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Writing Cures : An Introductory Handbook of Writing in Counselling and Therapy - Gillie Bolton

Writing Cures

An Introductory Handbook of Writing in Counselling and Therapy

By: Gillie Bolton (Editor), Stephanie Howlett (Editor), Colin Lago (Editor), Jeannie K. Wright (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781583919125
Number Of Pages: 238

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Writing is our cultural medium and can be used to enhance counselling and psychotherapy - just writing in itself can be therapeutic. The onset of online therapy means that increasing numbers of therapists need to know about this valuable means of communication.

Writing Cures demonstrates power of expressive and reflective writing in the context of therapy, whether online or text-based, enabling the practitioner to undertake writing methods with clients. It introduces the reader to therapeutic writing in a range of settings and contexts, and from a range of approaches. Chapters from an impressive list of
contributors include:

'Ethical and Practical Dimensions of Online Writing Cures' by Stephen Goss and Kate Anthony
'Writing by Patients and Therapists in Cognitive and Analytic Therapy' by Anthony Ryle
'Reflective and Therapeutic Writing in Counsellor Training' by Colin Feltham and Jacquie Daniels.

Illustrated throughout from clinical experience Writing Cures will be of benefit to all counsellors and

Industry Reviews

'The section on the evidence base will astonish... The 'Writing in Therapy' section is a rich source of techniques with many examples drawn from experience. The section on 'writing online' includes a remarkable account of The Samaritans' use of email befriending... the 'reflective practice' section reminds us that writing is not only therapeutic for clients but can be an invaluable tool... I heartily recommend this book as an accessible, wide-ranging and thought-provoking introduction for counsellors, writers, therapists and nurses.' - Tony Gillam, Mental Health Practice 2005

`This is a timely, ambitious and stimulating book... I congratulate the editors on their achievement and am sure Writing Cures will `entice readers back' to the value of writing in therapy and its role in the search for the self.' - Eva Burns-Lundgren, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling

Notes on contributorsp. x
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introduction: Writing Curesp. 1
Theory and researchp. 5
The passion of science, the precision of poetry: therapeutic writing - a review of the literaturep. 7
Cognitive psychology and the biomedical foundations of writing therapyp. 18
The contribution of narrative ideas and writing practices in therapyp. 25
Reading ourselves: imagining the reader in the writing processp. 35
From archetype to impressions: the magic of wordsp. 44
Writing in therapyp. 57
Writing by patients and therapists in cognitive analytic therapyp. 59
Journal writing as a therapeutic toolp. 72
Writing the link between body and mind: the use of writing with clients suffering from chronic stress-related medical disordersp. 85
'When I write I think': personal uses of writing by international studentsp. 95
'Every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome': the therapeutic role of poetry writingp. 106
On the road to recovery: writing as a therapy for people in recovery from addictionp. 123
Writing onlinep. 131
Therapy online-the therapeutic relationship in typed textp. 133
Developing online, text-based counselling in the workplacep. 142
Electronic text-based communication-assumptions and illusions created by the transference phenomenap. 151
Messages to Jo-the Samaritans' experience of email befriendingp. 160
Ethical and practical dimensions of online writing curesp. 170
Reflective practicep. 179
Reflective and therapeutic writing in counsellor trainingp. 181
The uses of writing in the supervision of cognitive analytic therapyp. 189
Black and blue: writing for reflective practicep. 196
After the session: 'freewriting' in responsep. 212
Writing in a reflective practice group for staff working with people with dementiap. 221
Conclusions and looking forwardp. 228
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9781583919125
ISBN-10: 1583919120
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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