Poetry Therapy

Poetry therapy, often called therapeutic writing or writing therapy are all intended to reflect the interactive use of literature and/or writing to promote growth and healing. Research over the last 30 years has found links between writing, health and wellbeing.

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.


I offer short courses, one day workshops and groups to adults, young people and children.

I will be teaching or facilitating the following courses:

Introduction to Therapeutic Writing  – 6, 13, 20 Aug 2017 – at City Lit College

Writing for Resilience 15 Sep 2017 at City Lit College

Writing for Wellbeing – Fluidity-  23 Sep 2017 at Psychosynthesis Trust

Writing for Confidence – 24 Nov & 2 Dec 2017 at Mary Ward Centre

Below are some of the workshops I have facilitated within the past year.

Expressive Writing with a Dash of Humour

Understanding the Mother – Daughter Relationship 

Loving your Legacy

Writing for Confidence

So if you want to:

  • Sparkle with confidence?
  • Express yourself creatively whilst healing old wounds?
  • Gain fresh perspectives?
  • Deepen your understanding of who you are and how you came to be that way?
  • Enhance your self compassion?

 Get in touch via my contact form and I will notify you of future workshops.

Courage to Be Me for Schools

I have developed a writing for wellbeing programme for secondary school / academy pupils entitled: Courage to Be Me for Schools. This is an early intervention group work based programme designed to develop self esteem, build confidence and help young people develop the skills required to cope with life’s challenges.

If you have any questions, please click on the following link writing therapy FAQ’s or if you  would like to read testimonials of others who have attended my workshops and groups feel free to do so. If you prefer to have a chat, please contact me using the numbers below.

Take the first step and contact me to 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) registered accredited counsellor and certified poetry therapist.

I completed my poetry therapy qualification 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 16 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.

£59 for a one day workshop.

£39 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