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 Sue Ingebretson

When looking for healing treatments, do you think of putting pen to paper? Maybe you should! As a proven stress management tool, journaling may be a great resource to add to your arsenal of healing activities. Journaling has been shown to decrease pain and fatigue associated with chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Journaling also boosts the immune system while improving cognitive function...


Editor's Note: Allow yourself to go on a healing journey, grab a journal and start writing!


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Listen as Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate Perie Longo reads her poem Treatment Boogie at Santa Barbara City College.

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by David Servan-Schreiber
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a clinical study showing that writing can have a big impact on physical symptoms...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: "Prescribing story writing for medical purposes is a time-honored way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive conditions." Here is some up-to-date research info on the health benefits of writing.


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by Debra Smouse

I’ve never been much of diary writer. Until I was mid-way through high school, I would stop and start diaries and journals without consistency. Then in my junior year of high school, I had a teacher who insisted upon a daily writing practice. She would occasionally do a journal check that consisted of reading random pages, making a few comments, and returning the journals to us. While I was in her class, I began to fill spiral notebooks at an amazing pace...


Editor's Note: Debra Smouse shares the power of writing one day at a time, and it's cumulative impact on personal knowing and self-expression.


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by Keturah Israel

Venus was in the habit of waking up in the morning, looking at herself in the mirror, and fearlessly affirming, “I am good. I am love. I am God.”

This affirmation was the direct advice of her teacher who told Venus to find herself in the mirror’s reflection, to look intently into her eyes daily, and know that she is whole...



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Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry and writing is becoming more and more accepted as a modality for prisoner rehabilitation. In this TED video clip, Kosal Khiev, poet, tattoo artist, and survivor of the US prison system, tells how spoken word became his creative channel to tell his own story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form.


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by Michele Berstein

I packed it very carefully

Then added a ribbon of red

So no one would mistake it...


Editor's Note: Michele Bernstein shares a frustrating and funny poem about loosing her luggage and more...


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 by Susan L. de Wardt CAPF CJF,

ATH Co-editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

In the late 80’s Cathie Borrie stopped her own work to care for her mother. She spent the next 7 years as a full-time care-giver, sitting and sitting-- trying to keep busy. Even though her mother had slipped into the shadow world of Alzheimer’s, she still had opinions...

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt:
Cathie Borrie gives new perspective on the perception of reality and the process of caring for a loved one with dementia.


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by Irving Karchmar

The moon is always full
Our human eyes
See only its phases...


Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: "The Moon is always Full" reminds us that we usually see the world fragmentally, "in snippets", not the whole picture. Indeed, the simple truth that we see the moon changing, when it's only its' phases, and the moon itself remains round or full always, can add to our understanding of love's labours lost as a necessary period, dynamics of Love, which we wrongly saw as a crash of all hopes and maybe a cause for the suicide. Or that we were wrong when angry at somebody because we didn't see the roots or the crown of the situation. It takes time, always, and patience, to go through "phases" of our distresses and see the wholeness. Then we are rewarded.


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by Mary Alice Long, PhD

Analytical psychology at its core emphasizes the process of individuation, a life-long process of transformation. Each of us is unique and called to grow in maturity through a process of psychic integration. How can we explore and expand our creativity in the process of individuating?...

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Seattle based Jungian therapist provides poetry and prompts to expand creativity and the process of self-discovery.


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Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: Stephen Levine is a spiritual teacher who has written many books, one among them being "Who Dies". He has worked with cancer patients and AIDS patients helping them to deal with the difficulties they face. As he will explain in this video he has written poetry for much of his life, though his work in teaching meditation and his other work pulled him away from it as his life focus.

I always appreciate "time" with Stephen because he speaks with such an authentic voice. I hope you will be inspired by his words.


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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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