Tel: 02921 203 103
Monday to Wednesday - 10:00am to 5:30pm
Thursday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
please email for therapy enquires

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - self-help - recommended resources

In over two decades of working in mental health Andy's attended many seminars and conferences, and has been fortunate to have met some of the world's most influential and inspirational people in his field of study and work. Many of these people have written multi-million selling books on psychology and self-development.

Apart from these published authors, Andy often receives recommendations from his patients that have found help and guidance in books, articles, podcasts and websites. The clinic always keeps a record of these recommendations, and Andy actively shares them with his patients, and makes the time to look at them himself.

Some of us may look for help outside of our own resources. On many occasions Andy is told, "I'm coming to see you, so you can fix me". Of course, the fixing will only happen when a person acknowledges that ultimately they can fix themselves. Reading a book, even if it's only a few pages at a time or listening to a podcast can make a big shift in how you feel and behave.

This page is regularly updated with recommendations on old and new books, enjoyable and informative podcasts, and everything in-between. All psychology starts from the position that we already have the answers in our own lives, though sometimes we have to stop, and take a look around us. Often the guidance and 'fixing' is right there in front of you!

surrounded by idiots

The four types of human behaviour (or, how to understand those who cannot be understood). Do you ever think you're the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Then this book may be for you!

the courage to be disliked

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness.

something for the weekend

When James Wharton leaves the army, he finds himself with more opportunities than most to begin a successful civilian life - he has a husband, two dogs, two cars, a nice house in the countryside and a book deal. This is a story of a life in the chemsex underworld.

the brain fog fix

A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it 'ADHD', 'scatter brain' or 'brain fog'. And some people simply say they 'just don't feel like themselves' - and haven't for a long time. People are thinking and feeling worse than ever.

the alchemist

A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.


"Brilliant. Really brilliant and just crammed with wisdom and insight. It will genuinely make a difference to me and the way I think about myself. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know." (Stephen Fry)

reasons to stay alive

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

the little book of hygge

Hygge has been described as everything from "the art of creating intimacy", "cosines of the soul", "the absence of annoyance" to "taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things", "cosy togetherness" and "the pursuit of everyday pleasures".

the secret

Regarded as a life-changing read by many readers, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a self-help book that embarks to motivate the reader about a universal paradigm about success that can be achieved though it remains hidden for most people.

10% happier

#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2014 'Inspirational Memoir' category at the Living Now book awards: A sceptic's guide to meditation.

it's okay to be different

The book unites the concept of tolerance of differences with simple images for easy understanding and comprehension. It's Okay to be Different encourages readers to accept themselves and others.


Discover the Japanese secret to a long and happy life with the internationally bestselling guide to ikigai - 'a refreshingly simple recipe for happiness'.

on death & dying

Fifty years after its original publication, a commemorative edition with a new introduction and updated resources section of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's beloved, groundbreaking classic on the five stages of grief.

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - virus of the mind

virus of the mind

Virus of the Mind: The Revolutionary New Science of the Meme and How It Can Help You. Written by Richard Brodie - a fascinating insight into managing your thoughts.


Just as he did with his revolutionary theory of the tipping point, Gladwell reveals how the power of blink could fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate, how we run our businesses and even our societies.You'll never think about thinking in the same way again.

feeling good

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

happy place podcast

Fearne's HAPPY PLACE podcast series builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne Cotton draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day.

the power of now

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. It's available in audio as well as paperback.

feel the fear and do it anyway

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action. The phenomenal classic that has changed the lives of millions of people around the globe.

the velvet rage

The most important issue in a gay man's life is not "coming out," but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, "Are we better off?"

oprah: super soul conversations podcast

Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations. Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you. Hear Oprah's personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors and spiritual luminaries.

the power of intention

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way. 'Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.' Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, affectionately called the "father of motivation" by his fans, is one of the most widely known and respected people in the field of self-empowerment.

headspace meditation and minfulness app

Your guide to health and happiness. Live a healthier, happier, more well-rested life with Headspace. Learn to meditate and live mindfully. It's a personal meditation guide, right in your pocket.

a mindfulness guide for the frazzled

An inspiring, provocative and accessible guide to mindfulness from comedian and neuroscientist Ruby Wax. Let Ruby be your guide to a healthier, happier you. You've nothing to lose but your stress.

calm harm app

The urge to self-harm is like a wave. It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it. Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app. Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

insight timer app

The largest free library of guided meditations on earth with more than 30000 titles. Guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more.

mind over mood

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing bookby Dr. Dennis Greenberger has already helped more than 1,100,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy.

daily yoga app

Daily Yoga inspires yogis worldwide with the largest yoga pose base. Enables you to practice yoga on all mobile devices and multiplatforms. More than 100 yoga and meditation classes to help people from all levels.

my princess boy

This is a story about love and acceptance. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book by Cheryl Kilodavis.

emotional intelligence

The groundbreaking bestseller that redefines intelligence and success Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success.

man's search for meaning

A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. It's a remarkable story of choosing how you want to live.

f**k it - the ultimate spiritual way

F**k It has taken the world by storm, helping countless people to let go, stop struggling and finally do what they want; to ignore what everyone else is telling them and go their own way. This now classic text has been updated with inspirational new material from John C. Parkin.

blurt - dedicated to helping those with depression

Think of us as the knowing nod. You've seen it - a slight bob of the head, often accompanied by a smile. A little movement that says, "I understand", "I'm listening" and "I'm here for you". That's us.

infinite potential podcast

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and alternative-medicine advocate. He explores how your mental health can improve through the power of your mind.

listening to shame: ted talk

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest.

a new earth

Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth will be a cornerstone for personal spirituality and self-improvement for years to come, leading readers to new levels of consciousness and inner peace.

Follow Us On Social Media