What is poetry therapy?
Poetry therapy is the use of language, symbol, and story in therapeutic, education, growth, and community-building capacities. It relies upon the use of poems, stories, song lyrics, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate personal growth, healing, and greater self-awareness. https://poetrytherapy.org/
What can I expect if I attend a therapeutic writing workshop or group?
Research over the last 30 years has found links between writing, health and wellbeing. The workshop or group is experiential and interactive. You can expect to, experience various expressive and self-reflective writing exercises.
We will use carefully selected poems as springboards for writing, reflection, and conversation.
The aim is not to focus on literary merit, the emphasis is on process rather than product. We will not be critiquing your writing.
I am not particularly good at writing or poetry 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 to write from the heart.
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, spelling or style.
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 therapeutic writing help?
Therapeutic writing can be used for many issues which we encounter on life’s journey. Poetry therapy is effective as 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; increasing self-awareness, developing healthier self-esteem; healing from trauma, 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 are your qualifications?
I am a certified poetry therapist (CPT). I undertook my training in poetry therapy with The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy (U.S.A.) I achieved a certificate in applied poetry facilitation and a certificate in poetry therapy.
What Code of Ethics do you adhere to?
I adhere to the National Association of Poetry Therapy (U.S.A.) code of ethics.
Research over the last 30 years has found links between writing, health and wellbeing. We will use carefully selected poems as springboards for writing, reflection, and conversation.
Nothing short of phenomenal
May I just say that to see writing unfold in the way that it does under your guidance and expertise, and with your compassion and love, is nothing short of phenomenal, and definitely ranks alongside one of nature’s miracles. Amazing. Thank you, and I hope the next one is wonderful too.