Therapeutic Writing: An Exploratory Speech–Language Pathology Counseling Technique

This exploratory qualitative study investigated the use of therapeutic writing for counseling long-term caregivers of spouses with brain injury and neurogenic communication disorders. Three participants wrote an average of six single-spaced pages of text. After analysis of the written text, the common themes of onset of diagnosis, anger, grief, and similarities in coping mechanisms were identified. Additional information about the value of therapeutic writing was obtained. The authors suggest therapeutic writing appears to be a promising technique to use for counseling caregivers.

Isaki, Emi; Brown, Betty G.; Alemán, Sara; Hackstaff, Karla. (2015). Therapeutic Writing: An Exploratory Speech–Language Pathology Counseling Technique. Topics in Language Disorders, 35, 275-287.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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