Rethinking Shame & Beliefs of Toxicity

Rai Waddingham

Intervoice, HVN & ISPS

I can describe myself in many ways. I am a voice-hearer, and experience-haver and a survivor of the mental health system. Having been diagnosed with lots of different things (including schizophrenia, BPD, PTSD and DID) I now live without diagnoses and use my experiences within my work to support others in distress. I am an Open Dialogue practitioner, Chair of Intervoice (the International Hearing Voices Network) and ISPS executive committee member. I specialise in creative responses to extreme states and developing peer support. I have worked with young people, adults and people in secure settings (inc prisons). I'm always learning, and have a particular interest in those topics that often are not seen or heard (including shame, toxicity and taboo voices).


As a survivor of trauma and adversity it is all too easy to carry feeling of deep shame and badness within oneself. These feelings can have a profound effect on someone's experience of therapy, making it difficult to look a... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rai Waddingham (Intervoice, HVN & ISPS)

Topic Areas

Therapeutic relationships , The arts outside of therapy , Experts by experience


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