I am a firm believer in the power of the pen.
The act and process of writing, say by journaling, composing a poem or just playing around with words, can connect us with an internal reservoir of knowledge that may be there in the background but just outside of our awareness – or as devoted diarist Virginia Woolf suggested, “It sweeps up accidentally several stray matters… which are the diamonds of the dustheap.”
I believe that using writing this way, harvesting and then harnessing this knowledge, can not only aid us in navigating our life’s journey but also help our inner and outer landscapes flourish and bloom in ways we may have previously felt impossible – and isn’t this the essence of therapy? Writing can be like a key, a compass, an anchor, and much more.
I have undertaken specialised training in the area of therapeutic writing through the Metanoia Institute London and the Professional Writing Academy. I also co-facilitate workshops in Creative writing for self-expression and wellbeing at Big Smoke Writing Factory in Dublin and have recently started leading a creative/reflective writing group for therapists.
If you are open to it, I will help you cultivate a relationship with writing for self-discovery and see where it can take you. This might be in the form of journaling to further your self-discovery between sessions and then bringing that material into our work, or through my introducing you to specific creative/reflective writing exercises and techniques that I think you might find beneficial.
If you are already familiar with journaling and creative writing or have a passion for literature and language, I can perhaps help you give this a more central place in your therapy work and maybe help reconnect you with the creativity and freedom of this kind of writing, if this is something you feel you’ve lost touch with.
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.
You can watch me talk a little about this type of work in this video, recorded April 2020: