Category Archives: therapeutic writing

Article in Mental Health Practice

I had a pleasant surprise at work yesterday when I opened a big brown envelope and found the April issue of Mental Health Practice inside, because the front cover has the words “Therapeutic Writing” emblazoned across it and, on pages … Continue reading

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Expressive Writing: Counseling and Healthcare [book]

The latest in a series of books on expressive writing has recently been published and I’m delighted to say that it contains a chapter from me. The publisher is R&L Education, and the book editors are Kathleen Adams (who is … Continue reading

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Writing projects update

At last I can tell you a bit more about one of my writing projects. The chapter I was commissioned to write last year was for an American book on expressive writing in counseling and healthcare edited by Kathleen Adams … Continue reading

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One hour creative therapeutic writing workshop

This post is based on a handout I produced for a one-hour workshop for Adult Learner’s Week: Workshop exercise 1: Freewriting Freewriting means writing for a timed period without stopping to think, punctuate or correct your writing in any way. … Continue reading

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10-week plan for a ward writing group

A few weeks ago I decided to create a rolling 10-week plan for my writing groups. As this is working pretty well so far, I thought I would share it with you. Link to plan: Ten week plan for ward … Continue reading

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The ten year itch?

I stayed for ten years in my last job, so should my boss be worried that today is my tenth anniversary with the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)? Have I got itchy feet? No, I have not (no need … Continue reading

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Therapeutic writing workshop

This post is based on a handout I created for a 2-hour workshop on getting started with writing for wellbeing. Research shows that writing can benefit your health and wellbeing, but so far no-one knows how it works. No special … Continue reading

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Inspiration

This has been an inspiring week for me in respect of my therapeutic writing groups. Which has got me thinking about the relationship between the therapeutic benefit of my groups (for patients), and inspiration (theirs and mine). Does it happen … Continue reading

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Relaxing in Bath

It’s been a busy few months for me but I am at last recharging my batteries¬†on holiday in the very lovely Bath. The photo is from my last holiday – London in July – which seems a very long time … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Writing for Managing Stress

For managing stress I recommend you try 5 minutes each per day of mindful descriptive and mindful expressive writing; plus longer, less frequent, writes using other techniques such as positive and perspective shift writing.¬† I think of mindful writing as … Continue reading

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