Ongoing and Upcoming Events


Expressive Writing for Health, Trauma Recovery and Wholeness:
a workshop to equip you to customize your journal for your needs

~ your journal practice is stuck because you

write the same thoughts over and over ~ you want to heal old wounds

~ your writing could benefit from variety and freshness, depth and support

~ you are looking to tailor your personal writing to suit your ever-changing needs,

then this workshop is for you.

You will leave with a toolbox of techniques you can choose from that provide containment and safety and help uncover insight and access intuition.

Kate Thompson, journal therapist, and Carolyn Jennings, journal facilitator, have together been teaching therapists Journal Ladder techniques for clients to use. Now we’re bringing these techniques direct to you to expand your repertoire of writing tools so that your writing can take you further.

We will guide you up The Journal Ladder (a set of
14 techniques developed by Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy), a structure that provides each writer maximum support alongside deepening awareness. Adams saw the need after watching unguided writers fall into common, harmful pitfalls of journal writing.
Saturday March 17th 2017
9am – 12.30pm
Where: Creative Life Center, 8778 Wolff Court, #Suite 207, Westminster, CO 80031

Cost: Early bird before March 5th: $50              Full price: $60
There is a proven relationship between expressive writing and health or trauma recovery. A traumatic event can be integrated when you translate emotions into a written narrative, assigning meaning and coherence.

“All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them” (Karen Blixen)
Kate Thompson & Carolyn Jennings
Kate Thompson, MA,MA, CJT, existential counselor, journal therapist and author of Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals.
303 870 5775

Carolyn Jennings, Journal to the Self® facilitator, author of Hunger Speaks, a memoir told in poetry and writer whose journals were key to her recovery from an eating disorder.
720 289 0896

Register here

Contact me for more information:


Adoption is a lifelong journey – don’t travel alone

When: Twice a month – every 1st & 3rd TUESDAY 4.30-6pm

Where: Sondermind, Suite 12, 100 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO 80302

Cost: sliding scale $25-$35

The adoption story continues throughout the lifespan because adoption is a lifelong journey.

This ongoing group is for adoptees who are seeking community and a space to explore who they are in the company of others who share this experience. People come to this group at different stages in the journey – some have traced birth parents, others have no information about their origins or may be beginning to learn more.

It is open to adults who were adopted at any age.

It is not uncommon for adoption-related issues to crop up unexpectedly throughout the lifespan. They can affect your:
Life choices
This group will help you:
Tell your story
Find community & support
Share your experience
Explore your adoption issues including: what you know and what you don’t, ideas of ‘family’ and selfhood
Make sense of feelings and reactions
Discover your own meaning in your life

Writing is a powerful way to create your narrative, to find your healing story. The group will try some gentle expressive writing exercises and there will be opportunity (but no obligation) to share.

British author Jeanette Winterson says:
“ Adopted people may feel silenced.”
“We need new ways to tell our stories.”
“Adoption drops you into the story after the story has started.”
“We need better stories for the stories around adoption.”
Facilitated by Kate Thompson MA MA CJT
Existential Psychotherapist & Writer (and adult adoptee)

Landscape, Literature, and Imagination:

How We Connect Self and Place

 A Writing Workshop with Kate Thompson & Mary Reynolds Thompson


 A strong landscape is one that has an emotional effect and  creates a strong memory in which landscape becomes fused with the self. In this interactive writing workshop, we will explore how landscapes––real, literary, and imagined––can create a topology of memory that infuses our writing and lives with deeper awareness and creativity.  We will pose the fundamental question not as “Who am I?” But rather: “Where Am I?”

Join Kate & Mary in the inspiring landscape of Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the mountains to explore your own relationship with landscape.

Mary Reynolds Thompson CAPF and CJF is a facilitator of poetry and journal therapy and author of Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World and Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.

Kate Thompson MA, CJF is an existential counselor, journal therapist and writer. Her publications include Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals, Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities and Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing.

Date: Saturday 11th July 2015               Time: 9-12.30

Cost: $45 Early bird discount before June 20th: $40

 Place: 100, Arapahoe, Boulder CO 80302

 For further details or to reserve your place:




“You can’t know who you are until you know where you are.” — Wendell Berry

Place imprints us as surely as we imprint it. Places hold memory, awareness, and illuminate hidden and mythic aspects within us. In this workshop, through poetry, journal writing, and immersion in the particularities of place, we will see how inner and outer nature mirror and inform each other. Ideal for environmentalists, nature lovers, and writers who want to creatively explore the intersection of identity and landscape.


Kate Thompson and Mary Reynolds Thompson (no relation!) are English writers and journal and poetry therapists who now make their homes in Colorado and California respectively. Kate is author of Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals, and Mary of Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.

Date: Thursday July 16th 2015, 10.30am-3.30pm (brown bag lunch)

Cost: $65

Place: Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5890 Highway 73, Evergreen CO80439

For further information or to reserve a place:




Next meeting  2015: Thursday 11th June, 5-7pm

100 Arapahoe, Boulder CO 80302





The Third Eye on the telephone: supervision & support groups for therapeutic writing facilitators

These groups meet once every 2 weeks. The current group meets on Tuesday mornings:

8.30am-11am PST

9.30am-11am MST

11.30am-1pm EST

4.30-6pm London time

These  are distance learning group for therapeutic writing practitioners where we can discuss issues such as: group dynamics, how to think about mental health issues, boundaries or practice issues as they occur in our groups. This is a way to share best practice, get consultation, think & write together and develop journal writing for self-supervision and reflective practice. It’s a forum for you to ask your questions about your work and find community and support.

Overcome your isolation – join a group. New groups will form at various intervals.

Sessions have space for sharing, feedback and support and will be tailored to individual requirements. We include a short writing process and ideas about how to use it as part of your practice.

Groups are limited to 6-8 participants.

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