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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from the Alzheimers Project

Holding people's attention with poetry is always challenging, perhaps even more so when your audience is afflicted with dementia. I like to have at least a few poems memorized so I can walk around freely and recite the poems. In performance poetry lingo this is called, "working the room." With the Alzheimer's folks I come close to them and reach out my hand to them, shaking, holding their hands or just touching them if they show interest in interacting with me...




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by ZetMec

Simon & Garfunkel’s ♫Bridge Over Troubled Water♫ was gospel to my ears the first time I heard it. Still soothes my savage breast. As the title promises, the songs in that LP have the power to calm very troubled waters...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: What music or lyrics sound like pure poetry to your ears? Allow ZetMec to share a special song and a few kind words.



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by Tara Kipnees

As the daughter of Bulgarian immigrants who came to this country to escape communism, Tara Kipnees was taught to cherish freedom of thought and creative outlets at a very young age. In high school, she traveled to China to teach English at a secondary school, where she was astonished to witness the degree to which the government stifled expression and its impact on the students...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: The time has finally come, Voices in Space is the easy way to share your short stories and poetry on the web and receive feedback from others; it's like being in a virtual writing group.


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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: It all starts on the inside...and journaling helps you find it!


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from MakeLiterature.com

While some poets may argue passionately that poetry isn’t true poetry unless it adheres to the rules of classical form, there are times when a well-used poetry form can go stale for you. Knowing that there are many more different types of poems and poetry, may lights your fires as a reader or a poet, to get you going...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: If you've been hung up on form or afraid to write poetry because you think you don't know how check out these simple directions for writing poetry from MakeLiterature.com. Try their TwiHaiku - a Twitter application for writing brief but soulful expressions of life experience. Enjoy!


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Susan de Wardt

Many subscribers ask me: where do you find your poems? I do spend quite a bit of time in my local library checking on new poetry anthologies but with the advent of the internet there are plenty of online resources for quality poetry...

Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Having trouble finding poetry?  Want to find a specific poem or work by a favorite poet? Looking for a new approach to teaching poetry? Here is a list of online resources for poetry.


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by Robert Carroll

Most of the experimental evidence as to the efficacy of Poetry Therapy comes through the literature on expressive writing. The seminal researcher in the field of the therapeutic uses of expressive writing is James Pennebaker (32,33). Pennebaker has shown that the use of expressive writing for as little as 15 min over 4 days has positive health effects as measured by visits to physicians and a diminution of symptom complaints...


Editor's Note: Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry is a four part series. Read Part 1: Introduction to Poetry as a Natural Healing Practice, Part 2: Poetry and Therapy, and Part 3: A Note on Healing.

Writings & Poetry Therapy

by Robert Carroll

In Chinese, the written character for poem is composed of two characters, one means word and the other means temple. Together they mean poem. The wisdom of poetry is in the combination of the sacred and the word as illustrated by the character in Chinese...



Editor's Note: Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry is a four part series. Read Part 1: Introduction to Poetry as a Natural Healing Practice and Part 2: Poetry and Therapy.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Robert Carroll

In my private practice of family psychiatry, I often ask whether my patients do any writing and for what purpose. In my work with them, I support their writing and encourage its use whether it is through poetry, journals or personal letters. I encourage bringing the writing in as material for discussion, and I may make suggestions...


Editor's Note: Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry is a four part series. Read Part 1: Introduction to Poetry as a Natural Healing Practice.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Robert Carroll

My purpose in this paper is to help you experience for yourself the potential of poetry to heal by feeling its power through your own voice. Many people have an intuitive sense that voice in general and poetry in particular can be healing. We have all experienced the comfort of soothing words...


Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Robert Carroll’s paper provides an important overview of the effect of poetry on healing, including scientific evidence of efficacy for expressive writing and an opportunity for the reader to experience the healing power of his/her own voice.


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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!



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Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: This is a gentle piece that gives you some very basic ideas about using journaling as prayer. In my own life I've found journaling to be a big part of my spiritual life. I hope you find this to be of interest to you.

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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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