The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself

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Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS8
Foreword by Sir Kenneth Calman9
1.Introduction11
2.Therapeutic Writing: How and Why – The Healing Pen15
3.Keeping a Journal: ‘The Diamonds of the Dustheap’29
4.Writing Openers: Unbuttoning, Opening the Box49
5.Images: How to Find, Create and Use Them – Echoes61
6.Dreams Which Put Us in Touch with Ourselves: ‘The Royal Road’81
7.The Power of Poetry, Fiction and Autobiography: ‘Something Hatches’97
8.Writing to Help You Take Control of Your Own Life: ‘This is My Decision!’113
9.Writing and Groups: Laugh and Cry with Each Other127
10.Writing out Trauma: A Bobble Hat, a Pair of Jeans and Grandad142
11.Writing at the Doctor’s, the Hospital, the Hospice: Writing on Prescription156
12.Writing in Prison, the Old People’s Home: ‘Reach for the Stars’178
13.Approaches to Therapeutic Writing: ‘But Who are You?’195
14.Conclusions: ‘Thought Made Flesh’212
APPENDIX: USEFUL CONTACT ADDRESSES229
BIBLIOGRAPHY233
SUBJECT INDEX243
AUTHOR INDEX251

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