I have worked for over 20 years with children in care and adopted children, their families and the professionals who support them. I am a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist & a Consultant & Practitioner in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
I have used stories in my work, writing them for specific children, over many years & I thought for a long time it would be good to make some beautiful, picture story books that reflect more of the themes in the lives of the children that I work with. I never got around to it until at the end of 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer & had to stop work for extensive treatment. During the year I was off work, I started writing my Moffle stories. The writing became a lovely part of my recovery. More recently I decided to have a go at illustrating them myself. When I was little, I had a pet rabbit that I named, Moffles who I loved & so I decided to name my characters in his memory.
Wonderful review of Tippy Moffle's Mirror by Suzy Stanton, creator & editor at We Made a Wish Adoption Magazine now available, as well as an article i have written on Attachment focused family therapy.
Here's what Dan Hughes, PhD, founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy has to say about The Moffles:
Wow! I love the Moffles! Tiny and Fast, Fluffy and Quiet! Adorable. And I love how their fur changes colours depending upon their emotional experiences. I personally resonate with the whole mixture of colours in the fur of the old ones, the elders! There so easily might be a whole series of Moffle books that touch on the many experiences of life.
The story of Tippy Moffle is thoughtful & well written. The mood of the birth mommy is conveyed acutely & the multi-coloured new Mommy Moffle is so warm and inviting. I love how the need for the new mommy's patience is shown in her golden streak. So often over the years as I have spoken for children in therapy & helped them to talk with their parents and carers, the need for patience has been highlighted. And the mirror is a great metaphor for how Tippy's sense of herself is transformed in her loving relationship with her new mommy.