Psychological Trauma and Resilience. When words are not enough. Planting the Alder. BADth Conference Keynote

Psychological Trauma and Resilience. When words are not enough. Planting the Alder. BADth Conference Keynote

This years dramatherapy conference keynote speech was from a group of 7 dramatherapists representing different generations and approaches. Dr. Bruce Howard Bayley and Mary Smail began by wondering what note it would be and which key it would be in. What does an alder tree have to do with trauma? How can resilience be put into words? How can seven

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 3  Improv and DVT

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

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 2 meditation and theatre

Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 2 meditation and theatre

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 therapiss who are also trained in IFS. I am reflecting on and sharing some of the different strands of that training. Yesterday’s blog looked at an embodied approach to IFS which works with

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 1 Eating disorder and IFS Parts

Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 1 Eating disorder and IFS Parts

At last years conference I attended a fantastic workshop called ‘Embodying the dis-embodied: dramatherapy interventions for every stage of eating disorder treatment’ led by Dr Laura Wood. In that three hour workshop, Laura introduced some of the approaches she used when working with clients at an eating disorder treatment centre. Laura asked important questions like “What happens when the identity

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Embodiment for the Organs with Body-Mind Centering®

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

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Zombie Zoo

Zombie Zoo

Dominic McHale and Kevin Short star in Zombie Zoo, a story about a man trying to interrogate a zombie who has maintained a small slice of humanity. Can the zoo keeper negotiate with the zombie? Do zombies make deals? Does this zombie remember who he was before? Does he have the key to stop the zombie invasion? Zombie’s are a recurring horror within

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Collapsible #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Collapsible #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Collapsible is a brilliant one woman play by Margaret Perry produced by High Tide and Ellie Keel. Esther has just lost her job and recently broken up with her girlfriend. “I feel like a chair… like one of those folding chairs, you know?… Those collapsible chairs. Solid one minute and then.” Collapsible by Margaret Perry She asks her friends and

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Moonbird #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Moonbird #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Orla is the silent prince. Born deaf, his parents can not understand why he does not respond to his own name and ask “What are we doing wrong?” When they find out he is deaf they search for a cure. Orla is poked and prodded and shouted at; He is frustrated but he is still deaf. His parents despair “He

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Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

In 2017 there were 597 deaths from homelessness. At least 235 people affected by homelessness have died between January and June 2019 – an average of one every 19 hours. (https://museumofhomelessness.org/2019/08/14/shocking-new-statistics-the-dying-homeless-project/ ) Statistics can be shocking but they are rarely moving. Personal stories of homeless people are rarely told because who would tell them? Cardboard Citizens work with Homeless people

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