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Expressive Writing with Dr. Brenda Lane Richardson

March 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 1:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until May 5, 2024

People diagnosed with cancer are often told by others to remain positive. But there is actually no right or wrong way to respond to a cancer diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s normal to experience distress, depression, fear and anxiety when dealing with a serious illness like cancer. Many find it helpful to seek therapeutic counseling or to join a support group to process uncomfortable feelings.

In this in-person workshop participants will be invited to write during periods of quiet as they reflect on their experiences. One of the gifts of this work is that you can write in privacy, and will not be asked to share your content with others. You will be joining a community that shares your concerns and offers mutual support without influencing your process. Participants will be invited to share what it feels like to do the writing, but not what they have written. This approach, in addition to offering an emotional outlet, can lead to unpredictable insights and a sense of relief.

The groups will be led by Dr. Brenda Lane Richardson, MSW, PhD, who utilizes Expressive Writing as a therapeutic approach in her work. During each meeting, Dr. Richardson will read aloud short quotes from women’s cancer memoirs. Time will be allowed for written journal responses, followed by an option for participants to share their experiences of how they were affected by the process. Time will be reserved at the end of every meeting for a Safe Place meditation, to restore a sense of calm. Clients will be encouraged to take their journals with them and to continue to write.

Free journals, pens, and an article explaining why Expressive Writing is best done by hand, are available for registrants.

Click here to complete a client intake which is required to participate in our workshops.

Click here to register in advance for this class.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class via Zoom.


March 24
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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