Yaamanda yanay barriyaygu? Will you come to the window? by Jedison Wells

Jedda Wells is a proud Yuwaalaaray Woman who works and lives on Gundungurra and Tharawal lands. She is the owner of a Private Healing and Therapy Practice which supports people in contributing to their economy and community. This includes facilitating workshops to share skills in taking back the power by determining one’s own story

When people seek healing, they come clutching a story that they and others may only have considered from a select viewpoint. Yaamanda yanay barriyaygu? [Will you come to the window] or Barriyay for short, is a Narrative Method that invites clients to journey through a story from several vantage points: AS IT WAS KNOWN, AS IT WAS TOLD, AS IT IS KNOWN, and AS IT WILL BE TOLD to take back the power and be the one who determines the story. The method is being used in therapy sessions and with literature written about Australian Indigenous Peoples by colonists.


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    Beautiful. so thought-provoking. smart and powerful. I love the use of tools that clients can use and take away.

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    Jedison – thank you so much. This is wonderful. Health Promoter for Housing New Zealand. Perhaps this model could be adapted for our communities – to strengthen them. For me stories about the “East”. What they have been told about themselves, poor, impoverished, high crime rates. Yet through another window, it would look like displacement, colonisation, and continues inequity. Then how might telling another story strengthen a community!

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    Kerry Barton

    Yaama lovely – I know I am delayed to notice but this vid is awesome! So many dots rejoined for me … thankyou Keri

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