Writing therapy exercises

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Updated on 14th May 2021

On these webpages, you will find substantial extracts from my popular book entitled, ‘How to Write a New Life for Yourself’.

Please feel free to browse these pages; and I hope you enjoy the content of this book.

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How to write a new life for yourself

Self-counselling and personal growth using regular journal writing

Narrative therapy as a DIY process

By Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

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Man-writing3Perhaps you want to find a way to get out of the life you have been living for a long time – and?

Perhaps you think counselling or coaching would help, but you cannot afford it?

Are you apprehensive about putting yourself in the hands of a professional helper? 

Or do you simply prefer to be self-directed in your life?

If any such consideration apply to you, perhaps ‘writing therapy’ and reflective writing would be a good solution for you.

Engaging in self-therapy, or professional self-development, by writing – about your personal problems; your plans and ambitions; your current life difficulties; and traumatic experiences from your past – is a well-established practice. And there are a couple of different schools of thought on the subject.

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Woman-writing-therapyI have personally done a lot of self-therapy and personal and professional development through the medium of writing, and indeed I have written a new life for myself.  Sometimes, I have combined writing with face-to-face counselling, but mostly I have stuck to a self-directed system of self-therapy, or reflective writing, by writing in my journal on a fairly frequent basis – daily if possible – but often as little as twice or three times each week.

The big question is this: How should you structure your self-therapy and reflective writing on the written page?  And I have now written a book which contains lots of ideas, more than twenty exercises, and models of how to do this invaluable self-therapy and personal development work. (Your creativity and emotional buoyancy will soar if you do this work!)

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How I wrote a new life for myself – to overcome a rotten childhood

By Dr Jim Byrne,

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Today, in 2020, I am in my twenty-second year of successful professional practice as a Doctor of Counselling. I have helped more than 1,000 people with all kinds of problems, using various approaches to counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.

However, I was born into a highly dysfunctional and deprived family, and caught in a cross-cultural migration.

My ‘emotional IQ’ (or EQ) was originally extremely low, at least in the *social-connection* domain, though it must have been more than adequate in the *personal-survival* domain. (My academic IQ was high).

But my probable destiny was (potentially) to live a short, unrewarding, brutish existence, based on isolation and loneliness.

How did I escape? I wrote a new life for myself.

What does that mean?

Initially, it did not involve *any* physical writing; that came later, when I was in my thirties. Initially it involved:

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# Watching others to try to make sense of life.

# Deciding to move away from my family of origin, when I was thirteen years old; though I did not get away until I was eighteen.

# Trying out new forms of living arrangements and work arrangements; and quickly moving on from anything that did not work.  Never contemplating moving backwards!

# Searching, seeking, moving ever onward.

# Meeting new people; watching them; soaking up information.

# Being very patient, and very persistent!  Deferring gratification for safer, better times!

# Exploring psychoanalysis, person-centred counselling, transactional analysis, rational therapy; attachment theory; affect regulation theory; and many other systems of counselling and therapy.

# Attempting to write about my life, when I was 22 years old and in analysis;

# and again when I was 34 years old,

# and exploring therapies created by Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls and Eric Berne;

And then in my forties:

# beginning to write my Story of Origins;

# then my Story of Relationship (especially with my mother);

# and then an autobiography of the first eighteen years of my life;

# and then a fictionalized autobiography of the first forty years of my life.

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That writing work, combined with writing a journal many days of most weeks, for many years, gave me:

# New insights into where I came from; who I ‘am’; and where I am trying to get to.

# New insights into problem solving and decision-making.

# A greater capacity to process my emotions, instead of ‘jumping over them’.

# It also improved my physical health and my emotional well-being.

# And it gave me a wonderful life in which I am fulfilled and productive, happy and healthy, and glad I took responsibility for the journey!

# And, as a bonus, it made me so creative I’ve been able to write many books and to create a unique business, based on a completely original form of counselling and psychotherapy.

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Writing Theapy book coverRecently, I wrote up most of the writing processes that I have used during those years, into a new book on how *you* can write a new life for yourself.

If I can do it, so also can you!

Please read the page of information about my new book, which is attached, below.

Sincerely, Jim

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

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For more detailed information about this book, including substantial extracts, please click this link: Write a New Life, Page 2.***

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