My personal library

is quite extensive, but these are some of the books that I’ve found helpful in dealing with a dissociative disorder and recovering from trauma. I make these available to anyone for a refundable deposit. I am constantly adding to this collection, and donations from my wishlist are gratefully received!

If you’re looking for information about multiplicity, I recommend starting with:

  • First Person Plural, Cameron West
  • The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook, Deborah Haddock
  • Got Parts?, by ATW
  • The Flock, Joan Francis Casey, Lynn Wilson (my review)
More books about multiplicity or dissociation:

  • Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, Sarah Y. Krakauer
  • A Fractured Mind, Robert B. Oxnam
  • Breaking Free, Herschel Walker
  • Today I’m Alice, Alice Jamieson
  • Fractured, Ruth Dee
  • Rebuilding Shattered Lives, James A. Chu
  • When Rabbit Howls, The Troops for Truddi Chase
  • Little Girl Fly Away, Gene Stone
  • Katherine, It’s Time, Kit Castle and Stefan Bechtel
  • A Life in Pieces, Richerd K. Baer
  • All of Me, Kim Noble
  • Five Farewells, Liz Elliot
  • The Sum of My Parts, Olga R. Trujillo

Books about PTSD, trauma, or abuse recovery:

  • Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman
  • Treating Attachment Disorders, Karl Heinz Brisch
  • Victims No Longer, Mike Lew
  • Facing the Wolf, Theresa Sheppard Alexander
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E Frankl
  • Sickened, Julie Gregory
  • Stalking the Soul, Marie-France Hirigoyen
  • Stepping out of the shadows, published by Yarrow Place
  • Trauma Model Therapy, Colin A Ross
  • New Shoes, Rebecca Mitchell
  • Understanding Trauma, Roger Baker
  • The PTSD Workbook, Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula
  • The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • Beginning to Heal, Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • The Sexual Healing Journey, Wendy Maltz 
  • Re-Authoring Lives: Interviews and Essays, Michael White
Books about voice hearing, psychosis, or schizophrenia:

  • Unshrinking Psychosis, John Watkins
  • The Voice Inside; A practical guide for and about people who hear voices, Paul Baker
  • Working with Voices II; Victim to victor, Ron Coleman & Mike Smith
  • Living with Voices; 50 stories of recovery, Prof Marius Romme, Escher, Dillon, Corstens, Morris
  • Children Hearing Voices; What you need to know and what you can do, Dr Sandra Escher & Prof. Dr. Marius Romme
  • DVD Knowing you, knowing you, Working to Recovery ltd “Eleanor Logden’s personal story of recovery, her journey through the psychiatric system, to becoming an award winning psychologist working in mental health. Eleanor talks candidly about her experience of abuse, self-harm and voice hearing. This DVD is challenging, inspirational and full of hope.”
  • DVD 1st and 2nd World Hearing Voices Congress 2009-2010, Working to Recovery ltd “Voice hearers, mental health workers and family embers from across the world met to share messages of hope and positive action. Presentations focused on important aspects of the recovery process and discussed difficult issues such as the disease concept and the use of medication.”
  • DVD How to Start and Run a Hearing Voices Group, Working to Recovery ltd “Produced to help anyone interested in setting up or running a hearing voices group. The DVD covers a number of issues that will help facilitators and those who wish to become facilitators.”
  • DVD SET Recovery from Psychosis Conference, Perth November 2008
  1. “Hearing Voices and the Complexity of Mental Health Issues from an Aboriginal Perspective” Dr. Helen Milroy (Australia)
  2. “The Personal is Political” Jaqui Dillion (England)
  3. “Hearing Voices with Children” Dr. Sandra Escher (Holland)
  4. “Voice Dialogue” Dr. Dirk Corstens (The Netherlands)
  5. “Understanding Psychosis” John Watkins (Australia)
  6. “Making Recovery Happen: From Rhetoric to Reality” Ron Coleman & Karen Taylor (Scotland)
  7. “Recovery with Voices: A Report on a Study with 50 Recovered Voice Hearers” Prof. Dr. Marius Romme (Holland)
  8. “Recovery from Psychosis: What Helps and What Hinders?” Lyn Mahboub & Mariene Janssen (Australia)
  9. “Working with Voice Hearers in Social Psychiatry” Trevor Eyles (Denmark)
Books more broadly about mental health or life:
  • Love and Survival, Dean Ornish
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb
  • The Yipping Tiger, Perminder Sachdev
  • The Broken Mirror, Katharine A Phillips
  • Follow Your Heart, Andrew Matthews
  • Panic Free, Lynne Freeman
  • Women and Anxiety, Helen DeRosis
  • Journeys with the Black Dog, ed. Tessa Wigney, Kerrie Eyers & Gordon Parker
  • The Art of Being, Constance Rhodes
  • The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
  • There’s Something I have to Tell You, Charles Foster
  • Understanding Panic Attacks and Overcoming Fear, Roger Baker
  • Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, Valerie Porr
  • The Dance of Intimacy, Harriet Lerner
  • The Dance of Deception, Harriet Lerner
  • Safe People, Cloud and Townsend
  • Who’s Pushing Your Buttons, Dr John Townsend
  • The Magic of Make Believe, Lee Pascoe
  • I just want you to be Happy, Rowe Bennett Tonge
  • Exuberance, Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Women who run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • The Soul’s Code, James Hillman
  • Raising Real People, creating a resilient family, Andrew Fuller
Children’s picture-books:
  • A colour of his own, Leo Lionni
  • My Many Coloured Days, by Dr Seuss

I’ve found something useful in all of these books as I’ve worked on my own recovery journey, but that doesn’t mean I agree with all or even most of the content of some of them. Some of them are useful to me in that they document the older development of certain perspectives in psychology. Some of the older biographies about DID have graphic abuse histories recounted, some books are from a religious perspective, some promote a particular type of therapy, some are quite clinical in their language, others have only the most tangential connection to mental health, so please exercise judgement in choosing what you wish to read, and avoid those that don’t suit you. I’ve been doing pretty widespread research into dissociation, trauma recovery, mental health, abuse, relationships, group dynamics and all sorts for a number of years, and this collection is only the tip of the iceberg. I draw upon ideas, strategies, and interesting theories from many different places to inform my own opinions or cobble together my personal recovery approach. This works well for me, but may not be quite what you had in mind!

It’s been brought to my attention that my wishlist link isn’t always working. Here’s a list of the books in it, I thought may be a useful addition to my library for the group to borrow (in no particular order) if the link isn’t working for you. Most of these books are available at Book Depository.

  • Standing in the Spaces, Philip M Bromberg
  • Depersonalization, Mauricio Sierra
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity, Valerie Sinason
  • Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity, Valerie Sinason
  • Creativity and the Dissociative Patient, Lani Gerity
  • The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris
  • First Person Plural, Stephen E Braude
  • The Haunted Self, Otton Van Der Hart
  • Trauma and Dissociation in a Cross Cultural Perspective, Vedet Sar
  • Awakening the Dreamer, Philip M Bromberg
  • The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes
  • Living with Intensity, Susan Daniels
  • The Trauma Recovery Group, Michaela Mendelsohn
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells, Paul T Mason
  • Cutting, Steven Levenkron
  • Compassion and Self Hate, I Rubin Theodore
  • Parts Psychology, Jay Noricks
  • The Selfish Pigs Guide to Caring, Hugh Marriott
  • Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making, Viki Kind
  • Feeling Unreal, Daphne Simeon
  • Overcoming Depersonalization Disorder, Fugen Nerizoglu
  • Somatoform Dissocation, Ellert R S Nijernaus
  • Betrayal Trauma, Jennifer J Freyd
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, Babette Rothschild
  • Creating Resilient Families, Andrew Fuller
  • Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Dialogues with Forgotten Voices, Harvey L Schwartz
  • The Dissociative Mind, Elizabeth F Howell
  • Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, Elizabeth F Howell
  • Healing the Divided Self, Maggie Phillips
  • The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo
  • Coming Present, Caroline Lighthouse
  • The Plural Self, John Rowan
  • Trauma and the Avoidant Client, Robert T Muller
  • Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Marsha M Linehan
  • Sexual Orientation and Mental Health, Allen M Omoto
  • Identity, Erik H Erikson
  • The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy, Richard C Schwartz
  • Trauma and Dreams, Deidre Barrett
  • The Complete Facilitator’s Handbook, John Heron
  • Unformulated Experience, Stern
  • The Body Remembers, Babette Rothschild
  • The Body Remembers Casebook, Babette Rosthchild
  • Feeling Unreal (Depersonalisation) My Cure!, Steven Batt
  • Beyond Integration, Doris Bryant
  • The Family Inside, Doris Bryant
  • Non-Violent Communication, A Language of Life, Marshall B Rosenberg
  • The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass
  • Not Otherwise Specified, Leah Peah

If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!

4 thoughts on “My personal library

  1. Hi Liz Elliot,
    great to hear from you! Yes, my wishlist are books I'm working on getting hold of to read and add to my library for other people to borrow. Thanks for your generous offer, that would be great! I'll get in touch with you on facebook. 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah


  2. Hi there,

    I'm Liz Elliot, Five Farewells, and I've just stumbled upon your site. Does your wish list mean that these are books you would like to read? If so, I'd be happy to send you my book.

    When I did my southern memoir, I purposely didn't go through my different selves in an obvious way. I wanted to go through my life showing what my living experience was like with a dissociative mind.

    If you would ever like to talk, or send an address for me to send the book, please reach me on facebook or at my wordpress site.

    I wish you the best in everything,



  3. what is the kim noble book that was brought to bridges on Friday? was it titled “All I Am”?
    greenacres library is getting this title in for me to look at if it is the same one i couldnt remember.. Oneness


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