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18 AprReflective and Creative Practice Workshop 30th June

Reflective and Creative Practice for counsellors and psychotherapists:
As You Are: Sunday 30th June 2019, 10am – 4pm

This one-day experiential workshop will introduce participants to different reflective and creative practices that can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists as part of their personal and professional development.

Reflective and creative practices can help counsellors and psychotherapists reflect on how our experiences, values and backgrounds come to play a part in our ability to create and maintain therapeutic relationships (Wright and Bolton, 2012). By trying out methods of creativity and reflection it is hoped that we can nurture greater reflexivity – awareness of self-in-action – and use our imaginations, creativity and embodied modes of thinking and acting. Through doing this, we will have our assumptions challenged and, hopefully, identify some of our own limitations and blind spots.

We will try out different reflective and creative practices: written, visual and embodied, as we each reflect in different ways and we need to find a practice that works for us.

About Katy Oswald
Katy is a volunteer counsellor at As You Are and has just finished the PGDip in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the University of Brighton. She has co-convened and taught the MA module Reflective and Creative Practice for Social Change at the University of Sussex since 2011, and has also facilitated numerous reflective and creative practice workshops with practitioners in the field of international development.

Further reading:
Anderson, R., 2001, ‘Embodied writing and reflections on embodiment’, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 33(2) pp. 83-98. Available here:

Hunt, C. and Sampson, F., 2005, Writing: Self and Reflexivity, London: Palgrave McMillan

Mullett, J., 2005 ‘Presentational Knowing: Bridging Experience and Expression with Art, Poetry and Song’, in P. Reason and H. Bradbury (Eds) The Sage Handbook of Action Research, London: Sage

Watkins, M and Shulman, H., 2008, Towards Psychologies of Liberation, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Wright, J. and Bolton, G., 2012, Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy, London: Sage

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