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Reflective Writing to
Move through Shame into Self-assurance

Connecting to yourself through writing, deciphering the messages of

your own inner voice, can be more healing and transformative than

listening to inspirational speakers, reading books, or talking to a therapist.

a person writing longhand

Led By

Tracey O'Connell, MD, PCC

On Zoom these Tuesdays* from 645-8p EST:

June 4

June 18

July 16

July 30

Aug 13

Aug 27

$500 for 6 sessions

Limited to 10 participants

Each writing session will focus on different themes of understanding shame and the ways we try to protect ourselves and off-load hurt, as well as learning skills to enable us to trust ourselves again, so we can be more playful, joyful, relaxed, and confident.

Writing will be confidential with opportunities to share and discuss.

*Course will be recorded only if unanimously approved by all participants

​"I'm tired of being limited by the relentless internal messages telling me I'm not enough or I'm too much. Intellectually, I know I'm fine. But emotionally, I can't stop feeling like there's something wrong with me. I want to reprogram my inner hard-drive and enjoy my life."

Do you ever have similar thoughts?

 

If your answer is yes, you're not alone!

 

This course combines the research of Brené Brown with the power of reflective writing to examine and debunk the shame we burden ourselves with daily, often without recognizing it.

 

The constant sense of being "not-enough" - not smart enough, not fast enough, not skilled enough, not organized enough, or "too much"- too emotional, too quiet, too controlling, too slow... and so on, cause us to miss out on the joys of being alive.

When things don't work out as we hoped, we make up stories as to why we "failed" and who is to blame. These stories may not be true.

 

It's not that we need to be "better"or perfect. Rather, we need to teach our brains and bodies how to process disappointment and other undesirable emotions, gain coping skills, and strengthen conviction in ourselves.

The act of writing to ourselves, via two-way conversation in response to selected prompts and readings, does just that: converts a self-critical voice into a supportive one.

Connecting to yourself through writing, deciphering the messages of

your own inner voice, can be more healing and transformative than

listening to inspirational speakers, reading books, or talking to a therapist.

Some of the benefits of intentional writing:

  • Creates vision and sets intention

  • Clarifies values

  • Stimulates thinking that leads to insights and understanding

  • Changes perspectives and perception

  • Facilitates mindfulness practice

  • Expresses and defines readiness to change

  • Removes obstacles to build confidence and resilience

  • Creates and supports joy and opportunities to flourish

 

Testimonial from prior writing course attendee:

The best part was the privacy of the writing- this surprised me since my ambitious self is always thinking of ways to publish. But the ability to do this live . . . allowed me to be present for myself in a way I haven't done in a long time. I wrote very openly and felt something release inside me that has helped tremendously with how I am seeing certain scenarios. The [sessions] for this type of processing . . . helped solidify that I am ok and gave me other perspectives, too. What a gift!!!

 

This course was something I did for myself because I imagined it would be fun and different. Not only was it both of those things, it was also transformative for me. I am different now than before the course and it is because of the skilled facilitation and the thoughtful curriculum that I was able to work through several areas in my life that had been bothering me. I would highly recommend this course. 

 

The wisdom gained through this course can be passed onto families, communities, future generations, and the planet. What a gift to give yourself and the world.

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