Writing Therapy

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An experiential introduction for counsellors and psychotherapists


Writing Therapy

This workshop aims to expand participants' awareness of the therapeutic potential of writing for personal and professional development and self-care, for both themselves and their clients/supervisees.


Therapists are often familiar with the potential usefulness of journaling and certain writing techniques, such as unsent letters, but may be less aware of other tools like time-limited free-writing, therapeutic dialoguing, short-form poetry, and the use of a specific metaphor or published work as a springboard for personal process. The workshop aims to bridge these gaps and plant seeds for further exploration, with an emphasis firmly on learning by doing. No previous experience of creative writing is needed and though sharing of work will be encouraged at certain points, it will be entirely optional. As the focus will be on process, not product, there will be no pressure to produce anything other than that which you may find personally satisfying, enlightening, or whatever else. All you need bring is pen, paper, an open mind and a listening ear.


Who is this course for?

Pre-accredited therapists and accredited therapists and supervisors who work in any private practice capacity. This course is also suitable for students from year 2 that have commenced client work only. Some of the exercises revolve around the participants' current client work/supervision so it is therefore not really suitable for students that have yet to start seeing clients.


What are the benefits of doing this course? 

This workshop will appeal to counselling professionals and trainees* who wish to gain an insight into this evolving area, which is currently somewhat underrepresented within the creative arts therapies field. For some, the experiential emphasis may be a welcome change from more information and research-heavy CPD workshops. Being part of a safe, confidential peer space, with the opportunity to experiment with creativity and personal sharing, can also be deeply satisfying.


What will you learn?

Participants will gain knowledge of several practical writing pathways that they can then perhaps incorporate into their own personal process/self-care routines, as well as generating potential ideas for work with clients and in supervision.

Course Details

This course is now fully booked




TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Live-Classroom 

covid-10-addendumIn compliance with COVID-19, the classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.




  • Definitions and theoretical underpinnings
  • Time-limited free-writing with sentence stems
  • Using a published work as a springboard
  • Dialogues and unsent letters
  • Short-form poetry and metaphors

Entry Requirements



This is a Continuing Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students).


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €100

PCI College Graduate & Student*: €80

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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