About Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy is the use of fiction and poetry to support and improve positive outcomes for people with mental health and wellbeing issues.

In particular it fits with secondary level preventions/interventions by promoting opportunities for increasing coping skills, supporting people to take control of their own health and wellbeing and building resilience.

It also helps to:

  • alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • increase self esteem
  • improve social skills and concentration
  • combat isolation
  • provide access to deeper thoughts and feelings and the words to express these to others.
The Words for Wellbeing approach to bibliotherapy has been developed by Julie Walker, one of the founders of bibliotherapy in the UK, drawing on more than a decade's experience.

What We Offer

Words for Wellbeing is a bibliotherapy practice founded by Julie Walker, one of the pioneers of bibliotherapy in the UK.

We offer bespoke sessions working with people, digital innovation and training for practitioners.

By putting participants at the centre we can engage with diverse people at different levels of wellness.


Our training sessions draw on more than a decade's experience.


We use literature as a tool to engage with people and enhance their wellbeing and quality of life.


Our work with people is supported by a unique digital service.

Get In Touch

Julie Walker
Registered Charity Number 1188085