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 Nikki Patrick

Jon York fought the Viet Cong with bullets. When he got back home to the United States, he faced a different kind of enemy, one that bullets couldn’t touch...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry and writing therapy are proving to be fundamental assets in the treatment of PTSD. Here's one VietNam veteran's story.


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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In this clip, poet David Whyte speaks about his inspiration for the poem "The Journey" and its message of making space for new beginnings. Speaking his own poetry, the words become magical.


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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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Editor's Note: Enjoy poetry across the globe!


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy Dr. Gordon Kauffman of Penn State Hershey Medical Center both as he shares a narrative poem about his personal experience with a breast cancer patient, and in a interview with Craig Layne of WITF radio. This is warm and heartwarming piece about a unique relationship between a physician and his patient.


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by Sue Meyn, LPC

We know that there are many, many people who keep journals. And yet there are perhaps just as many who say, “Are you kidding? I don’t have any time as it is, and you want me to WRITE???”I can understand that kind of complaint—and have been there myself at times...


Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: This is a piece I wrote years ago encouraging reluctant journal writers to jump in. We may have some "newbies" to journaling on our site, so this is for YOU!


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by Adrienne Johanson

I am a writing mentor with the Pongo Teen Writing Project, and also a psychotherapist. Often young people write with Pongo about their family, in a way that reminds me of a complicated tapestry...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: This entry from the Pongo Project Journal shares insight into using writing to help teens deal with challenging family issues.


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by Marc Lerner

In creative writing, creativity bubbles up like air bubbles coming to the surface of the water. Our creative source comes from a depth in the silence beyond our thinking mind. In this article, I want to connect you to a self-image that is harmonious with the wisdom of your body. From this depth comes the creativity that is essential in therapeutic writing.


Editor's Note: Who are you? I am "Lovingly Connected Libby!" Please share your positive self statement in the comment section below.


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by Marianella Medrano-Marra

After morning yoga I walk to my car, conscious of every step. I look down at the muddy path, my clogs stepping firmly, yet gently, on the soft ground, knowing that the moment is precious and feeling the interconnection of breath and step. The rain falls discretely on my curls, and the scent of lavender rising from my wet hair awakens me even more...


Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry Therapist Medrano-Marra talks about her experience using poetry in counseling.

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by Carl David

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...


Editor's Note: As Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day" urges, "tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your wild and precious life?" Carl David share's his personal mission of helping to save lives.



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by Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA

Disappointment and sadness are part of life, yet they are hard to accept. These feelings can change your thinking. You are plagued by “what if” questions and may even question your identity. I questioned my identity after four family members died in 2007...


Editor's Note: If you've never written affirmations before, allow Harriet Hodgson to be your guide.


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Editor's Note: Journaling the Raw Radiant Health way with Natasha.


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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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