Extensive research has been done on the effectiveness of writing as a therapeutic intervention to reduce symptoms and encourage positive change in clients undergoing psychotherapy. This paper explores some of this research. It will also report on the ways differing theoretical approaches use writing in therapy, and, based on research, how effective it is with various mental disorder diagnoses. Different writing techniques will be explored and a discussion of the power of writing to provide clients with insight, clarity and self-expression will also be included.
The Use of Writing as a Therapeutic Intervention: Assessing the Effectiveness of its Use in Differing Client Populations
Gayle Andrus Colehour
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