At Solara Mental Health, we offer a number of therapy groups to provide a full treatment experience. Our therapy groups can be broad or specific, but one of the specific groups we offer is our therapeutic writing group.
In this group, a small group of clients will meet together regularly, led by one of the expert clinicians at our mental health treatment center. The clinician will give the clients a writing assignment to complete during that day’s session. These assignments vary, but can include writing a poem, diary entry, letter or short story. For example, a client may be asked to write a letter to a loved one or to write their life as if it were a fairy tale. These writing exercises are brief—clients will generally have around ten minutes to work. This can be a particularly effective process for clients who are comfortable thinking through and writing down their thoughts before saying them aloud.
Following the writing period, clients then have the opportunity to share their writing with the group. Peers, along with the lead clinician, comment on the client’s writing, helping them to recognize themes and struggles present in the writing. As clients engage in this process, they can release their pent-up or unrecognized emotions, expressing their feelings in words in a way they may not have done before. This provides a powerful emotional release, and helps clients recognize issues they may not have been aware of before, allowing for greater self-awareness and full healing.
For more information about the therapeutic writing group, or about other treatments offered at Solara Mental Health, please contact us.