Using creative writing as a therapeutic tool
A one-day workshop exploring the use of writing in a clinical setting, considering its potential benefits both for clients and for therapists' own reflection, personal development, and self-care.
The day will combine theory with hands-on activities, providing an opportunity to try-out techniques and think about their clinical applications in a safe, supportive group.
During the workshop, the theory will cover;
- left and right brain integration (drawing on McGilchrist and Fonagy)
- language development, symbolisation, metaphor, and mentalisation
- the importance of a coherent narrative
"To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it - well, that’s a way of bringing the said thing into being" - Hanna Segal (1994)
"An important researcher in the field of attachment theory, Mary Main... discovered that when adults talked about their emotional lives and their important relationships in growing up, it didn’t matter whether they had a 'happy childhood' or not. Their current emotional security depended much more on having an internally coherent and consistent narrative than on the actual story they had to tell" - Sue Gerhardt (2004)
No previous writing experience is necessary, but a willingness to participate in writing exercises is encouraged.
Hosted by Valerie Adlparvar
Sue Mayfield is an Accredited BACP Psychodynamic Counsellor, Registrant of BPC, writer and experienced writing-facilitator. She is the author of ten novels for young adults several of which (On Eagles’ Wings, Blue, Reckless, Damage) explore themes of disruption and loss.