Published author

I am pleased to inform you that I am a published author of a chapter entitled ‘Secondary traumatisation and therapist illness’ in the book Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words are Not Enough edited by Anna Chesner and sissy lykou.

Book Description

Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies is a cross-professional book looking at current approaches to working therapeutically and socially with trauma in a creative and embodied way. 

The book pays attention to different kinds of trauma – environmental, sociopolitical, early relational, abuse in its many forms, and the trauma of illness – with contributions from international experts, drawn from the fields of the arts therapies, the embodied psychotherapies, as well as nature-based therapy and Playback Theatre. The book is divided into three sections: the first section takes into consideration the wider sociopolitical perspective of trauma and the power of community engagement. In the second section, there are numerous clinical approaches to working with trauma, whether with individuals or groups, highlighting the importance of creative and embodied approaches. In the third section, the focus shifts from client work to the impact of trauma on the practitioner, team, and supervisor, and the importance of creative self-care and reflection in managing this challenging field.

This book will be useful for all those working in the field of trauma, whether as clinicians, artists, or social workers.


Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies is a landmark book that brings together a range of nonverbal therapeutic practices in the rapidly emerging field of working with trauma. At a time when we are increasingly recognising the extent of trauma in our society, the contributors offer sound body-based theory, research and clinical treatment for working with individuals and groups in a range of settings using dance and movement, art, play, and music therapies, psychodrama, body psychotherapy, and playback theatre. Essential reading for therapists, healthcare practitioners and anyone interested in understanding how to transform lives of those affected by trauma.”

Ewa Robertson, UKCP psychotherapist, co-founder ReVision Psychotherapy Training Centre; author of Roots and Seeds and The Third Body in Transformation in Troubled Times

Upcoming presentation

I am thrilled to be be presenting at this year’s British Association of Dramatherapists’ international 2020 Conference, titled – ‘Chaos and Love: Presents, Pasts and Futures in Dramatherapy’ Friday 27 to Sun 29 November 2020.

My presentation is to be on ‘When the Therapist needs treatment following a life changing personal event.’  It will take place live on the BADth Zoom account on Sunday 29 November 2020 at 17:00.

This follows from my presentation at last year’s conference at Chester University Titled “Negotiating fitness to practice” which was well received, in anticipation of being published by Routledge – in 2020 – in the book Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies.

Free incense

In the short term, to contribute towards your emotional and mental well being, you can claim your free packet of incense by signing up to the Indian Arts newsletter – go to www.indianarts.co.uk, who share the same ethos as Stories at Home by promoting emotional and psychological health via their huge range of ethically sourced handcrafted Indian artefacts.

Youth drama production at Friendstival

This August Stories at Home led a drama workshop and youth theatre production with children at the ‘Friendstival’ festival in Northamptonshire. Stories at Home facilitated the children in devising their own performance from the creation of a story, rehearsing, making costumes and a set, to the final performance. Here are some pictures.

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New Testimonial

On leaving therapy recently after two years of treatment following thoughts of suicide and low mood, a fifty eight year old gentleman said “I can go out of the door happy now – thanks for what you’ve done for me – it’s all been sorted now – really appreciate it, really do”.

This and other testimonals can be viewed under “[Group Dramatherapy] helped me find a reason for living” (Testimonials)

Dramatherapy with adult survivors of sexual abuse

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts was the venue for the British Association of Dramatherapists’ most recent training event on Saturday 7th March 2015. Dr Bruce Howard Bayley and Madeline Anderson-Warren, both exemplary leads in the profession of Dramatherapy, facilitated a most inspiring and deeply thought provoking day on “Dramatherapy with adult survivors of sexual abuse”.

Stories at home attended as so many of the people I work with have survived all types of abuse, including sexual abuse .It is an extraordinarily emotive subject , and I was left emotionally exhausted at the end of the day, but learnt so much. It was also assuring to have so much of my practice and theoretical thinking affirmed. The facilitators were not shy of the taboo areas around this subject matter, which is vital for us as Therapists whose job it is to bear, with the people who come to us for therapy, the most intolerable and painful of experiences

Sunday Times: ‘Mental health failings cost £3bn’

Recent research shows how a lack of investment in mental health provision costs society billions on top of the imeasurable human consequences for sufferers and their families. According to a report in today’s Sunday Times researchers a found that “Allowing patients to reach crisis point ends up piling pressure on the health service, the police and other public services, drives up the benefits bill and causes untold misery to the sufferers.” The Sunday Times report can be found here: Mental health failings cost £3bn | The Sunday Times

Celebrating Marina Jenkyns – Dramatherapist and author

Tara Thornewood - dramatherapistIt was an honour and a privilege to take “Stories at Home” to Cambridge on Saturday 5th April, having been asked by the Anglia Ruskin University to facilitate a workshop at a day to celebrate the work of the hugely influential Dramatherapist and author, Marina Jenkyns. We started our workshop with the gradual creation of our own magic bubble, which grew and grew from the tiniest of specs until it took over the whole room. This became the safe space within which we could play and create the story together.

Click on the thumbnail pics below to view images of the event

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Tara Thornewood leading a group Dramatherapy workshop

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Psychotherapy in the Milton Keynes area

Tara Thornewood leading a group Dramatherapy workshop

Tara Thornewood leading a group Dramatherapy workshop

Are you looking for Psychotherapy in the Milton Keynes area, yet are not sure if a Talking Therapy is for you ? “Stories at Home” offers non verbal Psychotherapy in the form of Dramatherapy. I work with people who have or are experiencing self harm / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / Depression / Addictions / Identity problems / Bereavment / Stress / Abuse / Suicidal Ideations / Eating Disorders / Anxiety / Trauma / Relationship difficulties / Learning Disabilities / Autism.