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Sexuality & Sexual relationships

Self-help books on Sexuality & Sexual relationships


There are so many popular psychology texts in the shops that it can be difficult to know where to begin. This set of book-lists was compiled by staff of the University Counselling Service to respond to those students who have asked us what they might read on this topic.

Our selection is not intended to be the 'final word' - we are sure that there are many other good and helpful books out there; in any case we recognise that what is helpful is very subjective and depends on personal circumstances.

Books are listed in alphabetical order by author. Copies of some of these books are available to borrow on a weekly basis from the University Counselling Service.


The descriptions given are intended to provide a summary of the contents but should not be taken to imply that the Counselling Service endorses the opinions expressed.

Sexuality & Sexual relationships

Date of information: Jan 2006, updated Oct 2012


Resurrecting Sex: Solving Sexual Problems and Revolutionising your Relationship
David Schnarch, 2003

This self-help book guides the reader to resolve difficulties in sexual relationships. The author offers strategies for finding the best in yourself and overcoming your sexual difficulties.


Overcoming Sexual Problems
Vicki Ford, Robinson, 2005

A CBT self-help book containing advice to help you overcome sexual problems.

The Sex Book
Suzi Godson, Cassell, 2002

An informative guide to gender-neutral conventional and unconventional sexual behaviour.

Women Without Sex: The truth about female impotence and other sexual problems
Catherine Kalamis, Self Help Direct, 1999

Seeks to explain key causes, and to examine treatments (including self-help).

The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships
Sarah Litvinoff, Vermillion, 2001

Includes practical tasks, quizzes and talking points intended to reveal how you have become the sexual person you are. Seeks to show how this insight can be used to create a sexual rapport that is tailor-made for your relationship.

The Whole Lesbian Sex Book
Felice Newman, Cleis Press, 2004

A comprehensive lesbian sex guide.


The Joy of Gay Sex
Charles Silverstein & Felice Picano, Harper Collins, 2004

A general reference on a number of diverse topics important to gay life and culture.