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I’m Grace, I live in Wales and I’m a psychotherapeutic counsellor, writer, coach, wellness provocateur, and healing trailblazer.
I want to live in a world where we are loved, accepted and supported and when illness, disability, difference, trauma or grief throw life off track, we can blaze a trail to a truer self.
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Illness has been called “another country”, and it’s not only illness we get lost in, but pain, accident, trauma, or grief.
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Actor Michael Sheen has called on the media industry to create options and opportunities for aspiring writers and journalists from lower income and under-represented backgrounds. Today he announces 11 new writers who will be supported by A Writing Chance, a positive intervention to a persistent industry issue that sees 75% of journalists come from the highest social groups. A Writing Chance is co-funded by Michael Sheen and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with support from the New Statesman and Daily Mirror. The UK-wide initiative is delivered by New Writing North with research from Northumbria University. The project is designed to discover new talent, support new writers, and prise open an industry…
Date: Saturday 24th July, 1pm to 3pm BST. We are seeing an increasing awareness of the need to centre of voices of people of colour, disabled, LGBTIAQ+ and many others who have been excluded. However, trauma survivors and marginalised folx are always (often only) asked to write about our suffering. Many of us are still welcomed for our shock value, but it’s disguised as “listening to lived experience”. (The giveaway is that there’s only certain experiences they want to listen to; it’s an updated freak show. Tell us of your terrible experiences so we can nod and gasp, while disavowing how we are contributing to othering in this very room.) When…
I am interested in exploring how body-oriented psychotherapy can be digitally mediated. Within body psychotherapy, there is a concept of the “bodily reality” i.e the feelings and shifts in our bodies, in each moment, being a “rich source of information we may access for use in the therapy” (Staunton, 2002, pp. 2). I am exploring how such work can occur online, when we “listen with our bodies, and we listen to the client’s body…We bring our embodied imagination to the encounter.” (Staunton, 2002, pp. 2). Digital Embodiment: Exploring How Body Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Be Digitally Mediated. Project information sheet Thank you for your consideration and interest in my…
CW: Fat phobia, body shaming I do it too—some days I look at my body and wish I looked different. I visualise how I would look if I were stronger or fitter. If my body were sleek rather than sore and swollen. They’re all so tempting, those narratives. If I push and push, I’ll somehow break through an invisible, unspecified internal barrier. Then emerge the other side; svelte, joyful, filled with ease. In the films, the training montage shows challenge but it’s always overcome. The protagonist is seen to have the resources and capacity to overcome such challenges. They don’t begin exhausted. I can’t imagine my body beginning anything other…
CW: Ableism, Law of Attraction I know it’s Bridget Jones-esque, but I have bought more than my share of self-help books. Not about relationships, but about health and wellness. I began searching for wellness advice in books when I didn’t get answers from the doctors. There are few challenges I don’t believe I can research my way out of, at least in part. In the beginning, in between reading frightening prognosis on obscure internet forums and re-reading BMJ and JAMA journal articles, I also came across a new phenomenon: self-help books. I had seen Men Are From Mars and The Road Less Travelled on the bookshelves of friend’s parents, but…