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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1539113094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1539113096
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Four decades ago, Claire Schrader was a quiet, reserved nurse at Kings College; a “wallflower”, as they say. Life passed her by, she didn’t have the confidence to speak up and felt she couldn’t stand up to life’s adversities. But Claire wasn’t alone – her story is the same one playing out in the lives of hundreds of millions of people today. By a series of coincidences, Claire found confidence in drama and had started to acquire some of the skills that the most successful people naturally have. Before too long she was performing professionally. She worked as a playwright and as a trainer in UK drama schools. Her first play, Corryvreckan (produced at the Old Red Lion, Theatre, London 1990), was short listed for Best Play at the 1991 Charrington Fringe Theatre Awards and won an Arts Council award. She reveals her transformational story in her first book, "From Wallflower to Sunflower – the quiet person’s path to natural self-confidence" providing hope to thousands of shy, reserved and introverted people. After qualifying as a dramatherapist in 1995, and over time developed The Sunflower Effect, a highly effective confidence-building system. She has spent the last twenty years changing lives through her organisation, Making Moves to anyone wanting to unlock their own hidden self-confidence and fire on all cylinders. She is celebrating by releasing what can only be described as 2017’s most compelling self-help book. She was also co-ordinator of the performance programme at The Studio Upstairs for six years. She developed and directed numerous therapeutic performance projects at Diorama Arts, as well as “Life Story”, a transformational theatre project for unemployed young people supported by Arts for Everyone Lottery Scheme. She’s given presentations at big events including the Women’s International Networking Conference in Rome, and run powerful programmes in business for advertising professionals, CEO’s, Organizational Development Consultants and Innovators etc. She is editor of "Ritual Theatre: the power of dramatic ritual in personal development groups and clinical practice" (Jessica Kingsley) published in November 2011 and has contributed to "Emotions: Experiences in Existential Psychotherapy and Life" by Freddie Strasser (Duckworth). Still an introvert, she has never forgotten what it’s was like to be shy and self-conscious. It just doesn’t stop her from doing the things she wants.

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Having just finished this book, I feel so full of hope and excitement that I'm compelled to write my first ever Amazon review.
As someone who has spent life feeling trapped in the straightjacket of shyness, I now feel confident the author has just shown me the way to escape.
I've always been fascinated by famous actors or performers who, when interviewed, would claim to have been very shy in the past. I would scream at the television, pleading for them to share the secret of how they'd overcome that. No answer ever came. Thankfully this book answers the question because the author knows how it feels to be trapped in the prison of self-consciousness and shyness and, having discovered the escape route for herself, she is clearly passionate about helping others find freedom also.
The story of her own personal journey is moving and inspiring. The creative methods she has developed over years of helping people break out of their comfort zone intuitively make sense to me, but they also seem to blend together principles of some well established, proven psychological therapies in a fresh and creative new way.
It goes without saying that navigating this journey towards a more confident version of myself will require a lot of courage and effort on my part. However, I finally feel like I have a map to guide me there and that surely has to be a great start.
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From Wallflower to Sunflower is a superb book that must be bought and read. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to discover the work of Claire Schrader, this book will give you a thorough insight into how using drama in a safe space can bring about amazing healing and empowerment. There are various exercises and techniques which I am already using in my life to make sure I don't resort to my 'wallflower' tendencies and be the 'sunflower' that I am! Also weaved into the book are Claire's own struggles and how she found solutions and healing from a quiet and shy girl to one of absolute self belief and confidence.
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