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“The difference between a victim and a survivor is the meaning made from the trauma.” – Louise DeSalvo Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives.
Whilst writing is an excellent self-healing tool you can use on your own, it is also vital to seek expert psychological support from a trained professional such as a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. Many therapists recommend storytelling and journalling as a self-therapeutic tool – but writing about a trauma without knowing how to write about it is asking for trouble, with the risk of re-traumatising yourself all over again. Louise de Salvo gives these guidelines your writing-as-a-way-of-healing should follow in order for it to be effective:
- Your writing must contain concrete, authentic, explicit details of events, set within a logical narrative/story.
- Then, you need to link your feelings back to the details/events.
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