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Bibliotherapy: Boost Well-being and Find Community With a Therapeutic Book Club

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and author of the forthcoming book, Bibliotherapy in The Bronx. Dating back to ancient Greece, bibliotherapy is the idea that reading can be healing.

This therapeutic approach supports mental health and well-being by exploring books, poems, song lyrics and other written materials to help people understand and cope with their emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Bibliotherapy can help address anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, chronic pain and more.By connecting with characters in a book, readers can gain personal insights and new perspectives about the challenges they face. “Books heal by getting into your subconscious and transforming the way you see the world,” reveals Ella Berthoud, bibliotherapist and author of .

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