Workshops and motivational speaking

To organise a workshop or motivational speech tailored to your specific needs:

“I am so happy you were able to facilitate our workshop! It was a very informative and engaging event. I know we each left the workshop with wonderful confidence in the process and excited to start keeping a journal. What a gift you have shared with us.”

Michelle Morales, Parent Peer Mentor, Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders

“The chatter today has been about how good your workshop was and how we can make use of the diary and the skills… so you have left us all with good memories and lots of tools to support our work people who use the service...I have discovered that one of our patient participants has taken to diary writing like a duck to water and is using it daily to support her recovery….”

Dr. Ciarán Newell, Consultant Nurse Eating Disorders/Facilitator Research and Development at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Re-invigorated my interest in writing and writing tasks; I like the creative alternatives to “old faithful” activities”

“The writing tasks such as the poems will help me to create a nice place to start in therapy when young people are struggling to talk

I have a particular patient in mind for the train track activity – she is ready to transition from our service but is very afraid of doing so. The anecdote you shared resonated with me and made me think of her immediately

Definitely the acrostic poem will be a powerful exercise to try with some of my individual clients

“I am very keen to try some of the activities in group and individual therapy. I love the gentle introduction to using writing as therapy and a safe way to navigate through deeper work

Re-invigorated my interest in writing and writing tasks; I like the creative alternatives to “old faithful” activities”

As a peer worker I encourage journaling and now I feel more confident to do this

Evaluations from narrative workshop for mental health professionals, in Perth, Western Australia

NARATIVE WORKSHOPS: Using the diary as a self-help power tool
Diary/journal writing is an important self-help and nurturing tool for everyone, whether you are a health practitioner, caregiver, patient or someone who wants to strengthen your sense of self.
* Mentoring is provided in groups and also individually. For more details contact me. *Workshops and private mentoring sessions are individually tailored to meet your needs if you are seeking self-help skills in overcoming or coping with daily mental health challenges, such as an eating disorder, or traumatic experiences or stressful events, or simply seeking to get in touch more with your true self.

Health practitioners
Use of the written narrative can enhance the effectiveness of eating disorders treatment.
The workshop includes exploration of:
How the diary, when used in a therapeutic relationship built on trust, can facilitate recovery by being a voice for the patient and a data-gathering tool for the therapist: the role of the diary as friend and sometimes foe during the recovery process; and how different forms of writing may be incorporated into the therapist-patient relationship process.
Excerpts from my book, Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders – The Diary Healer, seed discussion on how the diary can be integrated into treatment and recovery.

I illustrate the therapeutic benefits of keeping a diary by drawing on excerpts from the 44 years I lived with, and eventually healed from, an eating disorder.
Participants will practise techniques that include:
Encourage connection between mind and body; promote self-care and self-love; aid recognition of eating disorder thoughts and true-self thoughts; help identify and confront secrets, which can be debilitating when suppressed over time; and guide you in deciding when the time is right to share your story.
Focus is on using the diary as a power tool for personal freedom.
Different types of diary-writing are explored, including the expansion of private journal writing into a public arena through use of blogs and social media. We discuss story-sharing and how to achieve this in a safe and secure way.

This workshop explores how caregivers can use their diary to assist in maintaining wellness and wellbeing while fulfilling the vital role of caring for a loved one. This interactive session includes tasks that assist in:
Development of writing skills: using the diary as a debrief and recording tool; empathy in coping with and mastering challenges in supporting a loved one to achieve readiness for recovery, the recovery process, and recovery maintenance; opportunity for self-expression which helps you maintain the knowledge that your loved one may have an eating disorder but they are first and foremost a person in their own right; guidance in reflecting on where you have been, where you are and where you hope to go – to help gain a fresh perspective.

 To make the most of your workshop experience, all you need is a:
Notebook and pen; or Smartphone, iPad or laptop.
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, please signup below or contact me.