JOURNAL THERAPY

“The moment I put pen to paper, I begin to feel whole. My journal offers a sacred space where I am free to be me. To heal, to empty myself of the emotions and feelings that keep me trapped, and as I do so, I become one – in mind, body and soul” Belinda Bennetts

Journal Therapy and expressive writing

well-being courses

In-person and on-line, for organisations, individuals and schools

The true art of journaling is a path to mental and emotional wellbeing and a doorway to transformation.

All courses combine journaling with mindfulness teachings, guided visualizations, classical music and poetry, to give a holistic and creative experience.

Whether you never journaled before, or have kept one for years, this unique approach will give you invaluable wellbeing tools and techniques.

Belinda has been working as a journal therapist for many years, bringing a variety of journaling courses to organisations in Northern Ireland. Her courses are designed to help those dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and overwhelm

The primary aim of Journal Therapy is to provide support for emotional and physical problems, for example trauma, grief, relationship issues, addiction, stress and anxiety.

It is also a fantastic tool for developing creativity, problem solving skills and peace of mind.

Journaling Techniques Workshop

Learn the four key journaling techniques that make up a journal practice

Saturday 2nd October

Run via zoom

2pm – 4.30 pm

Belinda has facilitated two journaling based courses on behalf of Solas, both of which were online due to the pandemic restrictions.  The focus of these courses was to help participants develop the skills of journaling to improve wellbeing and use this as a coping strategy when facing stress & anxiety. Belinda has a very warm and understanding approach, is very organised and is able to help participants develop new skills they can use in their everyday life.  I would highly recommend Belinda and her journaling course to anyone.

 A few quotes from the feedback from participants:

“The course was fantastic— Belinda is a terrific presenter, listener and carries out enquiry in a very skilled and warm manner. I learnt so much in those weeks about journalling, about myself, and gained motivation to keep up the practice.”

“I found the course very useful and informative.   I also liked the small group, as there was more encouragement to participate fully.  Belinda was a great course leader and was very calm and understanding.  I have benefited greatly from doing the course and have gained useful techniques and ideas to help calm my mind.

“I found the Calm Your Mind course absolutely fantastic. Belinda was wonderful and such a warm friendly woman who made me feel so comfortable. During the six weeks I learnt lots of new skills that I use daily and with my two young girls. I would recommend this course to everyone. Thank you so much for allowing me to take part.”

 

Solas Wellbeing, Ballycastle

The Benefits of

Journal Therapy:

 

  • Reduces stress
  • Helps to regulate emotions
  • Enhances personal empowerment
  • Boosts working memory
  • Improves overall wellbeing
  • Develops emotional intelligence
  • Helps you achieve goals

Belinda facilitated her ‘Joys of Journaling’ course over 6 sessions for Causeway Rural & Urban Network as part of the Spring Social Prescribing Programme. Due to the current covid restrictions, the classes took place online. The group was made up of seven participants, allowing each participant the opportunity to engage fully and express their thoughts.

 This was the first time we have ever offered ‘journaling’ to our clients and the feedback has been extremely positive in terms of offering a fresh approach to dealing with stress and anxiety.

Some of the feedback:

This group has been amazing, as I live alone I find it such a delight to meet people, chat and converse with them that wouldn’t had had the opportunity to otherwise, I hope there’ll be more classes to attend in the not too distant future to help explore my thoughts.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for these classes, I was over the moon to receive the artists way workbook it was such a lovely surprise in the post, and really love the journaling class I will definitely keep going!

We hope to work with Belinda again in the future.

CRUN

Causeway Rural & Urban Network

Belinda creates a beautiful calm safe space for allowing your inner most feelings to spill out onto the page in the most therapeutic way. Techniques are discussed and practiced in the workshop to encourage home journaling for mental clarity, healing and really connecting to ones inner truths and desires. I loved the workshop with Belinda and highly recommend it

Ruth McGinley

Belinda has been facilitating expressive writing workshops with a group of girls involved with Start360 since January 2019, with a mix of individual, group-work and take-home exercises.

Many of the girls were nervous starting out, and didn’t know what to expect as they had never attended something like this before.  Belinda supported them from day one, letting them go at their own pace, building on their strengths and gently challenging when necessary.  They have felt able to express themselves in an environment that is non-judgemental and empowering.  To see how the girls have progressed since day one has been amazing, they have been able to let themselves go creatively because they feel no judgement only encouragement.

Claire Connolly

Service Manager, START360

Belinda’s “write to awaken” workshop was fantastic. It really spoke to the depths that writing can take us on our personal journey of revelation and understanding. I would highly recommend Belinda Bennetts as she is extremely thorough, understanding and has a soft and caring energy. A real gift to attend her class!

Rachel Lindsay

If you are an individual, business or organisation interested in having Belinda facilitate a course or workshop for you, or would simply like more information, do get in touch 

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If you would like to read more about my journey, my memoir, FEAR TO LOVE – An Inner Journey Home, is available through Amazon.