Rachel (Rai) Waddingham is an experienced international trainer who specialises in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and complex post-traumatic reactions). Rai has particular expertise in working with children, young people and people in prison who hear voices. In 2010, Rai launched a project developing a network of Hearing Voices peer support groups in London’s prisons, building on her work developing group for adults and young people in the community.
Rai is a trustee of the English Hearing Voices Network, Chair of Intervoice and Vice Chair of ISPS UK. She is also a member of the ISPS International Executive Committee. Rai has personal experience of hearing voices, psychosis and hospitalisation. She uses her own experiences and the principles of the Hearing Voices Movement to inform her work.