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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 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!


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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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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 Sheila Bender

I started my writing career as a poet and I believe that poetry is my “home page,” the place I return to for investigating my feelings and perceptions and to recognize those of others that are so like my own. As poets, we write from joy, sorrow and wonder; our poems record our responses to being alive and they create a sense living intensely, rather than walking shut down through our days...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Prolific author, poet and essayist Sheila Bender speaks openly about how she used poetry to help her through the grief following her son's tragic death.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

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

We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "Life Lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Have you been inspired by a poem? Do you have words of poetic wisdom floating in your head? Read about the Academy of American Poets project:  Life/Lines: Vital Words.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Donna Davidge

Do you remember what you wanted to be or do between the ages of seven and twelve? I’ve heard that you should be doing that ‘thing’ now in your life...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Donna shares her personal connection of the healing practices of yoga and writing. What are your healing practices? Would would it be like to see your both writing and another activity as healing?


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by Katie McClain

When I was in 4th grade, I bullied someone.

I'm nervous to admit this, but it's true.

The girl I bullied was very pretty, with gorgeous brown hair. And big curly locks...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Who among us has not done something that they regret? Here's Katie McClain's enlightened adult perspective on bullying.


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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.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Maryhelen Snyder

There are only the two of us. The poet and the page. The therapist and the client. These are the central creative activities of my life. And each is an intimate experience that I and others have compared to that of being a midwife. Because the fact is that the primary satisfaction lies in waiting. And then, as a poem or a person emerges, in being receptive, and sometimes astounded...

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Maryhelen Snyder takes us on a journey as a poet and a therapist to explore topics of: new beginnings, becoming the other, not knowing, metaphor, creative energy, and most of all--love.



Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Tzivia Gover

"What is Poetry?" I pose the question to my students, young women in their teens and early twenties. I am answered with silence. Seconds slink past. Finally, one student, who is meticulously made up from her mascara-ed eyes to her silver and blue polished nails offers, "I think it has to rhyme..."

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Tzivia Gover shares her first hand experience in leading writing workshops that are indeed not a luxury, neither for her students nor for herself.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

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.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

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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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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