Helena Løvendal-Duffell

Helena Løvendal-Duffell

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: London, England and Toulouse, France

Born in Denmark 1958, in private practice since 1988. After graduating as a psychotherapist and group facilitator, I was faculty member at The Institute of Psychosynthesis in London between 1990-96, have offered workshops for women since 1993 and in 1996, co-founded The Centre For Gender Psychology. The umbrella organization, Creative Couple Work, was founded in 2000 to offer specialist, post-graduate diploma training in Relationship Therapy & Coaching.

Helena offers specialist training and supervision for professionals in the field of relationships, sex and gender relations in UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Mexico. Amongst the first qualified sexual grounding therapists®, I am a senior trainer and was appointed Head of Education SGT International in May 2013.

A senior psychotherapist, teacher and trainer of other professionals, my unique approach evolved over many years out of my own personal development work and professional training with leading teachers from around the world, spanning the fields of: Psychoanalysis, Depth Psychology, Family Therapy & Systems Theory, Body- Psychotherapy, Integral approaches, Sexual Grounding Therapy®, Post-Jungian thought, Yoga, Tantric teachings, Indigenous teachings and Native American Shamanism. More recently I have been inspired by the new developments within Interpersonal Neurobiology and Neuroscience.
I am passionate about re-connecting men and women to their natural power and beauty and their innate potentials for living wholehearted and passionate lives, enjoying loving and deeply fulfilling lives and relationships. When not in London or working abroad, I live close to nature in the deep south of France, learning how to grow plants and vegetables and live a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, while enjoying family, friends and animals and time alone to write.

My first book “Sex, Love and the Dangers of Intimacy – a Guide to Passionate Relationships when The ‘Honeymoon’ is over”, co-authored with my husband, was published by HarperCollins in 2002, re-published in 2010 by Lone Arrow Press and translated into several languages.

I am currently working on the follow-up book that will explore the connection between love and sex and men and women’s masculine and feminine qualities- and what happens emotionally, psychologically and spiritually when men and women fall in love and how we can embrace these life force energies to develop our full human potentials.

Dominique Carruthers-Reeve

Dominique Carruthers-Reeve

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: New Barnet, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Barnet, Herts

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

Originally from Lancashire I am a mum and a fully qualified teacher with 28 years teaching experience. In both capacities, mum and teacher, I have become increasingly concerned about young girls’ mental wellbeing and want to give daughters the chance to achieve a strong sense of self through supportive friendships and a sense of pride in their uniqueness. I believe that facilitating Girls Journeying Together groups will achieve this and that those girls who join will benefit for the rest of their lives.

Faye Tomson

Faye Tomson

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Sheffield, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Stocksbridge, Sheffield

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

Hi there, my name is Faye and thank you so much for your interest in Rites for Girls. We are so excited that you are interested in this work as we really believe our Girls Journeying Together groups can help make the journey into adolescence safer, supported and more fun for our girls.

So, a little bit about me. I’m a mum to my lovely little girl Daisy, and I work as an engineer, and have my own company which I run part time, enabling me to balance work and parenting.

I was drawn to this work because I didn’t really enjoy growing up very much. I didn’t have very healthy friendships, and I felt very lonely when I had problems at home and at school. Looking back, I can see that a lot of the challenges I experienced could have been better navigated if I had had a supportive group of peers to talk to during the tough times, and a kind adult mentor would have made all the difference.

When I saw that Rites for Girls were looking to train facilitators, I knew this work was for me. I’m so excited that I will get to help guide other girls in their journey to adulthood. I’m really looking forward to helping girls build supportive healthy friendships within our Girls Journeying Together groups, so they won’t feel lonely no matter what they are experiencing in their lives.

In our groups we will talk about the challenges girls face in their lives. We will discuss hopes and dreams for the future, and explore emotions, friendships, relationships and all the issues that a young girl will face in her journey to adulthood. We will teach girls tools to develop resilience and improve and maintain self-esteem. And most importantly, our groups will be fun! A place for creating wonderful friendships and memories that the girls can take with them into adulthood.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat about Girls Journeying Together groups, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email, or sign up to a free taster session!

I will be running my groups in the Stocksbridge / Penistone area, just north of Sheffield, however, I am not currently running any groups. Please sign up with another Rites for Girls Facilitator nearby.

Macha Farrant

Macha Farrant

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Sussex, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Sussex

My name is Macha and I have the privilege of supporting and guiding girls through puberty and beyond, so that they can flourish into the women of tomorrow.

Franco-British, I was raised as a feminist, encouraged to seize all the opportunities of life. This I have done, travelling and living across Africa and Asia, enjoying a successful career in international development, with a focus on women’s rights.

I am married and have a busy and lively household of two girls, one boy and a cat.

I think teenagers are amazing and that they deserve to be cherished and encouraged by a strong community of peers and adults. The groups I facilitate are a safe, fun and warm place for girls on the cusp of adolescence to explore together what it means to become young women in today’s exciting and occasionally daunting world.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Girls Journeying Together.

Johanna Bramham

Johanna Bramham

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Nottingham, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Nottingham

Growing from girl to teen is a really important change. I think the journey from girlhood into adulthood can be one of the most important transitions we make in our lives. We can build from there into our adult lives; our relationships, the sense of our strengths and how we aspire to use these in our lives.

I offer girls the space in Girls Journeying Together groups to be who they want to be, to grow their friendships and to take time to talk about what’s ahead for them with these friends. For mums and carers of these girls, I offer the opportunity to grow their sense of community and support around them as a parent/carer.

Over a decade of experience in women’s development training in a UK university has demonstrated to me how important learning, guidance and inspiration can be from other females. And how valuable it can be to have mentors and ‘sisters’ alongside us. Whilst working in Higher Education, I have qualified as an instructor for Mental Health First Aid training which provides preventative and crisis support. Also, as a mindfulness teacher and a coach.

I have lived in Nottingham with my daughter and my husband for many years (always with a pair of black and white cats!) And, I’d still consider myself a ‘Yorkshire lass’ because this is where I grew up. What I like best in life is to be out on the water in a canoe or walking in woods. I may have inherited this from the women in my family. (Mary, one of my great grandmothers was a lighthouse keeper on the Welsh coast for most of her life). The East Midlands may be a bit of a long distance from the sea but we do have incredible trees and forests!

Please email me if you have any questions about Girls Journeying Together groups in or near Nottinghamshire.

Cathy Roos

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Cathy Roos

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Milton Keynes, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Milton Keynes

At various stages in my life I have been a daughter, sister, teacher, wife, mother, magistrate, pilot and psychotherapist! Despite this long list, I believe there are still things I have missed out on and will continue to explore. Working as a child psychotherapist, I see in detail how the challenges and traumas that young people experience shape their future, sometimes inevitably. My work aims to provide an alternative, more positive future for the children I encounter and to challenge that inevitability. I am excited about creating an positive environment and safe space for young girls who are negotiating the physical, emotional, academic and social challenges of adolescence. Women are the most common primary caregivers, and empowering young girls and future mothers will enhance the whole community.

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Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Canterbury, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Canterbury, Kent

I live in Canterbury with my partner and have recently graduated from Christ Church university with a master’s degree in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. The topic of my dissertation and research is menstruation, menstrual rites and an enquiry into the growing trend towards menstrual suppression in teenage girls and young women.

I love being in nature and often spend time walking in the local woodlands or enjoying the river Stour. I work part time for a local charity who support women.

My own transition into woman hood was not easy and I have been on a long journey to discover my authenticity and well-being. It would have made a real difference in my life if I’d had a mentor or guide to help me through some of the trials of transitioning into adulthood. I offer that support for girls in the Kent area, hopefully enriching their experience and helping them to become integrated and healthy young women.

Anna Silver

Anna Silver

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Reigate, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Reigate, Surrey

At Rites for Girls we help girls develop a healthy sense of self as they move towards womanhood. I believe that if girls feel good about themselves they will grow into the women that they wish to become.

Girls Journeying Together groups are safe, fun and supported spaces where girls can meet, knowing that they will be heard, seen and celebrated for who they are, and where they can explore their hopes and fears as they move through adolescence. I see the challenges that many women face with not feeling ‘good enough’ so we work preventively by supporting girls to gain greater self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience at a time when they face many changes. Being surrounded by a strong community of peers and caring adults helps girls to flourish; I know this through my own experience of the power of support and encouragement from women friends.

Over the last ten years I have worked in family support and, most recently, in mental health. I live in Surrey with my husband, 1.5 cats, three (almost) grown-up children and five chickens.

I would love to talk to you more about Girls Journeying Together groups. Please contact me for a chat if you would like to know more about my taster sessions.

Jayne Bond

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Jayne Bond

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Bognor Regis, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Chichester, West Sussex

In Girls Journeying Together groups my hope is for girls to feel confident in their uniqueness, to build resilience in their struggles and to celebrate each other’s differences. I will provide a safe place where girls can feel heard and valued, exploring different topics in open and honest communication. I will encourage questions from their own natural curiosity and all at a pace that feels comfortable. The girls will be fully supported by me and each other on their journey together – a journey that will prepare them and guide them through the changes and challenges of their preteen years and beyond.

I found my own ‘tribe’ later in life and this work with Rites for Girls offers girls something I would have loved: the opportunity to really discover who I was in a community of my peers. I imagine how different my younger years could have been if I’d had this…

I live by the seaside with my son, our lazy border terrier, and a magical cat! I love nature, and I go on regular adventures with my friends for camping trips and festivals. Being a mother myself and having cared for many young girls in my career as a childcare practitioner, I understand the concerns mothers have about being the primary influencer and role model at this sensitive time in a girl’s life. I feel honoured to be able to provide this support for mothers and daughters at this precious time in your lives.

Contact me with any questions or sign up with your daughter to my free taster session.

Majgan Qadir

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Majgan Qadir

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Wembley, London
Girls Journeying Together groups: Wembley, London HA9

I support girls to have an easier, safer and fun journey of growing up.

Girls need to understand what’s happening as their body develops, their moods fluctuate, and their relationships change. They want reassurance that all is still well and that they are not alone.

I facilitate small groups of pre-teen girls on a journey from curiosity about what lies ahead, the ups and downs of the teen years, and supporting them in taking charge of their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being as they look forward to womanhood.

Mothers will also be supported; both mothers and their daughters will have a community and sisterhood to grow up in, guided by women who care and celebrate each other.

A little about my background — I started working from the age of eleven at BBC World Service broadcasting in Dari to educate communities in Afghanistan. Later I was also active in youth and adult programs to teach English and life skills, both in school and in the wider refugee communities. I have a degree in Management and Business Information Technology, and I have worked for many years within business transformation in the Financial Services. Over the past seven years, I have been training and working in life transformation, personal development and conscious community work.

I was born in Afghanistan and moved to UK as a refugee in late 1980’s. I was at the start of my journey of growing up when I went to school for the first time, in a new country and not speaking English, having left our home and loved ones. Growing up in-between cultures, religions, and nationalities was extremely challenging. These challenges have taught me about gratitude, love, compassion and the importance of supporting our daughters growing up. I am mother of one girl, an aunt to 3 girls and 3 boys and to many more children in my extended family and friends.

I am inspired by Girls Journeying Together groups supporting our daughters in discovering their own unique inner joy; finding clarity and awareness from within themselves; opening the opportunity to live their fullest life potential; while having fun and enjoying all the emotions, laughter and tears that may come and go.

Join me for a taster session.