Creative Writing Therapy
This ties in with my Social Science Research Methods class. We have to do a literature review about a topic that deals with our major. I actually had no idea that Creative Writing (also known as Narrative Therapy) could be used as a type of therapy. It's relatively new, so there hasn't been a lot of testing done about it (that and the fact that no one is really sure how you would conduct a study about it). However, there are more than enough articles that explain what it is and how it can be helpful. This is one such article. It's kind of a lengthy article so I'll just give you a brief summary about this therapy.
Creative Writing therapy was first developed by Michael White and David Epston during the 70s and 80s. It was used in family therapy because it was an alternitive way for family members to explore their feelings. It was later used with trauma victims and people with terminal illnesses because it had the potential to help them come to terms with whatever it was that they had experienced.
Besides the testing criticism mentioned earlier, another criticism is that people aren't necessarily willing to write about whatever it is that's troubling them. They can write about what they had for breakfast but when it comes to deep and personal issues, some people actually shut down (freeze or refuse to participate) in a way.
So now you know a little bit about this fascinating type of therapy.