Words have the power to draw us somewhere closer to who we are.
A journal is a place for making sense of the unknowns, while at the same time describing in detail what we do know. Journaling provides a container for exploration, understanding, and discovery of oneself.
An experience is an experience if it leaves behind something in us. Journaling allows for us to process our experiences in a stream-of-conscious thought.
Journals serve as an instrument in the process of self-understanding, growth, healing, and change. Self-understanding develops from some form of dialogue with oneself.
What to expect:
Journaling is used as a method for grounding oneself in the present moment. It is where you will pay attention to what you feel emotionally and physically in the present moment on purpose.
You will write a description of your present moment using all the senses to describe your environment, how you feel, and what thoughts and images come into mind.
You will re-visit past experiences that have impacted your life; you will write what you remember of an experience, how it made you feel then, and how it makes you feel today while writing it.
If while writing, you feel as though some trauma has re-surfaced, please pause, and allow for us to go over this together. When writing our experiences we do not know what will be remembered, or triggered in this process. We will always work through these unexpected experiences together in session.
Re-focusing for future possibilities:
You will consider your hopes for the future, in relation to where you have been, where you are now, and who you want to become.
These journal entries will take place on your own, outside of therapy. You will bring your journal to each therapy session; we will discuss your experience of writing this entry, what came up for you, and if there is anything you would like to share from your writing that is pressing. We will use the rest of the session to discuss whatever comes up in this time. I will read your entries in full after our session. Over time we will discuss themes and patterns that reveal themselves within your writing, and together we unravel deeper understanding for your experiences, discovering meaning, and words in your written expressions.
This process is most effective if you participate in the process of self-examination and remain committed to a weekly therapeutic session.
We can schedule additional 35-minute sessions in-between our 50-minute sessions to discuss specific entries.