South Pomfret, Vermont
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Journaling: Changing the Self-Narrative

Develop a richer and more compassionate view of yourself through writing and discussion.

“Self talk” refers to how we often inadvertently limit ourselves through the common things we tell ourselves. In our best moments, it can be life affirming (“I work hard for my family”); more often, it can be self-critical and harsh (“I should work harder/better, as a mother/employee/spouse…”). This workshop is for anyone with an interest in exploring and discussing their own sense of self through writing. Journaling is a common practice for helping to calm the self, find clarity, and “ground” oneself in where you are at this moment. In each class, we will use the theme of “life chapters” to discuss discrete periods in our lives (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood) and how identity has changed/evolved through these periods. Our goal is to end the class with a richer and more compassionate view of ourselves as evolving in time and in relationship to those in our communities.

Please bring a journal or notebook and pens or pencils to write with.

Heather Sheldon is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently the Clinical Director of Family Based Services at Carson Valley Children's Aid in PA. She graduated from Boston College School of Social Work and has twenty years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Heather has professional interest in the areas of trauma, women’s development, and substance abuse. She has a degree in World Religion from Harvard Divinity School and an ongoing meditation practice. She is also an avid animal lover and chaotic gardener.