Courage To Be Me

Writing therapy programme

Writing therapy or poetry therapy is the intentional use of poetry and other forms of literature for healing and personal growth. Research over the last 30 years has found links between writing, health and wellbeing.

Courage to Be Me is a structured programme of therapeutic workshops designed to enhance your self-esteem, build confidence.and create healthy boundaries.

The  group programme can be delivered in three stages or as a stand-alone.
It is designed with flexibility so can be tailored to suit individual/organisational needs.

Programme outline
The programme is facilitated by an experienced BACP accredited counsellor and certified poetry therapist. Charmaine  Pollard 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 – 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.

Who is the programme for?
The programme is for anyone, including adults, young people and children who have experienced challenges or transitions which have had an impact on their self esteem and / or world view.

Why group work?
An advantage of working in a group is the benefit of hearing the experiences of others. When we are experiencing life’s challenges we often feel like we are alone, only to realise when others open up to us that we often share feelings, and sometimes have experiences and thoughts in common. Hearing our words being validated by others can be a powerful learning experience, and can lead us to deeper layers of realisation and increased confidence. The group can also provide support as we delve into these layers and accept ourselves and integrate difficult experiences.

A radio 4 programme named Mind Changers, interviewed Professor James Pennebaker the person who has done most to establish the evidence for the benefits of expressive writing in improving health. It’s definitely worth a listen.


Courage To Be ME – Programmes

Courage to Be Me for Self Acceptance and Self Esteem

Courage to Be Me for Forgiveness and Release

Courage to be Me – Awakening your Dreams and Ambitions

Take the first step and contact me to get help today

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about Writing Therapy and I always like to discuss whether this type of therapy is right for you. By calling me you are under no obligation to come to a group or workshop.

You can call my number 0208 798 3035, my mobile number 07961 016 334, or you can fill out the form below.

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


Why I can help you

I am a British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (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 the UK organisation for writing and reading for health and wellbeing. Lapidus works from the principle that words used creatively can be a powerful tool for health and personal, community and world development.

I am also a professional member of National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).

With over 17 years experience of helping clients and more recently seven years working with people using therapeutic writing to explore and understand their issues in a group setting.

Client Testimonials

“I feel more connected to myself. My experience of the workshop has been positive and revealing. I have enjoyed the writing and discussions and exploration.

“The workshop has helped me to get to know myself a bit better, to understand my experiences and to value and validate my life experience. It has given me the freedom and permission to express my thoughts and feelings”.

“When I reflect back on the work I have done, I feel more connected to myself. It is sometimes a great struggle, thought provoking and can be emotional, but the workshop environment feels safe and sharing with others makes me feel less alone”

“The workshop inspired me to carry on writing. I love my journal. Thank you so much Charmaine.”

Ben, Rose, Rukhsana, & Mary from London

Charmaine Pollard writing therapy workshops are a great way to gain acceptance of your self through self-discovery.

Charmaine Pollard's Who am I? Writing therapy workshop.

Charges for Writing Therapy

£150 for a six week course.

£50 for a one day workshop.

£30 for a half day workshop.

Charmaine Pollard Audio relaxation CD’s are a great way help to relax and push stress out the door.

Charmaine Pollard's relaxation CD's