Kathleen Adams LPC, is a clinical journal therapist and the founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy (www.journaltherapy.com) and its professional training division, the fully online Therapeutic Writing Institute (www.TWInstitute.net). She is the author/editor of nine books on journal therapy, including the best-selling Journal to the Self and Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice, due out in July 2013. She has been a tireless spokesperson for the power of writing for healing, change and growth for nearly 30 years and is known as a pragmatic visionary in her approaches to writing as a therapeutic tool. In an internet survey she was listed, along with Anais Nin and Anne Frank, as one of the three most influential journal writers of the 20th century.
Although familiar with her work, I only recently met Kathleen when I attended a workshop she conducted this past spring in New Jersey. As an online therapist, I have used the written word as a therapeutic tool for nearly 15 years. The topic of therapeutic writing fits both within the process of journal writing and in the use of written interventions such as email/discussion forums and Internet Relay Chat.
As you read through, begin to conceptualize applying journal writing methodology to online therapy and coaching. And then, hold that thought! We will be continuing this interview in a further issue of TILT, focusing down on the use of technology and the application of therapeutic writing within cyberspace!
This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
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This interview is offered with much appreciation to Kathleen for sharing her expertise with TILT readers. Remember to stay tuned for another interview that will highlight the use of technology within therapeutic writing. Don’t miss our Love of Books section where you can read more about Journal to the Self!
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