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One approach focuses on using writing as therapy.

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 as therapy. 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.

You can receive writing prompts from me to further your goals between our sessions.

For a brief overview of therapeutic writing, see

an article that has a quotation from me and from other therapeutic writing specialists.

Recommended reading:

Adams, Kathleen Journal to the Self: Twenty-two Paths to Personal Growth

Adams, Kathleen The Way of the Journal: A Journal Therapy Workbook for Healing

Cameron, Julia The Artist’s Way

DeSalvo, Louise Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

Lepore, Stephen J. and Smyth, Joshua M., eds. The Writing Cure: How Expressive Writing Promotes Health and Emotional Well-being

Pennebaker, James Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval

Pennebaker, James Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

Vance, Terry Letters Home: How Writing Can Change Your Life

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