• Anthony Snell

How therapeutic writing can help

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

Talking sessions are an important part in developing an understanding of the challenges that you are facing, and developing a sense of who you are. However, there are other ways in which you can help this process during counselling sessions. One way to do this is to take time to engage in some therapeutic writing.

Therapeutic writing can be a structured activity where you write about specific themes, or it can be a free-form exercise where you write down the thoughts that you are currently having. During the process of writing you are committing those thoughts that are circling around your mind onto paper, which gives these thoughts some clarity. Writing is also a powerful mindfulness technique as you are bringing yourself in the present moment, writing about what is going on for you as you write.

Putting words on paper, therefore, is an effective way of clearing the mind, developing clarity and understanding of what you are experiencing. Spending this writing by yourself supports the work that you do during your counselling sessions.


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