Compassion therapy for voice-hearing

ABC Radio National “All in the Mind” – Sunday 29 April 2018 5:05pm

Compassion therapy for voice hearing

We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. It’s not always easy to tap into compassion but it’s now being used as an important approach to therapy for voice hearing and psychosis. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.

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Lyn Malcolm interviews three extraordinary people about the experience of psychosis


Amanda Waegeli Mental Health Recovery Training and Consultancy

Amanda Waegeli is a voice hearer in recovery, an ambassador for the Hearing Voices Community of Queensland and Chairperson of the Australian Hearing Voices Establishment Project. She is well-known and recognized in the International Hearing Voices Network as a peer mentor, trainer, presenter, group facilitator, and builder of hearing voices networks. Her powerful spoken, filmed and written work in the media and through her music has been well received globally, and assisted many individuals and organizations to have a greater awareness and understanding of what it is like to hear voices and how best to live with these experiences, in a recovery orientated way.

Amanda is also an experienced senior recovery trainer and workshop facilitator. Prepared training packages and workshops are listed below, with duration, audience and brief outlines.

Click the following link for further details regarding Amanda’s prospectus and workshops training schedule.

Amanda Waegeli Prospectus March 2016

Dr Charles Heriot-Maitland; Clinical Psychologist and Researcher
Kings College London

In his practice, psychologist Charlie Heriot-Maitland observed that people like Amanda who hear voices are often treated in very punitive ways. His research also showed that voice hearing isn’t always associated with psychosis. Some people in the general population hear voices as well, so he felt it important to change the approach to treatment.

Compassion focused therapy offered a really good normalising model because it’s based on the human brain, the evolved tricky brain, and the whole approach to therapy comes from that premise of normalising, de-shaming, developing relationships with experiences from that place.”

A compassionate-focused therapy group approach for acute inpatients: Feasibility, initial pilot outcome data, and recommendations

Heriot-Maitland, C., Vidal, J. B., Ball, S. & Irons, C. Mar 2014 In : British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 53, 1, p. 78-94

Matthew Ball, Mental health nurse, and Psychotherapist, Humane Clinic

Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner

Adv Dip HE Nursing Mental health, Adv Dip Counselling

The HUMANE clinic is a private therapy service set up by Matt Ball – AHPRA registered Mental health Nurse, Credentialed mental health nurse and Full Member of Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists. Matt has over 15 experience years working with individuals and groups  in the UK and Australia. Matt also provides supervision, education and workshops and consultancy for individuals, families and organisations.  He currently works in private practice, the public health system and as a trainer for Blue Knot Foundation teaching trauma informed practice and the three phased approach to complex trauma.

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