Poetry Therapy & Expressive Writing

Expressive and reflective writing, for health and wellbeing, is gaining increasing recognition in the UK and has an evidence base which amongst other positive outcomes demonstrates increased emotional regulation, self soothing and self management skills (Adams. K 2013 Pennebaker J.2007). I have always kept a journal, and turned to writing and poetry in times of difficulty. The power of words and images have brought me solace, relieved confusion and helped me feel less alone. I believe poetry can,

''awaken our minds and spirits, sooth our hearts and even transform the course of our lives''
( Geri Giebel Chavis 2011)

Some clients have told me that certain poems have 'saved' their lives and I know that Mary Oliver's poem 'The Journey' was a pivotal poem in helping me to make a big change in my own life. The author Jeanette Winterson has described fiction and poetry as 'medicines' which can help us heal and discover our own truth. Indeed at times I have 'prescribed' poems such as 'The Journey' to people struggling at a crossroads in their lives. Reading poetry, writing our own poems, journaling and expressive writing can all be enormously helpful in supporting us through difficult times and enabling us to listen to our own wisdom and to change. Click on the PDF image below to read 'The Journey'. I use a range of expressive writing tools with clients who wish to explore this healing art form as a part of their own journey.
Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing. The Journey

I am a Certified Applied Poetry Therapist ( International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.) and run a variety of ongoing personal and professional development groups using poetry therapy and expressive/reflective writing. If you are interested and want to find out more about this powerful method of personal development please get in touch.

Workshops and Courses

Previous workshops have included ''Writing for Resilience'' at Oasis, Boston Spa in September 2019 and ''Pathways on and off the Page'' Marsden, July 2019.

New Writing for Resilience ONLINE with Oasis, starting again in February 2021.

Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing. Writing for Resilience

New ''Necessary Light'' Writing and Supervision Group.

Ongoing monthly supervision group since February 2020 NOW WORKING ONLINE, for counsellors and coaches interested in exploring and using expressive, reflective and therapeutic writing for personal development and professional practice.
No previous experience needed just an interest in writing and willingness to let your pen ''follow the wings of the imagination''.
Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing. Necessary Light

Please see the testimonials here from the 2017 Older Women's Creative Development Group.
Poetry Therapy & Creative Writing. Owl Testimonials

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