Bibliotherapy is the use of books selected on the basis of content in a planned reading program designed to facilitate the recovery of patients suffering from mental illness or emotional disturbance. Ideally, the process occurs in three phases: personal identification of the reader with a particular character in the recommended work, resulting in psychological catharsis, which leads to rational insight concerning the relevance of the solution suggested in the text to the reader’s own experience. Assistance of a trained psychotherapist is advised.


Thank you for passing this along.

Best wishes,


On Jan 1, 2016, at 9:17 PM, Gary Freedman <> wrote:

Thank you for your response, Elisabeth. As a bibliotherapist I thought you might be interested in a book I have written (in the attachment to this email). The book is a collection of my identifications with different passages in literature. I have put the material together in a new formulation that serves as a kind of novel.

Best wishes,

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC