Category Archives: Healing

Grounding Trauma Conference 2018 : Challenging Paradigms. 17th, 18th April 2018


Very pleased to have been invited to co-present with Jennifer Wynne a the CAST Grounding Trauma Conference 2018. Neither trauma nor difficult experiences that called names like “psychosis” are as mysterious or hard to understand as many experts would have … Continue reading

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Wounded Healers: How peer support workers help patients in crisis


Peer Workers do not have magic faerie dust but this podcast sheds light on what’s possible and some of what it takes to integrate peer support into clinical settings, even a busy “Emerge” or “ER”…
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What we hold inside…


“Trauma is not what happens to us but what we hold inside in absence of empathetic witnesses”. Peter Levine Continue reading

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Can CBT help you not get eaten by lions today?


CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – has, by now, been through the full cycle of having been the latest fad in “mental health” services.  It starts with being trialled, then touted as the latest cure-all, then operationalized and stripped-down, manualized, … Continue reading

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HV Workshop #2: Working With Voices – OSHAWA 25th-26th Jan 2018


This two-day workshop will give you a practical, “hands-on”  introduction to a handful approaches you can use singly or in combination when supporting a person who has asked you to walk alongside them as they begin their work exploring and making sense … Continue reading

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Workshop #1 Accepting Voices in Ajax – Fri Nov 24th 2017


This workshop is open to all. Registration is required, available online NOW with limited number of places at early bird discount rates  until Oct 10. Limited places available.   Community Partners   Big thanks to Durham Mental Health Services and CMHA Durham Region … Continue reading

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Pathways from surviving adverse experiences to being deemed “psychotic


We will likely be told we have “lost touch with reality”, whatever that means, when the truth is it’s really not hard to understand: we are struggling to feel safe in the world. Continue reading

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Carnval des Voix comes to Oshawa, Ontario


Big Yo! to all the peeps and voices who came out for Carnival des Voix yesterday.
In Oshawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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Listening as Healing – Margaret Wheatley


This one of my favourite articles, one of those I try to make a point of reading again every now and then. Margaret Wheatley on listening- such a simple act, an act of generosity. Listening is healing for both the … Continue reading

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talking about “psychosis”…


Psychosis is not a “thing” except as a kind of  aperture or a lens through which we view someone struggling. It’s an interpretation, a way of seeing, of categorizing, naming, and talking about a person’s struggle. That that lens, that … Continue reading

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