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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 Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA

“I am SO sorry.” “I can’t believe I forgot, so sorry!” “Didn’t mean to let you down.” “It will never happen again.” “My bad.” “So sorry to be late, traffic was awful; car wouldn’t start, got here no parking! What a start to the day.” How many times have you said this or heard these statements?...


Editor's Note: Charmine Hammond offers each of us the opportunity to forgive. Is there someone, including yourself, that you'd like to forgive? Take out your journal and a pen and write for twenty minutes asking yourself this question, "How can I most benefit from allowing myself to forgive?"


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by Debbie Langley

Every journal tells a story and preserves people, places and events of the past. There is so much to write about so much to tell.

Here is a list of some journal writing ideas to get you started...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Every once in awhile every writer needs to prime their creative pump; Debbie Langley has done just that by creating a website chocked full of journal writing ideas, prompts, suggestions. In this single article she shares more than twelve unique types of journals to keep your writing flowing.



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by Dr. Mark Laaser, MDiv, PhD

I am a pastoral counselor that specializes in working with men who are struggling with sexual infidelity and addiction. This can involve fantasy, pornography, masturbation, affairs (emotional and physical) and a large variety of other sexual behaviors. It has been well researched in our field that many of these men experienced a great deal of wounds in their growing up years...

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Dr. Mark Lasser explains here how writing can be a tool to connect to our inner child and help affirm the parts of ourselves that are challenged by addictions.


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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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Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: This is just a soothing and inspirational look at why we write.


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by Sue Meyn, LPC

I am sitting in the post office today with packages to be mailed. I walked in and snatched my number from the machine, the one that determines how long the wait will be, and saw that it was going to be a bit.

I sat down on a bench, one of those hard wooden ones, and closed my eyes. I thought I might meditate…or just rest…and as I did that realized that once I closed my eyes I could be anywhere...


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by Quinn McDonald

Are you afraid that someone will find out your journal secrets? That when you die your life will be there for all to see? If this is keeping you from writing in a journal, could you reconsider? There are steps you can take to protect your privacy, and some things to think about before you cut off your connection to the past...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Issues of privacy often stop people from writing a journal. What will happen to my journals when I die? Who will read them? Creativity Coach Quinn McDonald offers some comforting words to help you resolve your fear.


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by Diana Raab

When I was ten years old my grandmother and caretaker committed suicide in her bedroom beside mine. It was Labor Day weekend and I knocked on her bedroom door to see if I could swim in a friend’s pool. With a child’s intuition, I knew something was seriously wrong and phoned my mother at work...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Diana Raab shares that "putting words on the page is a form of therapy that doesn't cost a dime and it is certainly a productive way to deal with the scars and dark places from our pasts." Loosing someone dear to us, like a Grandmother is certainly difficult, but writing in a journal can be one way to express the sadness and loss.


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by W. S. Merwin

with the night falling we are saying thank you

we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings

we are running out of the glass rooms...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Merwin's thoughtful poem on saying thanks offers an unusual look at gratitude --where or when we find it in our lives. Writing prompts are included at the end of the poem so you can write your own poem or letter of thanks for whatever is before you. Where can you find time or place to pause and give thanks in your life?


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by Carla Ulbrich

This is the story of how writing ridiculous songs helped me to heal after having a stroke.

I am a comical songwriter. That’s my “day job.” It became my day job after I was fired from my actual day job (selling guitars and pianos in a retail music store) when I developed lupus...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Join Carla Ulbrich as she leads you through her ten drop dead honest ways that writing ridiculous songs healed her. And get out your pen, it's time to start penning your first verse too.


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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 Susie Wilde, M. Ed

I needed brightness, excitement, and new perspectives of life to light an emptiness marked by my children leaving home, my career crashing and darkness threatening. So I invited fifty friends to take me on fifty surprise adventures-- everything from making stained glass to sinking in quicksand on a beach in France. I kept notes in my journal.


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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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