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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Editor's Note: A quick view of how we can reach into our wiser, deeper parts.


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by Angela H. Caughlin, LCSW

What are the limits you have placed on your life? How do you bring your “inner game” to your “outer game”? The external self, the ego, can take you just so far. The ego places limits on being in the present. You have to silence the ego to be present, and become the quiet witness of your powerful internal connections.


Editor's Note: Angela Caughlin teaches you her seven key areas to focus on when journaling. Grab a pen and get ready to write.


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by Joanna Weston

Feeling stuck, dull, and uninspired? Let me introduce you to morning pages. Have you heard of them? Morning pages are the backbone of Julia Cameron’s suggestions in The Artist’s Way, a classic book on resparking your creativity. To practice them, you sit down in front of a blank notebook every morning and write three full pages of stream of consciousness...


Editor's Note: Joanna Weston shares how to take your morning pages to your computer, 750 words at a time.


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by Barbara Stahura

Most family members caring for a loved one with a serious injury, illness, or condition are extremely stressed; many times they fall prey to illness and some even die while their care recipient is still alive. I understand.


When my husband suffered a serious brain injury in 2003, caring for him led me to be diagnosed with secondary traumatic stress. Fortunately, he was able to recover and become independent over time, which meant I could recover, too...


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by Danielle Ofri

Toxic sock syndrome. That’s the first thing we noticed when we entered the hospital room. For those gentle readers who are not familiar with such sensory assault, toxic sock syndrome is the clinical term for the rank odor that accompanies damp, fetid feet that have seen more street time than shower time...

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Doctor, Writer, Professor of Medicine - Danielle Ofri dispenses poetry to her patients and medical students to remind them that 'medicine (and life) consists of far more' than can be learned in school.


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by Lynn Zambrano

Identifying your best qualities is the first step in increasing your self-esteem and raising your vibrational energy. Looking into the mirror and seeing your true self without judgment gives you a foundation to grow from...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Great tips on how to use a journal to discover your authentic self.


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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Another video performance from spoken-word poet Sarah Kay - young, inspiring, inspired- who wanted to be an astronaut, a ballerina, and a princess all at the same time. Listen to her as she talks about how we can live the lives we want.


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Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: For most people that are sent to prison, life effectively ends. Yet for poet Dwayne Betts, getting sent to jail for eight years when he was still a high school student was the start of a remarkable journey to become a writer, speaker, and poet. We had an opportunity to interview Dwayne while he was speaking at the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. His story is inspiring and a great reminder of the power of your dreams – writes Christina Cooper, editor of this video.


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by Deborah Morrow, MS

I always wanted to be a writer and during some of my drinking sprees, I would open that second bottle of wine, get out pen and paper and start writing what I thought were very important and life changing revelations. These writings seemed to be in the form of letters...

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sound advice for writing through recovery from alcohol addiction by Debbie the Coach.


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by Bobbee Cera

Look out the window, and what do you see?
Can you spot the air changing colors, like me?
Do you feel the morn's waking dawn coming on,
Or hear the grass growing, as life moves along?


Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony:  What do you remember from your youth? Allow Bobbee Cera to give you a glimpse into her childhood world...




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by Sara T. Baker

In my ten years of teaching creative writing to cancer patients, their families and caregivers, one of the most consistent and initially surprising aspects of the work has been that the patient writers want to write not just about the cancer experience, but about other traumatic experiences.  Often, what surfaces in the writing is an experience of growing up with alcoholic parents, or a painful divorce, or the beloved child lost to drugs or estrangement.  Everyone has a story to tell, and, before they were sick, no place or time to tell it...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sara T. Baker has been conducting Woven Dialogue Workshops with Cancer patients since 2001. Read her thoughts on the efficacy of writing through trauma.


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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: This powerful excerpt from the film "Dead Poets Society" passionately inspires us to think about poetry as an expression of life itself.  "What will your verse be?"


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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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