About

Kate Thompson, MA, CJT is a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) senior accredited Supervisor & Counsellor who trained in London and at The Center for Journal Therapy, Denver, Colorado after a first degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado as well as a journal therapist and writer. She uses an Existential approach to her work.

Kate is a faculty member at The Boulder Psychotherapy Institute, The Therapeutic Writing Institute and The New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling (London, UK).

To see a video of Kate talking about her work click here.

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/102786

To listen to Kate talking to Mary Reynolds Thompson about a Wild Soul Story click here

Her publications include:

Therapeutic Journal Writing: an introduction for professionals Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2010

And co-edited with Gillie Bolton & Victoria Field:

Writing Works: a resource handbook for therapeutic writing workshops and activities Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2006)

Writing Routes: a resource handbook of therapeutic writing Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2010)

Kate now lives in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado where the landscape provides inspiration for her and a glorious setting for her practice. She works online (including Skype) and face-to-face, offering:

existential counselling

journal therapy

expressive writing workshops

supervision & professional consultation

coaching for writers

Contact Kate for further information on any of the above or to arrange an initial conversation.

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  1. ..hi…just my tuppence-ha’penny’s worth….its a well known fact that reading a book (as opposed to reading from a screen) utilises certain parts of the brain and information is retained more easily….ditto with writing (the human brain is “wired” in such a way that writing by hand energises different areas, resulting in better understanding, better retention, better comprehension of the subject matter.
    forsaking writing and reading for these new technological marvels, or “electronical” ways as the reader says, is to forsake the way humans are designed to comprehend….

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  2. Kate Thompson

     /  July 9, 2012

    Hi Morten

    Thank you for your comments and your thoughtful responses. I agree that the ‘frame’ questions are very important – but I would add that they are always negotiable and re-negotiable. The last thing we want to do is to make ‘rules’ which make it more of a burden for vulnerable or inexperienced people to begin. In theoretical terms you are quite right that it is important to establish a context (I would put it within an existential context of course, in the tradition of Sartre).
    The debate between handwriting and computer is interesting – I have a preference for the former but I increasingly see people attending my workshops using laptops or tablets. I suspect that this trend will increase (like reading books on e-readers!).
    There is some research which suggests a correlation between efficacy and handwriting because of the physical activity and its effect on the brain. I have clients who use computers for some types of writing and for defence. Working remotely of course necessitates the intervention of a computer.

    I’m happy to continue discussing things with you: kate.thompson@journaltherapy.co.uk

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  3. Morten Andersen

     /  July 8, 2012

    Sorry about the above post: I have too quick; I should have read a little longer in my Kindle edition of your book before writing!

    But as I now have begun to read your discussion in your book about what kind of writing tool to use for these valuable and personal journals, I must say that in my opinion it is very important to analyse, discuss and finally have take a personal choice regarding these “frame” questions, where indeed flexibility and not rigour or even some kind of ideological stance clearly should determine what is the best for oneself in a definite situation. The “frame” questions seem to me to be the following, among others: Where to write, when and how often to write, and with what tool (tools?) to use? The most important thing is to prepare a setting where the process can be in action, and where the record can be retrieved in an easy manner, for later reflection.

    I would be glad if you please would elaborate on these issues further, for I think they are very important.

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  4. Morten Andersen

     /  July 8, 2012

    Hi, as a clinical psychogist who also loves to write and read I am now reading your book about therapeutic journals. I have reached the point in your book where you discuss various notebooks and the like for writing. But I cannot (yet) see that you even discuss the possibility (and for me: the natural choice) of using a small PC. I will use my very portable Sony Vaio P (650 gram) with an 8 inches scrreen, or perhaps also my iPad. As I already have written many dreams and other personal stuff on such a small computer, I wonder whether you have some purely practical stance against using such a type of means to write, or if you have even an ideological or professional reason for not using such an electronical device? Or based on your own or someone else’s experience? I would really like to know! Please send me an email (morten@andersen.net) or write your comments here. Let me close by saying that I have a great interest in your book and this somewhat not so well-known (but nevertheless very widespead, I think) tradition. The book really gives a systematic and analytic grasp of the field, so I am really inspired by it, and the tradition has been written within.

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  5. Kate Thompson

     /  April 27, 2012

    Kim, your site is interesting – and we all have mothers so exploring those relationships is where we intersect.

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  6. Hi Kate, fancy that, we both seem to have launched our sites around the same time. I’ve enjoyed reading yours. Mine is less relevant to you than yours to me, but if you know of any mothers of daughters, or grandmothers of grand-daughters http://ritesforgirls.com/ is for them. Best wishes, Kim

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