This approach focuses on using writing as therapy for the mind and the body.
•Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Austin American-Statesman have published articles about confessional writing's healing powers. Writing can alleviate depression and chronic medical conditions, and can improve immune system functioning. UT Austin professor James Pennebaker is a pioneer in research that documents the therapeutic value of writing.
•You don't have to be a "good" writer to benefit from Writing to Heal. An open mind, a pen, and a piece of paper are all you need. You can use writing as a coping tool at little expense and almost anywhere, anytime.
•My approach provides structure in order to enhance safety, release, and discovery through writing. Exercises are tailored to your objectives.
Recommended reading on this subject:
Adams, Kathleen Journal to the Self: Twenty-two Paths to Personal Growth, Warner Books, 1990.
Adams, Kathleen The Way of the Journal: A Journal Therapy Workbook for Healing, 2nd Edition, The Sidran Press, 1998.
Cameron, Julia The Artist’s Way, Tarcher/Putnam, 1992.
DeSalvo, Louise Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Lepore, Stephen J. and Smyth, Joshua M., eds. The Writing Cure: How Expressive Writing Promotes Health and Emotional Well-being, American Pyschological Association, Washington, DC, 2002.
Pennebaker, James Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval, New Harbinger Publications, 2004
Pennebaker, James Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, 2nd Ed., Guilford, 1997.
Vance, Terry Letters Home: How Writing Can Change Your Life, Pantheon, 1998.