Sample Chapter of Just the Two of Us Guidebook
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Just the Two of Us
(A soft place for tender hearts to land)
by Nicolle Nattrass CAC II
A tender-hearted guide on how to use Creative Journaling as a key recovery tool to help children (age 4 and up) to connect and process stress, anxiety, trauma. A trauma-informed approach to using Creative Journaling as a soft place to land when feelings are too much, and words are not enough.
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Foreword by the Author
Writing this guide has been in the back of my mind since 2017 but when Covid-19 hit, I felt compelled to revisit, write and release a sample chapter to those in my circle, personally and professionally, as soon as possible with the hope of being able to reach and help children.
The response from the shared sample chapter has been extremely positive. Within a few days of releasing it I received this email:
‘It is a beautiful resource, infused with so much heart. I think it will serve as a life-line for many.” Kate Burns
“This is a beautiful and honouring – and authentic – resource.” Marie Valenti
“I am very grateful for the gift of this new tool Nicolle. All this to say, a form of journaling has taken root in our house.
Attached is an image my son, Gabe, created from a week ago today (the “Virus” – just in case you don’t recognize it).
Thank you so much for your work to create this guide.” Alyssa M.
Photo credit: Alyssa Melynk.
The positive responses fueled me to complete the guide, in spite of the many challenges I faced — writing deadlines, juggling homeschool, maintaining my son’s routines, shifting my work schedules to do so and dealing with fluctuating income with Covid-19 cancellations. I want to thank all who responded during those initial days, including BC Inclusion, counselors, healers (you know who you are) and Sheila Kennedy (Zebra Ink) for her unwavering support and encouragement in putting this out now. Thank you also to my writing circles during Covid-19, Tina, Sharon, Dori, Jimmy, Shannon and Amy. Special thanks to my mother, Madeleine Nattrass for her time and care working with me through many initial drafts.
I dedicate this guide to my son who is my greatest teacher and also to my grandfathers, who took such good care of my tender heart.