions, three fairy tale poems and theoretical understanding from TA, Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt and Attachment, including Disorganised Attachment.

Self Care for Caregivers, Empaths, Intuitives and Helping Professionals: Why We Don't and How We Can Care For Our Mind, Body and Spirit by Emma Sims

Self Care for Caregivers, Empaths, Intuitives and the Helping Professionals is the second edition to the original book titled ‘Self Care for Givers and the Helping Professionals’. It is a comprehensive guide that addresses the importance of self care for those who provide care and support to others. Whether you are a healthcare professional, social worker, therapist, or family caregiver, this book provides practical strategies and techniques to help you prioritise your own well-being, manage stress, and prevent burnout.

The book covers a range of topics related to self-care, including physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It emphasises the need for self-awareness and offers tools to help readers identify their own unique self-care needs. In addition, the book provides guidance on setting boundaries, prioritising, and encouraging self compassion. It includes exercises, self-reflection prompts, and examples of the author’s personal experiences to help readers apply the concepts to their own lives and work.

Ultimately, Self Care for Caregivers, Empaths, Intuitives and the Helping Professionals empowers readers to prioritise their own needs while still providing high-quality care and support to others. It is an essential resource for anyone in a caregiving role who wants to maintain their own well-being and thrive both personally and professionally.

Would you like us to feature your creative therapy or counselling book here? Contact us on eviesharpe@creativecounsellors.org