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 Susan de Wardt,

ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

From candy hearts to Hallmark cards, love is in the air this week. Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by writing a love poem or letter?...




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

Dreams are messages from the subconscious and according to dream expert Jeremy Taylor, “dreams come in the service of health and wholeness … only the dreamer knows for certain what his/her dream means.” Since dreams are nature’s way of processing unfinished daytime business, working with dreams is a worthwhile process of self-discovery...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: You spend one-third of your life dreaming - why not utilize this valuable resource. Here are some useful journal writing tips to help you unravel the mystery of your night mind.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Sue Meyn, LPC

Let’s imagine ourselves in the year 2050. Many things have changed---we look back at the turn of the century and see how we progressed, as a culture and as individuals...

Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: A fun exercise to try! As we are still in the beginning of our new year why not take some time to feel in to your own awesome power!



Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Lucille Clifton

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair...


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Art from Ashes is a Colorado non-profit facilitating therapeutic poetry and creative arts workshops for high-risk youth. For more information please visit our website at www.artfromashes.org


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C

A cancer diagnosis brings overwhelming feelings, a multitude of appointments, a sense of managing a second job for which the pay is fatigue, possible hair loss and a tired debit card laden with co-pays. As an oncology social worker and journal group facilitator, my goal with survivors is often focused on finding an action plan grounded in self-care amidst this flurry of activity...


Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt: Breast cancer does not discriminate by age. Journal Facilitator Jean Rowe, program director for Young Survivors Coalition in Atlanta Georgia, shares some important journaling tips and resources for cancer patients and survivors.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Chris Campbell

"It's still hard to discuss," said Casey, a 28-year-old South City resident and U.S. Army veteran. "People were killed. We were mortared every day. Kids chucked grenades at us..."


Editor's Note: James Casey served three tours in Iraq, he and many soldiers like him return home changed human beings, many with injuries and unable to fully process their experience.  James shares that writing poetry has served as a way to put his feelings on paper, feelings that were difficult to verbalize otherwise.  James and other veteran's will soon take up their pens as part of the Missouri Warriors Writers Project, a joint effort between the Missouri Writers Guild and Missouri Humanities Council. The Project will allow local soldiers to work with local poets and authors in an attempt to process their wartime experiences through writing poetry and creative non-fiction.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Asoka Selvarajah
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com

Each of us is connected with the Divine. The Higher Self within us far transcends the understanding of our conscious minds...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: You CAN write your way to higher-consciousness.




Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Joel D. R. Seath, MIfL

I RECENTLY DELIVERED A POETRY WORKSHOP that had at its core the technique of ‘wildminding’. I first picked up this thinking process several years ago when reading Natalie Goldberg. She advocated writing ‘as it comes’, from a place within...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Joel D. R. Seath, MIfL , shares this reflection of leading a writing workshop, "When we write without conscious concern, when we leave our inner editors aside, we find that experiences and instances of personal play, play observed, or play foretold come bubbling up." Cheers to you and your bubbling well of play that has the potential to be discovered while writing!


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Pablo Neruda

From Susan de Wardt: Have you ever wondered where poems come from? Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda gives us a look at how poems arrive. You'll find writing prompts at the end of the poem to continue your exploration of poetry in your own life...



Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Rev. Dr. Nicole Sebastian

Routine, habit, chores, stress, anxiety and fear----Life can be a daily challenge! For me, a daily gently reminder is crucial to keeping my balance and helping me see the beauty and love in life. Every evening before bed, I quietly journal my “Good Stuff List.” I reflect back over the day and select the people, animals, things and events that brought love and joy into the day...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Rev Dr. Nicole, Sebastian recommends "Just Saying HU;” a suggestion is a bridge to remembering your dreams and deciphering the messages contained within them.  Give it a try!


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Jeremy Shepherd

SHANE Koyczan has become an industry.

The West Coast writer who rose to fame when his patriotic ode to Canada We Are More was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics has become something unique: the poet as entrepreneur...


Editor's Note: Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan speaks candidly about bullying, writing, and poetry as personal therapy.


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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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