“Journal therapy – the purposeful and intentional use of reflective writing to further mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness – is an effective means of providing focus and clarity to issues, concerns, conflicts and confusions.”
Kathleen Adams director, The Center for Journal Therapy
Some people can write about things before they can say them. Some people don’t know what to say until they’ve written. Some things can be written before they can be spokes – especially if they are painful, shameful or overwhelming.
Journal therapy is a process of writing and reflection. Catharsis can be useful but it is rarely enough. Working with a journal therapist can be a way of finding new perspectives on your life and provide you with insights, reflections and suggestions to help deepen your understanding of yourself. Together you can develop self-sustaining strategies and techniques for ongoing personal development.
Journal therapy uses different techniques as appropriate but always provides structure, pacing and containment to keep the client safe and the material bearable. Writing can be powerful and the unexpected can appear. This is why journal therapists do not say simply “go and write a journal”. The idea is to uncover thoughts, feelings and insights, to help you find your voice and your Self on the page. This way you can begin to know yourself and write your story.
There are no rules for journal writing – there are no judgements about spelling, grammar or style.
There are two recommendations – date everything you write (including the year) and be as honest as you can.
Journal therapy can be ideal if it is difficult for someone to meet with a therapist or to commit to regular sessions.
Kate has offices in Boulder, Colorado and in the mountains above Boulder. She works with individuals, couples and groups.
She also works online, by skype and by phone.
Contact Kate today to find out more or schedule a consultation.
Phone: 303 870 5775