New Harbinger Publications

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New Harbinger Publications
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Founded 1973
Founder Matthew McKay, Ph.D. and Patrick Fanning
Country of origin Flag of the United States.svg United States
Headquarters location Oakland, California
Publication types Books, CDs, DVDs, E-books
Number of employees < 100
Official website

New Harbinger Publications, Inc. is an Oakland-based American publisher of psychology, self-help, mental health and health books. Most of its psychology books focus on the areas of ACT, CBT, and DBT.


New Harbinger Publications, Inc. was established in 1973. Its founders are Matthew McKay, Ph.D.[1] and Patrick Fanning. McKay and Fanning wanted to create self-help books that taught readers skills they could use to improve their lives.

In December 1999, Fanning resigned as president of New Harbinger to pursue his dream of being a full-time artist and writer. He continues to write books for them.

New Harbinger began distributing its own books in Fall 2003.[2]


  • Noetic Books: In February 2007, New Harbinger announced a co-publishing agreement with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). New Harbinger and Noetic Books [3] partnered to publish books that incorporate science and focus on global issues, consciousness, spiritual and psychological wellness.
  • Boaz Publishing: New Harbinger distributes books by Boaz Publishing Company.[4] New Harbinger co-founder Matt McKay established the Fabri Literary Prize, which is awarded and published by Boaz Publishing.[5]
  • Context Press: New Harbinger recently acquired Context Press [6] titles. Psychologist and professor Steven C. Hayes established Context Press.[7]
  • Instant Help Books: In the spring of 2008, New Harbinger acquired Instant Help Books,[8] publisher of workbooks for children, teens, and adults on topics such as depression, anxiety, and anger.


Professional Books[edit]

New Harbinger is a leading publisher in the area of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It has published 26 ACT titles, including several by Hayes, who co-founded ACT and is one of its leading theorists.[9][10]
New Harbinger also publishes a number of books that use the psychological concentrations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Psychological Self-Help[edit]

New Harbinger publishes self-help books in the areas of:

Health & Wellness[edit]

New Harbinger publishes books about health and wellness, including:

Family & Relationships[edit]

New Harbinger publishes books about family and relationships, including:

Personal Growth[edit]

New Harbinger publishes books about personal growth, including:

Other Categories[edit]

New Harbinger also publishes:

In November 2008, New Harbinger began publishing e-books.


New Harbinger’s list of authors[11] include: Susan Albers, Edmund Bourne, Jeffrey Brantley, Nina Brown, Doc Childre, Mary Ellen Copeland, Ann Weiser Cornell, Martha Davis, Julie Fast, Holly Hazlett-Stevens, Lara Honos-Webb, Bruce Hyman, William Knaus, Randi Kreger, Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ronald Potter-Efron, John Preston, Glenn Schiraldi, Scott Spradlin, Susan Swartz, David Traversi, and Jeffrey Wood, among others.


  1. ^ Dr. Matt McKay website
  2. ^ Reid, Calvin (August 25, 2003). "Self-distribution for a self-help house.". Publishers Weekly. 
  3. ^ Noetic Books web page
  4. ^ Boaz Publishing Company website
  5. ^ Nawotka, Edward (January 26, 2007). "Boaz Publishing Offers $10,000 for Unpublished Novels". Publishers Weekly. 
  6. ^ New Harbinger Publications: Context Press
  7. ^ Context Press website
  8. ^ Kinsella, Bridget (December 14, 2007). "New Harbinger Acquires Instant Help Books". Publishers Weekly. 
  9. ^ Cloud, John (February 5, 2006). "The Third Wave of Therapy". TIME. 
  10. ^ Carey, Benedict (May 25, 2008). "Lotus Therapy". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ New Harbinger Publications: Authors