Jane Topkin b l o g

I write about random things, all that is when life happens.


Frankl, V. (2011). Man’s search for ultimate meaning. Rider.

Yalom, I. (2012). Love’s Executioner. And other tales of psychotherapy. Basic Books.

Yalom, I. (2009). The gift of therapy: an open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients. Harper Perennial.

Maté, G. (2008). In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Close Encounters with Addiction. Vintage Canada.

Peck, M. S. (1983). People of the Lie. The Hope for Healing Human Evil. Simon and Schuster.

Robertson I. (2016). The Stress Test. How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper. Bloomsbury.

Glasser, W. (1998). Choice Theory. A New Psychology of Personal Freedom. HarpelCollins Publishers.

Van Der Kolk, B. (2014). The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma. Penguin Books. This book talks about trauma, how it can affect people in different ways and how they can recover from past traumatic events. Dr. Bessel and his colleagues have been researching trauma for almost 50 years. He shows that when a person experiences trauma it will change the wiring in their brain and it will cause a change in how they view their life and everyday situations. Trauma has a negative effect on both the body and mind in a way that will prevent a person affected by trauma from enjoying the present moment. Bessel explains how he treated Vietnam War veterans suffering from trauma experienced in war and their struggle with adjusting when returning home with events repeatedly being replayed in their brains, also feelings of numbness and anger. Bessel is known the first Dr. to diagnose and recognise PTSD.

Glasser, W. and Glasser, C. (1999). The Language of Choice Theory. HarperPerennial. In this book, Glasser outlines some usual ‘external control’ everyday statements with their corresponding ‘choice theory language’, which uses caring habits of relationships. He does this in the following major situations in life, where people often attempt to exert control over others: parent to child, love and marriage, teacher to student, and manager to employee relationships, showing the more creative use of language, where the only person whose behavior each of us can control is ourselves.

Frankl, V. (2004). Man’s search for meaning. The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust. Rider; New Ed edition.

Mearns, D., Thorne, B. (2005). Person-Centred Counselling in Action. Second Edition. SAGE. I found this a great introduction to the Rogerian person-centered approach in counselling. It is a very easy read and goes deep into explaining the Rogerian three core conditions. The book provides a great insight into what it feels like to be the counsellor and the client in a trusting, caring, therapeutic relationship.

Glasser, W. (2001). Counseling With Choice Theory. The New Reality Therapy. HARPER. Brilliant read! Easy to take in, as Glasser brings us into his therapy room while he counsels clients with the use of choice theory. This approach is empowering the individual, and Glasser shows us the use of his therapy with clients who come to him with various issues ranging from obsessing-compulsing to sexual identity issues, suiciding and marital problems and more. Highly recommend this book, as it gives us a different perspective to the world seen through the eyes of external control psychology so widely used.

Brown, B. (2010). The Gifts Of Imperfection. Hazelden.

Harris, R. (2008). The Happiness Trap. ROBINSON.

Zukav, G. (1991). The Seat Of The Soul. RIDER.

Gilbert, P. (2013). The Compassionate Mind. Robinson.

Rath, T. (2007). Strengths Finder 2.0. GALLUP PRESS.

Zukav, G. (2010). Spiritual partnership: the journey to authentic power. 

Ende, M. (1973). Momo. Puffin Books.


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