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Play It Through

Falling off a bike- tiny trauma’s

I’ve been doing a YouTube series called “tint trauma’s” looking at some of the everyday occurances which might lead some people to have a traumatised reaction. When I posted on Social Media last week to let my followers know I was starting this series, I was pleased to hear from Rosie who wanted to tell me her story. Rosie and I had a chat during the week and I invited her to record her story in her own words to […]

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What is dramatherapy?

As it is currently the first ever International Dramatherapy Week I thought I would do some, back to basics, blogging and look at what dramatherapy is. Dramatherapy is the use of drama with a healing intent. But what is it? Drama means Action or To Do. The word drama can be understood in two ways: an exaggerated version of reality- a break up or a car crash might be described as a drama – “you missed all the drama while […]

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Contact Improvisation: London Embodiment Circle

This week I attended another London Embodiment Circle, a meet up for different styles of body based professionals which includes people who practice yoga, marshal arts, somatic experiencing and dance. This months theme was on Contact Improvisations. The session was led by Jan Lee who teaches contact improviastion and movement presence. Jan says: “I am a dancer, musician and somatic educator. My work is situated in the spaces in-between things, in the movements of transition and translation between different known worlds. […]

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Surfing on a sea of grief

Some types of pain and suffering are unique to each person I meet. Others are shared. Grief is something which affects everyone at some point (probably multiple points) in our lives. This year I had my own experience of grief. I cycled through my own stages of grief and mourning (Kübler-Ross, 1969); the anger, the despair, the fear for what would now change. I thought about Storymaking in Bereavement where Alida talks about a four tasks of grief: “(to mourn […]

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Emotional First Aid, Trauma Tapping Technique

I had an early morning activity on Saturday morning at the BADth Conference, stating even before breakfast was served. I don’t mind an early start but it is rare that I do anything much before breakfast. Here is what the programme said to tempt me to book this activity. “During December 2018–January 2019 I volunteered at Camp Moria Lesvos, Greece. The conditions in the camp are horrendous. Most of the refugees do not feel safe, especially at night and especially […]

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How It Feels To Remember by Erica Hedge and Daniella Budd at BADth Conference

There were four choices for performances we could attend on the Friday night of the BADth Conference. I had been attracted to this one as I was interested in how pre-verbal trauma could be worked with. We had been told in the blurb that: “Often the events that shape us happen to us before we even have the language to re-tell and make sense of our stories. One of the questions we are most commonly asked by parents and care […]

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 3 Improv and DVT

Last month I attended a three day training course called Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders led by Laura Wood, Martin Redfern and Naomi Nygaard – all creative therapists who are also trained in IFS. This is the third and final blog sharing some of the different strands of that training. The first blog looked at an embodied approach to IFS which works with parts of self and yesterday’s blog looked at meditation and theatre approaches. Today we are going to look at […]

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Embodiment for the Organs with Body-Mind Centering®

This week I attending The London Embodiment Circle, a group of different practitioners who work with the body through yoga, dance, martial arts, therapy and many other disciplines. After an opening check in and meditation warm up, we progressed to the main session which this month was on an embodied approach to conscious movement. Body-Mind Centering® Irene Cena led the session; she is a registered Body-Mind Centering® practitioner and Somatic movement educator. View this post on Instagram Irene Cena is […]

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The school that puts wellbeing first

On the BBC Sounds currently is an episode of People Fixing the World from Highgate Primary School in London. Currently about 3 children in every class will have a diagnosed mental health condition and many schools struggle to meet the complex needs. This primary school employs or gives placements to several different therapists. 39 children have a weekly therapy session with 14 different therapists; that is about 10% of the school population. There are interviews with a few of the […]

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Nature Play Therapy in Countryfile South Wales

“As well as improving self esteem, tree climbing also encourages team work” This weeks episode of BBC’s Countryfile, Matt Baker visits a charity called Down To Earth on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales. One of the staff members he speaks to is Lois Woodward (from 53:21 mins in) who has an MA in Developmental and Therapeutic use of Play. Matt: Give us an idea of the science behind the therapy of play? Lois: For children it is their natural form […]

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