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Expressive Writing Therapy – writing in a therapeutic way can be great for loneliness, PTSD, depression, stress, anxiety and more

Writing can be a great form of therapy. I offer sessions including writing therapy if it is requested, and it’s particularly useful, like CBT, in that you can take the skills away and use them as continuous self-help in the future.

Writing can be like talking to a friend – an unbiased friend who would never say a word against you. Like a good counsellor. Therefore, it can help you to feel less lonely in your family life, give you a medium with which to express yourself, and you can leave all your troubles behind in writing on the paper. It can bring relief from stress or depression and the next day you could start afresh.

You can write about various events. Some might be traumatic, and bring about very strong emotions. Some might be forgotten about, especially if you are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The more you write and re-write, the less the issues might bother you. You can become almost numb to some of them so they cannot hurt you any more.

So, I thought I would share with you some of the benefits of creative and expressive writing:

  • The way to talk to someone without worrying about what others’ think.
  • The way to explore how you feel and think and, ultimately, behave – gaining insight and revelations on how you can change things.
  • You can look at your writing the next day, week, month or years later, and see how far you have come – how much happier you are or how much you have achieved.
  • It can help you to see things from other people’s points of view – a more rounded opinion.
  • It can build self-esteem.
  • Writing can be a form of self-therapy – very cathartic
  • You can cast your mind back and remember things you would never have usually recalled, good and bad – a bit like taking photos and finding them again.
  • You can write unsent letters to people passed and alive, and tell them everything you want to get off my chest, positive and negative, any apologies and anything you want to tell them or even ask them. The main point is not to send them, so that you disclose totally.
  • Writing unsent letters can help you to see who you are through your writing; to find out more about yourself and what is important to you in life.
  • Writing letters can be like having a chat with the person, but disclosing much more than you would if you have a real conversation.

Expressive writing does carry negatives, including worse trauma or upset, and it is important to know if you are ready and able to deal with the task, but it can also be very useful and enjoyable. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with me.

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