“There is a much needed and precious thread of compassion in Natalie Read’s book ‘Being Human’. She offers the wealth and depth of her experience and knowledge as a counsellor and as a human being to create a kinder and mindful path forward for any of us (young or older adults) who may want to take steps towards understanding and addressing what may be affecting negatively our mental health. Through clear and succinct information, tailor made meditations and reflective practice activities this book has a wide appeal, and will become an important resource for the general public, mental health practitioners and educational and charitable organisations.”

Carmen Alfonso, Counsellor and Supervisor

About the Book

Working at the heart of mental health as a Student Counsellor over the past 13 years, I’ve watched with a growing concern the increasing demand for counselling as well as the increased complexity and severity of issues. The media is full of articles about the mental health crisis – earlier onset with younger children affected, increasing levels of risk and a lack of resources to cope with this demand. 70% of young people affected by mental health difficulties don’t receive the appropriate support (counselling directory).

So I decided I had to act. You can read more about the back story in my blog or by visiting YouTube. My hope is that reading this book will help prevent mental health difficulties from occurring or the need to seek the overstretched resources in the first place. It is widely known that early intervention is most beneficial. For those with moderate difficulties, the book may offer assistance whilst waiting for support. For more severe and enduring difficulties, the book may be a resource alongside but not a substitute for professional support.

The book is targeted at 16-30-year-olds but is equally relevant to adults of all ages who want to feel more happy and resilient in life. It may also be applicable to mature teenagers of a younger age. I’ve worked with students of all ages, undergraduate, postgraduate, mature, international and UK and know that the topics in this book are relevant to all. I’ve also worked with many non-students in my private work and my experience as a coach. I have structured the book into 3 parts which I outline in detail below.

Part 1

Includes common themes that arise in counselling sessions which help to normalise being human, feeling happier with yourself and building a more positive outlook. Understanding emotions, coping with life’s ups and downs, true versus false happiness, understanding relationships and how our subconscious stories become self-fulfilling.

Part 2

Is dedicated to the most common mental health difficulties including low mood and depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem and relationships. There are exercises, examples and practical solutions to help address and prevent further difficulty. I also believe working with this book will help a broader range of mental health issues than those covered as it’s focused on the whole person rather than symptoms alone.

Part 3

Focuses on building a new approach towards happiness, resilience and self-love as well as how to embrace more peace in your life and strengthen your identity. How to feel more comfortable with who you are so you can cope better with difficulties, feel more balanced and attract more positive situations.

Buy the book

Start reading Being Human: The Path to Self-Acceptance, Resilience and Happiness in paperback or eBook 

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I write on all matters related to well-being, happiness, self-empowerment, positive psychology.

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Check out my latest videos on youtube for more content related to the book and my work.

The book includes a link to 12 guided meditations designed to support the material in the chapters at a greater depth.

Try this sample meditation from chapter 2 – The Beach. This meditation is a favourite from my meditation workshop for helping to relax and assist with sleep. It’s also suitable for children of all ages.

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The Blog

Regular posts dedicated to all matters related to well-being, happiness, self-empowerment, positive psychology.

Handouts from the Book

Click below to have a go at a few of sample exercises that can be found in the book 

Don’t wait any longer. Start making a change in your life today!