Hello. I’m Hayley Baxter and I run Lotus Writing Therapy as well as the attached blog The Lotus Readers. I have worked in the field of mental health for 22 years, starting out as a mental health support worker and becoming a fully qualified counsellor in 2014. I have used writing within my counselling work for several years because my first degree is in English Literature. I am currently working towards an MA in Creative Writing and Well-being.
I work in many different areas, helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement and major life changes. However, I specialise in counselling for illness, disability and chronic pain. My workshops started with teaching people to use a journal to support their recovery. I have now provided the following courses/workshops:
- Recovery Writing
- Mental Health Journals
- Stepping Stones – a 12 week course for coping with chronic ill health
- Pain Management
- Mindfulness for Chronic Pain
- How to be You – a year long journal/scrapbook about authentic self
- Mindfulness at Work for local businesses
- Colour and Emotions
- Mindful Poetry
- Planting Book Clubs in the voluntary sector
I also work alongside a local artist to create combined workshops using art, crafts and writing.
If you would like to contact me about any of the above, counselling sessions or a bespoke course for your group please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07768936665