UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND POETRY THERAPY PRACTITIONERS (PTP) – click for details


SARAH EDWARDS PTP in Training, SNOWDONIA, NORTH WALES, UK

I am a Humanistic Counsellor and passionate about making poetry, words and writing  accessible to all in order to help empower creative self exploration and expression. This passion has been borne from my own personal experiences of using therapeutic writing during challenging times in my life, and from my continued wonderment at how many individuals self medicate and self nurture with poetry, words, writing, stories and reading.
 
My passion, led me to iaPOETRY, to Poetry Therapist Practitioner training and continues to help me, develop, facilitate and integrate poetry/therapeutic writing in my therapeutic work with groups and individuals, both in the community and in counselling/healthcare services.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner in Training

  • PG Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • BA (Hons) in Adult Nursing

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Bereavement, Loss & Trauma.
Mindfulness and Nature  writing/reading.
Pets as Therapy

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: sarahedwards727@yahoo.co.uk

CLARE GALLAGHER, PTP in Training, NORTHERN IRELAND

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DEBORAH HUMPHREY, PTP in Training, OXFORD, ENGLAND, UK

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AILEEN LA TOURETTE, PTP, NEW BRIGHTON, WIRRAL, ENGLAND, UK

I wrote – constantly – and I still write, though my life has been fractured by personal tragedy and I write less than before, and more slowly. I have always been interested in the link between poetry and medicine. I know from my own experience that there are times when there is nothing, really nothing, but poetry. I facilitate a weekly poetry group at Mind in Birkenhead, and we have produced a book of poems and hope to do another. I am working on my own poems, when I can, and reading, all the time, particularly, at the moment, John Burnside’s latest Still Life with Feeding Snake and Alice Oswald’s Falling Up.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • BA Eng Lit Trinity College Washington DC 1968
  • MA Poetry University of Huddersfield 1998
  • PhD Creative Writing Liverpool John Moores 2007

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: littletower@hotmail.co.uk

ELAINE REID, PTP in Training, BANCHORY, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

I began offering Words for Wellbeing workshops in 2010. With a background in Counselling and a love of stories and poetry, combining the two felt like the most natural route for me to follow.  I offer an on-going workshop series called Poetry In Motion in Aberdeenshire and run Expressive Writing Groups at Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Aberdeen.  I also have an art practise which I combine with my writing to further extend the variety of workshops I offer.  I collaborate with other artists and wellbeing facilitators for one-off projects, wellbeing days and retreat weekends.  I also facilitate labyrinth walk events as a further wellbeing practice. Elaine is currently writer-in-residence at Woodend Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner in training
  • BA (Hons) History & International Relations
  • HNC in Counselling
  • CBCS Specialist Module in Bereavement & Loss
  • Accredited Labyrinth Facilitator

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Found Poetry & Erasure Poetry
Working within Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, Aberdeen
Collaborative projects with other artists combining art and writing
Combining labyrinth walking with writing

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: elainereidwriting@btinternet.com
Website: www.elainereidwriting.co.uk

CLARE SCOTT, PTP in Training, WEST WALES, UK

I am a specialist in communication skills and use verbal and visual creative activities to help others understand themselves better, to communicate more effectively and to build skills, confidence and self-esteem, particularly in the field of neurodiversity (ASD / Asperger’s Syndrome / SpLD) and with artists. I have worked in all levels of the education sector, in social services and in sexual health. Now I run my company, the Centre for Creative Activity, working 1:1 with people of all ages, with families, often with artists. I also participate in community projects, such as with drugs and alcohol agencies or groups of young people/children. My personal passion is currently being expressed in my PhD (Creative Writing), exploring the application of psychogeography in the natural environment of West Wales. I am a director (chair) of Lapidus International, the words for wellbeing association and a director of Rowan Journeys, a group of women in West Wales who are helping others to make personal change using intuitive methods and the local landscape.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner in training
  • BA (Hons) German
  • MA Creative Writing
  • PGCE
  • OCR Pg Dip Specific Learning Differences
  • PATOSS, AMBDA

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Psychogeography
Ekphrastic Writing
Neurodiversity
Ceramics

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: clare.cca@icloud.com
Website www.centreforcreativeactivity.com

ANNE-MARIE SMITH, PTP in Training, NORTH WALES, UK

I am lecturer in Education at Bangor University where I teach Childhood Studies and Research Methods. My work and writing exist on the edge between the academic and the creative, and my interest in reflective and autoethnographic writing seeks to cross that divide. As part of my PT training, I currently facilitate a small ‘writing for wellbeing’ group for women, and I also meet regularly with my co-trainees to share poetry, writing, good practice and learning.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner in training
  • BA (Hons) Applied Language Studies
  • MA Latin American Studies
  • PhD Sociology of Childhood
  • PGCE

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Language, place and identity
Autoethnographic and Reflective writing
Journal writing

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: amsmith1@outlook.com

JILL TEAGUE, MASTER MENTOR, PTP, NORTH WALES, UK

As a Master Mentor for The International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY), it is my pleasure to be working with a broad range of enthusiastic and talented professionals who are committed to obtaining their credential as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner.  I encourage all those who train with me to integrate their own specialisms and interests into their poetry therapy practice, and have worked with trainees who, for example, have incorporated dance, mindfulness and ceramics this way. I provide workshops and courses, and online courses, relevant to those in training as well as to all who are interested in writing for wellbeing. I have regular peer group meetings where those in training are able to facilitate and share thoughts their and ideas. As a Master Mentor I am qualified to train those wish to become Mentors for iaPOETRY.

I am founder of “Out of the Blue Writing”, based in Snowdonia, North Wales, where I facilitate writing groups and work with individuals. I have developed a branch of my work called “Treading Softly” which combines walking and writing in the natural landscape. I also provide a variety of online courses, including “Open Space” which specialises in one to one online, client-centred work. I am an Executive Director of The International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY), and work as a Master/Mentor for the organisation. I have received awards and scholarships from Wales Arts International and NAPT (National Association for Poetry Therapy) for pioneering work in the field of poetry therapy, as well as scholarships from BridgXngs Poetry Center, NYC.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • iaPOETRY Master/Mentor
  • Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • PGCE

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Therapeutic Writing in the Natural Environment
  • Nature as Medicine/Medicine Wheel/Animal Cards
  • Ecotherapy
  • Ekphrastic Writing

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: jillteague@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.jill-teague.blogspot.com

SHELLEY TRACEY PTP, NORTHERN IRELAND, UK

I am currently training as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner with iaPOETRY. The training brings together my experience as an educator, researcher, counsellor and creative writing facilitator, in community, educational and mental health settings. I am a published poet, and hae written many journal articles on creativity and creative writing. I have a special interest in the capacity of the arts to enable intercultural communication and challenge discrimination.   In 2015, I was Artist in the Community in Northern Ireland (Arts Council NI Award), with an intercultural creative writing project, A Write to a Sense of Belonging. Current research: the impact of involvement in arts programmes on people involved in the criminal justice system.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner in training
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • MA (English Literature)
  • M Ed (Adult Education)
  • Higher Diploma in Education, Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • PhD

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Creativity, research, ekphrasis, writers with sight loss, poetry in schools

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: shelleyztracey@gmail.com
Blog on creativity: https://journeyspace.wordpress.com/


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