Book tips

By Jenny de Rijke, nurse specialist at Castle Craig and fond of words, reading and writing.

In this blog I give you two book tips. Books that have been valuable to me and my patients, but also to people without an addiction. Practical books that can be understood by almost everyone. I can recommend them to everyone.

Tip 1: Self-care is the beginning of everything

Author: Nina Mouton

Released: November 9, 2022

Can be listened to and read via: Storytel and Kobo, among others

For sale via: and the local bookstore

Nina Mouton is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, trainer, blog creator and writer. With this book she won the Storytel Awards 2023, Best Audiobook BE. The title of the book says it all, it is about self-care as a basis. Topics that are discussed are tolerating trauma, stress, being vulnerable, attachment, loyalty, pleasing, being able to set boundaries, energy givers and 'energy guzzlers', reflecting on what you feel and what you need, increasing your resilience and rest, healthy sleep and negative self-image. It offers practical tools with which you can break through ineffective patterns. Think about asking for help, setting boundaries and paying attention to the child in yourself. It is not difficult to read this book carefully. In many cases, the translation to your personal situation is easy to make. The book is not specifically written for people with an addiction, but it is about all possible underlying problems that can maintain an addiction. Contrary to what the illustration on the cover might lead you to think, this book is anything but childish. It is written in clear language, clear and confrontational. The good thing about this book is that you don't have to read it all at once. You can read it, think about it and practice with it. In short, very pleasant.

Tip 2: Break patterns

Author: Hannie van Gerderen

Released: July 1, 2012

For sale via:

Hannie van Genderen is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, supervisor, learning therapist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Schema Therapy trainer. This booklet introduces you to Schema Therapy. Break through stubborn ineffective patterns with the book and this therapy and provide insight into what Schema Therapy could bring you. The therapy teaches you to understand the origins of your behavior patterns, to examine their influence on your everyday life and to change yourself in such a way that you feel better, can take care of yourself and stand up for yourself. The book contains practical examples with which you can recognize and break through your own behavior and patterns.

Have you read a good book that you want to share in this recurring blog? Then let me know before June 20 at The best entry wins my book 'Recovery'. Didn't win? The book is also available online, click here.