• Sacred Stories: Galan Gaeaf & Shadow Diving

    Sacred Stories Series: seasonal psycho-spiritual checkpoints to share our history & remind us to pause. Galan Gaeaf – the first day of winter – is my favourite festival. Just as menstruation is now my favourite part of my menstrual cycle.  (Yes, I talk about my favourite part of my menstrual cycle, it influences my body, my symptoms, my mood and my experience on this earth. If you’d like to know more about yours, check out Lisa Lister’s book – after all “my period is my life coach”. There is something about the turning into the dark, going deeper, releasing and turning inwards that suits a part of my nature.  Perhaps that’s…

  • What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self …About Getting Sick & Surviving

    “If I could give my younger self some nurturing advice, I would tell her (or him [or them])…” – Kris Carr Thinking back to my younger self, when she first got sick. If I could speak to her now and offer some nurturing advice, I would tell her… You Are Enough You are loved. You are amazing. You are going through something extraordinary and it’s impacting you, that’s tough but it doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. Listen to your body as much as you can, she has wisdom to share with you. Get a journal, keep writing. Write through the story. Move your body in all the ways…

  • Dear Grace Q & A: How do I succeed in school while sick?

    Dear Grace Q & A: How do I succeed in school while sick?

    Thank you for such a great question, I have been at school for several years now (advance training in psychotherapeutic counselling) while living with illness, so I hope I can answer you with some insight and experience.  Here are 3 ideas for how to succeed in school when sick:  1: Make your needs known, ask for help Many institutions can – and have to – offer reasonable adjustments or accommodations for disabled students.  Try contacting your school’s disability office to see what’s available. There may be a disability rep in your student union, or a disabled student’s group you can get in touch with. If in doubt, asking one of…

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    Phoenix Fire Academy Self-Study is Open

    Dear one, I have a special invitation for you… This is a love letter.  To you who’s been diagnosed. Has struggled with long standing illness.  Whose obstacles are dictating your limits, and whose true and purest potential has been hemmed in.  This is an invitation.  To you, whose old life has been burned away by adversity. You, who has a fire smouldering at your centre. A hunger for a new way.  A new beginning.  To take your diagnoses and hardships and turn them into something else.  Something different. Something abundant.  Something better.  This is that opportunity. A turning point.  Disability doesn’t mean isolation and fear. Diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of joy, fun, ease…

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    Winter Fuel: Creative Therapeutic Writing & Journaling to Resource Ourselves

    Do you struggle with the darker months? Maybe you find winter a challenging time and are already dreading the shortening days. We are gathering a group of women and femmes to come together and explore what we are taking with us into winter. We will work with myths, legends, creative therapeutic writing and journaling. Using creative arts, writing, mindful movement and guided reflections, we will explore your harvest that you are carrying into winter. We will share resources that you can use in the darker days and draw on the solace and support of our gathering). If you are wanting to approach the winter from a new, healing perspective, come…

  • Diagnosis and Identity Part 2

    Diagnosis + Identity – Part 2

    We are told it is ‘our’ problem, that ‘we’ are the broken ones, the ones that have to be cared for by non-disabled people or expensive equipment. We have to ‘prove’ that we are ‘sick or disabled’ enough, to be able to access our basic needs (this often doesn’t take into account our pain or suffering, only to what extent the impairments render us economically inactive.) If we can’t produce, then we are considered a ‘burden’ – with historic invalidity allowances. What does that mean? Invalid, without validity? But we are valid, and the system is broken, not us.  In the US today, people are being denied opiates. Pain is…

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    Diagnosis & Identity – Part 1

    Content Warning: Mention of abuse, hospital, mental health inpatient abuse, including conversion therapy, LGBTIAQ+ abuse, racism and BIPOC/BAME abuse. A diagnosis is the moment that breaks the timeline. Before becomes…before. Now we are firmly in ‘after’ and what’s before us here might be beyond what we could ever have imagined, ‘before’. Diagnoses can save, change and split lives. A diagnosis can become one of the most significant ways in which we identify ourselves. Often, in medical environment and interactions, a diagnosis can feel like the only aspects of us to which attention is paid. 

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    Starting Therapy: Finding a Therapist, How it Works, First Session & Beyond 

    First time in therapy? If you haven’t worked with a therapist before, but are considering booking your first session, (or just feel you need some support and are checking out what might be available); you probably have a lot of questions. The entire process of finding and beginning therapeutic work can feel really intimidating and weird.  You might be wondering: – Do we just talk on the phone? – How is this different to talking to my best friend? – Can I even say some of my struggles out loud? What if you judge me? I’ve been there both as a client, as a coach and psychotherapeutic counsellor (in advance…

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    Embracing Ourselves, One Pen Stroke At a Time

    Words can witness, contain and heal, name and validate our wounds and our strengths. It’s easier to create a life and explore our new selves in a safe space and truly, therapy is only 1-2 hours a week. A journal is always available, there are no office hours. Journalling can compliment your therapeutic or healing journey. Many of us are always feeling out of place in our lives, constantly dislocated, never feeling real or really here. It’s like you are always viewing yourself through the eyes of others; partner, children, friends, neighbours, parents, colleagues. Life is lived as though seeing yourself in a photograph, flattened, frozen and held at arm’s…

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    Gratitude & Grace List: Spring Quickening Edition 

    Inspired by my dear friend Gala Darling, I’m taking my love lists out of my (hot pink) journal and sharing them with you. Spring feels like it’s on its way and I am glad, glad, glad. I am working on my diploma submissions, seeing clients and writing, writing writing. Utterly grateful for all of these things. Here are some more things I’m grateful for: Little Things I Love: Seeing the buds start to come on the trees * Seeing bulbs coming up * Purple and yellow crocus, like the Flower Faeries * Snowdrops * Anemonies in all the cool blues and purples – my favourites * The wheels on my wheelchair being…

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