Expressive Writing

Counseling and Healthcare

by Kate Thompson, Kathleen Adams,

Expressive writing is life-based writing that focuses on authentic expression of lived experience, with resultant insight, growth, and skill-building. Therapists, coaches, healthcare professionals, and educators have known for decades that expressive writing is a powerful tool for better living, learning, and healing. But until now, few have had access to practical applications that have proven successful.
In this groundbreaking collection, you’ll discover:
  • how expressive writing can call us into healing community
  • exciting new discoveries about how writing can support neuroplasticity and actually help change our brains—and thus our thinking and behavior
  • new research on the role of expressive writing for prevention of compassion fatigue in RNs
  • how transformative writing can create art from the ashes of trauma
  • the role of journal writing for emotional balance
  • sensible ideas about the synergy of expressive writing and play therapy for children, teens, and adults
  • interventions and strategies for the use of expressive writing in acute psychiatric care
  • how interactive expressive writing helps deaf teens communicate inarticulate feelings and thoughts
  • how cancer survivors can use expressive writing to reclaim identity and strength post-treatment
  • the role of expressive writing in developing the roots of resilience for practitioners
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; August 2015
  • ISBN 9781475807745
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Expressive Writing
  • Author: Kate Thompson; Kathleen Adams; Christina Baldwin (other)
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In The Press

An exciting read that had me writing creatively even during the theory section; an inspiration to be more “playful, spontaneous and generous” with expressing ourselves and supporting others to do the same. This is a book that encompasses social, neurological and practical ways of employing expressive writing. It is ideal for students, practitioners, and academic courses. I particularly liked the idea of writing with the focus on re-wiring, reviving and healing neural pathways and the chapter on the significance and role of silence. I will definitely be adding Expressive Writing: Counseling and Healthcare to our reading list!

About The Author

Kate Thompson, MA, CJT, is an existential counselor, journal therapist and writer. She pioneered the use of therapeutic writing in counseling and supervision in the UK. She now lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Kathleen Adams, MA, LPC, is psychotherapist, journal therapist, and international thought leader in the field of expressive/ therapeutic writing. She is the director of the Center for Journal Therapy and its online professional training division, the Therapeutic Writing Institute, in Denver. This is her eleventh book.