Expressive Writing

Expressive Writing

Transform Your Health: Write to Heal is a six-week expressive writing workshop that helps you increase your wellness through writing. Expressive writing has the power to help you lower your heart rate and blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, lessen chronic pain, reduce stress, build resiliency, and – in general – improve your quality of life. You don’t need to be a writer or even have writing aspirations to participate. The expressive writing approach is different from journaling in that it involves responding to a series of structured prompts, followed by reflection on what you have written and a discussion of your post-writing reflections. Throughout the workshop, a number of different forms of writing designed to help you access your inner healing voice will be incorporated, including expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, legacy, and mindful writing.

Register for Upcoming Courses

This summer, I’ll be also be offering an in-person workshop at Northwestern Michigan College, beginning July 13th. Register in advance at www.nmc.edu/ees (search for Class ID: 521). I also offer online courses, either one-on-one or group-based. Contact me to learn more.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Swenson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Birchwood Psychology LLC, a private practice in Traverse City, Michigan. Rebecca attended Kalamazoo College, where she won an Academic Competitive Scholarship for English Writing and double majored in English and Psychology. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. She later joined the pediatric psychology faculty of Brown University School of Medicine where she specialized in treating youth and families with co-occurring psychological and medical problems. Rebecca has trained with Dr. James Pennebaker and Dr. John Evans, both renowned experts and published authors in the field of expressive writing. Currently, Rebecca enjoys combining her interests in improving mental/physical health outcomes with creative writing through teaching expressive writing workshops.