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 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, statutory and social care settings including schools, academies, colleges, recovery colleges, voluntary organisations, mental health charities, Women’s Aid, drug and alcohol organisations, prisons, 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 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 twelve years, to provide a poetry therapy service to survivors of complex trauma, and/ or people who had misused substances and experienced poor mental health.
Writing Coffee and Conversation
I am currently facilitating a group which meets monthly, entitled: Writing, Coffee and Conversation. This group is for people who wish to be creative, discover more about themselves through poetry self- reflective writing and conversation in an informal setting. We meet at selected bespoke cafes and places of interest in central London. Please visit the web page below for dates and further information.
Writing, Coffee and Conversation – Dates
- Fri 23 Aug 2019 – Tate Britain
- Fri 13 Sep 2019 – Hampstead Heath
- Fri 22 Nov 2019 – Royal Festival Hall
- Fri 14 Dec 2019 – The Poetry Café
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses and Workshops:
City Lit Adult Education College
- Therapeutic Writing for Resilience – Sep 2019
- Working Therapeutically with Masks – 18 May 2020
- Introduction to Therapeutic Writing – 14, 21 & 28 Jun 2020
Mary Ward Centre
- Writing for Confidence – 25 Jan & 1 Feb 2010
- Outer and Inner Journeys: Therapeutic Writing – 28 Mar 2020
I facilitate one day CPD workshops and groups to adults throughout the year on various topics mainly focusing on resilience.
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Get in Touch
If you would like to talk to me or have any questions about poetry therapy. You can call my number 0208 798 3035, my mobile number 07961 016 334, or you can connect with me via my contact me page on this website.
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 the board of Lapidus International the words for wellbeing association.
I am also a professional member of NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education).
I have been a counsellor for over 20 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 – £69 for a one day workshop.
£39 for a half day workshop.