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Writing Group — Online

 New Group

Stories are how our ancestors wove the fabric of meaning and existence as they made their way in their lives. Telling your story helps you to explore yourself, your roots, and your journey through life. Think about taking out your notebook to begin. "One day, this is what happened..." can be a beginning. There are so many beginnings. "Once upon a time" is a powerful beginning. The beginning is the hardest part for most people. Being part of a group helps stimulate ideas and provides support and encouragement for telling your story --

who you are now • how you got here • where you are going • the story you are living.

Jung wrote in Memories, Dreams and Reflections:

Thus it is that I have now undertaken, in my eighty-third year, to tell my personal myth. I can only make direct statements, only “tell stories.” Whether or not the stories are “true” is not the problem. The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth.

Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and telling yourself how much you hate your body or some part of your body?  Perhaps aging finds you at odds with your body -- the wrinkles, changes in skin and hair, sagging. Being at odds with our bodies makes us at odds with ourselves, no matter what it is that we are struggling with.

Or maybe you are wrestling with starting life again after divorce or after children have grown and left home. Or about what you want to do with the rest of your life. 

Or you want to revisit earlier parts of your life with new eyes.

In our group, you will be supported to write the stories that you may not have told anyone before about how you feel about and in your body, about your life, about any of the issues you want to explore. The group is confidential -- everyone agrees to keep each other’s stories private and contained. Guidelines for listening to the work of others and offering feedback will be given in order to create a safe space for each member. 

Writing From Inside Out is a personal growth/writing group for people of all writing abilities who wish to deepen their self understanding. It is an 8-week group for women. Members will spend time each week writing at home. Prompts and exercises will be offered for each week to help guide writing. Members may choose to share what they have written, though there is no requirement to do so.

 We will use a private discussion forum. I will post writing exercises and material to read.  You may post your writing (if you wish) and read the writing of others. We will use the discussion forum for discussions about the assignments, about life issues, about writing, about the process of personal exploration through writing. Our space will not be visible to anyone outside of our group and accessible only to members. Ten days after the ending of the group, I will delete all writings and discussion. 

Because of the format, people are free to participate each day within their own schedule, which  will make it easier for everyone to participate. We will create a safe space for this work by committing to full confidentiality when reading the work posted in this group. 

Feedback will be supportive, with an eye to the visions and the goals of the writers. Our goal is to facilitate healing and personal growth, not to focus on the mechanics of writing.

Members agree to commit to spending time each week  reading and writing and commenting on the writing of other  participants and participating in discussions. I will be participating daily in discussions.

The group will be limited to 8 members. The charge for this course is $200, payable via Paypal. Individual consultations are available for an additional fee upon request.

For more information and to register, please email me using the contact form to the right.  Our starting date will be set as soon as sufficient people have enrolled. I ask that you make an advance payment of $35.00 to secure your place in the class. 

What some previous members of this group have said: 

B: "this is the first course of several I’ve taken with Cheryl, and it changed my life! The exercises , the discussions, and the wonderful, diverse community of other writers sharing their struggles and successes not only helped me make some important decisions about my life, but also got me hooked on Cheryl’s groups and the long-lasting friendships I have made in them. Thank you!!

C said: "The Life Writing course was one of the best gifts I’ve given to myself. Although writing about and posting my life experiences seemed a bit overwhelming at first, in no time at all, I felt part of a very nurturing and supportive writing community."

K : I absolutely loved this course! It was the fourth I’ve taken with Cheryl, and I’m still thinking about it frequently. I experienced some breakthroughs in this class – both in my writing and in my learning about myself – and the intensity of the writing and interaction helped me gain invaluable insights into my life story. I think what I like most about Cheryl’s courses is that they’re a perfect combination: they’re therapeutic, they give you practice and an audience for writing, they’re intellectually stimulating, and the friendship and relationships you form are often closer than your face to face relationships. Thanks for providing such a multi-purpose forum, Cheryl!"

L: "Cheryl’s writing prompts inspired me to write about things I hadn't thought about in years.  Feedback from other participants provided new perspectives on life events that I wrote about."

I: “This course helped me see my life with new eyes and decide what I wanted to gain from my remaining time. It also introduced me to a wonderful set of participants, whose wisdom and perspective enriched my life. I highly recommend this course.”

Psychotherapy


"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed."   Carl Jung

It is never too late to grow. Psychotherapy that can help us change a life is as much for the person in her  60's or 70's as it is for those in their 30's and 40's.

I am fascinated by stories. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our lives. The stories we tell others to shape how they see and know us. In psycho-therapy, together we listen to your stories and find the places where some element in the story, perhaps an old belief about yourself, keeps you from the life you want. Over time, the story changes so that the story you tell about yourself at the end, while still recognizably yours, is different from the story you told at the beginning, a revised version that you will continue to live into old age.

There are no magic tricks or tools in this kind of therapy. It works when you and I develop a good working relationship with each other. Your task is to show up at the appointed time and say what you want as honestly as you can. Tell me your dreams. Your feelings. Your wishes. Your hopes. Your sorrows. My task is to listen, listen as deeply as I can, and offer you my feelings, ideas, intuitions that come in response to your stories. 

The goal of Jungian psychotherapy is to enable you to live a life that most fully expresses your own nature. Each of us has a unique self which is trying to unfold. When that unfolding is blocked we may become anxious, or depressed or angry and we may have trouble in our relationships. You and I together develop a caring dialogue which will help you first to understand where you are blocked and then to overcome your blocks. Through our work, you can expect to feel happier and more fulfilled in your relationships, in your job and in your creative life.                                           

Depth psychotherapy is usually not brief therapy. It takes time to explore the complexities of feeling and experience that make up a person's own unique past, as well as present manifestations of that past. Entering psychotherapy is making an important personal commitment.

 Though there is a widely held perception that we must be broken, weak, diseased or sick if we find ourselves in need of a psychotherapist, Jungian psychotherapy is not only for those with diagnosable psychological problems, like depression or anxiety. It is also valuable for personal growth. Through Jungian psychotherapy you may in discover a more authentic and personally meaningful way of living your life. 

Although in most respects working face to face is desirable, when distance or other circumstances make that difficult or impossible, then working by telephone or via FaceTime or Skype is a very workable alternative.

I currently have openings for prospective patients who wish to work by telephone, online or face-to-face -- we can schedule your first session within a week. If you have any questions or would like to know more about my practice or me, please use the contact form on the left to email me. I will call you if you provide a phone number or reply via email as you wish. 

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious. – C.G. Jung

My standard fee is $110/50 minute session. Sliding fee scale available.

In general, I make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to our work.  Don't be hesitant to discuss what will work for you. I do not accept third party payment/health insurance. This allows me  to have a sliding scale for fees according to your circumstances and ability to pay. Once we decide to work together, we will settle on a fee which we will negotiate together. In general, I make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to our work.  Don't be hesitant to discuss what will work for you.

I accept cash, check, and  PayPal. I prefer to be reimbursed the day of service if possible, but can make arrangements for you to pay once a month, if that is more manageable.

If you book an initial session, cancellations within 24 hours of your session time incur the full fee. This policy is within the standard for the  psychotherapy profession.

10 minute telephone consultation: $0

Hours by appointment only


General Policies

Following is an overview of policies and procedures regarding appointments, fees, cancellations, etc.

1. I am a Jungian psychotherapist specializing in individual psychotherapy. Customarily once an agreement to work together has been made, patients make a commitment which may last from a few months to several years.

2. I do not offer emergency care, crisis intervention, court-mandated therapy, or case management services. I am available via email or telephone to established patients.

3. Full payment is expected for missed sessions and for sessions cancelled on less than 24 hrs. notice. The work of psychotherapy is sometimes challenging and when we hit a difficult place together, it can feel easier to want to avoid coming in for treatment. I would prefer we speak about this intentionally rather than you canceling sessions. I hold your appointment time specifically for you and you alone. Therefore, I charge for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. No-shows or cancellations made after the start of the session incur the full fee. 

4. If you are running late for your appointment, please text or email me as soon as you can to let me know you will be late. If I do not hear from you by 20 minutes into your session, I will call to check on you and may assume you do not plan to attend your session. 

If you are late for your session, we will still end at our regular time.

5. If you need to contact me between sessions about a clinical matter, please email or phone me. I check my messages each day unless I am out of town. If I am planning on being out of town, I will let you know in advance. 

Emergency phone consultations of few minutes  are not charged. However, if we spend more than 10 minutes on the phone or if I spend more than 10 minutes reading and responding to emails, I will treat that time as therapy time and bill you at our usual hourly rate on a prorated basis for that time. If you feel the need for many phone calls and cannot wait for your next appointment, we may need to schedule more sessions to address your needs.

6. If an emergency situation arises, please indicate it clearly in your message to me. If your situation is an acute emergency and you need to talk to someone right away, contact the closest 24- hour emergency psychiatric service: 

Dial 911 or


Go to your nearest Emergency Room

7. To avoid dual relationships, I do not accept friend requests from patients on any of my social media profiles.


My Book

One night over 20 years ago I sat in my friend Pauline’s living room s we talked about our wishes and hopes for our futures. I was recently divorced, my kids were almost grown and I had this great empty canvas of a life ahead of me. I heard myself say to Pauline that I was going to write a book. I had no idea what that book would be about or when I would write it, but the desire to write it came into my awareness that night.

My book, The Fat Lady Sings, published by: Karnac Books, March 2017:

Contents:

The silent woman 


Life in the panopticon 


The war on obesity: a cultural complex at work 


When a body meets a body: fat enters the consulting room 


Dancing with Marion Woodman: searching for meaning 


Woodman, my mother, and me 


Woodman and anger, food, eating, and control 


A last look at Woodman 


Memory, shame, and the fat body—pulling it all together 


My body, my self: toward a theory of fat and trauma 


Back to the consulting room: blind spots and remedies 


Coming out as fat 

The Fat Lip Podcast - hear me talk about fat and writing The Fat Lady Sings with Ash, host of the The Fat Lip.                                    

Watch my interview with David Van Nuys  for his podcast, Shrink Rap Radio 

Reviews:

"The Fat Lady Sings is a superb and compassionate work for anyone who cares about eliminating prejudice, hearing what is unspoken and unspeakable in our society and for the future of psychotherapy itself. The “fat complex” as Cheryl Fuller profoundly demonstates, afflicts all of us. It leaves ‘fat women,’ in particular as one of the most reviled and misunderstood of social groups. Just as there is no feminism without the elimination of sizeism, so there can be no true psychotherapy unless the ongoing social traumatization of the fat body is given its due. The Fat Lady Sings is scholarly, provocative, revisionary and revealing. It is a song that psychology needs to listen to and to learn.” --Susan Rowland (PhD) Chair: MA Engaged Humanties and the Creative Life, Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA. Author Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002); Remembering Dionysus (2017).

"As a writer, it is my job to create interesting characters, which means by definition people demonstrably unlike others. As the mother of girls, I also have worried about the cultural messages that bombard us from all angles. Much of what Cheryl Fuller deals with in The Fat Lady Sings speaks to all people, fat or thin, genetically predisposed to pulchritude or psychologically traumatized into becoming a plus size. In a world where the civilized know not to divide and categorize based on difference, the obese are still a target for ridicule, torment and pity.

This is a beautiful book, leading us gracefully through a sensitive exploration of how it is to live in the spotlight to the judgment of others and ourselves. Fuller’s clarity and candour makes it possible to discuss the energy required to deal with the trauma, societal dismissiveness and the inevitability of our bodies to rebel from uniformity.

I grew up and have lived all my life in a post-voluptuous world, where the “full-figured girl” was no longer valued. If even one of the doctors who added mention of my weight to my various symptoms during a consult throughout my life could read and learn from this book, the world might be a better place for all of us.” —Janice MacDonald, bestselling Canadian author


"In this book the fat lady sings and keeps on singing. Far from over, she's just beginning. What a pleasureable, enlightening song affirming life, her life. A contagious feeling the reader grows with as well. The author won me with her first sentences and took me with her the rest of the way.

The work is at once sophisticated, acccessible, helpful, freeing. Fat people will benefit in ways rarely felt or encountered but so will people of any  build. This is a friendly book that has a way of melting degradation, rejection, second class citzenship, pressure to be someone or something else that deforms.

One feels human value giving birth to itself in ways that lift and add. No apologies or self-immolation, but a voice that touches and makes you feel more alive because of its self-expression.The body writes itself and you feel more real in the process. What a relief to identify with a voice making room for itself, sharing capacity to be.” —Michael Eigen, author of Under the Totem: In Search of a Path, The Sensitive Self, and Faith


"This book has the potential to be revisionary in sparking a reimagination of fatness from a psychological perspective.”  ~ "The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and its Effects", by Cheryl Fuller, London, UK, Karnac, 2017  Review by Paula M. Brochu Fat Studies Vol. 7 , Iss. 1,2018


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