Creativity

My Write as a Woman

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A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

Change

The Times They are A-Changin’

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‘All great changes are preceded by chaos.’ – Deepak ChopraEven as the eternal optimist I have to admit that the times, they are a changin’. I’m interested in storytelling, not just the written word on the page, but as a narrative psychologist, spoken-word stories of everyday lives. The key to good storytelling is the listener, as […]

Narrative

How we understand pain

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I recently had a run in with pain as I have injured my back quite badly. Whilst I was in hospital recovering I began to think about all the aspects of communicating pain that were going on around me. The first question I was asked was: on a scale of one to three, three being […]

Meaning

Narrative therapy and the power of owning your own story

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Narrative psychology is concerned with storytelling and how this is contextualised in everyday life. Narrative therapy can include the process of reframing this story in the light of exploring new awareness. However, this should not be confused with person-centred counselling, or with other methodologies that require ‘outcomes’ or measurement. To celebrate the publication of my […]

Narrative

Deeper and wider

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I’ve had some very deep conversations with some very interesting people this week. Sometimes life is like that for me, I can incubate my own ideas for a while and than someone comes along and adds to them, taking me on a different trajectory. Whilst I have my own opinions, I’m fully aware that I’m […]

Narrative

Fuming on the Forums – is stroking other writers right?

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The virtual world of internet forums is always going to be a difficult place. My psychological expertise is in identity construction and narratives psychology and virtual identity is one of my favourites. It’s so easy to adopt different mask online that sometimes people get carried away. I am a member of several writing forums, Writewords, […]