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Hello, dear one

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.

Living with pain, illness or life crisis? I made this site for you.

Illness has been called “another country”, and it’s not only illness we get lost in, but pain, accident, trauma, or grief.

They are our own personal wilderness, and you are finding a way through the wilderness you are the first to do it in your life, the only one who can, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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"The transformational experience that Grace offers as an alternative to thrashing about in the weeds of 'no cure' and 'multiple chronic illnesses' is like nothing I've experienced before.

Her insight, support, and invaluable perspective on life with illness - and the healing journey that accompanies it - reminds me not only of her extraordinary capability for transformation and courage, but of my own as well."

-Esme Weijun Wang, New York Times bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias | EsmeWang.com

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    Ty Newydd: My First Writing Residency

    It can be tough being disabled in an unfamiliar space. All the habitual tricks and patterns I rely on to circumnavigate difficulties fall flat. It’s a risk for me not to fall with them. I can’t grab a usefully positioned table, I need to learn where the uneven paving is, my adaptive equipment is all at home so I’m making things up and compensating as I go. Staying somewhere new is a particular kind of courage; when non-disabled people say a space is accessible, do they mean an actual disabled person can access it, or do they mean “Looks O.K to me”, which also translates as “Just a little step”…

  • Story and Trauma: Data Delivery in Creative Technologies

    Story & Trauma: Data Delivery in Creative Technology

    A lot of people see data as being removed from the human experience, something in the cloud. However, our data sometimes reveals a lot more about us than we might initially realise, maybe even things we didn’t realise about ourselves. In this panel, we will be exploring the human relationship with data as a mirror, from how it helps us understand ourselves and others, to the consequences of data misrepresenting us, or exposing aspects of ourselves we may want to keep private. I’m a New Talent Data Fellow with the South West Creative Technology and along with my fellows Hannah & Joyann, we are talking about how each of our…

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    Electric Inclusivity Podcast: Exploring Inclusion & Sustainability

    A podcast micro-series interviewing people who hold cultural, financial and political capital in the field of digital placemaking, facilitating conversations that explore readiness for inclusion and develop inclusivity appetite in the interview subjects and offer insight and instigation change making listeners. I spent a year researching how to influence appetite and aptitude for inclusion in digital placemaking and digital transformation. I’m sharing the findings from my research in this special podcast series and in an essay on Bristol + Bath Creative R +D online platform. Check out the podcast below and Bristol + Bath Creative R +D for my research findings and those of the fantastic fellows I’ve been honoured…

  • Exploring Empowering News Engagement

    Exploring Empowering News Engagement: Clwstwr Cohort 2020

    In good news, I’m delighted to share I’m part of @ClwstwrCreu #ClwstwrCohort 2020 doing research and design into titrating news for empowered engagement. My project, Trauma Toggle (working title), will allow users to titrate language and triggering material in their media consumption. With climate breakdown, Covid, political upheaval worsening mental health, citizens are losing faith in our government to handle the crises. Trauma Toggle aims to increase citizen engagement, reducing news avoidance and vulnerability to predatory misinformation.  I am combining real world clinical experience as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and co-creating with journalists working in the field, marginalised folx struggling with news intake and technological developers to create something that’s trauma informed,…

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    Making Friends In Books

    I have many things to thank Xandra Robinson-Burns for:  She introduced me to Passion Planners, which are the love of my life. I got to be the Healer on her online Hogwarts-esque course (pre-JKR transphobia and racism coming to light). While my feelings to the franchise have shifted, I still very much enjoyed working with Xandra and her students. The gorgeous micro-essays in her Heroine Training Newsletter are literally one of the only things I enjoy reading on the internet. But I am also utterly grateful for the delicious conversation we got to have on her The Art Life Podcast.  You can check it out here.  In speaking to Xandra,…

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