Self-Help Library

UCLA registered students may borrow self-help books from the CAPS Lending Library.  This listing is not a live version of current available books.

How:   Books can be checked out in person during CAPS business hours with a valid UCLA ID card. 

Due Date:   3 weeks from checkout date

Late/Lost Fee:   The entire cost of books not returned or renewed on or before 3 weeks from checkout date will be charged to the student's BruinBill account.

*Books marked with (*) are not stocked at the CAPS library, but recommended bibliotherapy.


  • Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
  • Procrastination by Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen
  • Women and ADD by Sari Solden, foreward by Edward M. Hallowell et al


  • Don’t Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes
  • Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
  • Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love by Pia Melody and Andrea Wells Miller
  • Freedom from Problem Gambling by Richard J. Rosenthal and Timothy Fong
  • In the Shadows of The Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior by Patrick Carnes
  • It Will Never Happen to Me by Claudia Black
  • Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes

Anxiety & Stress

  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
  • Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior by Jeffrey Swartz
  • *Getting Over OCD by Jonathan Abramowitz
  • Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry by Michelle Craske and David Barlow
  • *The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by John Forsyth & Georg Eifert
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Eshelman and Matthew McKay
  • Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions by Edna Foa and Reid Wilson
  • Shyness by Philip Zimbardo
  • Too Perfect by Allan Mallinger and Jeanette DeWyze
  • When Perfect Isn't Good Enough by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson
  • The Worry Cure by Robert L. Leahy

Autism Spectrum

  • Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism edited by Dawn-Prince Hughes
  • Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin       
  • Learned Optimism by Martin E.P. Seligman   
  • Thinking In Pictures by Temple Grandin
  • The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships by Temple Grandin    
  • Women From Another Planet? by Jean Kearns Miller

Body Image

  • The Adonis Complex by Harrison Pope
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
  • The Body Image Workbook by Thomas Cash
  • Bodylove by Rita Freedman
  • The Good Body by Eve Ensler
  • Making Weight by Arnold Andersen
  • Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

Eating and Eating Disorders

  • *8 Keys to Recover from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb
  • *End Emotional Eating by Jennifer Taitz
  • *Health at Any Size by Linda Bacon
  • Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
  • Mindful Eating 101 by Susan Albers
  • Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairbairn
  • Why Weight?: A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating by Geneen Rot

Fitness and Sport Psychology

  • Applying Sport Psychology by Jim Taylor and Gregory Wilson, editors
  • Awaken the Olympian Within compiled by John Naber
  • Exercise Psychology by Janet Buckworth and Rod Dishman
  • Motivating People to Be Physically Active by Bess Marcus and LeighAnn Forsyth
  • The Sport Psych Handbook by Shane Murphy
  • Sport Psychology in Practice by Mark Andersen

Insomnia and Sleep Difficulties

  • No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri
  • No More Sleepless Nights Workbook by Peter Hauri
  • *Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Pain by Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber
  • Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs and Herbert Benson


Love and Relationships

  • Co-Dependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • Destructive Relationships by Jill Murry
  • Do I Have to Give Up Me To Be Loved By You? by Jordan Paul and Margaret Paul
  • Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller
  • Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley and Susan Blumberg
  • Getting The Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix
  • *The High Conflict Couple by Alan Fruzzetti
  • *Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson
  • In Love and In Danger by Barrie Levy
  • Keeping The Love You Find by Harville Hendrix
  • May I Kiss You? by Michael Domitrz
  • Rebuilding When Your Relationships End by Fisher, Bruce and Alberti, Robert
  • Reconcilable Differences by Andrew Christensen & Neil S. Jacobson

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender & Gender Identity

  • Coming Out of Shame by Gershen Kaufmen and Lev Raphael
  • For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality by Lonnie Barbach
  • Free Your Mind by Ellen Bass
  • Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities by Dawn Atkins (editor)
  • The Macho Paradox by Jackson Katz
  • Man-To-Man: When Your Partner Says NO by Scott Allen Johnson
  • Men’s Lives compiled by Michael S. Kimmel
  • Real Boys by William Pollack
  • The Therapist's Notebook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients by Joy Whitman

Mindfulness & Acceptance

  • *The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J. Siegel
  • *Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • *Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
  • *Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron
  • Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel
  • A Mindful Path Through Depression by Elisha Goldstein
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • *The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression by Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson
  • *Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel
  • *The Neurobiology of "We": How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Sounds True Audio Learning Course) by Daniel J. Siegel
  • *Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • *A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • *Peace is Every Step by Thick Nhat Hanh
  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
  • The Tao of Sobriety: Helping You to Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction by David Gragson and Jay S. Efran, PhD
  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mood Management and Depression

  • The Bipolar Disorder Survivor Guide by David Miklowitz    
  • The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns
  • Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky
  • The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, et al
  • Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods & Your Life by Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning
  • 10 Days to Self-Esteem by David Burns
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Personality and Personality Disorders

  • Lost in the Mirror by Richard Moskovitz
  • Trapped in the Mirror: Adult Children of Narcissists in their Struggle for Self by Golomb Elan

Personal Growth

  • Behind Happy Faces by Ross Szabo
  • College of the Overwhelmed by Richard Kadison and Theresa Digeronimo
  • The Emotional Toolkit by Darlene Mininni
  • First in Family: Advice About College from First-Generation Students by Kathleen Cushman
  • Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
  • Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager  
  • The Healthy Mind/Healthy Body Handbook by David Sobel and Robert Ornstein
  • The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky
  • Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel Amen
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success by Myron Dembo
  • Quarterlife Crisis by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • The Wellness Book by Herbert Benson and Eileen Stuart
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Trama, Grief, and Recovery

  • The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child  Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • The Emotional Incest Syndrome: What to do When a Parent’s Love Rules Your Life by Patricia Love, Jo Robinson
  • Life After Trauma by Dena Rosenbloom and Mary Williams    
  • A Long Shadowed Grief by Harold Smith Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst
  • Post-Trauma Stress by Frank Parkinson
  • Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics by Herbert Gravitz
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman    
  • Trust After Trauma by Aphrodite Matsaki
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Sexual Assault and Abuse

  • After Silence by Nancy Raine
  • Against Our Will by Susan Brownmiller
  • Breaking Free from Partner Abuse by Mary Marecek
  • Coping with Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape by Andrea Parrot
  • Date Rape by Mary E. Williams
  • The Date Rape Prevention Book by Scott Lindquist
  • Everything You Need to Know About Date Rape by Frances Shuker-Haines
  • Free At Last by Frances Shuker-Haines
  • How to Stop a Stalker by Mike Proctor
  • If He Is Raped by Alan McEvoy, Debbie Rollo, and Jeff Brookings
  • If She Is Raped by Alan McEvoy and Jeff Brookings
  • I Never Called It Rape by Mary Koss
  • It’s Not Okay Anymore by Greg Enns
  • Man-to-Man: When Your Partner Says No by Scott Allen
  • No Safe Haven by Mary P Koss, et al
  • Recovering From Rape by Linda Ledray
  • Sex Without Consent edited by Merril D. Smith
  • Sexual Assault in Context by Christopher Kilmartin
  • The Sexual Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz
  • Straight Talk About Date Rape by Susan Mufson
  • The Survivor’s Guide to Sex by Staci Haines
  • When You Are the Partner of a Rape of Incest Survivor by Robert Levine