Hello. I’m Donna M Bottomley; therapist and writer of poetry, songs, and soon a book (due March 2021).
My work crosses these two strands of providing therapies such as EMDR, Brainspotting and CBT/ACT, and working on my own writing projects.
I also hold therapeutic writing sessions both individually and in groups. Research is showing that there are significant benefits to be gained from engaging in expressive writing. It can help emotionally, creatively and spiritually.
I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, an EMDR Therapist and a HCPC Registered Occupational therapist. I’m also registered as a psychotherapist with the BACP and am a Clinical Supervisor for PWP’s and CBT Therapists.
Running alongside my therapy work I have been involved in creative writing projects and training since 2002. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Arts for Health, Education & Community settings, as well as a Journal Therapy Diploma, and many other short courses in Songwriting, Singing and Poetry & Creative Writing. My work and training means that as well as creating and expressing myself through writing, I also have a passion for helping people to express themselves and heal through creative writing methods.
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I have trained in Integrative Arts and have worked in Arts & Health previously. I’ve also run dance/writing/songwriting workshops for clients.
Individual and Group Expressive Writing sessions
CBTWT (CBT-based writing therapy).
I have had several poems and two songs published and am currently in the process of writing a non-fiction book which is due to be published Spring 2021.I am a member of the Society of Authors and of Lapidus: the association of words for wellbeing.
These are the organisations I am accredited/registered with:-
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BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1
BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1
PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
PG Certificate Artists in healthcare settings
PG Diploma Integrative Arts in Health, Education & Community Settings
Diploma in Journal Therapy
EMDR Practitioner Training All Parts 1-4
IAPT Clinical Supervisor training
General Certificate in Online Counselling & Therapy Part 1 (ACTO) City & Guilds Teaching Adults in Further Education
Writing a Memoir course – Curtis Brown Creative (Online 6 weeks)
Writer’s Workshop & Conference – Hay House Publishing
Popular Singing – Leeds College of Music
Jazz Singing – Leeds College of Music
Songwriting – Factory Street Studios
Recording and Production – Leeds College of Music
Creative Writing (Poetry) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Creative Writing Short Course – UEA
Arvon Retreats x 3
Arvon Creative Writing Course (Poetry) Jo Shapcott
Arvon Songwriting Retreat – Kathryn Williams and Chris Difford
Songwriting Retreat with Martin Sutton (The Songwriting Academy)
Visual & Performing Arts – University of Brighton
Dance Foundation Course – Morley College