At various stages throughout my life, I have felt an instinctive urge to write about the things that were troubling me, particularly when I felt that I couldn’t discuss these problems with other people. Usually this was in the form of poetry or journaling. It didn’t matter that my poetry was ‘unpoetic’, or that my journal entries were full of grief, anger or fear; what mattered was that, in the act of writing, I was able to process my thoughts and emotions, and make sense of my life.
However, I discovered that this practise could be turbo-charged to target specific problems; in my case, nearly fifty years of paralysing chronic procrastination and the child-hood trauma that caused it. I am so excited at the prospect of sharing these skills with you, and would love to hear about your progress. I want you to overcome your procrastination and to start enjoying your life, as I have.
I am a poet, writer, and writing facilitator with an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute, London. I hold a BA (Hons) in English and an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies. I have two, wonderful, grown-up children and live near Bridport in Dorset. I get passionate about the environment, words, forests, wildlife, notebooks, pens, and a decent cup of tea. My debut poetry pamphlet, Sherbet Lemons, was published in 2019.
Although I am trained to work in a multitude of settings, I have gained considerable experience using therapeutic writing to challenge chronic procrastination; to deal with the effects of cPTSD; and for adults who were abused as children, and in particular, parental emotional neglect.
I am insured by, and am a member of, NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education), and a member of Lapidus International; the words for wellbeing association.