The Healing Power of Writing A Therapist s Guide to Using Journaling With Clients

The first part of this book, “Journaling and the Clinical Process,” gives an overview of therapeutic journaling and the many potential benefits from its use.

Author: Susan Borkin

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393709582

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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The healing benefits of writing can support traditional therapy. While much has been written about the physical and emotional benefits of writing, little has been written specifically for mental health professionals detailing how to use therapeutic journaling with their clients. Therapeutic journaling—any type of writing or related expressive process used for the purpose of psychological healing or growth—can be an extremely helpful adjunctive therapy. When integrated into an overall treatment plan, regardless of the therapist’s clinical orientation, journaling can become a dynamic tool for personal growth and healing. The first part of this book, “Journaling and the Clinical Process,” gives an overview of therapeutic journaling and the many potential benefits from its use. It provides concrete and specific steps for introducing journaling to psychotherapy clients and answers questions about structure and logistics. For example, engaging your client in writing a biographical statement will not only help focus the treatment plan but also provide a vast amount of background information. This section also introduces two very beneficial mnemonic devices to help clients focus and organize journaling between sessions. The next section, “Presenting Problems and Journaling Solutions,” addresses nine different diagnoses and explains specifically how therapeutic journaling can be integrated into the treatment plan of these diagnoses. Key diagnoses are covered: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, couple and relationship issues, addictions, disordered eating, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The final part of the book, “Journaling Roadblocks and Building Blocks,” addresses potentially difficult, sticky, or challenging situations regarding journaling, such as possible resistance to therapeutic journaling, privacy issues, safe boundaries, and protection of client material. Importantly, it also reviews those circumstances in which it is best not to use therapeutic journaling or when journaling is contraindicated. The author offers a program designed for therapists for creating their own therapeutic journaling practice. The Healing Power of Writing is filled with case studies, step-by-step exercises, and clear and practical guidelines for mental health professionals who want to incorporate journaling into their clients’ treatment.

With Pen In Hand

With Pen in Hand is an inspirational and practical guide to breaking through these roadblocks and to helping one "write to heal.

Author: Henriette Anne Klauser

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786751266

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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In moments of grief or loss, we often turn to the written word to say what cannot be said aloud. Indeed, directing sadness, rage, or confusion at the page can be tremendously cathartic and liberating. As we express our deepest feelings without reserve in poetry or prose, we feel the power of our words begin to draw out some of the pain in our hearts and replace it with hope.But fears about writing honestly and self-criticism can stand in the way of making use of this powerful therapeutic tool. With Pen in Hand is an inspirational and practical guide to breaking through these roadblocks and to helping one "write to heal." Outlining writing techniques that are best for working through pain and for privately collecting raw emotions--"Writing a Letter of Goodbye," "Interviewing Your Body," "Rapid-Writing," and more--Henriette Klauser shares stories and tips that will help readers gain comfort from what they commit to paper. For the accomplished writer and non-writer alike, With Pen in Hand will help one make use of the kind of expression that in the aftermath of a crisis or loss, can make one whole again.

Opening Up

This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well.

Author: James W. Pennebaker

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781462504848

Category: Psychology

Page: 249

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Anyone who has ever entrusted a troubling secret to a journal, or mourned a broken heart with a friend, knows the feeling of relief that expressing painful emotions can bring. This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well. Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research that sheds new light on the powerful mind body connection. This book interweaves his findings with insightful case studies on secret-keeping, confession, and the hidden price of silence. Filled with information and encouragement, Opening Up explains: *Why suppressing inner problems takes a devastating toll on health *How long-buried trauma affects the immune system *How writing about your problems can improve your health *Why it's never too late to heal old emotional wounds *When self-disclosure may be risky--and how to know whom to trust

Writing as a Way of Healing

The healing power comes from the reflection on the pain we are living through. In this inspiring book, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing.

Author: Louise Desalvo

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: 0062515195

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Acclaimed author Louise DeSalvo draws on her own experience and the lives of others to examine the healing power of the writing process. In this landmark work, DeSalvo uses her twenty years as a teacher of writing to explore how the creative process can in fact be a restorative tool. She looks at the cutting-edge scientific research on the subject and presents dozens of anecdotes of famous writers and beginners in the field to illuminate her theory that writing can repair pain--and keep our demons at bay. In Writing as a Way of Healing, DeSalvo also develops a detailed program of exercises that shows writers and nonwriters alike how to "open up" to themselves through writing, write regularly in a relaxed way, and achieve a state of personal acceptance through writing. DeSalvo's techniques will provide a solid foundation for writers to benefit both physically and emotionally from telling their stories. DeSalvo writes with remarkable insight of a wide range of writers who have found that their work helped them to heal, including Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Kenzaburo Oe, Djuna Barnes, Peter Handke, Jamaica Kincaid, and Mark Doty. In these pages, we become familiar with writers' stories of healing: Isabel Allende deals with the anguish of sitting near her comatose daughter's bedside by beginning to compose a letter to her that eventually becomes the memoir Paula. Henry Miller, despondent when his wife, June, left him for another woman and contemplating suicide, instead works through the night on a story that details his life with June. This brief outline, written during a time of Miller's sharpest despair, serves as the inspiration for his greatest novels. DeSalvo illustrates how writers can find solace in their work if they ensure that they have a safe environment and a deliberate plan to approach the writing process. She also discusses what went wrong for writers "at risk" like Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, and she warns of the danger of using writing as a call for help instead of seeking help. According to DeSalvo, the way to responsibly write, to heal, is to make an effort to understand our experiences as we write about them. The healing power comes from the reflection on the pain we are living through. In this inspiring book, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing. Based on her twenty years of research, DeSalvo show how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. She draws on the journals, diaries, letters, and works of dozens of famous writers and students of the craft to illustrate how people "change physically and psychologically when they work on projects that grow from a deep, authentic place." With insight and wit, she illuminates how writers, from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, have been transformed by the wiring process. Writing as a Way of Healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers.

Writing to Heal

This book takes readers through a series of guided writing exercises that help them explore their feelings about difficult experiences.

Author: James W. Pennebaker

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1608821250

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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This book takes readers through a series of guided writing exercises that help them explore their feelings about difficult experiences. Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains how to proceed with journal exercises and what they are structured to help accomplish. The exercises leave readers with a strong sense of their value in the world.

Writing to Heal the Soul

Lyrically illustrated with true stories from the author and others, the book offers simple yet inspiring writing exercises to help you resolve your pain as you transform your grief into words of hope and healing.

Author: Susan Zimmermann

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780307561305

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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Susan Zimmermann experienced a devastating loss when her first child, Katherine, developed a neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or talk. Faced with her daughter’s disability, Susan struggled with fear, denial, guilt, bitterness, and despair. She began to heal only through writing. Working through conflicting emotions with paper and pen enabled her to transform her sadness into acceptance and even joy. Writing to Heal the Soul is Susan’s gift to others—everyone, not just writers—who are suffering any kind of grief or loss, whether the injury, disability, or death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship. Lyrically illustrated with true stories from the author and others, the book offers simple yet inspiring writing exercises to help you resolve your pain as you transform your grief into words of hope and healing.

Poetry and Story Therapy

This book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories in turn, describing how to select appropriate works for discussion, and providing techniques for facilitating personally-relevent and growth-enhancing sessions.

Author: Geri Giebel Chavis

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857003119

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Poetry and short stories can act as powerful springboards to growth, self-enhancement and healing. With the guidance of a skilled facilitator, participants can engage with their own creative expression, and with that of others, and in doing so find opportunities to voice their truth, affirm their strengths, and find new ways of coping with challenges. This book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories in turn, describing how to select appropriate works for discussion, and providing techniques for facilitating personally-relevent and growth-enhancing sessions. The author provides ideas and suggestions for personal writing activities that emerge from or intertwine with this discussion, and explains how participants can create their own poetic and narrative pieces using non-literary stimuli, such as music, photographs, paintings, objects, and physical movement. A useful appendix contains titles of individual poems, stories, and literary anthologies that the author has found particularly beneficial in her work, as well as useful further resources and contact details for readers who would like to train to be registered or certified poetry therapists or facilitators. Combining theory with innovative ideas for practical, experiential exercises, this book is a valuable tool for creative arts therapy students and practitioners, mental health and medical professionals, and anyone else interested in the healing possibilities of creative expression.

Writing As a Healing Art

Arguing that the pen is mightier than a host of physical and psychological ills, this guide to writing as a healing agent teaches a unique streamofconsciousness technique designed to help readers tap their inner truth. Original.

Author: Laura Cerwinske

Publisher: Perigee Trade

ISBN: 0399525424

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 222

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Arguing that the pen is mightier than a host of physical and psychological ills, this guide to writing as a healing agent teaches a unique streamofconsciousness technique designed to help readers tap their inner truth. Original.

Write to Restore

A collection of sixteen writing exercises to be completed over sixty days, this journal gently guides writers more and more deeply into their story, and includes follow-up readings, additional exercises, and suggested uses.

Author: Jen Cross

Publisher: Mango

ISBN: 1642501069

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 126

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A follow-up and companion to Writing Ourselves Whole: Using The Power Of Your Own Creativity To Recover and Heal From Creative Writing (Mango, 2017), OUR WORDS RESTORE US is a guided journal for sexual trauma survivors seeking to discover, explore, and restory their own experiences of trauma and its aftermath. A collection of sixteen writing exercises to be completed over sixty days, this journal gently guides writers more and more deeply into their story, and includes follow-up readings, additional exercises, and suggested uses.

Nutrition for the Soul

Discover the Healing Power of Food and WritingThe combination of real food and meaningful creative expression is a recipe for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Author: Nancy E. Petrucka

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1500398969

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 46

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Discover the Healing Power of Food and WritingThe combination of real food and meaningful creative expression is a recipe for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Together we will write and eat our way to an extraordinary life!Here's what you will learn:• Small changes lead to big results.• The key to healing begins with loving yourself. • A simple plan to help you choose foods that nourish your body.• Writing your thoughts and feelings can be powerful and healing.The answers are within you, waiting to be discovered!

Rewrite Your Life

In Rewrite Your Life, creative writing professor, sociologist, and popular fiction author Jess Lourey guides you through the redemptive process of writing a healing novel that recycles and transforms your most precious resources—your own ...

Author: Jessica Lourey

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781633410510

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

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“A step-by-step guide for writers struggling to create fiction from their life . . . delivers on its promise with such honesty, simplicity, and beauty.”—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. But how do we select and then write our most significant story—the one that helps us to evolve and invites pure creativity into our lives? In Rewrite Your Life, creative writing professor, sociologist, and popular fiction author Jess Lourey guides you through the redemptive process of writing a healing novel that recycles and transforms your most precious resources—your own emotions and experiences. This fact-to-fiction process provides not only the essential building blocks of bestselling novels but is also personally transformative. Based on the process the author developed and field-tested in the wake of her husband’s suicide, Rewrite Your Life is devoted to the practice of discovering, healing, and evolving through fiction writing. It combines research, practical and engaging guidance, and personal experience to meet readers where they are and take their creativity and personal growth to the next level. Tender, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny, Rewrite Your Life offers both a map and a compass for those seeking to harvest their life experiences to heal, lead a more authentic life, and craft a rich, powerful work of fiction. “My favorite kind of self-help book: irreverent, personal, and superbly useful.”—Jen Mann, New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat “A lively exploration of writing’s therapeutic value and an encouraging invitation to apply it to your life.”—Kendra Levin, author of The Hero Is You

Writing Ourselves Whole

How to change your life: When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life.

Author: Jen Cross

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781633536203

Category: Self-Help

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Creating books that will change your life Healing victims of sexual assault through transformative journaling: One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing. Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse: Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises. Sections focus on writing as a transformative practice, embodying our story, how to write trauma without retraumatization, writing joy and desire, and more. How to change your life: When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as for their partners, families, and caregivers. Survivors of childhood sexual trauma are strong and vulnerable enough to bear witness to each other's truths, to share and learn new languages for our experiences, to throw over the simplistic “victim” and “survivor” narratives that permeate mainstream media in favor of narratives that are fragmented, complicated, messy, and ultimately more whole. Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves: Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories – we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office. We do not need to be afraid, as a community of fractured, harmed and healing survivors, of reaching out to and supporting one another. Books such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing beautifully describe the power of writing and offer practices for readers to engage with individually. Yet few creative writing or creative recovery books explicitly address sexual trauma survivor struggles to find language for their experience, nor do they describe the empowerment we might find in discovering language and expression for our delight, desire, and joy as well as our loss and pain. Writing Ourselves Whole specifically addresses the power of connecting with others who share our experience and can support us in finding language for subjects we not only are not supposed to talk about in polite company, but aren't even supposed to articulate to ourselves. Transformative journaling: Writing Ourselves Whole acknowledges the radical and profound impact of a creative healing community for trauma survivors, and includes suggestions for those seeking to create a peer writing group in their own communities. Writing Ourselves Whole rises out of the intersection of Natalie Goldberg's groundbreaking Writing Down the Bones, the powerful Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, and the hopeful, angry struggle of Inga Muscio's Cunt. What You'll Learn Inside Writing Ourselves Whole: How to reconnect with your creative instinct through freewriting How freewriting can help you reclaim the parts of yourself, and your history, that you were never supposed to be able to name How "restorying" the old myths about sexual trauma survivors can set you free How a consistent writing practice can help reconnect you with your creative genius How (and why) to make writing part of your regular self-care routine — and why, if you don’t have a self-care routine, it’s time to develop one Why writing about your desires is at least as important as writing about violence The profound joy and power of writing in community and solidarity with other survivors

Writing as a Way of Healing

WRITING AS A WAY OF HEALING gives valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inpsire both experienced and beginning writers.

Author: Louise A. DeSalvo

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807072435

Category: Self-Help

Page: 226

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Highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo offers the first detailed writing program designed for healing. DeSalvo shows how anyone can use writing as a way to overcome the emotional and physical wounds that arn an inevitable part of life. She culls journals, diaries, letters, and works of dozens of famouns writers and students of the craft to illustrate how people "change physically and psychologically when they work on projects that grow from a deep, authentic place." With insight and with, she illuminates how the writing process has transformed authors such as Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, Audre Lorde, and Isabel Allende. WRITING AS A WAY OF HEALING gives valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inpsire both experienced and beginning writers.

Becoming Whole

Myers helps writers find the secret stories, learn about family dynamics, and heal the past through truth telling and forgiveness.

Author: Linda Joy Myers

Publisher:

ISBN: 0979306132

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Employing unique techniques that have helped writers realize the wisdom and power of their personal stories, Becoming Whole offers specific guidelines to unravel the daunting and exhilarating task of writing a memoir. Myers helps writers find the secret stories, learn about family dynamics, and heal the past through truth telling and forgiveness. Memoir writing can be a path toward personal transformation. “Readers will find gentle guidance and encouragement here…” says ForeWord Magazine.

The Healing Power of Prayer

Writing down your prayers may help increase their meaning , because you have
created a written statement . Of course it is not necessary to write every prayer .
Some may face a problem of sight or writing ability . This does not mean their ...

Author: Chester L. Tolson

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ISBN: 0801012554

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Shows how the stress-relieving effects of prayer can heal our bodies.

Writing and Healing

Provides a unique occasion for teachers, scholars, and other professional to begin an open, serious conversation about the healing power of writing.

Author: Charles M. Anderson

Publisher: National Council of Teachers

ISBN: UOM:39015056929006

Category: Psychology

Page: 476

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Provides a unique occasion for teachers, scholars, and other professional to begin an open, serious conversation about the healing power of writing.

Virginia English Bulletin

Writing and Healing provides a unique occasion for teachers , scholars , and
other professionals to begin an open , serious conversation about the healing
power of writing . English teachers in colleges , universities , and secondary
schools ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X006162706

Category: English language

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Writing from Within

The healing power of “ writing from within ” is enormous for the writer . The power
of the story can push deep into the unconscious of even those who are very sick
and infirm . Likewise , if we can awaken searing memories from the past , as ...

Author: Bernard Selling

Publisher:

ISBN: 0760753547

Category: Autobiography

Page: 302

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Healing Power

John Gunstone admits that these can be complex questions , but he believes that
it is time for the church to tackle them in order to know more of the healing power
of Jesus . Writing from thirty years of experience as a pastor in the healing ...

Author: John Thomas Arthur Gunstone

Publisher: Vine Books

ISBN: 0892833181

Category: Church work with the sick

Page: 168

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The Healing Journey Through Job Loss

Careers / Self - Improvement $ 16.95 USA / $ 23.95 CAN A powerful source of
professional renewal Written by professional ... Dozens of guided journal entries
draw upon the healing power of writing to help you work through your sense of
loss ...

Author: Phil Rich

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: CORNELL:31924087532820

Category: Psychology

Page: 280

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Drawing on the healing powers of writing, a guide to coming to terms with the emotional and psychological impact of sudden unemployment helps prepare you for the process of seeking a new job or career. Original.