The “Therapy Journal”

November 18, 2012Karen Courcy

So, my therapist and I started the “therapy journal” book that we pass back and forth between sessions during the week, and I have to say it’s been pretty cool!

We write notes in it of things we think about during session, or he writes something in it at the end of sessions. I take it home and write thoughts and quotes, and then I bring it back and he holds onto it and writes in it. It’s pretty neat to incorporate this into our work.

One of the things that I do often is look back on old emails from a year ago on the same date to see where I was the year before at this time; to see how far I have come, obstacles I have overcome, and goals I have met.

Sometimes I feel I have gone forward, and sometimes I see things I am still struggling with, and I think this journal book is just another form of affirmation of connection and goodness in my work.

There are a lot of times that my therapist will grab a pad of paper and write down something during session that came up that was a key point of remembering, well now we have this journal book, and I think it’s really neat and I am loving how this is adding to the healing work that I do – something to look at and work with.

Since I was a child writing was all I had. I had a stack of white paper, pencils and crayons and all I did was write while I was sitting in the closet. It was a survival for me to get out my thoughts onto paper and then hide them in this hole in the wall I created inside the closet so no one would find my thoughts. I think that is why I love writing so much, because it gives me a sense of security.

Writing has also been a huge part of my therapy for all these years – whether it’s through emails, writing notes on paper and or texting – has always been a movement in healing for me – something I can see right in front of me that holds my thoughts and my feelings, or seeing someone else’s thoughts and feelings.

I also love this idea because when I am holding onto the book, it’s the option to write anything I want or need.. it’s open for anything to be held – no judgement, no wonder, no questions .. it’s mine to be held.

I am looking forward to what this book will hold – good, bad, hard, joyful, sad, frustrating … whatever it holds it’s a part of my healing, and someone else holds it with me.

*above are 2 photos of the journal book we started*


  • Gel

    November 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    This is just a lovely development in your process and with your relationship with your therapist.

    It also sounds like you have a lifelong positive relationship with writing.

    I just had a session with my therapist yesterday and part of what came of it was to use writing for the times when I’m stuck in negative thinking and a down mood. J. suggested that I take a time out and write all the thoughts down but to not analyze them yet. But instead to take some kind of positive action. That way I might develop a way to shake loose from the mood and negative thoughts without repressing them.
    Then later, at a set time each day, to go ahead and look at what those thoughts and feelings might relate to from my past…..when I’m not so ensconced in them and have some perspective.

    Now I just have to make the time to do that….I just remembered how much I like handwriting…much more than typing.

    1. Karen Courcy

      November 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      That’s AWESOME Gel.. and yes writing is a huge huge healing tool for thoughts trapped inside! I love that you are going to add this as a part of your healing!

      I look back at the times I used to swallow my feelings and emotions and how horrible it felt. Since I have put my feelings and thoughts into my writing, I notice that I don’t feel as trapped inside my emotions.

      You will have to let me know how it’s going for you… feel free to email me anytime..

      thanks for your comment 🙂

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