Providing adults with community, resources, and guidance for exploring diary writing as therapy for illness or trauma, including eating disorders and associated mental health challenges
— JUNE ALEXANDER
Author. Eating Disorder Advocate. Writing Mentor.
I am June Alexander and I am a non-fiction writer. My special skills and interests are in diary writing, mentoring and editing. I encourage everyone, of every age, to write their story – and, in so doing, make their life count. Some people think their life has been ‘nothing special’ but my experience is that everyone has a story to tell. What seems the most ordinary, day-to-day existence can become the most extraordinary, inspiring tale. Much of the impact depends on how the story is told. If you have experienced trauma or illness, the therapeutic process of writing can help you to re-focus on the beauty in life. Writing can help you to celebrate accomplishments and to ease current or past stresses, traumas or difficulties; it can also assist you in connecting with your self and close others. When I write in my diary, for instance, I write to ‘me’. My diary is like a best friend. When I wrote my memoir, A Girl Called Tim, my diaries provided a major resource. These diaries had served as loyal and intimate companions, written straight from my heart, and now they were helping me to create a story to share with the world. Reading and writing a story for others from my diaries helped me to understand my life and put major events in perspective. Sometimes, reliving the painful moments was upsetting but also cathartic. I was able to repackage hurtful memories in a way that enabled me to heal and move on with my life: to soar, in fact. I look forward to helping you soar, too. Contact me today. I offer private mentoring and coaching in life writing, in person or via the Internet and phone, and also group workshops. I look forward to helping you to bring together the threads of your life to create and preserve your story.
Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer
Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer uses a unique combination of evidence-based research and raw diary excerpts to explain the pitfalls and benefits of diary writing during recovery from an eating disorder. In a time when diary writing remains a largely untapped resource in the health care professions, June Alexander sets out to correct this imbalance, explaining how the diary can inspire, heal and liberate, provide a learning tool for others and help us to understand and cope with life challenges.
The book focuses on the power of diary writing, which may serve as a survival tool but become an unintended foe. With guidance, patients who struggle with face-to-face therapy are able to reveal their thoughts through writing and construct a strong sense of self. The effects of family background and the environment are explored, and the therapeutic value of sharing diaries, to better understand illness symptoms and behaviours, is discussed.
Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer will be of interest to those who have recovered or are recovering from eating disorders or any mental illness, as well as therapists, clinicians and others working in the medical and healthcare professions.