'Arras Healing' was created in October 2021 and is based in the ancient rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, Britain.
Candy established Arras Healing to play her part in the ‘midwifery’ of a trauma-informed world. She is passionate about bringing trauma awareness and education to more people, organisations and communities. Candy is confident that this growing awareness – particularly of intergenerational and collective trauma – can transform societies and break through overwhelm and ‘stuckness.’
Candy is a certified breathworker, somatic trauma coach, holistic therapist, and independent consultant. She specialises in breathwork, recovery from trauma, somatic inquiry work, and trauma education and leadership.
Before running Arras Healing, Candy worked for the NHS as a successful programme manager and prior to this worked in the voluntary sector delivering award-winning projects to vulnerable communities, veterans and other service users. She has held roles in Equality and Diversity and has worked closely alongside leading mental health and primary care clinicians to implement trauma-informed approaches across health and care settings.
Candy is a long-term student of world-leading trauma therapist and thought leader Dr Thomas Hübl PhD. She works as a tutor in breathwork for the Bedfordshire Centre for Therapeutic Studies, and is an apprentice with the AIR School of Breathwork.
Candy is fully-insured and receives regular supervision. She leads reflective practice groups for other holistic professionals and trauma therapists, and is committed to continuing professional development.
Through Arras Healing & Consulting, Candy is particularly interested in exploring the interplay between individual trauma, collective trauma and ancestral trauma and how integrating these can lead to profound changes in wellbeing, wholeness and consciousness.
Arras Healing & Consulting is inspired by a trauma-informed leadership framework. This means recognising that trauma is the sea in which we swim, be that individual trauma, trauma from our ancestors, or collective (societal- and population-level) trauma. Our lives, relationships and institutions are often dictated by shared unconscious patterning and programming which could be decades or more old.
Bringing trauma-informed leadership into systems change means first raising awareness of the trauma still held in cultures, relationships, organisations and systems and spending time with this. It then means moving towards the building of ‘healing architectures’ – these are based on relational health, structures for safety, and spaces to integrate fragmentation, thus nurturing increased capacity and capability for authentic attunement to occur (Hübl, 2021).
Being trauma-informed leaders means hosting more of the world and different perspectives within us. It is also recognising that our organisations and systems have central nervous systems and working together to regulate them. In this way we move away from the dis-organising principles of trauma and fragmentation towards the higher organising principles of integration and relationality.