Creative Writing Therapy

Creative writing therapy at Avalon Integrative Wellness involves expressive writing and introspection sessions administered by a trained psychotherapist who works alongside the patient with mental health issues. Clients, through expressing their feelings via the written word uncover their inward feelings that help them become self-aware. Creative writing can help those struggling with sad and distressing thoughts form new, positive perspectives, even during emotionally traumatic times. Creative writing therapy is an intervention that incorporates the art of writing into spiritual healing and emotional growth.

We provide creative writing therapy as a part of a holistic treatment approach at Avalon Integrative Wellness. Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) includes this modality, as well as talk therapies and other traditional and creative methods of treatment that allow us to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. After a thorough evaluation, we will help you determine whether creative writing therapy is the appropriate treatment option for you.

What does Creative Writing Therapy Treat?

Writing therapy has been proven effective for many of the following conditions and issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Grief and loss
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance use disorders

Benefits of Creative Writing Therapy

People battling addictions, mental health disorders or previous trauma may find expressive writing a very useful tool in their treatment plan. Creative writing as therapy might do the following:

  • Improve memory
  • Promote relaxation and relieve stress
  • Provide significant healing
  • Discover meaning in events or relationships
  • Introduce a new perspective
  • Find positives in any experience
  • Improve physical health

Writing is an effective way to bring mental, emotional and physical energy together to produce something that correctly expresses how you feel about a person, event or situation. This form of treatment can be performed one-on-one with a therapist, in a group setting or at home as part of the independent work of therapy.

How it Works

There are different ways writing can be used as a part of the therapeutic process. Three of the most common types of creative writing therapy include:

Free Writing

Also referred to as journaling, this style of writing allows the client to put the things that come to mind onto paper. There is no censoring or judgment involved in the free write process; clients merely put things down as they come into their heads. In some cases, the thoughts may be coherent and complete, while others may be partial phrases or isolated ideas. Journaling might include both positive and negative feelings, but clients are encouraged to accept and acknowledge all of them.

Creating Poetry

Although some clients find writing poetry to be intimidating at first, the process can be incredibly therapeutic in some cases. Therapists will typically guide this task somewhat, giving the client ideas on what to write about or how to organize thoughts to turn them into readable prose. Again, the words that go onto the paper should be acknowledged and accepted without judgment for the mere thoughts and ideas that they are.

Writing a Letter

Letter writing can be particularly helpful for clients that are struggling with an individual or a relationship. This letter can be penned to express a client’s feelings toward the other person, whether they are happy, angry or grieved with the individual’s behavior. The letter might include many things the clients wish to say to the other person face-to-face but cannot for various reasons. The message does not have to be sent to the individual for it to have the desired effect in many cases.

Creative Writing Therapy at Avalon Integrative Wellness

Creative writing therapy can be a helpful way for clients to learn to express themselves safely. This treatment is generally performed in conjunction with some of the services available through our IOP to help our clients see the best possible outcomes from their treatment plan. To learn more about the benefits of writing in a comprehensive treatment program, contact Avalon Integrative Wellness today at 855-781-1790.