Healing the Wounds of Abuse

We are based at an office is in Kensington, London, and the five day, residential programmes are held in various retreat centres in the South of England.

About Grief to Grace in the UK

Our Journey

This effective healing process combines special Living Scripture meditations with journalling, group activity and discussion, therapeutic facilitation, congnitive restructuring and grief-work. Because it is a residential course, our work is more intense than would be possible in a series of hourly consultations.  No one shares more than they wish to share, and no one is pressured into doing anything that feels unsafe.

A Specialist Approach

A variety of different exercises gently help to identity the pattern of response that was first a reaction to trauma and then began to have a hold over us as our bodies stored the memory and sought to tell the story of a secret we couldn’t speak; a pain so deep that the mind split off from it to survive, or found ways of numbing it which turned unhealthy.  Our somatic approach is crucial to effective healing .

Our Team:

Comprises mental health professionals, a priest spiritual director and trained volunteers. They are each committed to providing retreatants with an atmosphere of safety and confidentiality in which they can lay down the burdens of shame and secrecy.  The staff have compassion and understanding not just for what you have suffered, but for what you hope to become as healing allows you to reclaim your true human dignity as a child in God’s image.

Beyond Survival

Survivors often keep abusive patterns alive long after the event is over as they struggle to face the betrayal, isolation and pain. We help participants focus on correcting the distorted realities they have accepted about themselves. Awareness of these distorted beliefs and behaviours provides an opportunity to correct them in the present.  We grieve what has been lost not to dwell on it, but in order to let it go and free ourselves for a different future, to find our true self long obscured behind grief and anger. 

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