The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing

Suitable both for health-care professionals who wish to implement therapeutic writing with their patients, and for those wishing to start writing creatively in order to help themselves, The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing provides ...

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781853025990

Category: Psychology

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Writing is a means of making sense of experience, and of arriving at a deeper understanding of the self. The use of creative writing therapeutically can complement verbal discussions, and offers a cost- and time-effective way of extending support to depressed or psychologically distressed patients. Suitable both for health-care professionals who wish to implement therapeutic writing with their patients, and for those wishing to start writing creatively in order to help themselves, The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing provides practical, well tried and tested suggestions for beginning to write and for developing writing further. It includes ideas for writing individually and for directing groups, and explores journal writing, poetry, fiction, autobiography and writing out trauma, with established writers and those who have taken up writing for private enjoyment.

Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing

Bolton , Gillie ( 1998 ) The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing : Writing myself . London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers .

Author: Celia Hunt

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853027472

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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'It was the author's own experience of fictional autobiography that led Celia Hunt serendipiditously to appreciate that such writing could be therapeutic. She noticed, for example, and this was subsequently echoed in many of her students' experiences, a beneficial psychological change - and increased inner freedom, greater psychic flexability (perhaps the key to creativity and psychological health), a stronger sense of personal identity. This book tells us about the hows and whys of such therapeutic change.' - AutoBiographyJournal.com 'A critical examination of the therapeutic possibilities of autobiographical fiction that draws on perspectives from both psychoanalytic and literary studies.' - The Journal Of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing brings together theory and practice from psychoanalysis, literary and cultural studies and the growing field of creative writing studies. It highlights the importance of autobiographical writing not only as an opening into fiction writing, but also as a powerful therapeutic tool. Celia Hunt discusses how autobiographical fiction can be used in therapeutic work by art therapists, psychotherapists and creative writing tutors, as well as in personal development by writers of any kind. She draws up guidelines for a successful course on autobiography and creative writing, and presents case studies and practical ideas for writing about the self. She shows how writing autobiographical fiction can help people to explore significant events and relationships in their lives. Finding a writing voice in this way clarifies and strengthens the writer's sense of identity, leading to a fuller realisation of his or her potential in life.

Creative Writing in Health and Social Care

(Hudson Jones 1990) In the US Poetry Therapy and Bibliotherapy are ... Bolton, G. (1999)The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself.

Author: Fiona Sampson

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781843101369

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Writing Well Creative Writing and Mental Health

Gillie Bolton, The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999) This is an intensely personal account of the ...

Author: Debra Penman

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857001030

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Writing Well is a practical handbook of creative writing exercises which forms the basis of an indirect, nonconfrontational approach specifically intended for therapeutic use within the mental health field. Although people with emotional or psychological problems can find creative writing particularly difficult and unsettling, when writing courses are sensitively designed they are known to be of therapeutic benefit to people with mental health problems. The exercises are taken from the authors' successful practice with groups of people from a range of backgrounds in a variety of settings. The book is structured to be accessible and easy to use. The warm-ups and main exercises are organised by themes, such as positive memories, imagined worlds, changes and painful feelings. Guidelines are given for developing and adapting the exercises and practical suggestions for materials are included in the appendix. This volume will be an invaluable practical resource and imaginative inspiration for creative writing tutors and mental health professionals.

Writing our Faith

5 Gillie Bolton, The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself (London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley, 1999).

Author: Julia McGuinness

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 9780281069644

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This highly practical book reveals that there are many ways of being creative that will help us grow as Christians. As well as journaling, we can try: mind-mapping, composing a letter to God or from God to u, considering what we would like to appear in our obituary, dialoguing in prayer with Jesus, with particular obstacles in our lives, or with God's silence, addressing difficult issues through imaginary conversation, using poetic language to express emotions, to celebrate the wonder of an extraordinary moment or to articulate one of the great biblical truths

Writing Works

A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities Gillie ... 2005), and The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself ...

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781843104681

Category: Psychology

Page: 255

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Writing Works is a guide for writers or therapists working with groups or individuals and is full of practical advice on everything from the equipment needed to run a session to ideas for themes, all backed up by the theory that underpins the methods explained. Practitioners contribute detailed accounts of organizing writing workshops for clients.

Reading and Expressive Writing with Traumatised Children Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Bolton, G. (1999) The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Author: Marion Baraitser

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857007476

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Unpack my Heart with Words explores how literature can be used to help young victims cope with their experiences. The process of reading, discussing and rewriting carefully selected texts can have a significant therapeutic impact, as the young person identifies his or her own experience in the narrative. This book guides readers through all aspects of implementing biblio/narrative therapy with children and adolescents, from the importance of cultural sensitivity and understanding the psychological needs of the child to providing more practical information on how to choose the right text and encourage expression through the spoken and written word. It includes exercises for use in sessions, an analysis of the importance of symbol when working therapeutically with children, and a complete account of the ethics of good practice. Drawing on the author's innovative work with young asylum seekers and refugees, and with an overview of the latest research in creativity, language and memory, the book provides a comprehensive and practical resource on the use of literature to help young victims regain their dignity and overcome the overwhelmed hurt self. This book will be of immeasurable value to students and practitioners world-wide in arts and health care who work with traumatised young people, including counsellors, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, teachers, psychotherapists and social workers.

Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders

The therapeutic potential of creative writing: Writing myself. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Bolton, G. (2011). Write yourself: Creative writing and ...

Author: June Alexander

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317649366

Category: Psychology

Page: 250

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Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The diary healer uses a unique combination of evidence-based research and raw diary excerpts to explain the pitfalls and benefits of diary writing during recovery from an eating disorder. In a time when diary writing remains a largely untapped resource in the health care professions, June Alexander sets out to correct this imbalance, explaining how the diary can inspire, heal and liberate, provide a learning tool for others and help us to understand and cope with life challenges. The book focuses on the power of diary writing, which may serve as a survival tool but become an unintended foe. With guidance, patients who struggle with face-to-face therapy are able to reveal their thoughts through writing and construct a strong sense of self. The effects of family background and the environment are explored, and the therapeutic value of sharing diaries, to better understand illness symptoms and behaviours, is discussed. Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders will be of interest to those who have recovered or are recovering from eating disorders or any mental illness, as well as therapists, clinicians and others working in the medical and healthcare professions.

Poetry and Story Therapy

... The (Viorst) 109 'Then and Now: The State of Things' (Anonymous) 45, 62 Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing (Bolton) 162 therapist as midwife 22, ...

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.

Write Yourself

Creative Writing and Personal Development Gillie Bolton ... The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing (Bolton 1999a), Writing Works (Bolton, ...

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857003089

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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Write Yourself is the ideal introduction to how to facilitate groups and individuals in finding inspiration for their creative personal writing voices. This book explains how and why writing is such an illuminative, healing, and cathartic process, and provides many practical exercises that encourage the exploration of emotions, memories and experiences. Chapters cover the use of writing with a variety of client groups, including those made up of people suffering from depression, anxiety or health problems, and advice is given both on running and participating in successful writing groups. This book will be an invaluable resource for professionals working across the health, social care and caring professions, arts therapists and for everyone interested in the therapeutic qualities of creative writing.

Writing Manuals for the Masses

Seminal essays on writing as inquiry are “Writing: A Methods of Inquiry” (2005) by ... The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself .

Author: Anneleen Masschelein

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030536145

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 412

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This open access collection of essays examines the literary advice industry since its emergence in Anglo-American literary culture in the mid-nineteenth century within the context of the professionalization of the literary field and the continued debate on creative writing as art and craft. Often dismissed as commercial and stereotypical by authors and specialists alike, literary advice has nonetheless remained a flourishing business, embodying the unquestioned values of a literary system, but also functioning as a sign of a literary system in transition. Exploring the rise of new online amateur writing cultures in the twenty-first century, this collection of essays considers how literary advice proliferates globally, leading to new forms and genres.

Writing Cures

An Introductory Handbook of Writing in Counselling and Therapy Gillie ... Bolton, G. (1999a) The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing—Writing Myself.

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135444945

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Writing is our cultural medium and can be used to enhance counselling and psychotherapy - just writing in itself can be therapeutic. The onset of online therapy means that increasing numbers of therapists need to know about this valuable means of communication. Writing Cures demonstrates power of expressive and reflective writing in the context of therapy, whether online or text-based, enabling the practitioner to undertake writing methods with clients. It introduces the reader to therapeutic writing in a range of settings and contexts, and from a range of approaches. Chapters from an impressive list of contributors include: • 'Ethical and Practical Dimensions of Online Writing Cures' by Stephen Goss and Kate Anthony • 'Writing by Patients and Therapists in Cognitive and Analytic Therapy' by Anthony Ryle • 'Reflective and Therapeutic Writing in Counsellor Training' by Colin Feltham and Jacquie Daniels. Illustrated throughout from clinical experience Writing Cures will be of benefit to all counsellors and psychotherapists.

The Art Activity Book for Psychotherapeutic Work

The idea of creative writing and the benefits of this in therapy are explored in detail in Dr Gillie Bolton's book The Therapeutic Potential of Creative ...

Author: Jennifer Guest

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781784506070

Category: Medical

Page: 128

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Help clients to raise self-esteem, cope with change and adversity and manage complex emotions with these brand new 100 ready-to-use illustrated worksheets and activities. Drawing on psychotherapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), these worksheets are ideal for use in therapeutic work, for starting conversations and addressing problems that clients face. Each worksheet is designed to encourage clients to express their thoughts and emotions creatively in a relaxed way. The book also includes activities that centre on visual diary keeping, to help clients gain perspective on their unique issues and learn to solve their problems in a positive, healthy way. Suitable for adults and young people, in individual or group work, this is an excellent resource for those who work in therapy, counselling and social work.

Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Bolton, G., Howlett, S., Lago, C. & Wright J.K. (2004).

Author: Kate Evans

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789462092426

Category: Education

Page: 148

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Writing blocks are likely to strike any writer, even experienced ones, at sometime or another. Academia has its own challenges which can provoke blocks particular to that environment. Drawing on her knowledge as writer, psychotherapeutic counsellor and university tutor, Kate Evans has put together a book which addresses many of the differing aspects of writing blocks, including looking at their emotional and psychological foundations. With discussion and practical exercises, this volume suggests that an infusion of creative techniques can offer pathways through writing blocks in the academic environment. The case studies provide an in-depth consideration of varying experiences of writing blocks. The book is aimed at students with essays, projects or reports to write, or theses to tackle; as well as academics who are working on articles and books. It will also offer insights for supervisors who wish to support those who are writing and guidance for people running writing groups within academia. Over-all the book encourages a creative, collaborative approach which aims to equip academics for writing within the context of the twenty-first century. “This book offers something for every academic writer, whether budding or experienced. Students struggling with essays and dissertations will find many practical exercises along with invaluable advice. More practised writers will encounter fresh insights.... I am confident that you, the reader, will enjoy this book, which is itself a model of good writing.” Dr Linda Finlay, the Open University, UK.

Writing Fantasy and the Identity of the Writer

... assuming a shift in self and/or writing, and • a group which argues for and researches the therapeutic potential of Creative Writing.

Author: Zoe Charalambous

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030202637

Category: Education

Page: 283

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This book presents the innovative pedagogy of Writing Fantasy: a method for exploring and shifting one’s identity as a writer. The book draws on qualitative research with undergraduate creative writing students and fills a gap in the literature exploring creative writing pedagogy and creative writing exercises. Based on the potential to shift writer identity through creative writing exercises and the common ground that these share with the stance of the Lacanian analyst, the author provides a set of guidelines, exercises and case studies to trace writing fantasy, evidenced in one’s creative writing texts and responses about creative writing. This innovative work offers fresh insights for scholars of creativity, Lacan and psychosocial studies, and a valuable new resource for students and teachers of creative writing.

The Writer s Key

Introducing Creative Solutions for Life Gillie Bolton ... It unlocks the secrets to the therapeutic potential of creative writing in all its forms.

Author: Gillie Bolton

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857008541

Category: Psychology

Page: 168

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The Writer's Key is a complete beginner's guide to writing for self-reflection and personal development. Creative writing can deepen our understanding of ourselves and our lives. This book unlocks the potential for gaining these insights, widening perspectives, finding new positivity, increasing confidence and reducing stress through writing. It: - introduces creative writing as a very enjoyable process for enabling reflective personal and professional development - provides strategies and inspiration for getting started, continuing despite hesitations and getting the most out of writing - features uplifting accounts of individuals' successful use of the Key for self-exploration and development through creative writing. The Writer's Key assumes no prior writing experience and will inspire and encourage anyone who wants to tell and explore their story, whether they feel trapped by issues at work or home because of loss, trauma or relationships, or simply want to make more of life.

Creativity in the Classroom

... The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing Myself, London: Jessica Kingsley. Bolton, G. (2005), Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional ...

Author: Paul McIntosh

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841505169

Category: Art

Page: 284

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The editors of this volume contend that the current paradigm of standardizing Higher Education through an outcomes-dominated approach can constrain the educational process, where teachers may feel pressured to resort to risk-aversive methods that satisfy the learning-outcomes and assessment agenda. As a result, the ability of teachers and learners to inform, critique and develop their understanding of subjects together may be being lost. This book contains a variety of alternative approaches teachers have used to develop ways of 'humanizing' and deepening the learning process, through drawing on the creative arts and humanities - including cinema, literature, dance, drama and visual art - in a range of disciplines, it is argued by the editors that these 'arts-based inquiry' approaches have opened up possibilities for transformative learning as concerned with whole person development through opportunities to connect the-intuitive, emotional, relational and creative with the analytical and logical ways of knowing.

Writing My Way Through Cancer

of related interest The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing Writing Myself Gillie Bolton ISBN 1 85302 599 2 Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in ...

Author: Myra Schneider

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781846424007

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 208

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'In this highly readable book about a personal way of dealing with potentially life-threatening illness, we follow author, broadcaster and acclaimed poet Myra Schneider through her journey from diagnosis to recovery from breast cancer. One of the book's special gifts is to make us feel we are engaged in an absorbing conversation with a friend, a friend who is full of courage, sensitivity and hope, but manages at the same time to be completely honest about the terror, anger and times of darkness that such a diagnosis brings.' - Caduceus 'Although, as its title suggests, this book concentrates on writing for cancer sufferers, its advice is equally valid for people suffering from other problems, whether physical, emotional or practical. It shows the empowering effect of writing; how it can help to make sense when the world chaotic; how it can keep you focused when your life is falling apart. This is an inspiring read, made so by the author's frankness, warmth and honesty, which breathe through the pages.' - Writing Magazine 'Reading someone else's journal is so engaging; When that person is a poet and has experienced a life threatening illness, the reading becomes inspiring. Myra Schneider is not only a poet and author but also a teacher. Her guide lines for therapeutic writing are clear and had me reaching for a pen. It would be a very valuable book for most clients who have been, or are going through, illness or any difficult experience, to try the visualisations and writing ideas. These, and the whole book, would be extremely useful for therapists working in any setting. Buy it!' - HCPJ 'Myra, an established poet and author of a handbook on writing for personal development, clearly found her writing enormously supportive throughout the cancer experience. She clearly and simply offers exercises and routes to self-expression and exploration.' - The British Journal of General Practice 'In this moving account [Myra Schneider] tackles with endearing honesty her personal experience of breast cancer. Myra takes us from diagnosis through the long painful route to recovery by developing the journal she decided to keep through her experiences. By sharing her journal with us, Myra has provided a window onto an experience which many people, finding themselves in a similar situation, will take comfort and inspiration from.' - Lapidus Magazine 'While this book provides an intimate portrayal of the author's experience of breast cancer, the writing is often humorous and ultimately uplifting. It will be of interest to people with breast cancer and to those supporting them, and to health professionals for the psychological insights offered.' - Breast Cancer Care News Diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2000, poet and author Myra Schneider turned to her writing to help her come to terms with the experience. In this thoughtful and readable book, she illustrates how writing helped her through diagnosis, treatment and recovery as well as the change in self-image following her mastectomy. In her frank expression of intense fear, anger and doubt, Myra Schneider includes notes and finished poems written during her period of recovery. She also offers practical support in the form of therapeutic writing suggestions for cancer sufferers, whether they are experienced authors or have never written before. Bringing together an unsparing but ultimately uplifting first-hand account of life with cancer and advice about writing as therapy, this engaging and positive book shows the benefits of expressing the self through writing. It will provide inspiration and support to anyone affected by cancer and useful insight for professionals involved in the care of cancer patients.

Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The creative word and the created life: the cultural context for deep autobiography. ... The therapeutic potential of creative writing: writing myself.

Author: Jeannie Wright

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446258262

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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Have you been asked to keep a personal development portfolio or reflective journal? Are you struggling to know where to start, how to write or what to include? If the answer is ′yes′, this book will provide you with a straightforward route in, telling you all you need to know about writing reflectively for your own personal and professional development. Offering staged exercises, case-studies, examples and ideas for self-directed learning, this book will lead the reader along an exciting journey of written self-awareness, covering: - the background - what exactly is reflective writing and why is it important - the decisions - when and how to start - the practicalities - the essentials of writing reflectively - the stumbling blocks - dealing with obstacles and difficulties - the long haul - maintaining reflective enquiry as a lifelong habit This book is an essential how-to guide appropriate for all undergraduate and postgraduate trainees, whether they are approaching the topic from a psychodynamic, person-centred or CBT perspective. It will give trainees all the tools they need to become mature reflective practitioners. Jeannie Wright Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy Programmes at Warwick University. Gillie Bolton is a Freelance consultant in therapeutic & reflective practice writing and author of the bestselling Reflective Writing, 3rd Edition, SAGE 2010.

I m Working On It in Therapy

Is there anything I'm leaving out of my therapy? ... Two that you may find useful are The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself, ...

Author: Gary Trosclair

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781632207487

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Learn to get the most out of therapy to unlock your best self. Learn to get the most out of therapy to unlock your best self. Millions of Americans will go to therapy this year, but veteran psychotherapist Gary Trosclair believes the vast majority of them will start the process with little to no sense of how to best use their sessions to achieve their goals. Recent research has identified effective client participation as one of the most crucial factors in successful therapy. What can one do to get the most out of their sessions to create lasting positive changes in their lives? What does it look like to “work on it” in therapy? Trosclair covers these points and more, combining cutting-edge scientific research with years of fascinating anecdotal evidence to create a guide that is as compelling as it is indispensable. It teaches readers how to take off their masks and be real with their therapists, how to deal with emotions that arise in session, how to continue their psychological work outside of sessions, how to know when it’s time to say goodbye to their therapists, and much more. Whether you’re already in therapy and looking to make more out of each appointment, or you’re thinking of starting the process and want to go in with a game plan, I’m Working on It in Therapy will show you how you can make every session count towards becoming your best possible self.