It makes perfect sense that a book directed at young people should be illustrated by a young artist.
Local Bude author, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Mary Welford, has co-written The Kindness Workbook to help boost wellbeing in young people. The book, published on 10th December, was illustrated by the young Bude artist, Phoebe Munday. Phoebe featured on Bude & Beyond back in 2016. Now at university, her artistic endeavour goes from strength to strength.
The compassion-focused book is available at usual outlets and online.
The book description says:
Growing up is a juggling act. Our bodies and hormones change, usually at the same time as important decisions about our future need to be made. We often put extra pressure on ourselves, compare ourselves unfavourably to others and excessively worry about what other people think. Add in exams, interviews, relationships, social media, peer pressure, celebrity culture and everyday stressors, and it’s no wonder our wellbeing can take a nosedive.
The Kindness Workbook is a modern-day guide to help people navigate such complex times and combines amazing ideas and practices from a variety of therapies including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Counselling and Expressive Therapy.
Using creative exercises, examples and prompts, TheKindnessWorkbook teaches the skills of problem-solving using guided imagery, mindfulness, mind maps, vision boards, letter-writing, music, physical activity, drama and art. It has a number of icons to help signpost different sections and has eye-catching illustrations and worksheets, all of which aim to give your wellbeing a boost.
A must-have book for young people and anyone working with young people to enhance wellbeing. Your kindness journey starts right here. So, it’s time to become your own best friend, instead of your own worst enemy.
Dr Mary Welford is a consultant clinical psychologist who has held senior positions for the BABCP and Compassionate Mind Foundation. She currently works with a range of UK based schools and heads up Care to Achieve, promoting the aims of educational settings via improvements to staff, student and parental wellbeing.
Mary authored The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Your Self Confidence in 2012 and Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies in 2016.
Her co-author, Dr Elaine Beaumont is a psychotherapist and lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. She works with a range of organisations and charities primarily working with young people who have experienced trauma. Elaine provides workshops regarding mental health and wellbeing for a variety of organisations and her research has been presented worldwide http://www.beaumontpsychotherapy.co.uk/
Elaine co-authored The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self in 2017 and The Compassionate Mind App in 2020.