Courage to Be Me
for Forgiveness and Release

Forgiveness and Release

A five or ten week programme of writing therapy workshops designed to develop your self-esteem, build confidence and help you to let go of past hurts to move forward with renewed energy and vitality.

Programme outline
The programme is facilitated by an experienced BACP accredited counsellor and poetry  therapist. Charmaine uses a range of practical techniques from; Coaching, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Stress management theories.

She also uses different aspects of therapeutic writing to address issues of confidence and self-esteem for personal growth and healing.
The programme challenges any negative self beliefs in a safe and supportive manner; it reduces stress and anxiety whilst promoting self-care.

Relaxation C.D.
A relaxation C.D. Courage to be me – For Forgiveness and Release  –This is an integral part of the programme offering guided visualisations and encouraging participants to continue with the breathing and relaxation techniques.

The C.D. reinforces healthy lifestyle changes which help to reduce stress and tension.

What others say – A Client Testimonial
I would like to thank Charmaine for her skill, dedication, adaption and creativity in running this group, it is a testimony to her that I successfully completed this course as my pattern is to leave before the end as I often become unengaged or think that the facilitation is not very good, my only criticism is that the course is not long enough I would have ideally liked a 12 week group rather than 6.

L. F. – London


  •  Creating my safe haven
  •  Truth about forgiveness
  • Letting go
  • As I forgive myself
  • Redirecting my energy

Who is the programme for?
This programme is suitable for anyone who has experienced trauma, challenges or transitions and finds it difficult to let go.

How the programme is delivered
Creative and expressive writing is a key part of the programme. However; the focus is on personal development, not on writing techniques.
The programme is experiential and practical. Participants will have an opportunity to try out various writing exercises and we will use them as the basis for discussion and further exploration.
When we discover some of the unconscious messages we routinely send to ourselves this can offer us insight and opportunity to change.

How therapeutic writing works
We will use various prompts such as: words, poems, art, post-cards, positive affirmations, stories, unsent letters and acrostics.
The exercises include individual tasks, pair work, small and large group work and some guided imagery.
A journal is also provided for participants to use in between sessions to further enhance their self-awareness and improve wellbeing.

Participants especially benefit when they share their writing. Hearing their words validated by others can be a powerful learning experience and can lead to deeper levels of understanding and increased confidence. However, participants always decide what they wish to share.

By the end of this programme participants should be able to:

  • ·    Increase their self awareness, self confidence and self esteem
  • ·    Understand the physical, emotional, behavioural and spiritual impact of unforgiveness
  • ·    Begin to heal and recover from negative experiences
  • ·    Identify strategies to protect their health and wellbeing
  • ·    Move forward and release themselves from being stuck in the past
  • ·    Ease stress and tension
  • ·    Transform limiting beliefs to empowering beliefs and set goals for success

Charmaine Pollard – “Why I can help you with this programme!”

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and  certified poetry therapist. I undertook my training in poetry therapy with The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy in U.S.A.

I am a member of Lapidus  International, the words for wellbeing association.

I am also a professional member of National Association for Writing in Education (Nawe).

With over 17 years’ experience of helping clients and more recently over ten years working with people using therapeutic writing in group settings to heal from life’s issues, gain a better perspective on life; and clarify their dreams and aspirations.


Creating my safe haven
This workshop will help participants to focus on identifying a safe place, where they can feel calm and relaxed. Life is so much easier when we are able to visualise positive outcomes.

Truth about forgiveness
This workshop will help participants to explore feelings and challenging
experiences in order to accept them and let them go.

Letting go
This workshop will help participants to focus on creating strategies to help let go of underlying worries and concerns.

As I forgive myself
This workshop will help participants to focus on forgiving themselves so that they are free to move on.

Redirecting my energy
This workshop will help participants to focus on transforming negative energy to allow new ways of being.

This programme can be tailored to suit your organisations’ needs.

If you have any questions about the programme or you would like to offer this programme in your organisation,  I will be happy to answer them for you.

I normally respond to enquiries as soon as possible, if I am unable to respond immediately I aim to reply within 24 hours.