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These workshops are for anyone who identifies as having gone through trauma at some point in their life. Trauma may be any experience that overwhelmed your resources to process at the time that it happened. Something that you feel called to understand and integrate more fully. Something you want to be able to narrate to yourself or others. Writing can be a powerful way to do this. It is also a powerful way to connect with others. Relational support is often the crucial thing that was missing at the time that trauma occurred, and it is often the thing that allows people to transform their experiences towards more peace and aliveness.

I will be offering these writing and expressive arts workshops along with expressive arts therapist Michelle Denis. They will be held in my home 1-2 times per month for participants to connect and express themselves through writing and expressive arts. This is not a writing or art skills based group, but a chance to use writing and art as a tool for understanding and healing. I ask that all participants have a therapy relationship in place in order to be able to participate. I will be doing an initial intake over the phone or in person before you attend for the first time to be sure that it is appropriate for you at this time.

There will be at least 2 segments of writing, perhaps 3. The writing process will involve reading a piece of writing out loud to the group, and then hearing the other members of the group respond to the content with what stands out, what is alive, what resonates. The responses can be creative as well.

The fee is $40-60 sliding scale plus a $5 supply fee.

Facilitated by:

Sandra Flear, Registered Psychotherapist specializing in trauma and relationships. I have been in private practice for 14 years, working with individuals and couples. I trained at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Hand in Hand Parenting, Somatica Institute, Create Institute, as well as training in Interpersonal Neurobiology, and several bodywork disciplines. I have also been a writer since I was a child, and have spent a lot of time in other creative pursuits, such as painting, dancing, singing, knitting, and sewing. Creativity and connection are the most enlivening and meaningful things I know. I am currently working on a memoir about my experience of healing from trauma. I would be thrilled to connect with and support you to find your voice and story of trauma and healing.

Michelle Denis, Registered Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice for over 7 years. I trained at the Create Institute, and trained further in Hakomi Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Hand in Hand Parenting. I have co-facilitated Expressive Arts groups for women, mothers, children and men, and have worked one on one with people of all ages who have experienced depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. Having embarked on my own creative healing journey for the last 20 years, and having had the honour of supporting the journey of many others, I trust in every person's creative capacity to heal, in the empowering nature of arts based expression, and in the power of being witnessed in a safe and compassionate container, to support and transform our lived experiences. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you.

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