My name is Karen Yendall, I am a Body Poet based in the North East of England.
I am not a therapist. What I offer is not psychology, analysis or treatment.
I don’t have answers, or see you as someone who needs fixing.
I offer my gifts in equal status and partnership with you as a way of stepping out of hierarchy and into a new way of seeing and relating.
I walk with you, side by side, through your inner landscape and the stories held in your body; to fully meet those stories, wherever they need to take you; to discover what is alive, what lies buried and forgotten, what wants tending and what needs laying to rest.
Through presence, permission, appreciation, and loving acceptance I hold a potent container for you to be deeply witnessed.
Accompanying you, moment to moment, in an exploration of what is true, we create the map as we go.
My background is in healthcare (sexual health - RGN trained) and women's personal development, with a focus on embodied practice, nature and ritual.
In 2016 I trained in Council (an indigenous way of listening that has grown out of the Ojai foundation) & Creative Arts Therapy.
I have been a member of The Healing Trust since 2008 and offer hands-on healing, attuned one to one support and Body Poem, online and in-person in the North East of England.
I am currently studying Hakomi, a Taoist psychotherapy approach for assisted self-study.
In my spare time, I run a small business in sustainable fashion, write poetry, study tarot and rhythms from West Africa.
For the past 20 years, I've walked (sometimes ran, sometimes crawled) my own healing path, propelled by early developmental trauma. I have a deep personal understanding and intimate experience of the complex facets that form our human condition.
Body Poem has been a huge part of this, I believe it came into my life at exactly the right time, as an act of grace. It is gentle, intelligent, nature-based, and in alignment with indigenous teachings that have supported my own journey and desire to learn and accompany others. It is comparable to soul retrieval while being grounded in sound nervous system theory and trauma awareness. It supports me to hold a safe space and work with professional responsibility.