Who do you think you are? What is your story?

An invitation to explore your own story, and its impact on you.

Anne Burrows & Frances McDonnell


‘I write / create my own story and self-concept from what happens to me.’          (Number 8 of Roger’s 19 propositions.)

 Rogers wrote and talked at some length about his family, and the influences his upbringing had upon him – both as a person and as a practitioner. In contrast to many of his well known contemporaries, his family could trace its roots far back in to the history of the United States. Both his mother and father had come from families which had first crossed the Atlantic in the 17th century. Both families are described as having made notable contributions to their communities and the development of the new country for over some 300 years or more.

With reference to Rogers, Thorne perceives ‘the pioneering and pragmatic spirit of his ancestors’ to be ‘a significant part of his inheritance’. 

  •  How might your ancestral inheritance affect you?
  • How might those you who have gone before you impact upon you today?
  • If you know very little about your ancestry, or were brought up in a less traditional set up, how might this affect you?

As facilitators of others telling their story, this is an opportunity to explore your own story with others in a person-centred environment.

This is an experiential workshop offering a reflective and creative space where both our personal and professional development can be nurtured.


If there is anything you would like to bring to the day that has something to do with your story, please feel free. This could be something to do with an ancestor or relative, something from your child hood, or something about your family history. Or it could be anything that in some way feels relevant.


Date: Sunday October 21st 2012 10am-4.30pm
Cost: £50.00 (waged) £37.50 (part waged) £25.00 (unwaged)

About Anne:

Ever since my teenage years, my family’s history has fascinated me. It began by enjoying hearing from my grandmother about her life, her upbringing and about our mutual ancestral heritage. It has since developed in to a life long passion and has led me to me actively finding out more about my family and my heritage. I have been especially fascinated to find ways of capturing our oral history, to visit places my ancestors lived and worked in, and to get more of a feel of my roots.

I am also intrigued to know what is it that makes genealogy something which is so captivating for many of us?

I currently work as a counsellor within a university, and previously in the bereavement field. I am especially aware of my interest in hearing others talk about the loss of a significant person, and the influence that person may have had upon them, even though they are no longer alive.