Just Breathe

The opening Chapter to the novel, ‘Just Breath’, an adult survivor of complex childhood trauma, coming of age novel. 1. Dad’s always made it clear that we’re nothing more than caged rats caught inside a wheel. He often clutched his bottle of scotch to his chest and cried, “Why don’t you love me?” Not knowing… Read More

Writing Core Wounds V

​Writing Core Wounds VAccessing the story of my core wounds through fictionWriting the story, ‘Just Breathe’ gave me the space, structure and power to change things enough to make it possible for me to articulate my emotional world. It was actually through writing this story that I came to learn and accept that I am an… Read More

Writing Core Wounds IV

​The past shadows us until we shine a light on itA splinter that doesn’t get removed becomes deeply embedded, increasingly sore and begins to infect the surrounding flesh. The splinter must come out. Regardless of how long it is stuck in the body, it must be removed just as a core wound needs to heal.… Read More

Writing Core Wounds III

The Key for Overcoming Core Wounds is to Know and Accept the Stories Informing a Core Wound. Once Felt and Acknowledge you and not the Pain of the Wound can Write the Rest of the Story you are LivingAdults with parts trapped in the earlier stages of human development due to events experienced as traumatic… Read More

Writing Core Wounds II

​Knowing the stories informing a core wound is keyAdults with parts still stuck in the earlier stages of development due to childhood wounds are in those areas, very much remain children lacking the resources necessary to progress in helping themselves. It’s essential that they are given and receive what’s needed to undo the damage incurred… Read More

Writing Core Wounds I

Core wounds form in childhood and persist throughout adulthood when left untended. During our formative years, the ‘self’ as separate from others develops. This is a vulnerable period where we are highly impressionable and dependent on others for adequate safety, meeting of our needs and nurture to grow. Developmentally, children often lack the cognitive resources to… Read More

Are you Stuck in Your Story?

​Are you Stuck in Your Story?A common obstacle that challenges the practice of expressing one’s story is starting. It is rarely obvious where to start or how to go about piecing together what feels like a mess. There is the fear of being incoherent. Instead of working with the cliche to “start somewhere” many never… Read More

Need Help Writing A Story Only You Can Tell?

Mentoring​Every session and workshop will be facilitated by myself, Dr Angelina Mirabito. I guide people through transforming ideas, emotions and experience into authentic stories with meaning, significance and resolution. I instruct people on the classical principals of storytelling which need to be understood to be creatively and effectively appropriated in their fiction or non-fiction.  By engaging… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 4)

Continued from Part 3   Differences between Life and Fiction: Life has many threads, and potential stories whereas fiction can focus on one thing and unfolds according to this logic, so the story world becomes a seemingly complete entity with one nuanced preoccupation. A novel obsesses over a single theme, problem or question. It keeps… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2   In this Trauma Fiction and Ethics series, I look at the ways in which fiction can give the permission, possibility and safety required to speak. To break through the silence that threatens to drown the core sound trauma survivors continue to hold somatically (physically and symptomatically) within the body and… Read More