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The book is part of an excellent series by Jessica Kingsley called Writing for Therapy or Personal Development which is edited by the country's leading exponent of writing for personal and professional development, including therapeutic contexts... the book provides a very practical and useful introduction to 'journal therapy'... this introductory book is a 'must' for any practitioner interested in developing the techniques or model in their own work... Part Two on the use of Structured Techniques is excellent. Likewise, the use discussion of Less Structured Techniques in Part Three is first class... engaging and accessible. -- Therapeutic Communities Journal ... this is a wide ranging and user friendly source book, Kate Thompson has thoroughly covered the material available. It will be of use to anyone looking for new and effective ways to gain insight into either themselves or the people they work with and care for. It lays the foundation for all technical books in the field and is that rare thing in a psychology book; the material won't date and so makes a timeless, worthwhile investment. -- Private Practice (formerly Independent Practitioner) and Sussex Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal 'I believe therapists at all levels will find something of interest in this book, from the trainee struggling with the prescribed task of completing a 15,000 word journal early in their training, to the therapist looking for a tool for the long term, or for clients in time-limited therapy. -- Therapy Today This book will help practitioners to challenge clients to experiment with different ways of telling their story in order to better understand themselves and explore their personal realities more deeply. Writing as therapy is a powerful process, and here are some practical and robust guidelines to engage with it safely and creatively. -- Emmy van Deurzen, Director, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London, UK This book is an excellent introduction to the therapeutic aspect of journal writing for anyone who has seen journal writing as simply keeping a form of diary or never approached the topic before. It offers a structured approach to therapeutic journaling, from a consideration of the tools required and the arrangement of physical space needed, to the variety of ways to adopt and adapt journaling in one's life for different purposes, such as time management and extending one's personal therapy... As an experience counsellor and group work facilitator, I felt both curious and inspired by the variety of exercises and prompts I could offer to my clients to extend our therapeutic work together. I also appreciated the guidance offered in building and maintaining boundaries to ensure safe practice of therapeutic writing. As a seasoned supervisor integrating creative techniques in my practice, I was excited by the passionate enthusiasm to work therapeutic journaling into my approach, as well as to use those techniques for my own self-supervision. -- Lapidus Journal When I first read this book I suddenly felt an immediate connection with what she was saying. Her distinct writing style and the way she communicates her ideas as well as how she guides you through the journal writing process is simply brilliant. I wish I had been able to read this book years ago because I would have got so much more from my own journal writing. I can see how it could also have a use as a form of self supervision by allowing one's true thoughts to surface in the creative process... I found Thompson's book an insightful journey through therapeutic writing via a journal and I would recommend it to anyone working therapeutically with clients or as a supervisor or teacher of therapists. -- British Association of Play Therapists. The practice of therapeutic journal writing is a very practical tool for: health professionals, teachers, lecturers, social workers and writing tutors. It is also recommended for counsellors and life coaches... Therapeutic journal writing and other forms of expressive writing may, therefore, well be seen as part of occupational therapy, rather than as a separate discipline... Kate Thompson, the author, offers many techniques for therapeutic journal writing...While the practice contexts for journal writing include education, health and social care and creative and cultural settings, it is up to the reader to create opportunities for writing groups in each individual work setting. Perhaps the best scope is in rehabilitation centres and hostels, elderly day care, or other settings where people are given time to think with supportive facilitators... Practitioners who develop therapeutic writing skills can make an important contribution to rehabilitation of patients with physical symptoms, chronic illness, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, family relationship issues and bereavement. This is, perhaps, one of the best ways of practising person-centred care, which could be a cost-saving exercise in the context of preventive medical and social care...offers (...) invaluable information for health professionals, teachers, lecturers and writing tutors. -- Dr. Margot Lindsay, Research Department of Mental Health Sciences European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare

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Kate Thompson MA is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice. She runs training courses in Journal Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, and is a faculty member of the Center for Journal Therapy in Colorado, USA, where she also trained. She is a professional member of Lapidus, the national UK organisation for the literary arts and personal development. She is co-editor, with Gillie Bolton and Victoria Field, of Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities and Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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A great tool for healthcare professionals! 28 May 2014
By Kimberly Gamauf - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book for anyone looking to explore their thoughts and the changes they want to make in their life. It is meant for professionals to use with clients but I did all of the exercises myself and found them to be a great source of information. There were several events I had not thought about in a long time as well as gaining some new insights about myself. This will become a tool in my practice with individuals as well as the group work I am about to offer.
Great Job Kate Thompson!
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Every woman should journal 1 Jun. 2014
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As a midwife, I teach women the importance of journaling and encourage them to do so even if they are not in crises. This book serves as a reinforcement for my encouragement.
Five Stars 9 May 2015
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Excellent source book. Highly recommend it.
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