What is Writing & Poetry Therapy? Intentional use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. Rich in imagery, emotion, and metaphor, poetry provides unique opportunities for self-discovery and is a catalyst for healing and self-integration. Therapeutic Poetry – Poetry, as therapy, is the use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. For more information about poetry as therapy & healing poetry, visit All Thing Healing online today!

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy?
(Asst Editor: Tomasz Czepaitis) Life Coach, writer and artist, Susan de Wardt is a specialist in the use of transformative language, story and art to unleash full creative potentia...
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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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by Craig Shultz

Malcolm Washington, a sophomore at Great Oak High School, is giving readers a look inside his "crazy mind" in a recently published poetry book.

Malcolm, who turns 16 in January, wrote the poems in "Inside a Crazy Mind" after almost dying...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Allow 16 year old Malcolm Washington and his inspiring story of discovering poetry after a life threatening illness. Thanks Malcolm...and keep writing!


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by Denise Levertov         

                It’s not difficult.

                Anyway, it’s necessary.

                Wait till morning, and you’ll forget...



Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Has a dream ever pulled you from the depths of unknowing? Poet Denise Levertov encourages writers to keep paper and felt-tip marker at hand for writing in the dark, using one hand to guide the other. For a Lesson on how to use your journal to interpret your dreams see the article: Dreaming of Blue Coconuts.


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by Christine Logel

In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, women who wrote about their most important values, like close relationships, music, or religion, lost more weight over the next few months than women who did not have that experience...

Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: We are always looking for ways to lose weight. And most reading this page like to write---so it's an interesting piece. You may even feel called to read the whole study!


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by Traci Moore

Last summer something unexpected happened to me at camp. Though we call it camp, we don’t sleep in tents, but instead, in the quaint Spanish dorms at our small California women’s college. During our four-day sojourn, we join our alumnae sisters—  graduates of classes 1945 to the present—for bird walks, artsy or thought-provoking workshops, reading, yoga, and lounging by the pool...

Editor's Note from Sue Meyn:
A lovely essay about how we can use our journaling to support our more focused writing. Enjoy.


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by Barbara Lazarony,

Every creative writer is occasionally faced with falling face first into the proverbial hole or banging their head against writer's block. Then it's a slippery slope down the well-worn path of beating ourselves up for being in this place yet again. The truth is, there is another method...


Editor's Note: Every creative writer is occasionally faced with writer's block; rather than getting stuck again, consider meditation to jump-start your creativity.


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by Leslie Tuchman, MFT

This work is powerful. It is designed specifically for non-writers, although those of you who have done some journal writing or kept a diary in the past will find it challenging and healing as well.

Here are my five reasons to give it a try...


Editor's Note: Have you ever considered joining a writing for healing group but still had a few reservations about the possible benefits? Leslie offers five clear reasons to join a group today.


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by Linda E. Savage, PhD

May Day is my favorite time of year, because not only it's close to my birthday, but also because it is the season when all of nature is making love...


Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony: Linda E. Savage encourages us all to admire the love ever present all around us: in nature, in others, and in ourselves.


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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: A documentary following the first ever Bay Area Unified District Poetry Slam where over 25 high schools created slam teams and competed over two weeks in an amazing display of youth voice, community and explosive poetry! Shot and edited by Jamie DeWolf, additional shooting by Michelantony "Micah" Dunston and Gabriel Hurley. If you don't know about slam poetry or understand it, this video will introduce you to the power of the spoken word. Youth Speaks programs are giving students a voice - and an alternative to violence as a vehicle for self-expression. Watch this and be amazed at the talent and insight.

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by Jennie Chapman Linthorst, MA, CAPF

When people tell their own stories through poems, songs and journals, it provides vital material for the therapeutic process: It deepens their connection to their inner voice, allows cathartic release, greater self-awareness, new insights and fresh hope. I work in the field of poetry therapy, using poems and excerpts of writings to inspire individuals to respond by writing their own pieces...



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by Quinn McDonald

New journals are exciting–the possibility, the fresh approach, the hope you will be as filled with opportunity as the journal is filled with pages. And then that clutch of fear: the. first. page...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Are you afraid of the blank page?  Let creativity coach Quinn McDonald help you break through your barrier to self-expression!



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by Susan de Wardt,
ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

Sherry Reiter began her career as a drama specialist for the New York City Department for Aging while pursuing her childhood dream to be an actress. When she started using creative writing exercises with her groups she watched as people’s eyes filled with tears and knew then there was something more happening than just recreation...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Registered poetry therapist Sherry Reiter shares insight into the how and why of poetry therapy and the development of professional standards in the field.


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by Perie Longo, PhD, LMFT

He always took me fishing with him

on those long northern summer nights

out in the boat and I loved it, not the sitting for hours...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Celebrate Father's Day by sharing family experiences with your father or a loved relative. Perie Longo's poem "Fishing With My Father" evokes those special summer days when kids spend time with their dads.


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The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver

This poem by Mary Oliver asks you to look more closely at the world around you. After reading this poem, notice how you pay attention to life. Do you know how to be idle?  What are the questions that tumble into your mind as you relax on a perfect summer day? Let Mary Oliver help you discover the answer...


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