Writing is often thought of as either a solo pursuit done in private or something undertaken in a group setting, such as a creative writing class. Working with writing in a therapeutic context can marry these two ideas, allowing your writing or experience of it into the therapy space to become a source of collaborative exploration. This might draw on any number of forms, including journaling, free-writing, poetry, prose, lists, letters, dialogues, and word associations.
Depending on the individual client, therapy sessions using writing might consist of some combination of talking, writing, sharing and reflecting on what has been written – for others, the writing element might be more of a tool to dig deeper between appointments (e.g. by journaling), with the sessions themselves more centered around traditional verbal exploration but perhaps informed by the client’s writing.
I might introduce you to specific creative/reflective writing exercises and techniques that I think you may find beneficial. We might also draw on an existing published work that has resonated with you as a springboard for writing and reflection, or home in on an intriguing, impactful metaphor that captures the essence of your experience. Like writing itself, this type of therapy allows for a fluid, creative approach, drawing on a medium you are already familiar with and are perhaps passionate about.
And maybe writing isn’t for you at all, and of course that’s okay. I use writing in therapy as a potential tool for change but it is always the client who decides how much or little we use that tool, if at all.