Therapeutic writing

EXPLORING THE HEALING POWER OF WORDS is a CPD workshop that includes sessions from two dynamic and innovative women poets who I believe the counselling professional can learn a lot from! Jess Davies and Jasmine Gardosi.


The training aims to provide a plethora of ideas to enable you to integrate creative & effective techniques with clients where appropriate. It also aims to excite and inspire participants about the power of working with poetry and creative writing generally. Check out the links below to find out about Jess & Jasmine!

Jess is the host and producer of a monthly spoken work evening, ‘Stirchely Speaks’ as well as the facilitator for a new series of poetry based workshops with Redditch based charity, ‘Indigo Arts’. Jess has also been a feature for ‘I am not a Silent Poet’, a publication that gives voices against issues of abuse. With a background in collaboration, she was also a participating artist with theatre group ‘Unfinished Business’ and ‘Cannon Hill Collective’ (a mac gallery artistic development program). Working alongside various artists for a personal and reflective exploration of individual art practices.

Jasmine is the current Midlands Slam Champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist 2014/2015 and one of the five winners of the Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. Besides hosting poetry night Opus Club, she is a workshop facilitator and coordinator of West Midlands Poets’ Place and a speaker as TEDxBrum’s 2014 International Women’s Day. Jasmine believes in the multiple powers of spoken words to develop a participants communications skills, self-expression and physical confidence.

Jo first became interested in using poetry and other writing in the therapeutic process in the 1990’s whilst working with survivors of sexual violence at Sandwell Rape Crisis, where she produced a collection of women’s healing poetry called Purple Ribbons. Jo has integrated work with poetry, stories, metaphor and writing exercises into therapeutic processes with individuals, couples and groups. She is particularly passionate about the healing power of words in relation to experiences of abuse and trauma. Jo’s inner-child work also employs the use of pen and paper!

Recommended books & Websites

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing – Gillie Bolton

Metaphors in Mind – Transformation through symbolic modelling – James Lawley & Penny Tomkins

Writing in Bereavement – a creative handbook – Jane Moss

The Big Book Of ACT metaphors – a practitioners guide to experiential exercises & metaphors in acceptance and commitment therapy – Jill A Stoddard

Writing Works – a resource handbook for therapeutic writing workshops and activities – Gillie Bolton, Victoria Field & Kate Thompson

The Healing Fountain – Poetry therapy for life’s journey – Geri Giebel Chavis

The Wisdom of Oz – Gita Dorothy Morena

Poetry & Story Therapy- The healing power of creative expression
Geri Giebel Chavis

Dima Dupere’s amazing website and downloadable book on therapeutic writing

Check out previous courses:- November 2015 February 2016