Journaling and other strategies: Eleven Ways to Be Your Own Therapist
Posted Jan 08 2010 6:29pm
In this excerpt from the article Eleven Ways to Be Your Own Therapist, from his website, Essays for the Enlightenment Seeker – Healing from Childhood Trauma, Psychotherapist Daniel Mackler speaks about nurturing our ability to know and take care of ourselves by journaling:
“1. KEEP A JOURNAL: Journaling – that is, writing down the truth of your feelings, your point of view, your fears, your angers, your hopes, your expectations, your desires, your fantasies, your hatreds, your regrets, your thoughts, your memories, your prejudices, your secret loves, your painful experiences, your humiliations, your past traumas – requires massive intimacy with yourself.
“This self-intimacy is the essence of good therapy, and yet is also what makes good therapy so difficult. Many people find it difficult to journal – or journal in a deep and prolonged way – because of the strange feelings of being so emotionally intimate with oneself.
“But if you can tolerate the potential discomfort, if you can sit with the truth of who you are and look at your truth expressed on the page in front of you, then you can nurture a wonderful relationship with your greatest ally: your own true self!”
Mackler recommends other actions we can take:
2. ANALYZE YOUR DREAMS
4. ENGAGE IN INNER DIALOGUE
7. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
8. LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
9. TRY CELIBACY
10. READ GOOD LITERATURE
11. HAVE FUN
Mackler is a filmmaker, musician and psychotherapist in New York City. His writings focus on the causes, consequences, and radical significance of childhood trauma.