Past events

Expressive Writing for Health and Trauma Recovery: Tools for Counseling Practice

An experiential workshop for counselors, therapists and other healing professionals


September 19th 2015 9.30-12.30pm

100 Arapahoe, Boulder

 Cost: $50 (Early bird rate: $45 if payment received before September 5th)

Expand your repertoire of therapeutic tools with this experience of expressive writing as a means of healing and growth.

There is a proven relationship between expressive writing and health/trauma recovery. A traumatic event can be integrated when a client translates emotions into a written narrative, assigning meaning and coherence (evidenced by the work of research psychologist James W. Pennebaker and others).

In this workshop a counselor and a client will:

  • describe what expressive writing is and how it can be used for health and trauma recovery
  • guide you through the experience of several writing techniques you can use as resources for your clients to further therapeutic goals
  • discuss expressive writing as an adjunct to counseling with case examples
  • offer expressive writing tools for self-supervision

Facilitated by

Kate Thompson MA, CJT, existential counselor, journal therapist and author of Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals.

Carolyn Jennings, Journal to the Self® facilitator, author of Hunger Speaks a memoir told in poetry and writer whose journals were key to her recovery from an eating disorder

To find out more or to reserve a space contact

Kate:      303 870 5775



Colorado Counselling Association Conference

April 9-10 2015 Denver Convention Center

Writing for Health & Trauma Recovery: Tools for Counseling Practice

Kate Thompson & Carolyn Jennings

To download a copy of our poster click here


Psychobabble – A Monthly Salon Series for Mental Health Professionals

The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy & Research  (BIPR) is pleased to announce “Psychobabble” A monthly salon series for mental health professionals.

 October 18th, Kate Thompson, M.A., will present “Why Write? Therapeutic Journal Writing: an introduction for professionals”.

The Psychobabble format will include 1/2 hour to socialize informally, and then we will move into Ms. Thompson’s presentation for approximately one hour, followed by 1/2 hour for Q&A and open discussion.

Presentation topic: Why Write?

Reflective writing has a place in the world of therapy for both clients and practitioners. There is a growing research base (eg Pennebaker, Adams, Wright) to support the idea that writing is a powerful therapeutic tool. Existential therapy and journal therapy seem to be natural companions; both are concerned with telling our stories whilst knowing that those stories are always changing.

Kate will talk about her work with clients and therapists and how writing and therapy have become entwined. She will illustrate her talk with case material. Some clients can write before they can speak about their trauma. Kate uses a staged model of writing, reading and speaking to help clients begin to explore their traumatic experiences. When trauma causes a rupture in personal narrative, writing is a way of restoring and re-storying.

However, there are certain caveats –  the injunction ‘just write’ should be used with caution. Many clients require structure, pacing and containment when starting to write about their personal material.

Therapists can use writing as a method of self-support and reflective practice. There will be an invitation to experience a mini reflection write that should be seen as an opportunity not an obligation.

Wilderness Early Learning Center – 2845 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301.

We are asking for a small donation so that we may provide wine and light refreshments for everyone. (A suggested $10 – $20 donation would be greatly appreciated)

Friday, October 18, 2013, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, (The following meetings will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month.)



If you missed the workshop on March 24th at Boulder Psychotherapy Institute then take the next opportunity:

People House, Denver 

Professional Development Series
June 2nd
9.30am to 5:30pm

“Using the Journal’s Eye: Gaining Insight into your Professional Practice through Journal Writing”

Internationally acclaimed therapist and author, Kate Thompson, shares the healing power of journaling.

In this experiential workshop participants will explore classic journal writing techniques such as:
Captured Moments, Dialogues, Unsent Letters and Perspectives
in order to experiment with how the journal can become a professional tool – for your own self-care or for your work with clients.
Your relationship with your self is central to self-care; journal writing develops intimacy with and knowledge of self.
Presenter: Kate Thompson MA
contact Kate for further information:
or People House: (303) 480-5130
sign up for this class;

Workshop in Boulder:

Boulder Psychotherapy Institute Presents:

Therapeutic Journal Writing and Existential Psychology:

An Intimate Relationship

with Kate Thompson

Saturday March 24 2012 – 10 am – 5:30 pm

The Workshop:This is an experiential day for therapists, coaches and other healing professionals who are seeking new kinds of continuing professional development. Classic journal writing techniques provide opportunities for self-supervision and reflective practice. They can be used in work with clients. This extends the therapeutic encounter beyond the face-to-face and provides clients with an ongoing method of self-care after your contract has ended. It becomes an existential practice for client and practitioner.

When: Saturday March 24th 2012

Where: Boulder Psychotherapy Institute 

1140 Lehigh St, Boulder 80305 

303 494 0393

Time: 10-5.30 (with lunch break)

Discount: 10% – $135 if you register before March 5th

Participants will experiment with familiar and unfamiliar techniques such as: Unsent Letters, Dialogues, Perspectives and Captured Moments. We will discuss how we can apply them for ourselves and our clients. There will be some opportunities (but no obligation) to share what you write during the day.

The Workshop Leader: Kate Thompson is a registered existential psychotherapist in Colorado. Her private practice offers therapy, consultation and training in journal therapy both face-to-face and online. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute, Denver and an associate professor at The New School of Counselling & Psychotherapy, London. A first degree in English Literaturefrom the University of Cambridge (UK) was followed by training in counseling and psychotherapy.

Kate’s books include:

Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals (2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers),

Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities (with Gillie Bolton & Victoria Field, 2010, Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing (2006, Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

She maintains a private practice in Boulder and teaches internationally. 

For more information or to register, call BPI at 303 494 0393 or visit our Web site at

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