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. 

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.’ 

I am delighted to be working in partnership with  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. Following a successful Pathways Through the Page workshop in 2020, my next workshops with this company are:

Navigating the Journeys We Never Wanted to Make – by stage and page

This 6-hour CPD training will take place online on Zoom

On: April 28th, 2-5pm and April 29th, 2-5pm.     Cost £99

There are destinations we choose in life and there are journeys we find ourselves on unwillingly.This workshop will look at therapeutic support for those on unwanted journeys . A model of stages of the unwanted journey will be presented. We will explore the characteristics and dynamics of each stage, and how we might support clients engaging with these. We will reflect on the value of the model presented and of the lens of such models in general as a tool in therapeutic work.

Those on unwanted journeys can find themselves turning to the page, by starting a journal to ground themselves and track their way through. We will explore practical ways of supporting clients in the journalling that can be an adjunct to work in the counselling room and beyond. Different writing approaches will be highlighted and experienced during this two-part workshop.

You can find further details of this workshop and book at the Essentials Therapy website


Working with Midlife Transition 

This 6-hour CPD Training will take place online on Zoom

On: June 16th, 2-5pm and June 17th, 2-5pm       Cost: £99

Carl Jung asserted that ‘we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning.’ Mid-life transition is not technically a mental health diagnosis, though its symptoms may come under the heading of adjustment disorder. It can slip the net of precise definition and yet various thinkers have identified a cluster of common hallmarks. Its very existence may be disputed, yet it resonates with many people’s experience. 

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

You can find further details of this workshop and book at the Essentials Therapy website



  • 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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