Dr Natalie Cawley, counselling psychologist and psychotherapist
Natalie’s memoir, Just About Coping, will be published by Picador (Macmillan) in 2024. Told through her own story of various life crises and the stories of some of her patients from across a decade of clinical work, Dr Cawley brings understanding to why we do the things we do, feel the way we feel – and how the coping strategies we instinctively employ to get us through the tough times can turn into unhelpful compulsive habits that are hard to shake.
Funny, moving and bracingly honest, Just About Coping offers the reassuring message that whatever you’re experiencing – from OCD and addiction to personality disorders and catastrophising – you’re not alone. Someone else has experienced it too. And that someone might just be your therapist.
Cawley is a qualified counselling psychologist and psychotherapist from Manchester with a PhD in self-harm. She has worked in the public and private sectors, including nine years with the NHS across trusts and populations, and with both adults and children, covering a wide range of health conditions and clinical presentations in the community and within psychiatric hospitals. Her hobbies include stand-up comedy.
In times of crisis, a coping mechanism is often your best shot at survival – whether it’s procrastination, social withdrawal or risk taking. But when it stops working for you, it can then become the problem. Through a blend of memorable stories and clinical insights, Natalie hopes to normalise people’s inner experiences, contextualising even the oddest behaviours and responses. The book will feel comforting and therapeutic and, by telling her own story so honestly, Dr Natalie hopes to remove the sense of aloneness and shame that so many of us feel.
Just About Coping by Natalie Cawley will be published in hardback, ebook and audiobook in spring 2024
Foreign language: Picador, Pan Macmillan Publishers
North American rights: Graham Maw Christie
TV and film rights: Meg Davis firstname.lastname@example.org