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January 2016, Volume 12, Issue 1, ISSN 1939-8719

Hello,

On a personal note...This month I write about depression, a serious and important issue in mental health. I also share a link to a brand-new podcast I co-hosted with Nathan Ohren. In the podcast I reveal my history in the field of journaling and offer a free gift to listeners. Check it out!

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As you know, each month I offer coaching tips, ideas and inspiration to support you in your writing, creativity and personal growth. Please send your comments and questions and I'll write back personally or respond in a future edition of A-Muse Letter.



Inside this issue:

Blues

Susan Recommends...

For therapists who want to integrate journaling into client work or anyone interested in using journaling as a tool for personal growth and transformation, this pragmatic step-by-step guide will provide an invaluable resource.

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Read what experts in the field are saying about
The Healing Power of Writing:

"Writing is a powerful method to help people get through difficult times. This is the first book that focuses on ways therapists can help their clients harness this powerful method. Check out Susan Borkin's book, The Healing Power of Writing."

-James W. Pennebaker, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin; author of The Secret Life of Pronouns and Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

"An excellent tool for therapists and their clients. Susan Borkin explains precisely how journaling can aid the therapeutic process and offers up practical exercises for addressing a wide variety of problems. Highly recommended."

-Eric Maisel, PhD, author of Secrets of a Creativity Coach and Why Smart People Hurt

"Psychotherapist Susan Borkin reveals how writing-simple, honest, moving, and direct, while also private and unedited-may be one of our best medicines, allowing us to meet self and other in deeper ways, resolve conflicts, ease stress and depression, and much more. From a solid research base to practical hints, stories, and examples, this book will change the lives of both clients and therapists."

-Ruth Richards, MD, PhD, Saybrook University, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School; editor of Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature

"Borkin masterfully presents us with the gift of her accumulated clinical discoveries about writing for psychological well-being. She takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the practicalities and possibilities of writing to deeply enrich, understand, and change our lives. Although written primarily for clinicians, both therapists and non-therapists alike will discover a feast of original and useful expressive writing ideas."

-Ruth Folit, designer/producer of LifeJournal software and founder/director of the International Association for Journal Writing

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This award-winning journal software is now online. Great for journal writers on the go with your Mac, PC you can access your journal on the Internet. LifeJournal has the highest encryption security and is password protected to keep your journal totally private. LifeJournal Online has interactive tools to expand your journaling in ways that you'll love.

I have personally used LifeJournal Online and absolutely love it! It is easy to use and keeps journal entries organized and accessible. You can even test drive it for free. Check it out here.

On occasion I will recommend products and services from colleagues for which I receive a small affiliate stipend. Rest assured, I will never suggest anything I do not completely believe will be of benefit to you.

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - JournalTalk Podcast Listen in as Nathan Ohren, host of the popular JournalTalk podcast, interviews Susan Borkin. Click here to listen online.


Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Writing from the Inside Out: The Healing Power of Journaling

John F. Kennedy University Continuing Education, San Jose, California
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, full-day workshop. Continuing education units available for licensed therapists. For information and registration contact www.jfku.edu/ce or call 800.557.1384.

Please note: While this workshop will be live in California, please let me know if you are interested in a home study version and we will contact you in the fall.

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GRATIS CORNER

  • Remember, if you haven't done so before, take advantage of our Complimentary Coaching Consultation. Contact me for an informative discovery session via phone or in person. Phone (800) 552-WRITE, that's (800) 552-9748 or write to me at susan@susanborkin.com to find out more.
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  • Have a question about writing or creativity? E-mail your question to Susan. She may use your questions in future issues of "WRITE NOW! A-Muse Letter by Susan Borkin."

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WINTER BLUES

The Mindful Living Network states that Monday, January 25th is the most depressing day of the year. While I’m not sure whether or not there is actual research to back up that statement, it is pretty clear that the month of January can be a depressing time. Let’s consider what makes this a difficult month for many people. The build-up and excitement of the holiday season is over, but credit card debt is not over. In many places in North America, the weather is at its absolute worse. Days are shorter and daylight is scarce. Psychologically, your fresh resolutions for the New Year might have taken a bit of a nosedive.

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If you are feeling stuck with a writing project and need some help, let's set up a time to chat.
You can reach me at susan@susanborkin.com or by phone at (408) 973-7877.



ABOUT SUSAN BORKIN

Susan Borkin, M.A. is a licensed psychotherapist, coach and writer. She is the founder of Write Now! a professional practice specializing in the use of writing for personal and professional growth. Susan specializes in helping people overcome creative blocks and achieve deep personal transformation through the use of writing. A journaling consultant and trainer since 1978, she is the author of When Writing From the Inside Out, When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes, and The Healing Power of Writing (W. W. Norton).

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