Counselling Through Creativity

 

A not-for-profit organisation helping and supporting others through the creative use of words.

 


As a form of therapy, it is undeniable that putting your thoughts into words either via a diary, poetry, song lyrics or in a short story format, can be an incredibly effective therapeutic and healing tool. As a writer, author, poet, publisher, and a creative counsellor, I have been motivating and empowering people to put their thoughts and experiences down on paper (metaphorically speaking of course, as most of us now use our laptop, notepad or phone) for almost 20 years.

 

Writing what we feel, in whatever form we find best, helps us...

  • chronicle our experiences or emotions at the time they are happening.
  • 'un mess' the mess in our minds.
  • understand what we are going through.
  • tell others about what we are going through.
  • focus on what we are going through, and at ways of getting through them.
  • look at what is happening to us in a more creative way.
  • cleanse hidden emotions or forgotten experiences that are still causing us distress.
  • put things into perspective.
  • motivate ourselves to use creativity in helping us get through our challenges and difficulties.

You can explore almost any subject; from suicidal thoughts and depression and feelings of low self-worth, to love, loneliness, betrayal... simply anything you'd like to write about! However, you DO NOT have to be a writer or a poet, or to have written anything at all before; you just need to want to self-heal, and to use words as a way to help you do this.

 

Counselling Through Creativity supports , helps and motivates you to do exactly this.

 

 

PROSE

Putting your words down as prose; this means describing how you think and feel in a continuous  written style, just like writing a short story, article or a book. You can write in first person e.g. “I” or from another perspective e.g. “he/she” or a name, and you can write as much as you like, or as little as you like. Your grammar and spelling doesn't need to be perfect either... just write what you're feeling and I can help you with the rest.

POETRY

Putting your words down as poetry; it doesn't need to rhyme or follow any set form or structure. In poetry you use far fewer words than in prose, but poetry is great at describing things in a powerful, concise and meaningful way. Poetry can be just a few lines, or a few pages; You just write the words in the way you would like them to be read and understood and I can help and advise you on different styles and formats.

 

SONG LYRICS

Putting your words down as song lyrics; why not  write about what you think and feel as a song? You can have an introduction, verse, pre-chorus, chorus (or refrain), You can even add your own music or collaborate with a musician looking for a lyricist. Song lyrics are great too, because you can repeat important or meaningful pieces as a chorus, and use the musical side to you to marry words and phrases to notes and sounds.

 

DIARY

Putting your words down as a diary; a diary is a really great way for immediately writing about the things you have done and seen, and how you think and feel at that precise moment. A diary is also great way of chronicling important events and significant moments as they happen, and an excellent way of looking back to see how you felt a week, a month, a year ago. A diary is a great way to help you quickly see exactly what you have gone through and what changes you have made.

 

And to motivate and inspire you even further, I will be chatting to and interviewing well-known authors, writers, poets and song writers around the world about their work and how they themselves use and have used words in a therapeutic way.

 

Supported by donations and by businesses and organisations interested in promoting good mental health, the support we receive goes into running free Creative Counselling seminars and workshops (both live and online), and providing other creative based counselling, help and support. Please contact me if you feel you would like to help in some way.

 

FURTHER DETAILS ONLINE SHORTLY

 

In the meantime, if you are in crisis, feeling sad, depressed, lonely or just want to write about how you feel but don't know where to start, contact me

 

EDUCATION

 

Counselling Skills Diploma
Diploma in Relationship Psychology
Diploma in Grief and Bereavement Counselling
Diploma in Fundraising
NLP Practitioner
Positive Energy Coach
Life Coach
Anger & Aggression Management Coach
Body Healing and Pain Management Coach

 

"Be brave enough to be positive, to embrace life and be different!"

 

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