This is a place for all those who have suffered and are now struggling to deal with the wounding that resulted. You may have received advice, platitudes, reassurance, and other responses that were less than helpful and even made you feel worse.

 

Here you will not be told to ‘stop dwelling on the past’ or ‘all things happen for a reason’. You will not be given a deadline for your recovery to be complete, and you will not be expected to be ‘over it’ by now.

Hi, I’m Leanne. I offer sanctuary for wounded souls. This is a place for you to set down your pain for a little while, to explore its meaning, and maybe when you pick it up again after listening a little, you’ll find your relationship to it has changed.

The inability to be sad when it’s time to be sad … is something that can depress people. The antidote for depression is sadness, and it is sadness that must be taught. To be heartbroken isn’t a diagnosis. It’s a skill.”

Stephen Jenkinson

Most of what is labelled ‘complicated grief’ is actually just normal healthy grief. There are some things we will never get over, despite the constant pressure from society to ‘move on’ and ‘let it go’. We can still feel happy – happiness is just one of the many emotions we experience in a fully lived life.

 

It is possible to have a life filled with both happiness and sorrow – one does not preclude the other. But because some emotions are labelled ‘wrong’, we send them into battle against each other.

 

There are no bad emotions, they are all there for our expression of life and self. When we block them because we’re told they’re ‘bad’, we express them in other ways, often through the body.

 

I offer here a place of support for feelings that are ambiguous or disenfranchised, in other words, they have gone unrecognised and therefore unsupported.

Our wounds, our sorrow, our trauma and grief, these things are holy. They deserve space, to be seen and heard and held. They tell us who we are.

As featured in:

 

I’m a therapist and a writer. I write about love, loss, grief and healing. Some of my words can be found around the internet, most are here on my blog. But feelings cannot always be expressed in words, so I use art therapy to bring expression to the deeper wounds that words cannot touch.

 

You’ll find lots of resources here. Click on the menu links to start exploring, and use the contact page to drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you.

Share