In our vast arsenal of therapeutic strategies, using journal prompts for self-reflection can be a powerful practice that bridges the therapeutic space and the client’s daily life.
The journaling process involves the structured or free-form expression of thoughts, feelings, and experiences through written words. Research suggests that using journal prompts enhances self-reflection and cognitive restructuring, leading to improved self-understanding and better emotional regulation (Smyth & Helm, 2003; Ullrich & Lutgendorf, 2002).
This simple yet profound activity can serve as a complementary tool to traditional therapeutic interventions, offering a range of benefits that can significantly enhance the therapeutic process.
Below we will suggest several journaling prompts for your clients and when and where to apply them.
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