A selection of my work and media engagements, particularly related to the trauma of infertility and involuntary childlessness.
Childlessness in the Age of Communication: Deconstructing Silence (Routledge, 2020).
In this book I combine intimate reflections about the existential questions posed by involuntary childlessness with engaging research on how and why there is so much silence around this topic.
A draft is freely accessible here.
This film bravely breaks the taboo around involuntary childlessness. It reveals with sensitivity and understanding not only the far-reaching consequences that not having children has on a woman's life, body and identity, the grief and pain it causes. It also deals with finding one's place in a life that was never planned that way, the strength we can find inside ourselves, despite all, to survive and thrive regardless.
It ran as part of the Norwegian International Storytelling Festival (Oslo, 12-15 April 2018).
Do you want to learn more about trauma and its repercussions? Here are some helpful sources
Broughton, Vivian (2021) Trauma and identity: Identity Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy – Theory and practice. Steyning: Green Balloon Publishing.
Fisher, Janina (2017) Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors: Overcoming internal self-alienation. London: Routledge.
Gendlin, Eugene (2003 ) Focusing: How to gain direct access to your body’s knowledge. London: Rider.
Levine, Peter (2010) In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Maté, Gabor (2019) When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress. London: Penguin Random House.
Menakem, Resmaa (2017) My grandmother’s hands: Racialized trauma and the path to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas: CRP.
Miller, Alice (1979) The drama of being a child: The search for the true self. London: Virago.
Ruppert, Franz (2008) Trauma, bonding & family constellations: Understanding and healing injuries of the soul. Steyning: Green Balloon Publishing.
Schwartz, C. Richard (2021) No bad parts: Healing trauma and restoring wholeness with the Internal Family Systems model. Bolder, Colorado: Sounds True.
Van der Kolk, Bessel (2015) The body keeps the score: Mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma. London: Penguin Books.
Vaughan Smith, Julia (2019) Coaching and trauma: From surviving to thriving. London: Open University Press.