Poetry therapy, sometimes called therapeutic writing or writing therapy are all intended to reflect the interactive use of literature and/ or writing to promote growth and healing.
Poems can be fantastic vehicles for change. They can offer valuable personal insights and help to increase self- awareness and self-confidence. Poems can be safe containers for our most intimate thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They can also bring a huge amount of relief and comfort and can be a useful “way in” to discuss challenges, difficult topics and concerns in a safe way.
My Poetry Therapy Experience
I have extensive experience of working in therapeutic, community and social care settings including schools, academies, colleges, recovery colleges, voluntary organisations, mental health charities, Women’s Aid, drug and alcohol organisations, orthodox Jewish organisations, women’s groups, rape and sexual violence agencies, churches and community libraries.
I am a short course tutor at City Lit an adult education college and Mary Ward centre, both in Central London teaching poetry therapy and therapeutic writing courses. My hope is to introduce this fantastic tool to both professionals and people who love writing, journaling or for anyone who would find this a useful tool for self- discovery, increased confidence and resilience.
My work in schools involves me working with young people, facilitating Courage to Be Me a writing for wellbeing programme that uses creative and self- reflective writing to help students develop their self-esteem, build confidence and to support their social and emotional needs.
As a director of panoramic counselling and wellbeing, I worked with Camden local authority for over 12 years, to provide a poetry therapy service to survivors of complex trauma, and/ or people who had misused substances and experienced poor mental health.
I am currently facilitating a group which meets at least once per month entitled: Writing, Coffee and Conversation. This group is for people who wish to be creative, discover more about themselves through poetry self- reflective writing activities and conversation in an informal setting. We meet at selected bespoke cafes and places of interest in central London.
Please visit the web page above for dates and further information.
Forthcoming Courses and Events:
Writing, Coffee and Conversation – various dates
Overcoming Adversity: A Poetry Therapy Workshop – 24 Nov 2017 at The Poetry Café
Therapeutic Writing for a Healthy Wellbeing 7 & 14 Jan 2018 at City Lit College
Introduction to Therapeutic Writing – 10, 17, 24 Jun 2018 at City Lit College
I facilitate one day workshops and groups to adults throughout the year on various topics mainly focusing on confidence and resilience. So if you want to express yourself creatively whilst healing old wounds or gain fresh perspectives.
Get in touch via my contact form below if you want to be notified of future workshops and groups.
If you are an organisation looking to provide health and well being workshops or writing programmes for your staff or service users. Please contact me using the form below.
Take the first step and contact me to today
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) registered and accredited counsellor. I am also a Certified Poetry Therapist.
I completed my poetry therapy qualification of over 440 hours with the IFBT, International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy U.S.A. under the supervision and mentorship of Victoria Field.
IFBT is the credentialing arm of N.A.P.T, National Association of Poetry Therapy in U.S.A. At present there is no comparable training in the U.K.
I am a member of Lapidus International the words for wellbeing association, and I am also a professional member of NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education).
I have been a counsellor for over 16 years and have spent the last 10 years working with people in group settings using therapeutic writing to explore and understand their concerns.
“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 poetry therapy workshops are a great way to gain acceptance of your self through self-discovery.
Charges for Poetry Therapy
£150 for a six week course.
£59 for a one day workshop.
£39 for a half day workshop.