“I had never done any form of therapy before and I was not very good at writing, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was interested in what writing therapy was and if it provided positive outcomes. I had no real idea of what it was going to be like, although it exceeded what I knew of therapy and was a good way to get out what I was feeling. I enjoyed the questions of growing up and making you think what parts of your life could possibly trigger other parts, it was all there in front of you on paper.
It made me aware of my sub conscious thoughts and I realised why I was feeling this way. I felt really released, relaxed and grounded after the therapy. I would highly recommend Write for Life to anyone. It’s a less confronting form of therapy that allows people to see their subconscious thoughts and issues on paper, right before their eyes and to be free from them.”
Charles Rolls, Y2K
Happy New Year and all of that. : )
I wanted to post about men undertaking writing therapy. Having conducted many workshops with women, I long been seeking men to participate in writing therapy. I approached my friend a while ago, and he only did the first few exercises, he stopped at the autobiography part. Sometimes it seems men will not want to go to some levels of emotion or pain for fear of what it will unearth. However, in my humble opinion, perhaps men need this more than women even. Women are used to sharing their emotions and I know men do this as well. With writing therapy men can express these deeper things without having to speak or have an audience it is between themselves and the page. This provides complete release and also allows them control over the process so they feel safe. I think writing therapy is quite an amazing tool for men. I will be conducting workshops again soon and I believe I have a few men attending.
Men need writing therapy but they shy away from it. I would love to know the thoughts of male readers of my blog. There are men dealing with a lot of trauma in the armed forces, police force, in different professions and stations in society. All people can and do benefit from writing therapy, though men seem more reluctant. Physiologically, men recover from emotional outbursts and arguments slower than women, they take longer to calm down. Their blood pressure and heart rate rises and stays up much longer than a woman. Is this why men fear emotion? I am not sure but either way, writing therapy is a gentle and healing way to address emotions. I was telling my male friend the other day who said he had been avoiding emotional issues, that once we face them they are released. If we face them they are not powerful over us. If we face them and write them down truthfully and deeply we are released.
I would appreciate any thoughts from my male readers.
Thanks for your time. Hear from you soon.