• Marc Scheff :1 of season 2

    Welcome to season two of Courageous Arts | A Deeper Dive. I'm talking to the wonderful artist Marc Scheff. We cover a range of topics around privilege, trauma, attachment and much more. You will not want to miss this episode.

    Thank you Marc for your honesty, openness and vulnerability in taking this deeper dive with me.


    Body keeps the score - Bessel van der Kolk

    Death of the artist - William Deresiewicz


    'Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.' Rebecca

    Marc Scheff


    Website Everyday original


    Marc Scheff

    1h 37m | Mar 11, 2022
  • Lauren Panepinto | Art as therapy

    Oh my goodness your’e about to listen to good friends talking reminiscing and reconnecting though our journeys of self discovery and growth. My brain was firing in all directions as we talked as I was in my element, you’ll be able to tell! So, what you are listening to is two friends riffing and creating.

    We talk about escapism, moralitites, marketing, inner critic, self sabotage, struggles, resonance, play and mental health. Alongside that we explore our experiences of being seen, vulnerability, fear, trust, risk, finance, communication therapy, GROWTH, differences, unconscious processes, authentic self, art as a form of self therapy in childhood, feminism,vulnerability self expression and the spaces of unknown as not only an artist/illustrator/creatives but, also as any professional and individuals

    *NOTE contains expletives so, not suitable to be listening around children!


    The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. - Joseph Campbell

    Don't fear mistakes, there are none - Miles Davies

    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage - Anais Nin

    I Know of a Cure for Everything: Salt Water . . . Sweat, or Tears, or the Salt Sea - Isak Dinesen


    The Lady from the black lagoon

    Girlie Drinks - pre order










    1h 34m | Feb 19, 2021
  • Olatunde Spence | Midwife of the Soul

    Olatunde is HCPC registered, a member of the British Association of Art Therapist (BAAT) and Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (MBACP) and she has a trauma informed approach and uses both Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment (CATT) and EMDR in her practice. She has a lived experience of autism and has recently completed a course in autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

    Join me in this wonderful deep conversation around "What is mental health - can it be Mental Wealth?' And a further deeper dive into subjects around racial identity in educational institutions.

    We also talk about shame, EMDR link below, burnout, art psychotherapy training, chronic fatigue, childhood trauma's, complex trauma, PTSD, BLM and resilience and successes. Also the power of community and art making. Very exited to be taking these deeper dives with my guests. Thank you Olatunde!


    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou.

    " Nothing about us, without us" - Olatunde


    Lemn Sissay My Name is WHY

    Richard Osman - The Thursday Murder Club

    Olatunde Spence

    Butterfly Hug

    Olatunde Spence

    Healing Hearts

    1h 2m | Feb 12, 2021
  • Deborah Porter | Recovery

    Join me in this AMAZING fun conversation with Deborah Porter from Core Art Journaling. So thankful for the open and vulnerable conversation as we take a deeper dive into a journey of addictions and what it looks like to be surviving and recovering though a conversation with layered journaling that is completely accessible.

    Deborah is such an inspiration and shares her 'Art Wounds' and how she created her 'side passion' by creating 'art for all'. She now works with adults and young teenagers to help them explore their own inner feelings and allowing these to be accessible.

    I'm sure there will be more conversations to be recorded in the future.


    "Stay in my own lane" ~ Deborah Porter

    "Art is a wound turned into light" ~ Georges Braque


    Atomic Habbits ~ James Clear


    Core Art Jounaling



    Face Book


    1h 0m | Feb 5, 2021
  • Iain McCaig Pt2 | Soul Sketchbook

    Welcome to P2 of my conversation with Iain and we find out if the Banana cake was saved! As well as more conversations about mental health, attention, lucid dreaming ( I think that's our episode waiting to happen!) being in the flow, connection plus much, much more. I feel there is most certainly another podcast waiting to be recorded with Iain!

    Please don't forget to RATE, REVIEW and SHARE. Help me reach more people in order to normalise the conversations around mental health and seeking support,


    "No walls are so high and impenetrable as the ones we build for ourselves' - Ursula Le Guin


    Untamed - Glennon Doyle



    The art of Iain McCaig

    Art of Iain McCaig FB

    46m | Jan 29, 2021
  • Iain McCaig | Soul Sketchbook Pt1

    I'm so excited to be bringing you this podcast with Iain McCaig. A dear friend of mine you will know him as an incredible Concept Artist/Writer and film maker.

    We take a deep dive into mental health in the art industry. We take a deeper dive into the rollercoaster of emotions that can be fine tuned to work for us rather than hold us hostage. As Iain says to 'Learn how to dream with your eyes open'.

    We talk about Iain's process of Soul Sketch book ©Iain McCaig as a form of capturing our expression and opening up spaces for internal dialogue and self enquiry.




    Schoolism course

    Drawing Workout with Iain McCaig

    Visual storytelling with Iain McCaig

    Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

    34m | Jan 22, 2021
  • Suitcase Meditation

    A short mediation to sooth your soul and rest your mind.

    Give yourself permission to take a short break to unwind, relax and create a new mindful practice for yourself. Train your awareness awareness and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

    Music © Paul Landry


    Dropping the Suitcase Meditation

    In this mediation I’d like you to use your visualizing skills and imagine the images in your minds eye as best as you can.

    So, to help you reduce anxiety,

    start by taking a moment to relax your body..

    soften any unnecessary tension in your belly and shoulder,

    and find a posture that feels both relaxed and alert,

    Now close your eyes

    or look downwards

    and rest your hands

    in an easy effortless way.

    Take a few moments

    to scan your awareness

    through the sensations of your body,

    and wherever possible,

    soften and release

    obvious areas of physical tension.

    Be aware of your body,

    your body breathing,

    notice if it is fast, shallow or deep and slow,

    Not changing anything - just noticing

    your chest rising and falling with each breath.

    And now imagine standing in the street

    outside of your house with two heavy suitcases

    and know that one of those suitcases

    is full of worries about the future,

    and the other suitcase,

    know that it is full of regrets about the past.

    Take a moment standing there in the street

    holding these two heavy suitcases

    and reflect about each one.

    Reflect about the future,

    how it will come on it’s own accord whenever it comes

    and that most of what we worry about will never happen.

    Standing out there in the street,

    reflect about the past,

    the other heavy suitcase.

    Consider how the past cannot be changed.

    All we can do in the present is to learn from it,

    put in whatever corrections make sense,

    become more skillful,

    become a better person,

    and move on.

    Standing there in the street,

    feeling the weight of these suitcases,

    and absorbing the wisdom of your own reflections right now,

    make a conscious decision.

    Do you want to drop the suitcase of worry about the future?

    And if so,

    simply drop it….

    simply drop it….


    standing there in the street

    with the other suitcase so heavy about the past,

    make a conscious decision.

    Do you want to drop it?

    And if so,

    just drop it….

    just drop it….

    And as soon as you have dropped the two suitcases,

    walk into your home,

    and take your seat right where you are,

    and plop down,

    so relaxed,

    like someone coming home from a long trip,

    dropping suitcases,

    and just relaxing,

    rested in the present,

    just breathing,

    resting in the natural wellbeing

    of the moment,

    resting in the fundamental well-being

    of awareness itself,

    awareness which does not worry or regret,

    resting as if this is meaningful for you

    Allow yourself to simply rest

    Feeling a sense of peace,

    of joy,

    of well being.

    A natural happiness.

    Always your true home.

    Without carrying heavy suitcases

    of worries about the future,

    or full of regrets about the past.

    Simply rest here

    in your body

    right now

    with total relaxation

    throughout your body and mind…

    8m | Jan 15, 2021
  • Sue Bulmer | Infertility

    Join me in this Episode as I chat to Sue Bulmer (M.A.) Art Therapist as we take a dive into a conversation about infertility. A subject you may agree needs to be spoken more about. Especially when we consider that this impacts approx 3.5 million people in the UK! We open up about the journey, so do have a listen.

    Please note that if you are being impacted and navigating this area, please do reach out for mental health support.

    Sue's chapter in

    Therapeutic Arts in Pregnancy - Edited by Susan Hogan

    Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts - Laura Seftel

    Self Compassion - Kristin Neff, Ph.D

    "Always remain curious" Unknown

    "Trust the process" Shaun McNiff




    Art Therapy

    35m | Dec 11, 2020
  • Guy McPherson, PHD | Be Present

    Join me as I chat with Guy McPherson of The Trauma Therapist Project. We take a deeper dive into vulnerability, authenticity, end of life and being present. We covered a lot and as you will hear from my voice, I am so excited to be chatting to Guy!

    Excuse the sound quality as I forgot to input my mic! But, you will get the information. Enjoy! Don't forget to RATE, REVIEW and SHARE! Help me reach more people!

    Quote "It's not what you know it who you are" ~ Unknown

    Trauma Therapist 2.0

    34m | Nov 27, 2020
  • Moriam Grillo | Sitting with discomfort

    Join me in this conversation with Moriam Grillo Art Psychotherapist

    Artist | Art Psychotherapist HCPC : BAAT : BAATN. Founder of ButterflyProjectCI. Artistic Director for ButterflyEffect. Participation & Engagement Producer for Future Fossil.

    We take a deeper dive into topics about Racism, Grief, Generational trauma, Stitching, Climate emergency and what art therapy is looking like now as we practice online and remotely. Ways to create connection and therapeutic spaces for groups of vulnerable adults in this currently disconnected world. Helping people engage within their own windows of tolerance.

    "When we speak we are afraid out words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent we are still afraid. So, it is better to speak" - Audre Lorde

    "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced". - James Baldwin

    Don't forget to rate, review and share.

    David Farrier In search of future fossils

    Sitting with discomfort youtube





    40m | Nov 20, 2020
  • Imposter Syndrome

    Today I’m going to go full vulnerable and the topic I want to take a deeper diver into is IMPOSTER SYNDROME! I’m curious how from time to time we can become frozen in this space by our inner critic. So, does this resonate with you at all? Yeah, I can see those hands going up. Well, I’m right there with you! My hand is up.

    I'll be talking about what it means and what happens in our bodies. Taking a deeper dive into the Polyvagal Theory to help us understand more and also sharing some action steps! You'll want to listen to this one!


    Dr Stephen Porges

    Website Courageous Arts

    Instagram Courageous_Art_Therapy

    FB Courageousarts

    22m | Nov 13, 2020
  • Uncertainty

    A Deeper Dive into the topic of Uncertainty

    I’m Nina Tara an Art Psychotherapist. I have worked in the creative field for many years and art has always been an integral part of her life. I originally trained as a designer. I am now a Multi disciplinary Art Psychotherapist (M.A) working with adults, children and families. 

    Offering Art Therapy for individuals impacted by:

    • Trauma, Emotional and behavioural difficulties
    • Bereavement; end of life; changes in family structure
    • Bullying or abuse
    • Children exposed to domestic violence
    • Displacement to Refugee status
    • Adoption

    I also facilitate therapeutic workshops click here to see more.

    You can find me here -




    Box Breathing

    19m | Nov 4, 2020
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