Welcome ... we are Jill and Dawn and we founded
Dialogue & Space in 2019.
Our vision was to find a place where we could create a community of practitioners dedicated to supporting people to live less stressful and more rewarding lives.
We aim to be a home for practitioners and a safe space for visitors to explore a wide range of therapeutic and restorative needs. The space will be available to rent and we will provide links to therapists/practitioners that can be contacted if you are interested in exploring further
For the last decade or so I was part of the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute's (EGI) training and leadership team.
Our vision is to slowly grow community at Dialogue and Space. We are interested in working with practitioners dedicated to working with people within the area of holistic growth and development. Our growth has of course been stilted by the pandemic, but in many ways the slow approach is working well.
I am trained and experienced gestalt psychotherapist. I bring this core training to my growing interest in movement and deep dive somatic discovery as a way of reconnecting with trust and belonging in our bodies. Movement, awareness work and learning to be still are continuing to support me to extend and develop in my own life and it is this that I bring to my client, supervision and training work and in the running of Dialogue and Space.
We are interested in offering trainings, sharing knowledge and expertise, to help us grow and deepen where we would like to learn more.
I love to swim in the sea and walk in nature. My sourdough bread brings me a lot of pleasure and my meditation practice of sitting with life as it is, is my greatest teacher. This doesn’t make life easy, but it makes things feel possible.
Two Rumi quotes that I’m currently loving …
‘Misbehave with integrity’
‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray’
The last 2 years weren't how I expected starting a business would be! The excitement of making a dream happen, alongside my good friend and professional colleague Jill, was dramatically disrupted by the advent of the covid crisis and subsequent events.
The Covid crisis brought personal loss and reacqauintance with disconnect/longing/pain. I have needed to utilise all my skills and resources relating to resilience, trauma and our capacity to heal and accept healing. I continue to learn and know this learning supports my work and the move to feeling full alive again.
The concept of 'less is more' has been with me over this time...simple things have given me pleasure. Gardening, nature, films, reading, kitchen discos and those limited precious moments with loved ones... through glass, across fences and (sometimes) in person were (and are) precious. It wasn't all easy... living a simple life can be complex!
However, as we look forward to developing things here, I am aware of our growing excitement about welcoming clients and practitioners back and anew.
In 2019 we came up with the idea for developing a centre for exploring dialogue & space..... connection & solitude ... mind & body... knowing & unknowing ... excitement & fear ....supporting balanced living to the full. We hadn't realised how important that would become for us and so many others until now.
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We will be developing a range of events & training for therapists and counsellors in the future. If you wish to join our mailing list please just contact us.