I welcome invitations to lead training events and/or speak to groups large or small, in any aspect of my work and books.

Such engagements have included: 

Training in Therapeutic Writing for 

Creative Writing for Wellbeing sessions with cancer patients at a Maggie’s Merseyside, and with a Birth Trauma Recovery Group at Liverpool’s PSS.

Speaker at a Mid-life/Mid-Ministry transition Retreat for Liverpool Diocesan Clergy

Speaker for the Day on Deep Listening as part of Retreat House Chester’s ‘Soulful Saturday’ Programme:

Facilitating a Poetry Workshop ‘Poetic Spirit in the City’ for Retreat House Chester’s ‘Reflective Chester’ Project.

Fees for these events vary according to time, number of group and nature or organisation. Please get in touch if you would like to explore how I could help offer an event for your group. 

I am delighted to have presented training for  Essential Therapy Training, a company run by and for therapists. Essential Therapy brings together a range of professionals with particular specialist expertise to deliver training to therapeutic practitioners.


My most recent day workshop on Working with Midlife Transition is available from Essential Therapy Training as an On Demand package here



This Autumn I am presenting a 3-hour online training on Working with Midlife Transition for SWACP (South West Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

On: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

From: 10am-1pm

At: Online on Zoom

This workshop will look at the landscape of mid-life transition: its concept; key features and presenting issues; links to contemporary context. We will look at a model of understanding that emerges as a way to contain and work with midlife transition in counselling. 

Cost: Members: £15 Non-Members £25

You can find further details of this workshop and book at the SWACP website  here

From participants’ evaluation  of a Creative Writing in Therapy Training Day for CRUSE Bereavement Care on January 25th, 2020: 

‘The training day exceeded my expectations as it was both a great tool to work with clients as well as a tool for self-reflection’ 

‘This was a brilliant day. I have been on a few other similar courses before and this was by far the best.’ 

Julia was excellent and clearly passionate about the subject.. Her pace of delivery was just right for the group. She listened to all our points of view and was able to answer queries in full and related them to her own experiences in counselling work.’ 

‘Lovely day with a knowledgeable trainer. Loved the way it was delivered.’ 

  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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