What is Writing Therapy or Poetry Therapy?
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. Writing therapy is another name for poetry therapy.
What can I expect if I attend a writing therapy workshop, course or group?
The course/ workshop or group is experiential and practical. You can expect to, experience various creative and expressive writing exercises, using words, poems and post cards, we will use them as the basis for discussion and further exploration.The aim is not to focus on literary merit, the emphasis is on process.
The exercises include: individual tasks, pair work, small and large group work and some guided imagery.
I am not very good at writing can I still attend?
Yes certainly, you do not need any special writing ability to attend, there is no wrong or right way to write. Our main focus is the process of writing.
My grammar and spelling is awful can I still attend?
Absolutely, you will be the only person who sees your work. We do not focus on grammar or spelling.
Do I have to read out my work?
No, whilst there are benefits of your work being read out and received by others, You decide what you wish to share with others in the group.
What sorts of issues can writing therapy help?
Writing therapy is an excellent tool and can be used for many issues which we encounter on life’s journey. Poetry therapy or writing therapy model, is more like a maintenance model rather than to solve an issue. It has been used effectively for grief and loss; coping with life-threatening or chronic illness; increasing communication skills; developing healthier self-esteem; getting a better perspective on life; and clarifying life goals.
Is there any research about expressive and therapeutic writing?
A radio 4 programme named Mind Changers, recently 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.
What if I do not have any major issues?
That’s fine, you do not need to have experienced trauma or major life issues, writing therapy is a great tool for increasing your personal development and enhancing your creativity.
I am a certified poetry therapist, I undertook my training in poetry therapy with The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy in U.S.A.
Code of Ethics
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and a member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice.
I am a member of LAPIDUS and adhere to their ethical code. Lapidus is 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.