In my first session, my therapist, [who is a middle-aged, American woman – in case you care about such things] recommended I get three books:
Self Esteem by Matthew McKay and Richard Fanning
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine A Padesky, PhD
and Feeling Good: the New Mood Therapy by David D Burns, MD.
I haven’t found Self Esteem in a book shop yet but I bought Mind Over Mood and the Feeling Good Handbook (below) which I thought was pretty much the same as Feeling Good but was updated and had exercises in it (and I couldn’t find Feeling Good). Unfortunately it has a picture of the author on the cover which just reminds me of Bob Downe*!
My therapist has since recommended:
Toward a New Psychology of Women by Jean Baker Miller
and A Whole New Mind by Daniel H Pink
*Bob Downe is a character of the Australian comedian Mark Trevorrow. He is really camp and wears awful 1970s polyester suits.