Sometimes we just need a little kick-start and pointing in the right direction to take the necessary action ourselves.  Sometimes this might be in conjunction with face to face help but it doesn’t have to be. We at Parkside Medical strongly encourage this approach. We want clients to learn the principles of self-help and to take over the process themselves.  We want you to become more aware, independent and self-reliant.

This is a free resource for all people to access the best self-help resources on the Gold Coast and the internet.

If you find a great resource that you would like to share with other people simply drop us an email in the Contacts section with information about this resource, why you like it, and we will gladly publish it for you on our website.


Fanning, P., & O'Neill, J. T. (1996). The addiction workbook: A step-by-step guide to quitting alcohol & drugs. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Stevic-Rust, L., & Maximin, A. (1996). The stop smoking workbook: Your guide to healthy quitting. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.


Davis, M., Eshelman, E. R., & McKay, M. (1995). The relaxation & stress reduction handbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications Inc.

Fox, B. (2001). Power over panic: Freedom from panic/anxiety related disorders. Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson Education Australia Pty Ltd.

Rapee, R. M. (1998). Overcoming shyness and social phobia: A step-by-step guide. Australia: Lifestyle Press.


Tanner, S., & Ball, J. (1991). Beating the blues; A self-help approach to overcoming depression.  Published by Susan Tanner and Jillian Ball.

Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The mindful way through depression. New York: The Gilford Press.

Eating Disorders

Cooper, P. J. (1995). Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. London: Robinson Publishing.


Kubler-Ross, E. (1975). Death: The final stage of growth. U.S.A.: A Spectrum Book.


De Botton, A. (2001). The consolations of philosophy. London: Penguin Books.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2002). Flow: The classic work on how to achieve happiness. London: Rider.

Rubin, G. (2009). The happiness project.  New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic Happiness. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Meaning of Life

Frankl, V. E. Man's search for meaning. (1959). Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press.

Pain Management

Melzack, R., & Wall, D. (1982). The challenge of pain. London: Penguin Books.

Nicholas, M., Molloy, A., Tonkin, L., & Beeston, L. (2000). Manage your pain: Practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Philips, H. C., & Rachman, S. (1996). The psychological management of chronic pain: Patient's Manual. New York: Springer Publsihing Company, Inc.


Fromm, E. (1957). The art of loving. Great Britain: George Allen & Unwin.

Gottman, J., & Silver, N. (2000). The seven principles for making marriage work. London: Orion Book Ltd.


Lama, D., & Cutler, H. C. (2003). The art of happiness at work. Sydney, Australia: Hodder Headline Australia Pty Ltd.

Ferris, T. (2011). The 4-hour work week: Escape the 9 - 5, live anywhere, & join the new rich. London: Vermilion.

Gerber, M. (2001). The E-myth revisited: Why most small businesses don't work and what to do about it.  New York: Harper Collins.

Kiyosaki, R. (1999). Rich dad poor dad: What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle classes do not. Arizona: Techpress.