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Taylor Sophia Skaar, Licensed Professional Counselor - Creative Psychotherapies of Austin TX

Writing is often the best therapy.

Therapeutic Journaling
It may seem strange in this high-tech world, but it does help to write things down. Once we start writing and words begin flowing from our unconscious, our deepest selves emerge. It's a sure-fire, never-miss path to greater self-awareness and self-exploration.

Lamp and Journal
Journaling is simply doing personal writing on a regular basis. You can use it as one tool in regular individual, group, or family therapy, or join an informal journaling group that focuses on nothing else.

Journaling can take many different forms. An account of the day's events, a record of feelings, thoughts, and fantasies, a fictional story, a poem, free-form concoctions of random words - all these can be powerful tools for bringing to mind things we have "lost" or hidden from ourselves, for making connections we have never made before, for coming up with solutions and strategies to problems that had us stuck. Most people find that after the first few attempts, the process is not only therapeutic, but fun.

Spelling Does NOT Count
Journaling is a private, personal expression and exploration. No-one will be judging it for spelling, grammar, neatness or style. If it means something to you, that's all that counts. And that's usually enough to help.

It's a journaling myth that you have to journal an hour a day, every day. No, you don't.  You can journal small amounts of time, such as 5 or 10 minutes. You can journal sporadically rather than regularly. You can use a variety of different stimuli to get you started.  (One of my favorites is "mashed potatoes;"  just write down "mashed potatoes..." and see what else comes up for you.  You may be surprised!)

Journaling Groups
A Journaling Group can help you get started and have been very popular with my past clients. (One group met for 66 sessions!!)

Regular contact with other journalers keeps up momentum and enthusiasm, and seeing the progress of others can become a powerful source of inspiration for solving one's own problems. You need not read any of your own work in the group (but sooner or later, you will probably want to).

Using the Creative Process to Help People through their Problems


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