I'm a professional Storyteller and Directory member with The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. I tell stories of wonder, journeys, fairies, magic, healing and love; all from the heart.
I create nurturing environments in which to share my stories.
"A warm and engaging storyteller, who brings richness and depth to the stories she tells”
I facilitate workshops on many topics; for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice and confidence, and sessions to explore and develop understanding of the therapeutic value within the stories.
My group work centres around the therapeutic values of the tales to support development of emotional literacy as well as providing a safe space for people to process a range of feelings and experiences through the metaphor of story. I've worked with young carers, care experienced young people, women in refuge and adults and children with learning and physical disabilities.
I created and devised Out of Harm a project that explores self-harm through story and provides a Toolkit to support those struggling with this issue.
I'm a trauma sensitive practitioner with over a decade of experience working with vulnerable children and adults using storytelling as a therapeutic tool. I'm trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, COSCA Counselling Skills, ASIST and SafeTalk suicide prevention and facilitate Child Protection courses. I currently work for a social care charity coordinating a mentoring service for vulnerable children and young people. In June 2010 as Producer of Stories for Health, I planned and coordinated the first Scottish International Symposium on Storytelling as a Healing Art.
‘Wendy has a very open engaged approach, actively listening and honouring while probing our reflections and motivations […] She has a still, strong presence which commands attention and a clear ability to manage individual/time dynamics.’
Specialities: Trauma Informed, vulnerable or marginalised groups, young people, professional development, community storytelling, mentoring, coaching, project management.
Photo Credit Ocula Sinistra Photography
Photo credit Ocula Sinistra Photography
Storyteller and Facilitator
Wendy is a professional Storyteller and Directory member with The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. She is a facilitator, specialising in training to support families and professionals to work collaboratively in meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people in education and community settings, through storytelling and the use of the Out of Harm Toolkit. She works in small therapeutic groups to explore stories, including their own.
Wendy has more than a decade of storytelling experience, is a Solution Focused Brief Therapy Practitioner with a certificate in COSCA counselling, and currently works with vulnerable children, young people and their families coordinating a service for a Scottish charity where she also delivers training in Child Protection.