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Taster workshops in Therapeutic Writing

What happens when we don’t have the words for something that has happened to us? For trauma survivors, this is a common experience.


In this introductory and experiential workshop, we will explore creative writing as a method for accelerating therapeutic engagement, particularly with clients who have experienced trauma. In his seminal book, The Body Keeps The Score: The Brain and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel Van Der Kolk writes that 'as therapists, we are immediately confronted with the limitations of language' when it comes to talking about traumatic experiences in the therapy room.


Writing can offer us a way back from silence and shame.

Through writing, clients can begin to cultivate linguistic control over their trauma, rewrite their narratives and reorganise their story, with the therapist as companion and witness.

Although this workshop is primarily aimed at psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, there is something here for everyone, whatever your angle of interest.


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Courses in Therapeutic Writing


Write Your Self (Foundation Programme)

Our stories matter; those that have been told, those that haven’t and those that we might not even have the words for yet. After a difficult, overwhelming or traumatic experience, we can be left feeling powerless, without voice, language or agency.

Research shows that traumatic events can immobilise those regions of the brain which we need to put words to our experiences, and therefore understand them. For those of us with a history of trauma, writing can be a valuable catalyst for healing and recovery. Through writing, we can begin to cultivate linguistic control over the trauma and reorganise our story, in the supportive presence of like-minded peers.


Using a trauma-informed writing methodology, the Write Your Self programme helps participants to reclaim their voice through writing. Our eight-step writing process includes key knowledge about trauma, trauma-sensitive writing exercises, as well as tools and resources to help writers find out what they need to create a sustainable and healing writing practice in the longer-term. The Foundation Programme is typically delivered over 8 weeks and each session lasts for 2 hours.


I run the Foundation Programme twice a year. Spaces are £285 and I make a limited amount of concessionary spots available for every cohort.For full details, please download the course brochure and read the FAQ's carefully before enrolling.


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Write Your Self (Intermediate Programme)

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming:


25/6/22: Writing, Trauma and TA - Workshop for MANTAC (Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference)

21/9/22: Write Your Self (Intermediate, 5 weeks) with Online Events

1/10/22: Writing Our Way Back - Masterclass with London Lit Lab

1/2/23: Write Your Self (Foundation, 8 weeks) with London Lit Lab


Past:


21/10/20: Writing Our Way Back - Taster workshop with Online Events

16/12/20: Writing Our Way Back - Taster workshop with Online Events

3/2/21: Write Your Self (Foundation, 8 weeks) with Online Events

28/5/21:Writing Our Way Back - Taster workshop with Online Events

21/7/21: Writing Our Way Back - Taster workshop with Online Events

8/9/21: Write Your Self (Foundation, 8 weeks) with Online Events

02/10/21: Writing Our Way Back - Masterclass with London Lit Lab

3/2/22: Write Your Self (Foundation, 8 weeks) with London Lit Lab

18/5/22: Writing Our Way Back - Taster workshop with Online Events


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